The Week in Numbers

  • Haaland, Mbappe, Mertens and Pepe feature

  • A massacre in Brazil and a miracle in France

  • Englishmen in the north

1,000
goals: that is the figure CONMEBOL women’s competition reached thanks to a strike by Mariana Larroquette, a star of Argentina’s recent FIFA Women's World Cup™ campaign, in the Copa Libertadores Femenina. Ferroviaria’s elimination of Atletico Huila ensured that the reigning champions will miss the semi-finals for the first time since the likes of Formiga, Rosana, Andressa Alves and Debinha helped Sao Jose successfully defend their crown in 2014.
116
goals for Napoli is what Dries Mertens reached to surpass Diego Maradona and become their second-leading marksman behind Marek Hamsik (121).
62
places is what Kosovo have rocketed up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in merely 17 months. Fifteen months have passed since Bernard Challandes’ side suffered a drop on the global ladder.
47
consecutive games in all competitions is what Lyon had scored in until Dijon miraculously held Dzsenifer Marozsan, Eugenie Le Sommer, Ada Hegerberg and Co to a 0-0 draw. Lyon went into the Round 6 contest having averaged almost six goals per game in the 2019/20 D1 Feminine, while Dijon had taken just one point from a possible 15.
20
years and 306 days was the age at which Kylian Mbappe became the youngest player to register 15 goals in the UEFA Champions League. He stole the record from Lionel Messi, who was almost a year older.
18
years has passed since both sides had an English goalscorer in a Premier League meeting between Liverpool and Manchester United until Marcus Rashford and Adam Lallana were on target on Sunday. Michael Owen and David Beckham netted in a 2001 clash. The result ended Liverpool’s run of league victories at 17 – one shy of the English top-flight record set by Manchester City.
6
goals in his first three UEFA Champions League appearances is what Erling Haaland became the first player in history to score. The Red Bull Salzburg striker also became the second player to net in his first three games in the competition after Karim Benzema did it for Lyon in 2007.
5
goals without reply is what Flamengo scored to make Gremio suffer the joint-worst defeat by a Brazilian club in the Copa Libertadores. It also ensured Flamengo returned to the Copa Libertadores final for the first time in 38 years – only Santos (1963-2003) have had a longer wait.
2
direct free-kicks in a UEFA Europa League game is what Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe became the first player to score since Luis Suarez did the same for Liverpool six years ago.
2
points is all that separate the top half of the Bundesliga table. Never in history have the top nine been split by such a little margin after eight rounds.