The Week in Numbers
The European sixties club
Neymar makes history
Germany-Argentina, IR Iran and that 31-0 feature
goals in 387 games is what Esteban Paredes made it to became the all-time leading marksman in the Chilean top flight. ‘Chamaco’ Valdes (215 in 472) had held the distinction since outranking Honorino Landa (193) in 1975. Paredes, 39, almost retired from football before joining Colo Colo in 2009.
caps for Brazil is what Neymar, at the age of 27, became the youngest player to reach. The previous youngest, Roberto Carlos, was almost 31 when he joined the century club. Neymar is now joint-sixth alongside Robinho (100 caps) on A Seleção’s list of most-capped players behind Taffarel (101), Lucio (105), Dani Alves (116), Roberto Carlos (125) and Cafu (142).
goals for Norway is what Isabell Herlovsen reached with a hat-trick against Faroe Islands to unseat Marianne Pettersen (66) as their all-time leading markswoman. The 13-0 victory was Norwary’s third-biggest. Pettersen scored six times to help them set their record win: a 17-0 thrashing of Slovakia a few months after they won the FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden 1995™.
international goals is what Robert Lewandowski became the eighth European to reach thanks to a hat-trick against Latvia. He is now chasing Zlatan Ibrahimovic (62), Robbie Keane (68), Gerd Muller (68), Sandor Kocsis (75), Ferenc Puskas (84) and Cristiano Ronaldo (93). Since the start of 2019/20, Lewandowski has netted 18 goals in 14 appearances for Bayern Munich and Poland.
years after their maiden match, Cyprus finally won a game in which they trailed at half-time. Pieros Sotiriou’s fourth goal in his last six internationals – he took 19 games to break his Cyprus duck – earned a 2-1 win in Kazakhstan.
consecutive victories – during which they kept 13 clean sheets and scored 61 goals – was the run that came to an end for the USWNT in a 1-1 draw with Korea Republic in the last match of Jilll Ellis’s glorious reign. Three days earlier she recorded her 106th victory in charge of the team she guided to back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cup™ crowns, breaking Tony DiCicco’s record.
goals without reply is what IR Iran smashed past Cambodia to register the third-biggest victory in their history – Karim Bagheri and Ali Daei helped them beat Maldives 17-0 in 1997 and Guam 19-0 in 2000. Team Melli, inspired by Alireza Beiranvand, have kept clean sheets in 14 of their last 15 World Cup qualifiers.
assists in her last three games for Sweden is what Kosovare Asllani has registered after providing three in a 7-0 win over Slovakia. The 30-year-old superbly set up Stina Blackstenius for the only goal against Canada in the Round of 16 at France 2019.
goals in the first half of a World Cup qualifier is what Yang Xu became the first player in 18-and-a-half years to score in China PR’s 7-0 reverse of Guam. Archie Thompson and David Zdrilic both achieved the feat in Australia’s historic 31-0 victory over America Samoa in 2001. The burst sent Yang (28 goals) past Li Jinyu (24) and Su Maozhen (27) and into second place on Team Dragon’s all-time leading goals list behind Hao Haidong (41).
FIFA World Cup™ winners is what Germany kicked off an international match with for the first time since conquering Brazil 2014. It was, ironically, a 2-2 draw with the team they beat in the Maracana final, Argentina.