Arsenal's number 14 leads them to FA Cup number 14
Serie A concludes, MLS is Back Tournament reaches semis
New Scottish Premiership season kicks off & much more!
As football continues to restart in all corners of the globe, several clubs lifted trophies in what was an eventful weekend in the world of football. FIFA.com rounds up all the latest eye-catching stats and headlines.
Lazio forward Ciro Immobile equalled the single season goalscoring record in Serie A with his 36th of the campaign in his side's 3-1 defeat by Napoli on the final day of the Italian league. He joined the esteemed company of Gonzalo Higuain, who scored 36 for Napoli in the 2015/16 season. Immobile was crowned Capocannoniere, the title for the league's top scorer, for the third time (2013/14, 2017/18 and 2019/20) to become the first player to win the award three times since Lazio's Giuseppe Signori in 1995/96.
Paris Saint-Germain edged Lyon 6-5 on penalties after the match finished goalless to lift the Coupe de la Ligue and win their second domestic cup in the space of a week, following their 1-0 Coupe de France final victory over Saint-Etienne. Since 2011, PSG have won 25 of the 36 domestic trophies on offer. No other French club have won more than two domestic trophies during that period of time.
Arsenal came from behind to defeat London rivals Chelsea 2-1 to extend their record of FA Cup trophies to 14, two clear of Manchester United's tally (12). They were led by their very own number 14, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored both goals at Wembley, the first from the penalty spot and the winner a sumptuous chipped finish over Willy Caballero. Arsenal have now beaten Chelsea in all three of the pair's FA Cup final meetings (2002, 2017 and 2020). Gabon international Aubameyang was also the first African to captain a side in a FA Cup final. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta became the first person to win the FA Cup with Arsenal as a captain and a manager and the first Arsenal manager to win a major trophy in their first season in charge since George Graham in 1986/87.
Celtic's quest for a record tenth consecutive Scottish league title began as the Scottish Premiership 2020/21 season kicked off this weekend. It was a near-flawless start to make history for Neil Lennon's side as they saw off Hamilton Academical 5-1 thanks to an Odsonne Edouard hat-trick.
The Major League Soccer (MLS) is Back Tournament confirmed its semi-finalists after an action-packed quarter-final weekend. Philadelphia Union defeated Sporting Kansas City 3-1 to advance in more MLS knockout rounds at MLS is Back (2) than they had in their first ten seasons in the league (1). Philadelphia will face Portland Timbers, who came from behind to beat NYCFC thanks largely to substitutes Diego Valeri and Andy Polo, in the semi-finals. Orlando City continued their rich vein of form to stun LAFC on penalties. Orlando are unbeaten in their first 5 matches in the tournament. The club has had just one longer unbeaten run in club history when they went six matches unbeaten from March to May 2018. Orlando will meet Minnesota United in the semi-finals. Minnesota routed San Jose 4-1 to score at least three goals in their last four matches against the Earthquakes, the first time the Loons have done that against any opponent in their MLS history.
Royal Antwerp edged Club Brugge 1-0 to win the club's third Belgian Cup. It was the club's first cup triumph since 1992, which ultimately led to a memorable run all the way to the now-abolished UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final, which saw them lose to Parma 3-1. For Club Brugge (11), it was a missed opportunity to go three clear of Anderlecht (9) in the all-time cup count and to claim their third league and cup double in their history.
Young Boys secured their third consecutive and 14th overall league title this weekend after a 1-0 victory over Sion on Friday. Young Boys moved five points clear of St. Gallen before the sides meet in the final round of the 2019/20 season on Monday. It was also their fourth win of the season against Sion, who faced Young Boys with four different coaches throughout the season.
The gap between Serie A champions Juventus (83) and runners-up Internazionale (82) was just one point in the end. It was the first time in 18 years that the gap was that small, when Juve finished one point ahead of Roma in the 2001/02 season. It was the first time that Inter earned 79+ points in a single term without winning the Scudetto in the three-points-for-a-win era. On the other side of the table, Genoa ensured they remained in the division with a 3-0 win over Hellas Verona, while Lecce were relegated back to Serie B, joining already confirmed relegated sides Brescia and SPAL.