The Week in Numbers
Teenagers and veterans
Perfection from the spot
A country bossing a continent
Eintracht Frankfurt fans – almost one-third of the San Siro crowd – watched Luka Jovic’s unanswered goal send them into the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals. Adi Hutter’s Eintracht duly became the first German side this century to go 14 matches unbeaten in Europe – Bayern and Hamburg survived 13 until losing in 2002 and 2008 respectively.
Eredivisie victories is what Matthijs de Ligt (19 years and 210 days) became the third-youngest player in history to participate in on Sunday after legends Gerald Vanenburg in 1983 (18 & 352) and Clarence Seedorf in 1995 (19 & 57).
appearances is what it took Gaurav Bora to score the first goal of his professional career – and the 20-year-old got two of them within 21 minutes to help Chennai City come from behind, beat defending champions Minerva Punjab, pip East Bengal and become the eighth club to win the I-League title in the last nine seasons.
goals in 14 appearances is what Nikita Tromp reached to outrank fellow Dutchwoman Vivianne Miedema and Spaniard Claudia Pina and become the all-time leading scorer in UEFA U-17 Women’s Championship matches (qualifiers and finals).
goals in a Serie A campaign is what Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella became just the second player in history to score over the age of 36. Luca Toni managed it twice.
goals from 15 penalties is what Girona’s Cristhian Stuani made it to equal the La Liga record for players with 100-per-cent records from the spot. Manolo Alfaro outranked Alen Peternac (14 from 14 for Valladolid) with his final spot-kick in the competition in 1999. Diego Castro also netted his first 15 penalties in La Liga, but had his 16th saved by Stuani’s current team-mate, Gorka Iraizoz.
goals in his last ten appearances is what Sadio Mane has scored after back-to-back doubles at Anfield and the Allianz. Eight have come over the last eight Premier League rounds – the only players to have scored more than five goals during the same period are Sergio Aguero (8), Raul Jimenez (6) and Raheem Sterling (6).
goals is what Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix served in the joint-highest-scoring match in A-League history, both of which the former have lost 8-2 at home. Sarpreet Singh got two goals and two assists. The last player involved in more goals in an A-League game was Alessandro Del Piero over six years ago.
goals in his last nine appearances is what Wissam Ben Yedder has scored. Since he arrived at Sevilla in 2016, the 28-year-old France forward is the only player to score two hat-tricks past the same goalkeeper in La Liga, with Real Sociedad’s Geronimo Rulli his victim on Sunday - after the club had called forth a Ben Yedder treble on social media.
clubs from the same country – Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool – reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in the same season for the third time. England was responsible for the previous two occasions, too, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United managing it in 2007/08 and 2008/09.
assists as a substitute is what Franck Ribery, in a nine-minute spell in a 6-0 thrashing of Wolfsburg, became the first player to register in the Bundesliga this century.