Domination, droughts and an MLS first
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Regrettable runs for Martin Palermo, Getafe and Lorient, Brazil’s South American U-17 Championship hegemony and a Major League Soccer milestone make FIFA.com’s latest statistical review, which also features Phil Neville ending a long drought.

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minutes have now passed since Martin Palermo last scored – the longest drought in his Boca Juniors career. The 37-year-old, the club’s record all-time marksman, turned out for Los Xeneizes between 1997 and 2000 and has done since 2004, but his longest previous goal-dearth was 748 minutes, which he surpassed by playing an hour-plus of a 2-0 loss away to Lanus on Sunday. The result was Boca’s fifth defeat in nine outings in the Clausura 2011 and dropped them to fifth-bottom. Palermo, who last found the target in a 1-1 draw with Gimnasia on the final day of the Apertura 2010 in December and has announced he will retire at the end of the current campaign, is now just 178 minutes shy of equalling his longest-ever run without a goal, which occurred while he was at Estudiantes between 1993 and 1994

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years to the month since his last away goal in the Premier League, Phil Neville repeated the trick to help Everton to a first win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in over 29 years. The 34-year-old’s last league goal on his travels came on 28 April 2001, when he put Manchester United ahead en route to a 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough, and his latest effort helped the Toffees score thrice in the first half of a top-flight game for the first time in three-and-a-half years

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matches without a win is what has given Getafe their worst run within a La Liga campaign, and plunged their season’s mission from a European charge to a survival battle. Indeed, a 2-1 loss at Zaragoza last night left Los Azulones, who have not tasted victory since a 4-1 reverse of Deportivo on 5 February, just four points clear of the relegation zone with seven rounds remaining. Michel’s side have taken only eight points from 15 outings this year, compared with the 26 they seized from their opening 16 league encounters of 2010. Meanwhile Valencia’s 5-0 thrashing of Villarreal ensured they scored four or more goals in successive La Liga games for the first time since March 1999, when Claudio Lopez and Adrian Ilie propelled them to a 4-2 win at Barcelona and a 4-1 defeat of Athletic Bilbao. Los Che remain the only team not to have used the same starting XI in two different matches in the Spanish top flight this campaign, while their No9 Roberto Soldado has scored six goals in their last two contests.

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of the last nine South American U-17 Championships - including the last four - have been won by Brazil following their seizure of gold in Ecuador on Saturday evening. A Seleção entered their final outing requiring only a draw with arch-rivals Argentina, but a spectacular volley from Guilherme helped earn them a 3-2 win that saw them finish four points clear of second-placed Uruguay. Brazil finished as runners-up in the first two editions of the tournament in 1985 and ’86, but have incredibly emerged triumphant in ten of the 12 campaigns thereafter. Comparatively, the last nine instalments of the UEFA European U-17 Championship have produced eight different champions, while seven different countries have won the past seven editions of the Asian equivalent.

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consecutive draws is what Lorient have registered after they shared two goals with Sochaux on Saturday. Les Merlus entered the game having finished all-square with Valenciennes, Nancy, Arles-Avignon, Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint-Germain since a Kevin Gameiro-inspired 5-1 thrashing of Bordeaux on 19 February. Another stalemate, on what was the aforementioned forward’s 100th game for the club, extended their unbeaten home run to a club-record 12 matches. Lorient have now won ten, drawn ten and lost ten in Ligue 1 this season, having scored 36 and conceded just one less.

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home-grown players represented the same team for the first time in Major League Soccer history on Saturday. Goalkeeper Bill Hamid and defender Ethan White, both 20, started for DC United at home to Los Angeles Galaxy, while a third graduate of the capital club’s youth academy, 18-year-old Andy Najar, entered the fray as a 70th-minute substitute. Forward Mike Magee’s first goal in almost 11 months gave the Galaxy an early lead, but after White had defied his inexperience by keeping Juan Pablo Angel quiet on his MLS debut, Charlie Davies earned DCU a point with a last-gasp penalty. It was the USA international’s fourth goal in as many games for the club to whom he is on loan from Sochaux, with all of his strikes coming in the last half-hour of games.