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Reds, runs and Real relief

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates a goal against Barcelona with Jese Rodriguez
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Reds, runs, teamwork and a wunderkind feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a rapid treble.

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 league goals in a season is what Gonzalo Higuain became the first man in Napoli history – and first Serie A player since Luca Toni in 2005/06 – to conquer on Sunday. The France-born Argentina striker marked his 100th appearance in the Italian top flight with his 65th goal, a thunderous half-volley against Udinese which left him with more than double his nearest rivals in the *Capocannoniere *race. It also moved Higuain level with Benfica’s Jonas in the European Golden Shoe battle, and closer to the 36-goal record for a Serie A campaign, set by Torino’s Gino Rossetti in 1928/29. The 28-year-old’s quest to realise those targets took huge blows, however, when he was sent off in a 3-1 loss and subsequently punished with a four-match ban. Napoli have now failed to beat Udinese away in nine years since a Marcelo Zalayeta-inspired 5-0 triumph.

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 years and 67 days was the age at which Dusan Vlahovic became the youngest scorer in Partizan’s 70-year-plus history on Sunday. So highly did coach Ivan Tomic rate the towering striker that he handed him the club’s prestigious No9 shirt – previously worn by Stjepan Bobek, Marko Valok, Milan Galic, Savo Milosevic and Mateja Kezman – before even including him in his squad for a match. Vlahovic was sent on for the start of the second half with Partizan trailing 2-0 at home to Radnik Surdulica, and he took just eight minutes – to the second – to head home the first goal of a career that promises many. Sasa Ilic, a 38-year-old who made his Partizan debut three years and three months before Vlahovic was born, then netted a quick-fire brace to capture the Belgrade Behemoths a 3-2 victory that kept them second in the Serbian SuperLiga standings.

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 players were involved – without possession being relinquished – in Kawasaki Frontale’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Kashima Antlers on Sunday. Yuto Takeoka started the move with a free-kick inside his own half, and following 17 passes Elsinho – the last outfield player in blue and black involved – headed home the equaliser. It ensured Yahiro Kazama’s side preserved the only undefeated record in the 2016 J.League.

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years and 101 days had passed since a Real Madrid coach last avoided defeat in his first league game against Barcelona until Zinedine Zidane stopped the rot on Saturday. Since Julio Baptista’s swerving half-volley gave Bernd Schuster victory in the first *Clásico *of his tenure, defeats had befallen Juande Ramos (2-0), Manuel Pellegrini (1-0), Jose Mourinho (5-0), Carlo Ancelotti (2-1) and Rafa Benitez (4-0). The 21st red card of Sergio Ramos’s career – and fourth in the fixture – left Real at a numerical disadvantage late on, but Cristiano Ronaldo struck to snatch a 2-1 win that denied Barcelona extending their record unbeaten run in all competitions to 40 matches. It was the 31-year-old Portuguese’s tenth goal in his last nine appearances at Camp Nou, while Lionel Messi has not scored in his last five games against Real – his longest drought.

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years without the Hungarian top-tier title going to the capital is what Ferencvaros ended on Sunday – an astonishing statistic considering that when ‘The Green Eagles’ last conquered the country in 2003/04, clubs from Budapest had won 95 of 102 seasons. Ferencvaros extended their record of league crowns to 29 with six matches still to play – and despite losing to Debrecen for the first time in seven games in all competitions – due to MTK’s loss to Paksi.

Quick hits
50 appearances in UEFA club competitions was what David Alaba reached against Benfica – despite being only 23.

13 minutes is all Carlos Munoz required to bag a hat-trick which ultimately earned Santiago Wanderers a 5-4 win over Universidad Chile. Wanderers’ last four games have averaged 5.5 goals.

8 straight draws is that Olympic Muremera have recorded in the Burundian Premier League – all 0-0 or 1-1.

7 goals is what Shakhtar Donetsk beat Metalist Kharkiv by at the weekend for their biggest-ever win in the fixture.

4 Italian coaches have now served under Roman Abramovich at Chelsea after he confirmed Antonio Conte would be taking over at Stamford Bridge.

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