World Football

The Week in Numbers

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  • A very surprising Messi mark
  • English goal blitzes
  • Saves galore
89

minutes is all it has taken Zlatan Ibrahimovic to average a goal in Major League Soccer after his lightning start to 2019 – the only sub-90-minute ratio of any player with at least ten goals this century. The 37-year-old Swede has 28 goals in 31 appearances overall.

57

years was the absence Tottenham Hotspur ended without being European Cup/UEFA Champions League semi-finalists, breaking the record Atletico Madrid had held for going 40 years between 1974 and 2014. Raheem Sterling, Son Heungmin (two) and Bernardo Silva ensured it was 2-2 after just 11 minutes, smashing the record of 20 minutes for the first four goals of a Champions League match.

50

shots and 12 games separated Lionel Messi’s first goal against Manchester United on Tuesday and previous goal in the Champions League quarter-finals against Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.

39

goals in 22 games is what Baghdad Bounedjah scored to smash the record for goals in a season in the Qatar Stars League’s 56-year history, which had been the 27 Araujo got for Al Gharafa in 2007/08. The Algeria striker’s haul included six hat-tricks, which helped Al Sadd, who netted 47 goals in 22 outings the last time they won the title in 2012/13, register exactly double that to regain the crown.

20

Bundesliga goals is what Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, at 19 years and 306 days and in his 100th appearance, became the second-youngest player to register. Former West Germany striker Horst Koppel managed it while 65 days younger in 1968.

17

saves is what Empoli’s Bartlomiej Dragowski made against Atalanta – a record for a goalkeeper in a Serie A game this century. Atalanta have now registered 45 shots since Duvan Zapata scored their last goal, which contrastingly left them having scored with five successive shots.

10

goals in a European competition in a single season is what Olivier Giroud became the fourth Frenchman to register after Just Fontaine, Kevin Gameiro and Wissam Ben Yedder. The Russia 2018 winner helped Chelsea set a new record for the shortest time from kick-off a team has taken to score four goals in a UEFA Europa League game at 26 minutes and three seconds.

9

goals in a Liga MX match is what Pachuca, propelled by Victor Guzman, Edwin Cardona, Franco Jara and three-goal Leonardo Ulloa, became the first team to score since Pumas in 1976. Their 9-2 triumph was the second-biggest victory since the short-tournament format began in 1996, with Veracruz also on the wrong end of the heaviest defeat: 8-0 to an Esteban Solari-inspired Pumas to 2007.

5

goals against the Ligue 1 leaders is what Lille scored for the first time since smashing Nice 6-0 in 1952. Their 5-1 win left Paris Saint-Germain having conceded more than four goals in a league game for the first time since Lionel Letizi conceded five in a thrashing by Sedan in 2000, while the 3-2 loss at Nantes on Wednesday left them having lost back-to-back matches in the competition since 2011.

4

goals without reply is what Universidad Catolica put past Universidad de Chile to record their biggest victory in the fixture since a 5-0 win 65 years ago.

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