World Football

The Week in Numbers

Matthijs de Ligt greets Juventus fans
  • The world’s costliest teenagers and defenders
  • On-song South Americans
  • Saves galore go unrewarded
75

million euros is what Juventus paid Ajax to make Matthijs de Ligt the third-most expensive teenager in history behind Joao Felix (€126m) and Kylian Mbappe (€135m). The 19-year-old also became the third-costliest defender of all time behind Lucas Hernandez (€80m) and Virgil van Dijk (€84.5m).

15

editions after they last reached the CAF Africa Cup of Nations final – Rabah Madjer inspired them to gold in 1990 – Algeria repeated the feat. Riyad Mahrez and Co now face a Friday showdown with Senegal, who reached the AFCON decider for the first time since 2002.

14

saves is what David Bingham made against San Jose Earthquakes – the second-most in MLS history – yet it couldn’t prevent LA Galaxy losing 3-1 to his former club. Only Tony Meola made more: 15 for the Metrostars against John Harkes, Marco Etcheverry, Jaime Moreno and DC United in 1997. Despite sitting beneath their opponents in the standings and being the visitors, the ‘Quakes registered 32 shots to the Galaxy’s five overall, and have now won six and lost only one of the last eight California Clasicos.

10

goals in his last nine appearances, from midfield, is what Paulinho has scored for Guangzhou Evergrande – as many as he netted in 67 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur. Fabio Cannavaro’s side have won nine successive matches to slash Beijing Guoan’s lead atop the Chinese Super League to two points.

6

consecutive MLS appearances is what Josef Martinez became the second player to score in on multiple occasions. Roy Lassiter incredibly did it six times for Tampa Bay Mutiny and DC United in the 1990s.

5

goals is the margin by which Flamengo won in the Campeonato Brasileiro for the first time in 16 years. On Rafinha’s debut, and Jorge Jesus’s first appearance in the Maracana dugout, Giorgian De Arrascaeta hit a hat-trick in the 6-1 defeat of Goias to leapfrog Carlos Tevez, Sebastian Abreu and Lucas Pratto and go joint-13th on the highest-scoring foreigners in Brazilian top flight history.

5

of the ten penalties taken in the shoot-out between Sutjeska and Slovan Bratislava were spurned. Slovan were the overwhelming favourites, but Sutjeska equalised in the 95th minute of the first leg – the goal was their first in over nine-and-a-half hours of UEFA Champions League action – and the 93rd minute of the second. Vladan Giljen, who produced two supreme performances, then saved two spot-kicks to in the shoot-out to send Sutjeska into the second qualifying round.

3

goals is what Marko Simic scored on Tuesday, yet it was insufficient to prevent defending champions Persija Jakarta losing 5-3 to TIRA-Persikabo. The team who only escaped relegation on the final day of last season are the surprise leaders this term, unbeaten after nine rounds.


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