In many ways, football is a simple game: the team that scores the most goals, wins. Yet in every single match, there are intriguing statistical sub-plots that help make the beautiful game the fascinating spectacle that it is. That's why, each week, FIFA.com takes a look at the numbers behind the results.
This latest review reflects on the speed at which Villarreal's Joseba Llorente and Marc Janko of Red Bull Salzburg scored hat-tricks, BATE Borisov and Flora Tallinn maintaining long unbeaten runs, and Roma losing one of their own.
days is how long Roma had gone without suffering defeat at home in the Italian top flight until Sunday. Then, Inter Milan ran out 4-0 winners at the Stadio Olimpico to hand Luciano Spalletti's side their fourth loss in seven games this term - as many as they lost during the whole of the 2007/08 Serie A. Inter were, coincidentally, the previous team to win at Roma in the league, 4-1 in September 2007.
goals in the Champions League is the figure Manchester United reached when Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring en route to a 3-0 win over Celtic at Old Trafford. Thereafter, the Bulgarian made it four goals in two games for the Red Devils in Europe, and Wayne Rooney scored his ninth in seven outings for club and country. Real Madrid have registered the most goals in the Champions League. Ruud van Nistelrooy, ironically United's leading marksman in the competition with 35 goals, scored Los Merengues's 268th Champions League goal in their 2-1 loss to Juventus.
matches is what BATE Borisov extended their unbeaten run in the Belarussian Vysshaya Liga to with a goalless draw at MTZ-RIPA on Friday. Viktar Goncharenko's team are now four points above - and have two games in hand on - runners-up Dinamo Minsk, and are only five matches away from going the entire league campaign without tasting defeat. An even longer unbeaten streak was improved at the weekend in the Estonian Meistriliiga, where Flora Tallinn drew 0-0 at Levadia Tallinn to make it 27 matches without a loss. However, the result left Flora four points behind their opponents, who head the standings with just four rounds remaining. Both have scored 96 goals and lost just once in 32 outings this season.
minutes is all it took Villarreal's Joseba Llorente to score the second-fastest hat-trick in UEFA Champions League history in his side's 6-3 win over Aalborg yesterday. Mike Newell, who found the net three times in nine minutes to help Blackburn Rovers beat Rosenborg 4-1 in 1995, remains top of the list. Llorente also became only the third substitute to net a treble in Europe's premier club competition, emulating Uwe Rosler and Walter Pandiani, who achieved the feat for Kaiserslautern in 1998 and Deportivo three years later respectively. The Submarino Amarillo forward evidently has a penchant for speed: in January, while playing for Valladolid, he scored a goal after just seven seconds. Llorente's contribution helped the Villarreal-Aalborg match become the joint-second most prolific in the Champions League's existence, shy only of Monaco's 8-3 defeat of Deportivo in 2003.
minutes is all Marc Janko needed to score three goals which reversed a 2-0 deficit and thrust Red Bull Salzburg ahead at Altach. The towering striker only came on at half-time and, after his quick-fire treble between minutes 59 and 67, added a fourth to seal a 4-3 victory. Janko has now made the scoresheet 14 times in 13 matchdays during this season's Austrian Bundesliga, and sits six ahead of his nearest rival atop of the scoring chart. Another three-hat-tricks were registered in the competition's remaining three matches on Saturday. Mario Haas's first-half treble helped Sturm Graz win 6-5 at Mattersburg, who fought back in the second half courtesy of three goals by Carsten Jancker, while Milenko Acimovic scored thrice in leaders Austria Vienna's 5-0 reverse of LASK Linz.