World Football

The Week in Numbers

Flamengo's Gabigol celebrates winning the Libertadores
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  • Anything Jorge Campos can do…
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appearances had passed since Mateo Kovacic scored at club level until he netted his first goal for Chelsea, with his 45th shot, in a 2-2 draw with Valencia. The Croatia midfielder’s previous goal had been for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad almost three years ago.

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metres was the distance from which Guadalajara goalkeeper Tono Rodriguez scored on Sunday. His Veracruz counterpart Sebastian Jurado had, deep into injury, gone up for a free-kick and, rather than killing time after making a catch, Rodriguez opted to shoot. The 27-year-old became the second keeper to score for Chivas in their 113-year history – Oswaldo Sanchez headed home a last-gasp equaliser against El Nacional in the Copa Merconorte in 2000.

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places is what Venezuela have shot up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in less than four years to reach a personal best of 25th. In January 2016, the only South American nation to have not reached the FIFA World Cup™ were 83rd, 33 places below Trinidad and Tobago (now 104th) and 14 shy of Equatorial Guinea (now 145th).

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minutes is, unbelievably, all it has taken Jamie Maclaren to average a goal in the 2019/20 A-League. The Melbourne City forward became just the fourth player in Australian top-flight history to score nine goals in four appearances after Dixie Deans in 1977, John Kosmina in 1984 and Carl Veart in 1994.

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successive wins, during which they’d scored 111 goals and conceded merely four, was the run Wolfsburg were on until a 1-1 draw at home to Bayern Munich in the Women’s Bundesliga.

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straight wins at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup – a figure surpassed only twice in history – was the Brazil run that was brought to an end by a 4-3 Russia upset. Russia had been the last team to beat Brazil in the competition – 6-5 in a thrilling quarter-final at Portugal 2015 – but Brazil had won their last meeting 9-3 last month.

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goals in two UEFA Champions League games is what Robert Lewandowski became the second player in history to score after Lionel Messi. The Pole took just 14 minutes and 31 seconds to score the fastest quadruple in the tournament’s history versus Crvena Zvezda, and now has 27 goals in 20 appearances for Bayern Munich in all competitions this season.

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minutes and nine seconds is all Gabigol required to score the fastest brace in Copa Libertadores final history. Colo Colo’s Luis Perez had held the record for a double in four minutes and 58 seconds against Olimpia in 1991. It snatched Flamengo a dramatic 2-1 victory over River Plate that sent them to the FIFA Club World Cup and ensured Rafinha became the tenth player to have won the most prestigious club titles in both Europe and South America.

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players had scored in their first five Champions League appearances until Salzburg’s Erling Haaland achieved the feat with a late goal away to Genk.

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