World Football

The Week in Numbers

Krzysztof Piatek celebrates scoring with Genoa team-mates
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  • A baby demotes some veteran VIPs
  • The serial penalty presenters
  • Eclipsing Messi; equalling Shevchenko
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years since a Michel Hidalgo-propelled Monaco became the last team to win their opening seven Ligue 1 outings, Paris Saint-Germain imitated the accomplishment. Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Reims also made PSG the first side in French top-tier history to score three-plus goals in each of their first seven games.

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years and 130 days was the age at which Ryan Gravenberch outranked Clarence Seedorf to go top of Ajax’s list of youngest-ever Eredivisie players. The tricky playmaker knocked down the club’s top 20, which includes the likes of Richard Witschge (now seventh), Rafael van der Vaart (tenth), Marco van Basten (15th) and Ronald de Boer (19th).

15

years since Real Madrid were last losing by more than two goals at half-time in La Liga, history repeated itself. A goal by a baby-faced Daniel Alves helped Sevilla lead Iker Casillas, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Raul and Ronaldo 4-0 at the interval at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in 2003 and, coincidentally, the same side at the same stadium were 3-0 up at the break against Madrid on Wednesday.

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hours and 38 minutes: that is how long Boca Juniors had gone without conceding at home until niggling nemesis Gonzalo Martinez set arch-enemies River Plate en route to a 2-0 victory. It ensured Los Millonarios won back-to-back league Superclásicos at La Bombonera for the first time since Roberto Ayala, Hernan Crespo, Enzo Francescoli, Marcelo Gallardo and Ariel Ortega helped them achieve the feat in 1994.

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goals in all competitions is what Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek became the first player from the top five European leagues to reach on Wednesday. Lionel Messi is on eight. The 23-year-old Pole also became the first player since Andriy Shevchenko in 1999 to score in his first five Serie A appearances.

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years had passed without a player having dribbled past an opponent during his FIFA Puskas Award-winning goal until Mo Salah emulated 2011 winner Neymar. Salah ensured back-to-back left-footed strikes have captured the award after the first five winners were all right-footers.

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players scored for Borussia Dortmund in their 7-0 thrashing of Nuremberg – only one team in Bundesliga history has had more marksmen in a game: Bayer Leverkusen, who had seven, against Ulm in 2000. BVB’s goals came from five different nationalities – Denmark, England, Germany, Morocco and Switzerland – another total eclipsed by only one team in German top-flight history.

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successive penalty shoot-outs have now been lost by Manchester United after Derby County came out on top to eliminate them from the EFL Cup at Old Trafford.

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consecutive Bundesliga matches have incredibly involved Hertha Berlin conceding a penalty – a competition record. After Mikael Ishak and Daniel Caligiuri missed from 12 yards against them in Matchdays 1 and 2 respectively, Yunus Mallı, Thorgan Hazard, Max Kruse, who has now scored all 12 of his spot-kicks in the Bundesliga, have all successfully converted them.

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players had scored a goal in the English, French, German and Spanish top flights this century until Michy Batshuayi struck for Valencia.


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