World Football

The Week in Numbers

Serge Gnabry of Bayern Munich celebrates after the game
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  • The Messi-Ronaldo stats slugfest continues
  • Ecstasy and agony for a 14-year-old
  • Serge Gnabry, Pernille Harder and Alexis Sanchez feature

wins in the UEFA Champions League is what Cristiano Ronaldo reached as Juventus beat Bayer Leverkusen, breaking Iker Casillas’s record. The 34-year-old also scored against his 33rd different team in the competition, equaling Raul’s record. The Best FIFA Men’s Player holder Lionel Messi had the chance to join them on 33 on Wednesday, but despite an exceptional performance, he drew his fourth blank against Inter Milan.


yards was the distance of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s brilliant pass to Luis Suarez, who duly lobbed David Soria to make the 27-year-old German the first Barcelona goalkeeper to post an assist in La Liga this century.


years had passed since Inter Milan began a Serie A campaign with six successive victories until Alexis Sanchez’s first league goal in 12 months helped them win at Sampdoria. Tarcisio Burgnich, Giacinto Facchetti, Luis Suarez, Mario Corso, Jair, Sandro Mazzola and Angelo Domenghini helped them begin 1966/67 with seven straight victories.


consecutive wins – a Philippines Football League record – was the run Ceres had ended in a 1-1 draw at Stallion, who had been the previous team to deny ‘The Busmen’ victory in their first outing of 2019.


matches is what it took Serge Gnabry to score his first goal in Europe – only for four to come in 35 minutes of a 7-2 win away to Tottenham Hotspur. It made Bayern Munich the first team to score seven goals, and first to win by a five-goal margin, against English opposition in the history of European club competition.


successive MLS appearances: that is what Josef Martinez had scored in until his run finally came to an end against San Jose Earthquakes. The Atlanta United striker was six shy of the world record for scoring in the most consecutive top-flight league games, set by Lionel Messi in 2014.


was the age at which Linda Caicedo scored the goal that won America their first Colombian Liga Feminina crown on Monday. The 2-1 loss to Independiente Medellin, which secured a 3-2 aggregate win, was watched by 28,263 spectators – a record crowd for a women’s match in Colombia. The two teams will now represent Colombia in this month’s Copa Libertadores Feminina, but Caicedo will be in the stands – the minimum age to play is 16.


goals in merely 469 minutes is what Wolfsburg forward Pernille Harder has registered this season – one every 47 minutes on average. 


away wins in a round: that is what transpired for the first time in the Bundesliga’s 57-season history at the weekend. The only visitors not to win in Round 6 were Werder Bremen, who drew 2-2 at heavily-favoured Borussia Dortmund.


Superclásico victories in the Copa Libertadores is what Marcelo Gallardo became the first coach in history to achieve by guiding River Plate to a 2-0 win over Boca Juniors in their semi-final, first leg. Five men had overseen two wins, including Oscar Tabarez and the great Carlos Bianchi.

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