The heroics of Barcelona and their No10 and Galatasaray and their No17 feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, alongside a coach’s invincibility in Buenos Aires, and goal blitzes on Merseyside and in Haute-Savoie.
seconds of play – and 202 seconds overall – is all Wigan Athletic required to score all of their goals in a shock 3-0 win away to Everton in their FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday. Maynor Figueroa broke the deadlock, heading home only his fifth goal in all competitions in five seasons on the half-hour, before Callum McManaman – a childhood season-ticket holder at Goodison Park – made it 2-0 just 27 seconds after the restart. Then, 74 seconds after Everton had kicked off once again, Jordi Gomez got Wigan’s final goal as they reached the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time in their 81-year history, making them the 78th different club to reach that stage of the competition. It was also the Latics’ first win in eight attempts at Everton, for whom Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic has now just netted once in his last 19 hours and 38 minutes for the club.
matches unbeaten at the Monumental: that is what Ramon Diaz became the first River Plate coach in history in achieve thanks to a 2-1 reverse of Colon on Sunday. The result also enabled the 53-year-old to surpass the 32 home matches Carlos Bianchi went without defeat at the Boca Juniors reins. Diaz, in his third spell at the reins of Los Millonarios, last lost a home game in his first: 3-2 to Racing way back in the Clausura 1999. The former forward has since overseen 28 victories and five draws at the hallowed Buenos Aires venue, while his overall home record in charge of River stands at 71 wins, 25 draws and 12 losses.
matches without victory was what Evian Thonon Gaillard brought to an end with their biggest-ever Ligue 1 win on Saturday. Since beating Troyes on 12 December, the Haute-Savoie side had lost five and drawn five, and had only scored three times in their last eight outings. However, braces apiece from Cedric Barbosa and Saber Khelifa thrust Evian to a 5-1 defeat of visiting Sochaux, whom their coach Pascal Dupraz began his playing career with. It was the first time Evian, who were promoted into the French top flight for the first time in 2011, had netted five times or won by more than a three-goal margin in the competition, and it saw their victims replace them in the relegation zone.
consecutive matches is what Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz became only the second player in UEFA Champions League history to score in on Tuesday evening, equalling the record then-Bordeuax striker Marouane Chamakh recorded in 2010. The powerful 27-year-old was on target in each of Gala’s last four games in the group stage, before earning them a 1-1 draw at home to Schalke in the first leg of the Round of 16. Die Königsblauen, already the favourites to progress, took the lead in Gelsenkirchen when Roman Neustadter become the 100th German to score at the right end in the Champions League – only Brazil (164), France (148) and Spain (104) have produced more marksmen. Goals from Hamit Altintop and Yilmaz then turned a deficit into a 2-1 lead for Galatasaray, before Michel Bastos restored parity – Altintop and Bastos consequently became, to significant coincidence, the first two men to have scored for and against Schalke in the Champions League, while Yilmaz’s eighth goal in his past six outings in the competition, and eighth overall, took him level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the scoring chart’s summit. Galatasaray were already heading through on away goals, but Umut Bulut’s 11th-hour effort snatched them a 3-2 win on the night, a 4-3 success on aggregate, and sent them into the quarter-finals for only the second time ever. Fatih Terim's charges also became the first-ever side to lose their first group-stage matches without rippling the net and advance to the last eight.
team in UEFA Champions League history has won a knockout-phase tie having lost the first leg by a two-goal margin and failed to score in it, after Barcelona become the first with a 4-0 thrashing of AC Milan on Tuesday night. Barça trailed 2-0 from their trip to the San Siro, but Lionel Messi – who had failed to score from open play in nine previous matches against Italian opposition in the competition – hit a superb first-half double at Camp Nou to make it 2-2 on aggregate. It also extended the 25-year-old Argentinian’s own record of Champions League braces to 16, and elevated him above Ruud van Nistelrooy and into outright second on the list of all-time leading marksmen in the competition, with his total of 58 shy of only 71-goal Raul. Messi’s second also made Barcelona the first team to reach 100 goals in the knockout phase of the Champions League. David Villa increased the Catalan giants’ lead, before Jordi Alba made it 4-0 to hand Milan their joint-record defeat in European competitions (excluding the UEFA Super Cup). Meanwhile Xavi, by playing his 127th match, went joint-third alongside Iker Casillas on the Champions’ League’s list of record appearants, behind Raul (142) and Ryan Giggs (133).