The Week in Numbers
A very surprising Messi mark
English goal blitzes
minutes is all it has taken Zlatan Ibrahimovic to average a goal in Major League Soccer after his lightning start to 2019 – the only sub-90-minute ratio of any player with at least ten goals this century. The 37-year-old Swede has 28 goals in 31 appearances overall.
years was the absence Tottenham Hotspur ended without being European Cup/UEFA Champions League semi-finalists, breaking the record Atletico Madrid had held for going 40 years between 1974 and 2014. Raheem Sterling, Son Heungmin (two) and Bernardo Silva ensured it was 2-2 after just 11 minutes, smashing the record of 20 minutes for the first four goals of a Champions League match.
shots and 12 games separated Lionel Messi’s first goal against Manchester United on Tuesday and previous goal in the Champions League quarter-finals against Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.
goals in 22 games is what Baghdad Bounedjah scored to smash the record for goals in a season in the Qatar Stars League’s 56-year history, which had been the 27 Araujo got for Al Gharafa in 2007/08. The Algeria striker’s haul included six hat-tricks, which helped Al Sadd, who netted 47 goals in 22 outings the last time they won the title in 2012/13, register exactly double that to regain the crown.
Bundesliga goals is what Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, at 19 years and 306 days and in his 100th appearance, became the second-youngest player to register. Former West Germany striker Horst Koppel managed it while 65 days younger in 1968.
saves is what Empoli’s Bartlomiej Dragowski made against Atalanta – a record for a goalkeeper in a Serie A game this century. Atalanta have now registered 45 shots since Duvan Zapata scored their last goal, which contrastingly left them having scored with five successive shots.
goals in a European competition in a single season is what Olivier Giroud became the fourth Frenchman to register after Just Fontaine, Kevin Gameiro and Wissam Ben Yedder. The Russia 2018 winner helped Chelsea set a new record for the shortest time from kick-off a team has taken to score four goals in a UEFA Europa League game at 26 minutes and three seconds.
goals in a Liga MX match is what Pachuca, propelled by Victor Guzman, Edwin Cardona, Franco Jara and three-goal Leonardo Ulloa, became the first team to score since Pumas in 1976. Their 9-2 triumph was the second-biggest victory since the short-tournament format began in 1996, with Veracruz also on the wrong end of the heaviest defeat: 8-0 to an Esteban Solari-inspired Pumas to 2007.
goals against the Ligue 1 leaders is what Lille scored for the first time since smashing Nice 6-0 in 1952. Their 5-1 win left Paris Saint-Germain having conceded more than four goals in a league game for the first time since Lionel Letizi conceded five in a thrashing by Sedan in 2000, while the 3-2 loss at Nantes on Wednesday left them having lost back-to-back matches in the competition since 2011.
goals without reply is what Universidad Catolica put past Universidad de Chile to record their biggest victory in the fixture since a 5-0 win 65 years ago.