High scorers dominate FIFA.com’s latest stats review, with Luca Toni, Bafetimbi Gomis and Japan’s U-17 women rubbing shoulders with Jose Mourinho and Bayern Munich.
Serie A goals was the landmark reached by Luca Toni on Saturday as he set a new Verona club record. The 36-year-old’s winner in a 1-0 derby victory over Chievo was his 16th league strike of the season, taking him past the benchmark set by Gianni Bui in 1968/69. It also left him just two short of Andriy Shevchenko on the all-time Serie A scoring list and secured his team’s first away win in the Verona derby in 19 years. Another forward enjoying a good weekend was Roma’s Mattia Destro, who scored his first Serie A hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Cagliari to continue a fine run that has seen him find the target seven times in his last six appearances. Sadly for Destro and Roma, they are chasing a Juventus side that continues to leave records in its wake. Monday’s 2-0 win over Livorno was the club’s 16th successive home victory, equalling the mark set by city rivals Torino way back in 1947/48.
Ligue 1 goals was the milestone reached by Bafetimbi Gomis in Lyon’s 2-1 win at Valenciennes on Sunday. The France striker, whose century is comprised by 62 goals for his current club and 38 for Saint-Etienne, is the first player in the French top flight to reach the 100-mark since Mamadou Niang in 2009/10. Though not always prolific, Gomis has proven a dependable source of goals, having amassed double figures in each of his last eight Ligue 1 seasons. His scoring success has also spanned close to a decade, with his first Ligue 1 goal having come 3,115 days ago on 29 October 2005.
matches and 17 months without defeat was the mammoth Bundesliga run that came to a shock end for Bayern Munich on Saturday. The reigning European champions, who had won 46 of those 53 matches, also failed to score for the first time in 65 Bundesliga encounters as Augsburg emerged with a 1-0 victory. For Javi Martinez, who joined in the summer of 2012, it was the first time he had ever tasted league defeat as a Bayern player. Sascha Molders was the man responsible for the decisive goal, helping Augsburg end a poor run that had seen them pick up just a single point from their previous four fixtures. Remarkably enough, it is now Bayern – without a win in three matches in all competitions for the first time since early 2011 – who are facing up to such a sequence.
was the aggregate scoreline racked up by Japan en route to a stylish triumph at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The Costa Rica-held finals, which concluded on Friday, saw the Young Nadeshiko break a series of tournament records. Not only did they become the first team to win all six of their matches at the U-17 showpiece, they did so while surpassing the goalscoring benchmark set by Germany's 22 in the 2010 edition. Japan’s defence, breached just once, was just as impressive, and in beating Spain 2-0 to take the trophy, they became the first team to win the U-17 women’s final without requiring extra time or penalties. Asako Takemoto Takakura’s side also helped maintain Asia’s stranglehold on a trophy that is now returning to the continent for the third time in four editions. As for the quality of football and appetite of the public, that was reflected in a record tally of 284,320 spectators over the course of the competition, making for an encouraging average of 8.885 per game.
UEFA Champions League semi-finals was the record secured by Jose Mourinho last night, surpassing the mark he had previously shared with Sir Alex Ferguson. Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain maintained Mourinho’s 100 per cent record in Champions League quarter-final ties, with the Portuguese having won all of his previous seven. The Blues boss can also reflect with pride that it was two of his substitutes, Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba, who scored the vital goals – the first time in this season's Champions League that two subs have scored for the same team. There was also relief for Mourinho’s former club, Real Madrid, who reached their 30th European semi-final – an all-time record – despite losing 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund. The defeat did, though, end Real’s record scoring streak of 34 consecutive European matches, dating back to a 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on 27 April 2011.