The Week in Numbers

  • Lefties and wonder goals

  • A 15-year-old eclipses Falcao and Rodriguez

  • Eriksen, Firmino, Lloyd and Lozano feature

wins in charge of USA is what Jill Ellis made it to equal the late Tony DiCicco’s record. Carli Lloyd produced her 20th multi-goal game for the USWNT in a 3-0 defeat of Portugal. The 37-year-old she has averaged a goal every 61 minutes for her country since the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ began.
appearances, zero goals: that was what Mexican players’ record was in Serie A – Miguel Layun, Rafa Marquez, Carlos Salcedo and Hector Moreno – until Hirving Lozano bagged on his Napoli debut. ‘Chucky’ also netted on his league bows for Pachuca and PSV, and in his maiden appearances for the Mexico U-20s, Mexico U-23s and in the FIFA World Cup™.
goals for Germany is what Alexandra Popp reached with a hat-trick in a 10-0 win over Montenegro – a figure bettered only by Celia Sasic (63), Inka Grings (64), Heidi Mohr (83) and Birgit Prinz (128). Sara Dabritz hit a treble in an 8-0 reverse of Ukraine three days later to make it six goals in as many appearances for her country, having scored only ten in her first 61 internationals.
minutes is, incredibly, all it has taken Philadelphia Union to average a goal this season when Ilsinho has been on the pitch. The Eastern Conference leaders have a +26 goal difference in the mere 893 minutes the Brazilian magician has played, and a -14 one when he hasn’t.
goals in his last 30 outings for Denmark is what Christian Eriksen has scored following his double away to Gibraltar. The attacking midfielder netted only six goals in his first 60 internationals.
years had passed since six players scored for Bayern Munich in the same Bundesliga game until Benjamin Pavard, David Alaba, Ivan Perisic, Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Alphonso Davies secured a 6-1 win over Mainz. Stefan Effenberg, Thomas Helmer, Bixente Lizarazu, Alexander Zickler, Carsten Jancker and Giovane Elber netted in a 6-1 win over Hansa Rostock in September 1998.
years and 261 days was the age at which Envigado's Jhon Jader became the second-youngest scorer in the 71-year history of the Colombian top tier – Harold Romana was 26 days younger in 2002. Falcao registered his first league goal at 14, but it was in the country’s second flight.
matches winless in World Cup qualifying is what Sudan had gone – three draws and 11 defeats – until a 3-1 win in Chad. Ramadan Alagab became the first player to score a hat-trick for Sudan in qualifying for the global finals, 62 years after their first preliminary.
successive league games is what Liverpool won for the first time in their 127-year history. In their victory over Burnley on Saturday, Roberto Firmino became the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals.
goals in his last eight internationals against Asian opposition is what Almoez Ali made it with a hat-trick in Qatar’s 6-0 defeat of Afghanistan in Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifying.
consecutive FIFA Puskás Award winners will have been left-footed goals after Lionel Messi, Juan Quintero and Daniel Zsori made the final three this year. Olivier Giroud and Mo Salah won it for the lefties in 2017 and ’18 respectively. The first five FIFA Puskás Award winners were right-footed goals.