minutes without conceding was the record streak that finally came to an end for Fraser Forster last night. It took an unstoppable strike from Aberdeen’s Johnny Hayes to bring the Celtic goalkeeper’s run to a close, but not before several records were left in the England international’s wake. First to go was the Celtic club record – set 100 years before by Charlie Shaw – of ten successive clean sheets, with Bobby Clarke’s Scottish league benchmark of 1,115 consecutive minutes next to fall in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Hearts. But while Edwin van der Sar’s British record of 1,311 minutes had been firmly within Forster’s sights, Hayes’ intervention - which also helped end Celtic’s 26-match unbeaten league run - has dashed the keeper's ambition.
yards was the distance from which Hakan Calhanoglu scored direct from a free-kick that helped end Hamburg’s record eight-match losing streak. The Turkish midfielder’s spectacular late strike capped a remarkable 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund for a struggling HSV side whose last victory had come on 3 December. Despite his team’s travails, Calhanoglu has now scored three free-kicks in the Bundesliga this season, more than any other player. There was also a notable goal over the weekend for Levan Kobiashvili, who at 36 years and 227 days became Hertha Berlin’s oldest Bundesliga scorer. The Georgian’s goal kicked off the scoring in a 2-1 defeat of Stuttgart, with Hertha’s winner – scored by Sandro Wagner – the club’s 1,500th Bundesliga goal, and the 900th conceded by Stuttgart.
years and ten Serie A instalments of the Derby della Mole have now passed since Torino last scored against Juventus. I Granata’s last league goal against their city rivals came in 2002, since when 15 hours of football have passed, with Juve racking up an aggregate score of 16-0. Just one goal was needed to settle the latest derby on Sunday, and Carlos Tevez was the man to provide it. With 14 league goals now to his name, the Argentinian has moved alongside Giuseppe Rossi at the top of the Serie A scoring chart, and is the already enjoying the most prolific season by a Juve player since Messrs Del Piero (21) and Trezeguet (20) in 2007/08. Another forward with reason to celebrate was Antonio Di Natale, the Udinese icon scoring his 184th Serie A goal and moving up to joint-tenth – alongside Gabriel Batistuta – in the league’s all-time standings.
successive top-flight appearances have been punctuated by a Daniel Sturridge goal, allowing the Liverpool striker to equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record. Sturridge’s double in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Swansea City moved him on to 18 goals from just 19 league outings this season, leaving him second only to team-mate Luis Suarez (23), who also sits joint-top of the assist table with nine. These in-form strikers have underpinned the success of a Liverpool team that, with 70 goals, have now surpassed Manchester City as the Premier League’s leading scorers this season. Leaders Chelsea, meanwhile, have found the net just 49 times, but boast a division-best goals-against record of 21. Saturday’s 1-0 win over Everton exemplified their season, and it also brought another landmark for Frank Lampard, whose 572nd Premier League appearance enabled him to equal David James in second place in the all-time standings. Ryan Giggs, with 630 and counting, still comfortably leads the way.
years, three months and 29 days without a home league defeat was the run that came to a shock end for Porto on Sunday. The Portuguese champions had gone an incredible 81 top-flight games without losing at the Estadio do Dragao, a streak that dated back to 25 October 2008 and a 3-2 defeat by Leixoes. On this occasion, it was Estoril who emerged with all three points, a 78th-minute Evandro penalty leaving Porto seven points adrift of leaders Benfica. It capped a week of disappointments for the Oporto outfit, who last Thursday surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home with Eintracht Frankfurt - the first time they had squandered such a position in a European tie in eight-and-a-half years.
goals in 67 minutes was the impressive contribution made by Marcin Robak to Polish side’s Pogon Szczecin’s 5-1 win over Lech Poznan. Pogon had begun the match two places behind their opponents but Robak, who opened his account with a right-foot drive on 15 minutes and added a header, another right-foot shot, a penalty and, finally, a goal with his midriff, led a one-man demolition job. The 31-year-old striker, whose career has marked him out as something of a journeyman, is enjoying a fine first season at Pogon and, with 15 goals already, leads the race to finish as the league’s top scorer.