InFIFA.com'slatest stats review, Deyna Castellanos' goals and Eric Gerets' titles feature alongside run-ending victories for Crystal Palace, Napoli and River Plate.
years without a league win against Chelsea was the streak that Crystal Palace brought to a shock end on Sunday. A 1-0 victory, secured by John Terry’s own goal, also inflicted Jose Mourinho’s first top-flight defeat by a newly promoted team in 55 matches with Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Palace, meanwhile, had never in their history beaten the English Premier League leaders, a position Chelsea duly surrendered by the end of the weekend. Manchester City missed the chance to claim pole position when they drew 1-1 at Arsenal, with Mathieu Flamini's equaliser ending City’s 561-minute run without conceding a league goal. England's new pace-setters are Liverpool, for whom Luis Suarez scored a club record 29th Premier League goal of the season in their 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. With Daniel Sturridge also on target for his 20th of the campaign, the Reds duo are closing in on the best single-season haul by a Premier League double act: the 55 scored between Newcastle United’s Andy Cole (34) and Peter Beardsley (21) in 1993/94.
Italian Serie A matches without defeat and a league-record 43 games without failing to score were the Juventus runs brought to an end by Napoli on Sunday. It was only Juve’s *second top-flight loss of the season, but it came at a venue in which they have consistently struggled. Napoli are, after all, unbeaten in their last seven home games against the Turin giants, and have won five of those encounters. This latest victory also enabled the Naples side to set a new club points record for this stage in a Serie A season, a feat already achieved in 2013/14 by both Juve* and Roma. Elsewhere in Italy, there was joy for Kaka, who marked his 300th AC Milan appearance with a goal and a win, as *I Rossoneri *ended a three-match losing streak at the San Siro.
goals in five appearances have seen 14-year-old Deyna Castellanos fire Venezuela to the last four of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and equal a tournament record in the process. Only two other players, Vicki DiMartino of USA in 2008 and Japan’s Kumi Yokoyama two years later, had ever found the net in five successive matches at the U-17 finals, and Castellanos can claim the record for her own when her team take on Italy in Friday’s third-place play-off. The in-form youngster’s latest strike, in Venezuela's 4-1 semi-final defeat to Japan, kept her atop the scoring chart and ended the Asians’ tournament-record run of 487 minutes without conceding. Nonetheless, the Young Nadeshiko strengthened their impressive record against South American opposition at the U-17 Women’s World Cup, with five straight wins having been achieved by an aggregate score of 32-3.
months without an away win was the run that came to an end for River Plate on Sunday, and they could hardly have wished for a better time to end their drought. After all, their first win on the road since 29 September came against bitter rivals Boca Juniors in the latest Superclásico. It was *Los Millonarios’ *first victory in the cauldron of the Bombonera for fully ten years and took them to within a point of leaders Colon. The game was also marked by a brilliant free-kick from Boca veteran Juan Roman Riquelme, the 35-year-old’s first goal direct from a set piece in over two years.
different national championships have now been won by Eric Gerets after the Belgian coach added the Qatari title to his collection. The 59-year-old, who had already led teams to glory in Belgium, the Netherlands, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, claimed his latest championship on Friday when Lekwiya crossed the finishing line with two games to spare. A 2-1 victory over Umm Salal was enough to maintain their nine-point advantage at the top and reclaim the title from Qatar’s record champions, Al Sadd. It also took Gerets past a group of distinguished coaches - Enrique Fernandez, Ernst Happel, Tomislav Ivic, Giovanni Trapattoni and Jose Mourinho - with whom he had previously shared the distinction of winning championships in four different countries.