- A serial scorer of spectacular goals
- A curse continues for the global kings
- Is blue the best colour for 2018?
goals in the Spanish top flight is what Lionel Messi made it with a brace in the 8-2 smashing of Huesca to become the Argentinian with the most domestic league goals. Carlos Bianchi (385) had held the record since surpassing Alfredo Di Stefano (377). Messi was then nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award for a record sixth time. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (three) and Neymar (five) are the only other players to have made the final ten more than twice.
shots is what it took Cardiff City to score their first goal of the 2018/19 Premier League. Víctor Camarasa’s strike against Arsenal was the Bluebirds’ first in almost seven hours of league action.
years had passed since Wales had beaten Republic of Ireland – goalkeeper Neville Southall set up the only goal for Mark Pembridge in Dublin in 1992 – until they ended their eight-game winless streak in the fixture emphatically. Ryan Giggs’ side scored more goal in the first half (three) than Wales had in their previous seven matches against Ireland (two) en route to a 4-1 victory.
successive calendar years is what Wesley Sneijder has represented the Netherlands in after he won his Dutch record-extending 134th and final cap against Peru.
hours and 12 minutes is how long the Netherlands had gone without conceding in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ qualifying until Norway stunned them with two goals in a minute on Tuesday. Those efforts from Ingrid Engen and Isabell Herlovsen helped the Norwegians withstand significant pressure from Lieke Mertans – The Best FIFA Women’s Player holder – and the reigning European champions, win 2-1 and snatch Group 3’s ticket to France 2019.
successive World Cup winners have failed to win their first opening assignment after lifting the Trophy. The results were Austria 2-2 France in 1998, Brazil 0-1 Paraguay in 2002, Italy 0-2 Croatia in 2006, Mexico 1-1 Spain in 2010, Germany 2-4 Argentina in 2014 and Germany 0-0 France on Thursday. The last side to win their first match as reigning global champions were Brazil in 1994, with a thunderous Branco free-kick helping them beat Yugoslavia 2-0.
consecutive one-goal victories is what Scotland eked out to reach their maiden Women’s World Cup. After coming from behind to beat Belarus, scoring thrice in the last 12 minutes to turn a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 victory in Poland and edging Switzerland 2-1, they triumphed 2-1 in Albania to pip the Swiss, whom they trailed by three points going into the penultimate round, by two points to Group 2’s passage.
trophies could be collected by Frenchmen at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 – no other nation can claim more than two. Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane are among the final three vying for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, as is Reynald Pedros for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach, while Hugo Lloris and Benjamin Pavard are in the running for The Best FIFA Goalkeeper and the FIFA Puskás Award respectively.