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Son Heungmin of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammate Harry Kane after scoring his team's third goal
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  • Bayern start with a bang
  • Kane and Son link up to make history
  • rounds up the best of a jam-packed weekend of football

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days after he last found the net for AC Milan in Europe, Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to scoring action for I Rossoneri on the continental stage. The 38-year-old helped Milan to a 2-0 UEFA Europa League win over Republic of Ireland’s Shamrock Rovers - his first European goal for the club since netting against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League on 15 February 2012. Stefano Pioli’s side are now unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions, their longest lossless run since Carlo Ancelotti oversaw a 16-game streak 12 years ago. 


regular season penalties, 14 successful conversions is the perfect record that has enabled Nicolas Lodeiro to make Major League Soccer history on Friday. No-one in the US top flight had previously attempted this many spot kicks without missing, with the Seattle Sounders star surpassing the benchmark of 12 that he had previously shared with Benny Feilhaber. Lodeiro did so in quick time too, with two penalty strikes separated by just four minutes and five seconds in the Sounders’ 3-0 victory over LAFC. 


unanswered goals against Schalke gave Bayern Munich the biggest win ever recorded in the opening round of Bundesliga matches. The record-breaking win also yielded a number of personal milestones, with Jamal Musiala – at 17 years and 205 days – becoming the club's youngest Bundesliga goalscorer, eclipsing the benchmark set by Roque Santa Cruz. Thomas Muller, meanwhile, scored his 200th competitive goal for the Bavarian giants, while Robert Lewandowski (163) moved above Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (162) into second place in the club’s list of all-time leading Bundesliga marksmen. Prolific as the Pole is, he has little chance of threatening the record, however, with Gerd Muller’s incredible tally of 365 sure to remain unassailable.


goals without reply handed reigning South American champions Flamengo the worst Copa Libertadores defeat of their history on Thursday. Ecuador’s Independiente del Valle were responsible for the shock 5-0 scoreline in Quito, and became just the second non-Brazilian team to record such a handsome winning margin of victory against a Brazilian side in South America’s top competition. The only team to have previously managed this was Colombia’s America de Cali against Athletico Paranaense in 2002. This was also the heaviest ever loss suffered by defending Libertadores champions.


per cent of James Rodriguez’s 53 goals in Europe have been scored from outside the box (18 of 53), including three of his last six coming in this fashion. Everton's new star signing scored in his first game at Goodison Park in a 5-2 win over newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion.

Olimpico alert!

Cincinnati midfielder Haris Medunjanin provided us with a rare kind of goal in Major League Soccer action. The Bosnian scored directly from a corner kick, otherwise known as an "Olimpico", named after Argentinian forward Cesareo Onzari, who scored in the manner against reigning Olympic Football champions Uruguay in 1924.

Bale & Spurs: The reunion

Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the loan signing of former Spurs star Gareth Bale from Real Madrid over the weekend. Jose Mourinho will be hoping the Welshman can replicate the form he showed in the 2012/13 campaign when he scored 21 goals in the Premier League.

Tottenham also made headlines on the pitch over the weekend thanks to the scintillating form of Harry Kane and Son Heungmin. The Korea Republic star scored four goals in their 5-2 win in Southampton with all four assisted by Kane. It was the first time in Premier League history that one player had assisted another four times in a single match.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Crystal Palace defeated Manchester United 3-1 to record two successive victories at Old Trafford in club history.

L'Architetto commences new construction

Andrea Pirlo's transition from iconic midfielder to senior coach began in impressive fashion as Juventus opened the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria. Pirlo is aiming to lead the Turin giants to a remarkable tenth successive Scudetto. Almost inevitably, Cristiano Ronaldo got his name on the scoresheet, albeit in the dying minutes.

Champs keep dream alive

Holders Al Hilal headlined the weekend AFC Champions League action by advancing to the Round of 16 with a scoreless stalemate against IR Iran's Shahr Khodro. There was good news also for fellow 2019 FIFA Club World Cup participants Al Sadd with the Qataris thumping Al Ain to put one hand on a ticket to the knockout stage.

NWSL Fall Series continues apace

Orlando Pride returned to play in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and kept a clean sheet at holding champions North Carolina Courage. It was only the fourth time the Courage failed to score at home in NWSL competition (41 matches). Elsewhere in the league, Chicago Red Stars saw off Sky Blue 4-1 thanks to a Kealia Watt brace. It was the first time in Watt's career that she was directly involved in three goals (two goals, one assist) in a NWSL match.

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