Bad boys and drought destroyers
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Inter Milan lost one unbeaten sequence but broke another, while Matt Moussilou’s return to the scoresheet, the prolificacy of Antonio Pacheco, and indiscipline of Messrs Botinelli and Drogba also feature in FIFA.com’s latest statistical review.

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goals in all competitions was the milestone Corinthians reached on Sunday, less than six months before the club celebrates its 100th birthday. It took just three minutes of their Campeonato Paulista game at home to second-placed Santo Andre to arrive. Roberto Carlos sprinted into the visitors’ half, tricked his way inside his marker, and fed Ronaldo, whose cute through-ball allowed Dentinho to fire the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of Julio Cesar’s net for his fifth goal in five games. O Fenômeno laid on what proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory seven minutes later, rolling the ball back for the 36-year-old left-back to rocket the ball into the top corner from outside the box. “It was one of the greatest goals I’ve ever scored,” said Roberto Carlos after breaking his duck for the club he joined in January. The result kept O Timão fourth, one point above Botafogo-SP in the race to reach the semi-finals.

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seconds after rising from the bench is all it took Boulogne striker Matt Moussilou to arrest a near-three-year goal drought in Ligue 1 on Saturday evening. The 27-year-old had not scored in the French top flight since firing both Saint-Etienne’s goals in a 2-1 reverse of Lille on 6 May 2007, but his 71st-minute effort helped Laurent Guyot’s team win 3-1 at Nancy . It was Boulogne’s first victory in 13 leagues games, and lifted them eight points behind safety.

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years and 20 days since last beating Inter Milan, Catania finally repeated the trick. Ten defeats and one draw had elapsed since a solitary Carlo Facchin goal secured that upset over Tarcisio Burgnich, Giacinto Facchetti, Sandro Mazzola, Luis Suarez and Co in 1966, and I Nerazzurri looked en route to an expected victory when Diego Milito handed them a 54th-minute lead at the Stadio Massimino. Maxi Lopez equalised, however, and the contest swung in the hosts’ favour on 81 minutes when, just 120 seconds after replacing Esteban Cambiasso, Sulley Muntari picked up his second yellow card and, in the process, conceded a penalty, which Giuseppe Mascara converted to become Catania’s all-time leading scorer in Serie A alongside Adelmo Prenna on 29 goals.

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goals in the opening eight rounds – or 1.5 per game on average - have established Antonio Pacheco as the Uruguayan Clausura’s leading marksman, and helped Penarol equal the best start to a campaign since the competition adopted its current format in 1994. The 33-year-old former Inter Milan and Uruguay striker was actually part of the Carbonero squad that set that record back in 1999, and on Sunday, now in his third spell at the club, his double led them to a 2-0 win at Central Espanol that took Diego Aguirre’s side on to maximum points from a possible 24.

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red cards is the total Jonathan Botinelli regrettably reached in his San Lorenzo career in his 194th game for the club on Sunday. With shoulder-length blond hair and a thin face, the 25-year-old defender may not appear the most physically menacing of defenders, but his latest dismissal, in a 1-0 defeat by Rosario Central that dropped El Ciclón to 15th, emboldened his reputation as a bad boy.

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years and 22 days after he became the last man to inflict a home defeat upon Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League, Samuel Eto’o once again silenced Stamford Bridge. The striker’s deciding goal earned Barcelona a 2-1 victory away to a team then managed by Jose Mourinho in 2006, but the Londoners had since established a 21-game unbeaten run on their own turf heading into last night’s last 16 second leg with Inter Milan, which the Blues began at a 2-1 deficit. And Eto’o re-emerged as Chelsea’s nemesis on a night of contrasting fortunes for the teams’ African talismans: while the Cameroonian struck the only goal to send I Nerazzurri into the quarter-finals for the first time in four years, Didier Drogba collected a late red card and will consequently begin the 2010/11 Champions League suspended for the third season running.