Records and red faces
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The spectrum of emotions are encompassed in this week’s statistical review, with the joy of Claudio Pizarro and Lazio set against the embarrassment of Messrs Dunne and Carragher and the sheer despair of Quilmes and Feyenoord.

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top-flight matches was the milestone reached by Argentina’s Quilmes when Banfield visited them on Saturday. Sadly for El Cervecero, the occasion was marred by the extending of a miserable winless streak that now stretches back over six months. The last victory for this relegation-threatened outfit came against Tiro Federal on 14 April, but 18 matches – six at the end of last season’s second-tier campaign and the first 12 of the current Apertura - have since passed without another being registered. Quilmes, who were founded in 1887 and are one of Argentina’s oldest clubs, can only hope new coach Leonardo Madelon, for whom the 2-0 defeat by Banfield was his first game in charge, can revive their flagging fortunes.

725

minutes without conceding was the impressive run that came to an end for Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday. Nuri Sahin’s 50th-minute penalty for Borussia Dortmund in a 1-1 UEFA Europa League draw was the first goal that Antoine Kombouare’s side had leaked since late August, with seven clean sheets strung together in between. However, having been so miserly for so long, PSG proved considerably more generous against Auxerre on Sunday evening, conceding three goals to go down 3-2 at home. This reverse was all the more disappointing as the capital outfit had moved in front inside 50 seconds, with Nene grabbing the fastest goal of the Ligue 1 season so far.

134

goals was the landmark reached on Saturday by Claudio Pizarro, who duly ended his quest to become the highest-scoring foreigner in Bundesliga history. The arrival of this record-breaking strike ended a frustrating wait for the Peruvian, who had been on the verge of passing Giovane Elber’s previous benchmark for over five months since his last league goal on 8 May. Yet although Pizarro has found Bundesliga goals hard to come by this season, the German top flight as a whole is enjoying its highest-scoring season in decades, with the average of 3.09 goals per game its best in 23 years. There have also been only five goalless draws this season, and three of them have involved the league’s lowest-scorers: reigning champions Bayern Munich.

15

is the combined tally that has established Richard Dunne and Jamie Carragher as the leading own goal-scorers in English Premier League history. Both were again on target at the wrong end over the weekend, with Dunne slotting home the decisive goal in Aston Villa’s 1-0 defeat at Sunderland and cementing his place at the head of this hall of shame with eight. Carragher, meanwhile, moved past ex-Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair into second place outright, inadvertently scoring the seventh own goal of his career as Liverpool eked out a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers. And unlike Dunne, who has scored at the right end on ten occasions, the Reds stalwart also has the unwanted distinction of having scored against his club more times than he has for them, with just three goals to his seven own goals. Elsewhere in England, Chelsea have no such worries, with the leaders having just set a new club record with their eighth consecutive Premier League clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.

10

unanswered PSV goals left Feyenoord to lament the heaviest defeat of their 102-year history on Sunday. The Rotterdam outfit, former European champions and traditionally one of the ‘big three’ in the Netherlands, conceded eight times in the second half, capitulating after the 34th-minute dismissal of Kelvin Leerdam. The consequence of that was a staggering scoreline, which comfortably eclipsed the Rotterdam outfit’s previous worst defeat: an 8-2 loss to Ajax in September 1983. Ajax themselves still boast the biggest-ever Eredivisie win – a 12-1 drubbing of Vitesse Arnhem in 1972 – but avoiding a new Dutch record will be of scant consolation to a Feyenoord side who slipped to 15th on the back of this humiliating reverse.

4

straight wins and a seven-game unbeaten run have given Lazio their best start to a Serie A season in 16 years. Not since Zdenek Zeman’s class of 1994/95, who went on to finish runners-up, have the Rome outfit begun a league season so positively, with Edoardo Reja’s side currently four points clear at the top. Having garnered 19 points from the first eight rounds, Lazio have actually made a better start to this Serie A season than they did in their two Scudetto-winning campaigns in 1973/74 and 1999/2000.