The Week in Numbers

  • Landmark Liam

  • Maracanazo memories

  • A Danish designer, a Dutch finisher

5,000
was the A-League goal number conceded by Perth Glory’s Liam Reddy – astonishingly after he conceded the competition's first goal for Newcastle Jets in 2005, 1,000th for Brisbane Roar in 2009 and 4,000th for the Glory in 2016. Unbelievably, the then Sydney FC goalkeeper conceded its 2,001st just ten minutes after Tony Warner leaked its 2,000th in 2011, and, while injured, watched his Central Coast Mariners understudy Matt Nash concede its 3,000th in 2014.
100
Eredivisie goals for Ajax is what Klaas-Jan Huntelaar became only the ninth player – and first since Dennis Bergkamp in 1993 – to reach in Ajax’s 5-2 win at Emmen. A David Neres double left him on six goals in his last seven appearances as Erik ten Hag’s side scored five-plus goals for the tenth time in all competitions this season.
59
assists in his first 200 Premier League appearances is what Christian Eriksen made it by setting up Son Heungmin to score the maiden goal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It sent the Dane joint-fifth on the list of players with the most assists in their first 200 Premier League outings alongside David Silva, behind Dennis Bergkamp (60), Thierry Henry (61), David Beckham (62) and Cesc Fabregas (66).
50
places is what Kosovo have climbed up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking since the appointment of Bernard Challandes just over a year ago. Behind the likes of Chad, Dominica, and St Lucia when the Swiss took over in March 2018, a 12-game unbeaten run now has them at a personal best of 127th and within touching distance of four teams who have played in the FIFA World Cup™ this century: Togo (126th), Angola (122nd), Korea DPR (121st) and New Zealand (119th).
20
matches unbeaten in all competitions was the run Bayern Munich had shattered by Wolfsburg in their Women’s DFB-Pokal semi-final. Pernille Mosegaard-Harder’s brace took her on to 27 goals in 26 games this season to help inspire a 4-0 win and Bayern’s heaviest home defeat in seven-and-a-half years.
9
combined goals and assists – six and three respectively – is what Los Angeles FC’s Carlos Vela has recorded in the first five rounds of MLS 2019. DC United’s Wayne Rooney has the next highest total with seven.
6
or more direct free-kicks in back-to-back seasons: that is what Lionel Messi became the first player this century to score in Europe’s top five leagues – a feat that eclipsed even the great Juninho Pernambucano.
6
months without victory is what Nuremberg had gone until they ended a 20-match winless run in the Bundesliga. Mikael Ishak, Matheus Pereira and Eduard Lowen ensured the nine-time German champions scored as many goals in the second half against Augsburg as they had in their previous 12 hours of football.
3
own goals is what San Jose-Liga de Quito became the first game in the Copa Libertadores’ 59-year history to produce. Luckless ‘La V Azulada’ defender Cesar Mena netted more own goals in 29 minutes on Tuesday – no player had ever registered two OGs in a Libertadores match – as he had scored goals in his previous eight years in all competitions.
2
victories as visitors at the Maracana is what Penarol became the first club in Copa Libertadores history to register. The Uruguayan goliaths won 1-0 at a Flamengo side including Leandro, Junior and Zico in the 1982 semi-finals, and on Wednesday they ended a sequence of seven straight away losses – and a club-record 15 games without a win on their travels – in the Libertadores with defeat of the same team by the same scoreline.