Hat-tricks and goals to remember illuminate FIFA.com's latest stats review, with trebles for Cristiano Ronaldo and Claudiu Keseru featuring alongside Moritz Stoppelkamp's long-range stunner and the Frank Lampard strike that broke Chelsea hearts.
metres was the incredible distance from which Moritz Stoppelkamp scored a record-breaking Bundesliga goal on Saturday. The Paderborn midfielder found the net from just outside his own penalty area after Hannover keeper Ron-Robert Zieler had come forward to contest a stoppage-time free-kick. The remarkable goal sealed a 2-0 win and smashed by ten metres the previous Bundesliga record, set in March 2011 by former Eintracht Frankfurt defender Giorgos Tzavellas. It also took newly promoted Paderborn top of the Bundesliga on eight points, an amazing situation given that this time last season they had just two to their name and were languishing in the Bundesliga 2 basement zone. While Stoppelkamp's wonder strike dominated the headlines, it was a lack of goals that raised eyebrows elsewhere. Bayern Munich, for example, played out their first 0-0 draw since April 2012 - a run of 74 matches - while Cologne and Borussia Monchengladbach contested the first goalless Rhineland derby in 41 attempts. As for Hamburg, they have become just the sixth team in Bundesliga history to fail to score in any of their first four matches.
different teams, a new record, have conceded to Frank Lampard in the Premier League after the midfielder added former club Chelsea to the list. The 36-year-old came off the bench to score the equaliser in Manchester City's 1-1 draw against a team with whom he spent 13 years and scored a club-record 211 times. In doing so, he set this latest record, moving past former Manchester United striker Andy Cole, who had scored against 38 different Premier League opponents. The weekend's English top-flight action was also notable for Manchester United conceding a 3-1 lead to lose 5-3 at Leicester City. It was the first time in their Premier League history - all 853 matches of it - that the Red Devils had lost a match in which they had led by two goals. Leicester, who scored with all five of their efforts on target, also became the first newly promoted team to put four or more goals past United.
minutes was all that Claudiu Keseru of Steaua Bucharest needed to score the fastest hat-trick in European football for 14 months. Not since Jacob Mulenga scored three in nine minutes for Utrecht last July had there been such a quick-fire treble in any UEFA match, with Keseru helping to inspire a thumping 6-0 Europa League win over Danish side Aalborg. There have only been three hat-tricks since the main UEFA Champions League and Europa League tournaments got underway and, coincidentally, two have come from Algerians. The others were provided by El Arabi Hillel Soudani in Dinamo Zagreb's 5-1 win over FC Astra and by Porto's Yacine Brahimi, who helped his team to a 6-0 win over BATE Borisov. Brahimi also became just the fourth African - after Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o and Yakubu Aiyegbeni - to grab a Champions League treble.
games, eight wins is the impressive run that has taken Zenit clear at the summit of the Russian Premier League. In beating Rostov 5-0 on Saturday to extend this fine run, the four-time national champions became the first club in the post-Soviet era to begin their campaign with eight successive victories. Andre Villas-Boas' side have been winning in style, too, with a tally of 26 goals for and four against telling its own story. But while Zenit's streak continues, Shakhtar Donetsk in neighbouring Ukraine watched theirs come to an end. Shakhtar had been on a run of 12 successive wins dating back to April, but defeat finally arrived on Sunday when Zorya claimed a surprise 1-0 away win.
goals were scored by Real Madrid in an away league fixture for the first time in their history on Saturday. Deportivo La Coruna were the unfortunate victims as Los Merengues became the fifth club, after Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Real Valladolid and Depor themselves, to score eight times on the road. Leading the Real charge was Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored his 20th La Liga hat-trick to edge in front of Lionel Messi, who has 19, and into third in the division's all-time standings. In the history of La Liga, only the legendary duo of Alfredo di Stefano and Telmo Zarra - with 22 apiece - have scored more trebles. Ronaldo now has 24 in all competitions for the Spanish giants, taking him past Ferenc Puskas and leaving him second only to Di Stefano, who amassed 28. It capped a fine week for the Portugal international, who last Wednesday had moved into outright second in the all-time UEFA Champions League scoring list, his 68th strike taking him to within three of record-holder Raul. That goal also helped Real become the first team to reach the 1,000-mark in European football.