seconds were on the clock at the Bombonera on Sunday when Manuel Lanzini stunned home fans with the fastest goal in Superclásico history. The River Plate youngster’s fine early header surpassed by seven seconds the previous record-holder, which was scored by Boca Juniors’ Pablo Ledesma in 2007. Ledesma – now in his second spell with Boca – was there to see his record broken, and the two goals had much in common, with both coming in 1-1 draws at the Bombonera. Los Xeneizes did fight back to claim a share of the spoils but failure to take all three points resulted in their current winless streak being extended to a club record 11 matches.
seconds had been played when Theo Walcott scored the fastest goal of the English Premier League season on Saturday to set up Arsenal's 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers. The England international’s early strike is also Arsenal’s quickest-ever goal in the Premier League, eclipsing Robin van Persie’s 29-second effort against Sunderland in October 2011. However, while Walcott helped boost the Gunners’ hopes of claiming a UEFA Champions League place, the following day did not bring such positive news, with rivals Chelsea achieving a matching 1-0 win away to Manchester United. In doing so, the Blues became the first team in 67 Premier League matches to keep a clean sheet at Old Trafford, ending a run that dated back to 2009. Their cause was aided considerably by Rafael picking up United’s first red card of the league season, meaning that every club in England’s top flight now has at least one dismissal to their name in 2012/13.
unanswered Bayern Munich goals handed Barcelona their heaviest-ever aggregate defeat in Europe, and secured the biggest winning margin in a Champions League semi-final. Despite managing just two efforts on target, the German champions won 3-0 at the Camp Nou and ended their hosts’ 21-match unbeaten home record in the Champions League. They also became the first team since Dundee United in 1987 to win home and away against the Catalans in a European tie, and registered the biggest win by an away team at the Camp Nou since Sevilla triumphed by an identical margin in December 2002. Bayern’s reward for this hugely impressive triumph is, of course, the first all-German Champions League final, and the second in the history of European club competitions. The first came 33 years ago when Eintracht Frankfurt beat Borussia Monchengladbach, led by Bayern’s current coach Jupp Heynckes, on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw to claim the UEFA Cup.
goals in 40 minutes was the remarkable haul that provided Miroslav Klose with the most productive match of his career on Sunday. The Germany international all but single-handedly put Bologna to the sword in a 6-0 defeat and, in the process, became the first Lazio player to score five times in a competitive match. Klose is also the first player in over 27 years to manage such an impressive tally in a single Serie A fixture, with Roberto Pruzzo of Lazio’s city rivals Roma the last to hit five in a single game back on 16 February 1986. The division’s overall record is shared by Silvio Piola and Omar Sivori, both of whom scored six times for Pro Vercelli and Juventus in 1933/34 and 1960/61 respectively. Klose’s feat, meanwhile, was all the more remarkable as he was without a Serie A goal since mid-December, and was representing a team that had failed to find the net in six of their previous eight matches.
consecutive Eredivisie titles is the tally that has enabled Frank de Boer to take his place amid some exclusive company in the Netherlands. The 42-year-old became the third coach to lead Ajax to a hat-trick of Dutch crowns, following in the illustrious footsteps of Rinus Michels (1966/67/68) and Louis van Gaal (1994/95/96). He also became only the second man - after Guus Hiddink, who managed the feat with PSV in 1987, 88, 89 - to win the Eredivisie title in each of his first three seasons in the dugout. Furthermore, De Boer is now one of just two men – his old international team-mate Ronald Koeman is the other – who can lay claim to having won at least three Dutch championships as both a coach and a player.