The Week in Numbers

  • Upsets in Bahir Dah and Osaka

  • Rampant Italians and debuting Spaniards

  • Gnabry, Kumagai, Mitrovic, Pukki and Wijnaldum feature

minutes is what Ethiopia had gone without scoring in CAF Africa Nations Cup qualifying until Surafel Dagnachew equalised against Côte d'Ivoire. Shemeles Bekele then hit the contest’s deciding goal as Ethiopia belied a 95-place deficit on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking to cause a stunning upset.
per cent: that was the record with which Italy finished a UEFA EURO or FIFA World Cup™ qualification campaign for the first time ever, with ten victories from ten attempts making them one of two teams to reach the 2020 continental finals with a perfect record, along with Belgium. La Nazionale netted, in a 9-1 thrashing of Armenia, more than eight goals in a game for the first time since a 9-0 defeat of France in 1920, while only four teams have scored more times in a EURO qualifier (see the chart below).
MatchYearMultiple-goal scorers
San Marino 0-13 Germany2006Podolski (4), Klose (2), Hitzlsperger (2), Schweinsteiger (2)
Spain 12-1 Malta1983Rincon (4), Santillana (4), Maceda (2)
Netherlands 11-0 San Marino2011Van Persie (4), Huntelaar (2), Sneijder (2)
France 10-0 Azerbaijan1995Djorkaeff (2), Leboeuf (2)
England 9-0 Luxembourg1982Blissett (3)
Spain 9-0 Albania1990Butragueno (4), Munoz (2)
Spain 9-0 Austria1999Raul (4), Urzaiz (2)
Spain 9-0 San Marino1999Luis Enrique (3), Etxeberria (2)
Russia 9-0 San Marino2019Dzyuba (4), Smolov (2)
Belgium 9-0 San Marino2019R. Lukaku (2)
Italy 9-1 Armenia2019Immobile (2), Zaniolo (2)
seconds into his international career is all Pau Torres required to bag his first goal. The 22-year-old centre-back and winger Dani Olmo, 21, ensured, in a 7-0 defeat of Malta, that two debutants scored for La Roja in the same game for the first time since Juanito and Fernando Gomez did against Hungary in 1989.
attempts is what it took Finland to qualify for a major tournament – Luxembourg is the only nation to have had more attempts without qualifying (35). Teemu Pukki has scored ten goals in his last eight internationals, having taken 59 appearances to register his first ten.
goals in his last 21 appearances for Serbia is what Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored. He netted just twice in his first 19 internationals.
goals in 26 appearances is what Gabigol moved on to to break Zico’s record for a Flamengo player in a Brasileirao campaign (the latter got 21 twice). The 23-year-old is on course to become just the third player to finish as the competition’s leading marksman in back-to-back seasons after Dada Maravilha and Tulio Maravilha, and will on Saturday vie to fire Flamengo to the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™.
goals in his first 13 Germany games is what Serge Gnabry became the first player to score since Gerd Muller 50 years ago.
goals in his last five internationals is what Gini Wijnaldum made it – he took five years to score his first seven – to become the first player since Robin van Persie in 2013 to net multiple times in back-to-back appearances for the Netherlands. Twenty-one of 25 goals registered by Oranje players in 2019 were scored or assisted by Wijnaldum or Memphis Depay.
goals in his last three appearances is what Salomon Rondon made to become the first man to reach 30 goals for Venezuela. The 4-1 upset of Japan in Osaka left Venezuela with three successive victories for the first time since 2007.
goals in two games is what Saki Kumagai made it by scoring against South Africa and Paris Saint-Germain – as many as she had in the previous 20 months. The 29-year-old registered her maiden Japan goal in her 110th appearance, before grabbing Lyon a 1-0 victory in France’s glamour fixture. PSG have now scored zero or one goal in their last 13 meetings with Lyon.