Landmarks reached amid late goals
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A 15-year-old scorer and a 101-year-old club joining an elite band of serial champions hit the headlines this past week, along with an improbable away win in France, an inconceivable comeback in Honduras and an evergeen goalkeeper in Brazil. FIFA.com takes a look at the numbers behind the stories.

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outings for Palmeiras is the figure that goalkeeper Marcos will reach against Atletico Paranaense in the Copa do Brasil tonight, making him the outright eighth-highest appearant in the club’s history. In an era when players move about freely, the 36-year-old has stayed loyal to O Verdão, whom he debuted for in 1992. The 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™- winner trails Ademir de Guia (901), Leao (617), Dudu (609), Waldemar Fiume (601), Valdemar Carabina (584), Luis Pereira (568) and Djalma Santos (498) in the Palmeiras history books.

364

days since their last away clean sheet in Ligue 1, Le Mans managed a 1-0 victory at Valenciennes that threw them a slim relegation lifeline on Saturday. The result was indebted to goalkeeper Didier Ovorno, whose contribution included a superb double save from Gael Danic and Gregory Pujol, and Sebastien Corchia, who, after scoring the first goal of his young career in a 2-1 defeat of Philippe Montanier’s team earlier this season, netted the second with a deflected free-kick against the same opponents. Le Mans now rest eight points adrift of safety with five rounds remaining. Ironically, MUC 72’s last shutout in the French top tier came against Valenciennes, a day short of one year previous.

30

top-flight league titles is the total Anderlecht reached on Sunday, making them only the tenth European club to reach the landmark after Rangers (52), Linfield (48), Celtic (42), Olympiacos (37), Rapid Vienna (33), Benfica, CSKA Sofia, Sparta Prague and Real Madrid (all 31). Goals from Jelle Van Damme and Matias Suarez earned RSCA a 2-1 win away to Club Brugge, leaving them an unassailable 13 points clear of second-placed Gent with four rounds remaining.

15

years and 361 days was the age at which Kapfenberger’s Michael Gregoritsch became the youngest scorer in Austrian Bundesliga history on his professional debut one week ago. The towering forward was thrown on by his coach and father, Werner, in the 80th minute, but needed just two minutes to fire home the opener in his team’s 1-1 draw with Austria Vienna, with what was only his third touch. “This is a dream come true,” enthused Gregoritsch Senior afterwards.

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late minutes is all struggling Deportes Savio required to transform a three-goal deficit into an improbable 4-3 victory over Real Espana in the Honduran Clausura. With the clock reading 80, Los Toros Rojos appeared to be dead and buried, but a quick-fire double from Dion Macaulay got them back into the game. Francisco Lopez levelled the scores in 86th minute, before Juan Ramon Mejia snatched all three points for the visitors. It was Deportes’s first away win since a 1-0 defeat of Real Juventud on 2 September 2009.

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goals is the margin by which Pep Guardiola lost for the first time as Barcelona coach, in his 115th match at their reins, against Inter Milan last night. Pedro fired the visitors ahead at the San Siro, but goals from Wesley Sneijder, Maicon and Diego Milito ensured I Nerazzurri won a club record sixth successive game in the UEFA Champions League. It had been over five years since Barça lost by a two-goal cushion in the competition; 4-2 at Chelsea in March 2005. Incidentally, Inter’s starting XI including 11 foreigners, while Barcelona’s comprised six Spaniards.