Fluminense, Paintco Strykers, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Gaston Aguirre all had cause for celebration at the weekend, while Manchester City were left to deplore another draw as Hertha Berlin agonised over another miserable result. FIFA.com takes a closer look closer at the numbers behind the stories.
points from a possible 18 is what Fluminense completed with a 4-0 victory over Vitoria in the Brasileirao’s penultimate matchday on Sunday, thrusting them into the safety zone following 27 rounds in the bottom four. The Rio giants had won just once in 20 matches in late-September and seemed doomed to a descent from the final of the Copa Libertadores 2008, which they lost on penalties to Liga de Quito, into the Brazilian Serie B. However, a ten-game unbeaten run – one inspired by the coaching of Cuca, playmaking of Conca and goals of Fred – has left what was a hugely improbable escape within their grasp. Fluminense, one point clear of safety, will now visit a Coritiba side one place below them on the final day on Sunday, although not before they attempt another inconceivable comeback: having lost 5-1 to LDU in Quito, they will host the Ecuadorians in the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana final tonight.
games without victory is the unwanted figure Hertha Berlin reached on Saturday, when Eintracht Frankfurt returned from the German capital having won 3-1. The result left Die Alte Dame, who finished fourth last term and opened this season with a defeat of Hannover, on five points, six behind second-bottom Stuttgart. Hertha consequently became only the sixth side in Bundesliga history to have recorded less than six points after 14 rounds of the campaign, with relegation having befell the previous five.
goals per game have catapulted Paintco Strykers to five straight victories and the Guam First Division summit, on goal difference from Quality Distributors following nine rounds. The Strykers posted 109 goals in 20 matches last season (5.45 per game), and although that figure was 21 more than the Distributors, the former finished second, three points behind the latter. Next up for the Strykers is a Bank of Guam Crushers side they recently beat 14-4.
appearances, zero goals: those were the figures that were just seconds away from belonging to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as an AC Milan player on Sunday. However, with under a minute of stoppage time left in their game away to Catania, the Dutch striker, a late substitute, broke his Rossoneri duck and the deadlock, before stylishly chipping home within 60 seconds to complete a 2-0 victory that moved Milan on to maximum points from their last six contests and up to second in Serie A.
successive draws is the Premier League record Manchester City equalled on Saturday, when Hull City escaped from Eastands with a share of two goals. Having tied with Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic, Fulham, Birmingham City, Burnley and Liverpool in their previous six outings, Mark Hughes's charges were desperate to avoid leveling the landmark Southampton set during the 1994/95 season. And although the hosts went in front courtesy of Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jimmy Bullard's penalty earned the Tigers a divide of the spoils.
goal every 33 games is what San Lorenzo defender Gaston Aguirre had averaged since making his top-flight debut in 2002. That was until he scored twice in 20 first-half minutes on Sunday – a firm header preceding an unlikely volley – to help El Ciclón to a 3-0 derby victory over Boca Juniors. It was the first time the 28-year-old had registered a brace in his career, and it confirmed that Los Xeneizes will miss next year’s Copa Libertadores – a competition they have won four times since the turn of the century. They are not, however, the only Argentinian superpower that will be absent from the Libertadores 2010: River Plate will not participate for the first time since 1992. That was, in fact, the first year in which both Boca and River did not compete in the Libertaodres, with Argentina ironically represented by San Lorenzo and Newell’s Old Boys, the respective current and previous clubs of Aguirre.