Emphatic victories in the Big Blue and the Merseyside Derby, including the incredible form of Liverpool’s strike partners, feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with contrasting fortunes for two Madrid teams, relief by the Pegnitz river and English clubs splashing the cash.
years and 80 matches after Liverpool last beat Everton by more than a three-goal margin, they repeated the feat. The Ian Rush-inspired Reds were aided by the first-half dismissal of Glenn Keeley en route to that 5-0 Merseyside Derby victory in November 1982, but they had their strikeforce – not a numerical advantage – largely to thank for their 4-0 victory on Tuesday night. Luis Suarez set up the opener for Steven Gerrard, before later scoring himself to move on to 23 goals in 18 appearances in the 2013/14 Premier League – the same total he managed in 33 games last season. Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, hit a brace to make it a personal best of 13 goals for the campaign. The 24-year-old former Manchester City and Chelsea forward has now netted a goal every 90 minutes on average this term – a total bettered only by Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (81.9 minutes) and Suarez (73.5 minutes). Brendan Rodgers’ side, who were 3-0 up at the break, have now scored more first-half goals (37) than Everton have in total (35) this season. Furthermore, following a 3-3 draw in November, the Reds have put seven goals past the Toffees in a top-tier campaign for the first time since 1947/48.
rounds is what Nurnberg had to wait for their maiden league victory of the season on Saturday. Der Club finished 2013 with an 11th draw in 17 matches, thus becoming the first side in history to end the first half of a Bundesliga campaign winless, but they began 2014 with an emphatic 4-0 defeat of Hoffenheim. A brace from 21-year-old Switzerland striker Josip Drmic helped Gertjan Verbeek get his first win since assuming the reins – no Nurnberg coach has ever had to wait as long as nine matches to break his duck – as the 1900-founded early heavyweight of German football claimed their biggest success in almost three years. The result moved Nurnberg two points above rock-bottom Braunschweig, whose goalless draw at Werder Bremen left them having scored only ten goals. Only Tasmania Berlin (eight in 1965/66) and Eintracht Frankfurt (nine in 1970/71) have managed fewer after 18 games.
of the 20 Premier League clubs have broken their transfer records since the end of last season after Hull City and Manchester United signed Nikica Jelavic and Juan Mata. That staggering statistic is also indebted to Mesut Ozil, Gary Medel, Dwight Gayle, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Dani Osvaldo, Wilfried Bony, Erik Lamela, Stephane Sessegnon and Andy Carroll respectively joining Arsenal, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Southampton, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United in 2013/14’s first transfer window. The Red Devils paid Chelsea £37.1m for Mata, who became the fourth-costliest signing in Premier League history behind Sergio Aguero (£38m), Mesut Ozil (£42.5m) and Fernando Torres (£50m). The 25-year-old Spain playmaker impressed on his debut as United beat Cardiff City 2-0 to become the first team in Premier League history to surpass the 1,000 points mark in home matches.
successive home defeats – their worst all-time run in La Liga – has left Rayo Vallecano five points adrift of safety. The 1924-founded Vallecanos have, in the process, conceded 21 goals (3.5 per game on average). Atletico Madrid were the latest winners at the Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas, triumphing 4-2 on Sunday. However, Atleti’s former Vallecano striker Diego Costa, who scored 19 goals in his first 17 league games of 2013/14, extended his scoreless streak to 373 minutes. During that barren run the 25-year-old has been replaced atop of the scoring chart by Cristiano Ronaldo, who netted in a 2-0 reverse of Granada on Saturday which kept Real Madrid one point behind Barcelona and Atletico. Los Merengues have now won their last ten matches in all competitions and haven’t conceded in 748 minutes.
unanswered goals is what gave Sydney FC the biggest away win in their history on Sunday, and consigned Melbourne Victory to a second successive 5-0 loss and their heaviest home defeat of all time. A double from 39-year-old Alessandro Del Piero and a sublime individual goal from Sebastian Ryall – one of only three players to have represented both clubs – helped Frank Farina’s Sky Blues win for the first time in six outings on Australia Day, and left Victory’s Socceroos goalkeeper Nathan Coe having conceded nine goals in his last 135 minutes of action (one every 15 minutes on average). The result moved Sydney up to fifth – one place and one point beneath their opponents – in the ten-team A-League, with the top six qualifying for the play-offs. It also equalled the record win in a fixture known as ‘The Big Blue’, set when braces apiece from Kevin Muscat and Archie Thompson inspired a thrashing of Sydney in October 2005.