Marseille’s trophy drought came to an end while Atletico Madrid’s pursuit of a derby win continued in a week that also witnessed Celtic implode, Chelsea excel and Bryan Ruiz bag a four-minute hat-trick. As always, FIFA.com looks closer at the numbers behind the stories.
days of waiting and hoping came to a long overdue end for Marseille fans on Saturday with the conclusion of their club’s 17-year trophy drought. Previously, those fans had to look back to 26 May 1993 and that famous UEFA Champions League final triumph over AC Milan for l’OM’s last major success, but their patience was finally rewarded with victory over Bordeaux in the League Cup decider. Beating the defending Ligue 1 champions also ended a miserable losing run for Marseille, who had lost in each of their previous four finals, twice in the UEFA Cup (1999 and 2004) and twice in the Coupe de France (2006 and 2007). Their victory was a lesson in efficiency, with the south-coast side managing just two shots on target during the entire match but securing a 3-1 win thanks in part to Mathieu Chalme’s own goal. And, fittingly, Didier Deschamps, the man who captained them to that 1-0 victory over Milan in 1993, was the coach who brought the club’s long wait to an end.
matches as Chelsea captain was the record milestone reached by John Terry on Saturday, surpassing the previous benchmark set by legendary Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris during the 1960s and ‘70s. Terry was also making his 450th appearance overall for the London club, and he was able to celebrate the occasion in some style as Chelsea inflicted Aston Villa’s biggest-ever Premier League defeat in a 7-1 thrashing. Nor was the skipper the only Blues player to toast an impressive new landmark, with Frank Lampard’s four-goal haul taking him to, and ultimately beyond, the 150-goal mark at Stamford Bridge, eclipsing Peter Osgood as the club’s third all-time top scorer. Chelsea, with Terry and Lampard crucial as always, have now scored 82 goals in 32 matches, a record at this stage of a Premier League season.
years, five months and 17 Madrid derbies have now passed since Atletico last tasted victory over their great city rivals. Already the longest one-sided derby streak in La Liga history, this sequence was extended further by a thrilling 3-2 win for Real at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Los Merengues duly became only the third Spanish side to win 11 league matches in succession, and the first to score three or more goals in ten consecutive fixtures. Just as remarkable is Real’s record of 15 wins from as many home matches this season, with just two more successes needed to equal the record they themselves set in season 1985/86. Key to all these statistics has been the remarkable form of Gonzalo Higuain, who scored his 23rd goal in 19 appearances to eclipse his own tally of 22 from last season and move to within three goals of Lionel Messi in the race for the Pichichi.
unanswered goals from relegation-threatened St Mirren last Wednesday handed Celtic their heaviest league defeat in ten years, and their biggest to a side other than Rangers for three decades. The shock defeat, which led to the sacking of Bhoys manager Tony Mowbray the following day, represented the first time St Mirren had ever scored four goals in a single match since the Scottish Premier League’s formation in 1998. Neil Lennon, who has since taken caretaker charge at Celtic Park, now has the challenge of reviving of a team who could fall 16 points behind Rangers should Walter Smith’s side win their two games in hand. The one bright spot for the Bhoys has been the form of Robbie Keane, whose double in Saturday's 3-1 win over Kilmarnock took the Republic of Ireland captain's tally to 11 in as many matches, with eight of those having come in his last five appearances.
goals in four minutes sealed the fastest hat-trick of the week, and one of the quickest of all time, for Twente’s Bryan Ruiz on Saturday. The striker struck three times between minutes 45 and 49 to secure a 3-0 win over Sparta that kept the Reds on course for their first-ever Eredivisie title under their current name, and Enschede’s first since 1926. Ruiz’s quickfire treble might not match the likes of Hassleholm’s Magnus Arvidsson, Eduardo Maglioni of Independiente or Motherwell legend Ian St John, who scored hat-tricks in 95, 110 and 150 seconds respectively, but it remains an outstanding achievement. It also revived the Costa Rican’s hopes of rivalling Luis Suarez for top scorer honours in the Netherlands, with Ajax’s Uruguayan leading the way on 29 and Ruiz his only challenger on 22.