The Week in Numbers
Two 17-year-olds seize the spotlight
A 38-year-old's exceptional scoring run
Bianchi, Di Stefano, Koeman and Finidi feature
domestic league titles is what Olimpia dramatically made it to go joint-sixth, alongside Olympiacos, on the list of the world’s most successful clubs. Olimpia trailed Guarani 2-0 in ‘The Oldest Derby’, but Roque Santa Cruz completed a poacher’s brace deep into injury time – the 38-year-old now has ten goals in his last four appearances – to snatch a 2-2 draw and a fourth consecutive crown. Only Nacional of Uruguay (46), Celtic (50), Penarol (50), Linfield (53) and Rangers (54) have won more league titles.
years had passed since Reims beat Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 until they won 3-1 on Sunday. Carlos Bianchi had inspired their previous victory in 1976, bagging a brace to turn a two-goal half-time deficit into a 3-2 success.
years is how long Ronald Koeman had reigned as the youngest player to score a penalty in the Dutch Eredivisie until PSV’s Mohamed Ihattaren, at only 17 years and 298 days, seized the record by two months.
years and 140 days was the age at which Joaquin, by eight months, eclipsed Alfredo Di Stefano to become the oldest hat-trick scorer in La Liga history. It took the winger just 19 minutes and 50 seconds to bag the first hat-trick of his 19-year career, become the first Real Betis player to score one since Finidi George versus Tenerife in 1997, and the seventh player to register a Spanish top-tier treble inside 20 minutes.
years and five months was the age at which Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann became the youngest coach to win a UEFA Champions League group. The former centre-back took the record from Andre Villas-Boas, who was 34 years and two months when he led Chelsea to top spot in Group E in 2011.
games unbeaten – 24 wins and five draws – was the exceptional run that came to an end for FIFA Club World Cup™-focused Flamengo against Santos. Despite a 4-0 loss, Jorge Jesus’s side finished the Brasileirao 16 points clear, breaking the 15-point record Sao Paulo set in 2007, while Gabigol became just the third player to win back-to-back leading marksman awards after Dada Maravilha in 1972 and Tulio Maravilha in 1995.
years and 40 days was the age at which Barcelona’s Ansu Fati became the youngest scorer in Champions League history, breaking the record Peter Ofori-Quaye set for Olympiacos in 1997 by five months.
matches winless against Manchester City in the Women’s Super League is the run Chelsea ended with a tenth successive win in all competitions. On Sunday, just as they had in their previous win in 2014, Emma Hayes’ Blues came from behind to triumph 2-1.
nations – England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – is all that will be represented in the Champions League’s Round of 16 for the first time. Atalanta became the second side to lose their opening three group matches (they scored two and conceded 11 in those) and reach the knockout phase, following in the footsteps of an Alan Shearer-spearheaded Newcastle United in 2002.
Asian sides had netted in extra-time at the FIFA Club Word Cup™ until Xavi’s Al Sadd scored twice to beat Hienghene Sport 3-1 and reach the second round. Al Ahly against Pachuca in 2008, Kashiwa Reysol against Monterrey in 2011, Kashima Antlers against Real Madrid in 2016, and Al Ain against Team Wellington and against River Plate last year had all failed.