Goal gluts and late drama
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An unforgettable conclusion to the South Korean title race features alongside a John Terry milestone and the free-scoring exploits of Celtic, France’s women and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in FIFA.com’s latest stats review.

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 Premier League appearances was the landmark reached by John Terry on Sunday, and the Chelsea captain marked the occasion in style. He did so by scoring the 34th top-flight goal of his career and edging closer to the Premier League’s all-time top-scoring defender. That title currently belongs to David Unsworth but - unlike Terry, all of whose strikes have come from open play - the former Everton and Sheffield United striker owes 22 of his 38-goal tally to penalty kicks. Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney scored his 163rd and 164th Premier League goals to move beyond Robbie Fowler into fifth position – behind Alan Shearer (260), Andy Cole (189), Thierry Henry (175) and Frank Lampard (168) – in the division’s all-time standings. Only Henry has now scored more goals for a single club than Rooney’s haul of 149 for United.

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 minutes were on the clock in the final match of Pohang Steelers’ season when Kim Won-Il scored the most dramatic of title-winning goals. The Steelers were within seconds of missing out on the K-League championship to opponents and long-time league leaders Ulsan Hyundai Horangi, who had begun the match two points clear. But just as a goalless draw appeared inevitable, Kim scrambled home his last-gasp winner to snatch his club’s fifth national title and first since 2007. With the Steelers having lifted the KFA Cup earlier in the season, they also became the first Korean club to win a domestic double. Their dramatic success was indebted not only to Kim’s timely intervention, but to a season-ending run of six successive victories. And this latest title establishes the Pohang outfit as the joint-second-most successful club in K-League history, level with FC Seoul and second only to seven-time winners Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.

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 goals – one every five minutes and 38 seconds on average – were scored by France in the first halves of their recent back-to-back thrashings of Bulgaria in FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ qualifying. A Marie-Laure Delie hat-trick within ten minutes of kick-off helped Philippe Bergeroo’s team carry a 6-0 lead in at the break in Lovech on 23 November, and another treble from Gaetane Thiney ensured they ran out 10-0 winners. Against the same opponents in Le Mans last Wednesday, the French were astonishingly 10-0 up at the interval, with Thiney and Eugenie Le Sommer finishing with four goals apiece in a 14-0 hammering. Les Bleues lead the race for Group 7’s automatic ticket to the seventh Women’s World Cup on maximum points from four outings, having scored 31 times and conceded just once in the process. Furthermore, France are unbeaten in ten competitive matches since a 1-0 loss to Canada in the battle for bronze at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012. Their only draw within that sequence came against Denmark in the UEFA Women’s EURO quarter-finals, with the Scandinavians winning the subsequent penalty shoot-out.

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 goals have taken Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the top of the UEFA Champions League scoring chart and past George Weah as PSG’s record scorer in a single campaign. The in-form Swede topped up his tally in last Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Olympiacos – his 100th Champions League appearance – and with 34 goals overall in the competition’s group stage, moved beyond Alessandro Del Piero into fifth place in the all-time standings. Only Raul (53), Ruud van Nistelrooy (50), Thierry Henry (38) and Lionel Messi (36) have scored more. The same night’s matches were also memorable for Arturo Vidal, who became the first Juventus player since Filippo Inzaghi in 2000/01 to claim a Champions League hat-trick, and the first player in the competition’s history to score four penalties in a single campaign. Bayern Munich, meanwhile, set a new Champions League record by racking up a tenth straight win, eclipsing the benchmark set by Barcelona between 2009 and 2012. There were also records for Real Madrid, who have now scored in a record-high 30 consecutive Champions League matches, and for Manchester United, whose 5-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen was the club’s best-ever away win in Europe’s elite competition.

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 unanswered Celtic goals handed Hearts their heaviest defeat in over four decades on Sunday. The Edinburgh club had not suffered such a resounding loss since 1 January 1973, when city rivals Hibernian racked up an identical 7-0 scoreline in the most infamous match of the Jam Tarts’ history. Sunday’s Scottish Cup defeat at their Tynecastle home was scarcely any better, with Celtic setting a new record winning margin for the fixture, eclipsing the previous record of 6-0, last recorded in 1981. It was the perfect way for Bhoys manager Neil Lennon to mark his 200th match in charge of the club, and the Irishman later described the performance as better than any of the 199 that had preceded it.