World Football

The Week in Numbers

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates a goal for LA Galaxy
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  • Reggae Boyz find their rhythm
  • Gabigol among the goals again
  • The ageless and irrepressible Zlatan
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places is what Jamaica have climbed up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in less than five years to reach 47th. Now above the likes of Cameroon, Ghana, Greece and Scotland, the Reggae Boyz were, in October 2014, beneath the likes of St Vincent and the Grenadines (now 174th) and Cuba (178th).

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passes attempted, 54 completed: those were Frenkie de Jong’s incredible figures against Valencia. The Barcelona midfielder also got an assist and scored with his only shot. Having not netted at club or international in the first eight months of 2019, the 22-year-old has netted twice already this month.

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years had passed since Paris Saint-Germain defeated Real Madrid – George Weah got the only goal at the Bernabeu in 1994 – until, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani missing, Angel Di Maria inspired a 3-0 win. It ended Real’s admirable run of winning 12 successive UEFA Champions League openers.

17

goals in nine games for Salzburg is what Erling Haaland has exceptionally scored this season. The Norway striker, who bagged a record-shattering nine goals against Honduras at this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup, became the third-youngest player to hit a UEFA Champions League hat-trick after Raul and Wayne Rooney.

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goals in 15 games is what Gabigol has bagged in the Brasileirao 2019. Six clear at the top of the scoring chart, the 23-year-old Gabriel Barbosa is bidding to become Flamengo’s first outright recipient of the leading marksman award – Adriano shared it with Atletico Mineiro’s Diego Tardelli in 2009 – since Zico seized it in 1982.

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goals in 11 MLS games is what Zlatan Ibrahimovic roared on to with a hat-trick against Sporting Kansas City. It took the 37-year-old on to 26 goals for 2019, breaking Carlos Ruiz’s LA Galaxy record for a single season: 24 in 2002.

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years and 301 days was the age at which Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest player in UEFA Youth League history. The Borussia Dortmund forward took the record from Manchester United winger Shola Shoretire, who was 13 days older late last year.

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players past their 38th birthday have now scored in La Liga after Betis winger Joaquin joined a club comprising Pep Marti, Juan Costa, Juan Vazquez, Artiz Aduriz, Ferenc Puskas, Larbi Benbarek (all 38), Alfredo Di Stefano, Cesar (both 39) and Donato (40).

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goals in back-to-back NWSL games is what North Carolina Courage scored – having never previously netted more than five in a match. Five goals in as many games from Lynn Williams helped the Courage reach the playoffs and elevated their goal difference to +28 – eight shy of the regular-season record with three outings remaining.

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goals as a substitute is what Reza Ghoochannejhad became the first player in Eredivisie history to score. The 31-year-old Iranian came on, for his PEC Zwolle debut, in the 56th minute, with them 2-1 down, and inspired a 6-2 victory over RKC Waalwijk.

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