PSG, PSV and flag-flying Foxes
The Troll Kids, The Sweet Potatoers and the Foxes breaking ground for their den feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with sharing Sevillistas and history in the Netherlands.
matches unbeaten is what Rosenborg managed to clinch their third straight Tippeligaen crown with five rounds remaining. Oddly, the run began after The Troll Kids lost their first match of the campaign at Odd. Rosenborg’s extension of their record haul of Norwegian top-tier titles to 24 was sweetened by it being secured at the home of arch-rivals Molde on Saturday. Christian Gytkjaer was, predictably, on target in the 3-1 win with his 14th goal in 13 games. The Danish forward’s overall tally of 18 is double his nearest rival on the Tippeligaen scoring chart. If Rosenborg can manage four victories and ten points from their last five assignments they will break the all-time Tippeligaen records belonging to Molde.
years after last winning an away game in the UEFA Champions League after conceding the first goal, Paris Saint-Germain repeated the feat. The previous time was when Bernard Lama, David Ginola, Valdo and George Weah helped sink Spartak Moscow 2-1. Edinson Cavani headlined the 3-1 win at Ludogorets with his first away goals in the tournament in almost two years. The 29-year-old Uruguayan has now netted eight goals in his last five appearances in all competitions.
successive away wins – the best sequence in the Eredivisie’s 60-year existence – is what PSV established. PSV themselves set the previous best, with Hans van Breukelen, Ronald Koeman, Eric Gerets, Frank Arnesen, Soren Lerby, Willy van de Kerkhof, Ruud Gullit and Wim Kieft helping Guus Hiddink’s side win 12 games on their travels until a goalless draw at Utrecht in February 1988, just a few months before they lifted the European Cup. Phillip Cocu’s men brought up the record with a 3-1 success at Excelsior, in which Luuk de Jong hit his seventh goal in six away games in the league. The last time the Eindhoven powerhouses failed to take three points away was in a 2-2 draw with Willem II in November. PSV have, nevertheless, been experiencing different fortunes at the Philips Stadion. Last week they ended a run of 313 minutes without scoring at home in all competitions – their worst goal drought in the professional era.
minutes is all Alvaro Navarro required to score a hat-trick that snatched Puebla the unlikeliest of turnarounds. Away at Morelia, trailing 2-0, and at a numerical disadvantage following the 60th-minute dismissal of Patricio Araujo, the Uruguayan substitute pulled one back after 82 minutes. Within 90 seconds of play restarting, Navarro equalised with a 14-yard header, before grabbing victory deep into stoppage time. Following their defeat of Universidad Guadalajara in the Copa MX on Wednesday, Puebla have now recorded three consecutive 3-2 wins in all competitions.
English clubs had won their first two UEFA Champions League games until Tuesday. Leeds United, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City had all failed to do so. Leicester City were, surprisingly, the relative minnows that broke the trend. Islam Slimani’s sixth goal against Porto in four appearances against them in 2016 was enough for victory. Porto have now failed to win – or keep a clean sheet – in 17 visits to English sides.
Quick hits 17 years after Brian O’Neill became the last Scotsman to score in the German Bundsliga, RB Leipzig’s Oliver Burke joined a club that includes Mark McGhee, Alan McInally, Murdo MacLeod and Paul Lambert.
11 straight Sevilla goals in the Champions League have come from 11 different players.
0 points after five rounds is what Schalke sit on for the first time in Bundesliga history.