Reds, runs and regional pride

The world record for red cards being extended and local representation for Columbus Crew feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with joy for Botafogo and Clarence Seedorf, pain for Mexico and Portland Timbers, Gambian unpredictability and FIFA U-20 World Cup quarter-final predictability.

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per cent of the quarter-finals have incredibly required extra time or penalties at five consecutive FIFA U-20 World Cups (15 of 20 matches). In one of those at Turkey 2013, Spain only needed to find the net to equal Brazil’s record of netting in 22 successive matches in the competition, set between 1977 and ’87. However, La Roja, who had last failed to score in defeat to A Seleção in the 2003 final, lost 1-0 to Uruguay after extra time. In another, Ghana edged Chile 4-3, thanks to Ebenezer Assifuah’s 121st-minute header, in what was the second highest-scoring game in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup knockout phase. Only the 4-4 draw between Soviet Union and Nigeria in the Saudi Arabia 1989 quarters produced more goals.

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red cards is the astounding, world-record career total Independiente’s Gerardo Bedoya misbehaved on to in a 2-0 defeat by Olimpia in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores semi-final. The 37-year-old, who has played for clubs in his native Colombia, Argentina and Mexico, as well as for his county, was on his longest run without a sending-off in over 15 years. Bedoya’s last dismissal had come against Millonarios last September, when his antics during that derby earned him an unprecedented 11-match suspension. Meanwhile in the other Libertadores semi, Newell’s Old Boys won 2-0 at home to Atletico Mineiro, enhancing the possibility that for the first time since 2004 the final could be devoid of a Brazilian team.

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games undefeated – the joint-fourth-biggest in Major League Soccer history – was the Portland Timbers run which Columbus Crew extinguished with a 1-0 victory on Sunday. The Timbers were chasing the 19-match record, shared by the Crew and FC Dallas, but a fourth-minute header from in-form Venezuelan Bernardo Anor proved enough to hand them their first defeat since a 2-1 loss at home to Montreal Impact four months ago. The result ended Robert Warzycha’s team’s three-game losing skid. Wil Trapp made his MLS debut after he impressed at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the midfielder was, admirably, one of five players from central-Ohio high schools in the Crew starting XI alongside Chad Barson, Matt Lampson, Danny O'Rourke and the coach’s son, Konrad Warzycha, A sixth, Josh Williams, was born and raised in the state’s north-east, while unused substitute Ben Speas was another Crew Soccer Academy graduate.

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successive home victories have helped Botafogo cruise to Campeonato Carioca glory, close in on a place on the last 16 of the Copa do Brasil, and set the early pace in the Brasileirao. O Fogão won both the Taca Guanabara and the Taca Rio earlier this year, consequently becoming Rio de Janeiro state champions without the need for an overall final, while Oswaldo de Oliveira’s team beat Coritiba 1-0 last Thursday in the first leg of their Brazilian cup tie. Botafogo’s latest success in front of their own supporters was 1-0 over Fluminense on Sunday, which saw them replace Coritiba as league leaders after six rounds. Clarence Seedorf, who joined the club one year and one day earlier, settled the contest with an 84th-minute long-ranger. Despite having been an overwhelming success in the black and white stripes, it was the 37-year-old Dutchman’s first goal in his 11th clássico. Botafogo have now won 14 and drawn two of their home matches in 2013.

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different clubs have now won the last six Gambian GFA Leagues. By contrast, until Steve Biko became the latest last week, just three teams had won 30 of the 37 titles between them. Steve Biko went into the final day in risk of completing an almighty collapse, but an Assan Jatta goal sneaked them their first win in seven games and ensured they finished one point ahead of Real Banjul.

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defeats: that’s what Mexico had suffered against Panama since the sides first met in 1938 – until that statistic was stunningly arrested on Sunday. El Tri went into their tenth meeting with Los Canaleros with 7-1 and 5-0 winning margins in recent memory. However, a Gabriel Torres double propelled the Julio Dely Valdes’s side to a 2-1 win in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener in Pasadena. On the same day, in Group A’s other game, an arguably mightier shock unfolded: the tiny Caribbean Sea island of Martinique defeated long-established Canada 1-0.