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Old and gold, a head hat-trick & a delirium Dash

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goals for Lazio is what Ciro Immobile made it with a hat-trick in a 5-1 win at Verona to surpass Giorgio Chinaglia (122) and go third on their list of all-time leading marksmen behind Beppe Signori (127) and Silvio Piola (149). The 30-year-old striker now has netted 34 times in the 2019/20 Serie A season – only Gunnar Nordahl (35 in 1949/50) and Gonzalo Higuain (36 in 2015/16) have more in a campaign.

70

minutes is all it took Raheem Sterling to average a goal in the Premier League since its resumption in June. The 25-year-old became the first Englishman to score 20 goals in a top-tier season for Manchester City since Brian Kidd got 21 in 1976/77. Kevin De Bruyne, meanwhile, equalled Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a Premier League season.

45

games is what it took Max Burgess to score his first A-League goal – one which set him on a run of five in his last three appearances.

33

was the age at which Jamie Vardy became the oldest player to finish as leading marksman in an English top-flight campaign since Arsenal’s 36-year-old Ronnie Rooke in 1948. Vardy was the first Leicester City player to seize the honour since Gary Lineker shared it with Chelsea’s Kerry Dixon 35 years ago.

20

goals in his last 12 games is what Michael Olunga has scored for Kashiwa Reysol to help them gain promotion to the Japanese top flight, win their J.League Cup opener and make a positive start to life in the elite.

14

goals in 14 appearances is what Neymar has scored in 2020, taking him on to 70 in 81 games for Paris Saint-Germain. The 28-year-old’s latest earned PSG their 13th Coupe de France crown – three more than any other club – and ensured they have scored in 46 consecutive outings in the competition since the likes of Claude Makelele, Ludovic Giuly and Nene failed to beat Lille’s Mickael Landreau in 2011.

11

goals in his last ten games in all competitions is what Andre-Pierre Gignac has bagged. The Tigres striker’s double in a 3-0 win at Necaxa moved him on to 114 in Liga MX – just ten shy of the record for a European held by Spaniard Isidro Langara.

8

minutes is all Marouane Fellaini required to score the first hat-trick of his 14-year career. They all came from late headers to snatch Shandong Luneng a 3-2 win at Dalian Pro in Round 1 of the Chinese Super League.

5

successive major National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) trophies have gone the way of England-born coaches after James Clarkson's Houston Dash claimed the NWSL Challenge Cup following on from championship wins for Paul Riley (2016, 2018 and 2019) and Mark Parsons (2017). Cindy Parlow Cone, who led Portland Thorns to glory in its inaugural season in 2013, is the only non-Europe-born coach to have lifted the championship trophy.

4

goals is what Sassuolo had ruled out by VAR in their 2-0 loss at Napoli – the first time a side from one of Europe’s big five leagues has had more than three goals disallowed in the same game.

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