The Week in Numbers
Haaland Norway's hat-trick hero
Giroud and Davis reach important milestones
South American World Cup qualifying takes centre stage
Steven Davis became Northern Ireland's most-capped international when he made his 120th appearance for the Green and White Army in their UEFA EURO qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday.
Luiz Suarez extended his Uruguay national record to 60 international goals in scoring the opener in a 2-1 win over Chile in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying. It was also another slice of history for the record-breaker as he grabbed the maiden goal in South America's road to Qatar 2022.
Scotland advanced to the UEFA EURO 2020 play-off finals by beating Israel on penalties. Incredibly, it was the first time in 59 years that the Scots played in a match that went into extra time. The last time Scotland contested extra time was in a FIFA World Cup™ play-off defeat by Czechoslovakia in 1961.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin can't stop scoring. The Everton forward scored on his debut for England in a friendly against Wales this week. He became the first Everton player to score on his Three Lions bow since Frederick Pickering netted three against USA on 27 May 1964 in a 10-0 win. Calvert-Lewin now has ten goals in his last seven appearances for club and country.
Brazil turned on the style in their opening FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifier against Bolivia in Sao Paulo with a sweeping 5-0 victory. The win extended the nation's incredible unbeaten run at home in World Cup qualifying to 43 wins and 12 draws in 55 matches played in total.
Vivianne Miedema moved on to 49 goals in just 50 FA Women's Super League appearances today and, in the process, joined Nikita Parris as the competition's joint all-time leading scorer. The prolific Dutch striker did so with a brace in the Gunners' 5-0 victory over Brighton, and now leads the English top flight's scoring chart with seven goals from her first five outings in the 2020/21 season. Miedema's countrywoman, Danielle van de Donk, meanwhile maintained her record of having scored in all of her matches (5) against Brighton.
Both Argentina forward Lionel Messi and Uruguay forward Luis Suarez equalled Brazil legend Ronaldo's record for most goals scored for a South American national team in competitive matches (39 goals each). They did so in a 1-0 victory over Ecuador and 2-1 win over Chile respectively in Round 1 of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifiers.
Juventus Women defeated AC Milan 1-0 in a top-of-the-table clash in Serie A to get the week of football started. Cristiana Girelli scored the winner from the penalty spot in the first half to secure Juventus's 20th win in their last 22 Serie A games played (the other two having been draws). Juve have collected 12 clean sheets in this period and Girelli is the only player to score in all four matches of the season so far.
Erling Haaland scored his first senior international hat-trick today to inspire a 4-0 win over Hungary. In doing so, he became the first Norwegian to bag a treble in a competitive international since Kjetil Rekdal in a 3-0 FIFA World Cup qualifier win over Hungar in October 1996 - a match in which his father, Alfe-Inge, played. Haaland Jnr is the first sixth player to score a UEFA Nations League hat-trick and the first since Cristiano Ronaldo managed one for Portugal against Switzerland on 5 June 2019.
Olivier Giroud had a week to remember. The France striker reached the milestone of 100 caps for Les Bleus, captained his country and scored twice in a 7-1 victory over Ukraine on Wednesday. The brace catapulted Giroud above Michel Platini into second place on his country’s list of all-time leading marksmen, nine goals behind Thierry Henry. Intriguingly, Giroud's first 40 goals for France were all scored inside the box but he ended that sequence against Ukraine with a sumptuous strike into the top corner from distance. While Giroud climbed up the France goalscoring chart, another Frenchman notably got his first for his country. Eduardo Camavinga became the second-youngest player to score for Les Bleus at 17 years and 11 months, only behind Maurice Gastiger, who netted against Switzerland in March 1914 at the age of 17 years and five months.