In FIFA.com’s latest stats review, the UEFA Champions League goalscoring feats of Messrs Ibrahimovic and Messi feature alongside a record score for Auckland City, two star substitutes in Germany and another long-range blockbuster from Mario Balotelli.
Barcelona goals is the tally to which Lionel Messi climbed over the past week, earning himself another record in the process. Telmo Zarra’s 335 goals for Athletic Bilbao – which had established this legendary figure for decades as the player with most goals for a single Spanish club – was the benchmark eclipsed by Messi’s double against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. The Argentina star also moved past Alfredo di Stefano’s La Liga tally the same day, joining Raul in joint-third place in the all-time standings with 228. And Messi continued in the same vein last night, scoring the opener in Barça’s 2-0 win at Manchester City to equal Raul’s UEFA Champions League record of goals for a single club (66 with Real Madrid). The Merengues icon's five for Schalke still give him the overall record, but Messi – now with 375 for club and country – is sure to have that firmly within his sights.
seconds and just one touch was all that Borussia Dortmund’s new signing Milos Jojic needed to make an instant impact on his Bundesliga debut. The former Partizan Belgrade midfielder, 21, used that touch to open his Dortmund account, scoring the fastest-ever goal by a Bundesliga debutant and sealing a 4-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt. It was a weekend for super subs in Germany, with Domi Kumbela coming off the bench to score a hat-trick in Eintracht Braunschweig's 4-2 win over Hamburg. Kumbela duly became the first player from Congo DR to claim a Bundesliga treble, as well as the first substitute in his club’s history to do so. Only six players in the history of Germany’s top flight had previously managed this feat, the most recent of whom was Miroslav Klose for Werder Bremen in 2004/05.
unanswered goals gave Auckland City the biggest win in the history of the New Zealand Football Championship on Sunday. Southern United were the game's hapless victims, as the previous record winning margin – eight goals – was surpassed with ease. No fewer than eight players were on target in the victory - another national record in itself - in a match that made for the most uncomfortable senior debut imaginable for Southern United’s 16-year-old keeper, Josh Dijkstra. Of greater significance than the scoreline was Auckland’s success in securing the minor premiership, with Ramon Tribulietx’s side left to look forward to the championship play-offs – and a chance to end city rivals Waitakere United’s four-year stranglehold on the national title.
goals from outside the box, the highest tally in the country, have been scored by Mario Balotelli in Serie A this season. The AC Milan striker's latest, and best, came four minutes from time against Bologna on Friday to secure a hard-earned 1-0 victory. It also continued Balotelli’s fine run under new coach Clarence Seedorf, with the Italy international having found the net in all but one of the six matches the Dutchman has overseen since taking charge. Elsewhere, there was a landmark for Antonio Conte, who took charge of his 100th Serie A match as coach of Juventus – and ended it with his 70th victory. It was Juve’s 12th consecutive home win, matching the club record set by Fabio Capello’s team of 2005/06.
goals per game is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s astonishing average over his last five Champions League appearances after he struck twice in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen. The Swede’s double at the BayArena edged him in front of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has nine, in the competition’s scoring chart, and means he has now doubled his best previous tally in a single Champions League campaign. Earlier, Blaise Matuidi had opened the scoring after just three minutes with the fastest Champions League goal by a French side since Jerome Rothen struck just two minutes into Monaco’s famous 8-3 win over Deportivo La Coruna in November 2003. Matuidi’s goal was also the 500th by a French player in Europe’s elite competition, a tally later bolstered when Yohan Cabaye opened his PSG account. In the history of the Champions League, only Brazilians (689 goals) and Spaniards (529) have scored more than Frenchmen.