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The Week in Numbers

Monterrey celebrate winning the Mexican Apertura on penalties
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  • Funes Mori, Gomis, Ings, Mane and Villa feature
  • A teenage record is broken twice in four days
  • A six-time bridesmaid
77

minutes is all it has taken Bafetimbi Gomis to average a goal since the start of October (11 goals in 13 appearances). The 34-year-old, whose delicious goal sent Al Hilal into the FIFA Club World Cup™ semi-finals last month, hit a hat-trick in a 7-0 thrashing of Al Adalah on Monday as Razvan Lucescu’s side equalled their biggest Saudi Professional League victory this century on Monday.

54

years is what Vissel Kobe had to wait for their first major title. Thomas Vermaelen, Andres Iniesta and Lukas Podolski helped them upset favourites Kashima Antlers in the Emperor’s Cup final, while David Villa came on to make his final career appearance a successful one.

35

million euros was the initial fee Juventus paid Atalanta to make Dejan Kulusevski the second most expensive teenager in Serie A history after Matthijs de Ligt (€75m). The Sweden playmaker’s move meant Erling Haaland reigned as Scandinavia’s costliest teenager for merely four days.

14

goals in his last 15 starts for Southampton is what Danny Ings has scored. The 27-year-old netted just 12 goals in all competitions in his previous four seasons.

12

years had passed since five players reached double figures for goals in the first half of a Turkish Super Lig season until a quintet from five clubs and five countries – Papiss Cisse (12), Alexander Sorloth (12), Bogdan Stancu (11), Adis Jahovic (10) and Vedat Muriqi (10) – ensured history was repeated. Curiously, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Bursaspor, who have won the last 35 titles between them, are all outside the top three, which is made up of Sivasspor, Istanbul Basaksehir and Trabzonspor.

12

seconds after Alisson rolled the ball out against Sheffield United, Sadio Mane sealed Liverpool a 2-0 victory. Three days earlier, the Senegalese became the second African - after Yakubu - to reach double figures in Premier League goals in six seasons.

10

matches is what it finally took Brighton to seize a league point against Chelsea. Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who failed to score in his first season-and-a-half in East Sussex, produced a breathtaking overhead-kick to net in back-to-back appearances and secure a draw.

9

years after they last beat Celtic at Parkhead, Rangers repeated the feat. Since a Kenny Miller-inspired 3-1 win there in October 2010, ‘The Gers’ had lost eight and drawn two of their ten visits, being outscored 22-3 in the process. The result lifted Steven Gerrard’s side two points behind their table-topping arch-enemies with a game in hand, having gone unbeaten in 15 Premiership matches and taken 41 points from a possible 45.

6

successive seasons have seen The Strongest finish as runners-up in the Bolivian championship after Jorge Wilstermann went undefeated in their last 17 games to snatch the Clausura crown.

2

penalty shootouts in eight days is what Monterrey won to finish third at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™ and seize their first Mexican championship in 18 attempts. Los Rayados finished eighth in the regular season – bottom of the qualifiers for the play-offs – but Rogelio Funes Mori’s tie-leveller took the final to spot-kicks and left him with ten goals in his last ten appearances in all competitions.

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