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The Week in Numbers

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spots is what Qatar have rocketed in one edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking to reach 55th – their highest position since 1993, when they were at a personal best of 51st. After finishing 2018 behind the likes of Curacao, Luxembourg and Kyrgyz Republic, a spectacular AFC Asian Cup triumph, inspired by Akram Afif and Almoez Ali, has them above Egypt and Ecuador.

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Spanish domestic games unbeaten is what Marta Torrejon, Vicky Losada, Patri Guijarro, Alexia Putellas, Lieke Martens, Toni Duggan and Mariona – all of whom are hoping to excel at France 2019 – have helped Barcelona navigate. Barça are nevertheless three points shy of Atletico Madrid, who have won ten successive Primera Division matches, with Jennifer Hermoso hitting five goals in their last three outings.

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Premier League matches without a draw is what Tottenham Hotspur made it with a last-gasp win over Newcastle United. It broke the competition’s record belonging to Bolton Wanderers (28 in 2011). Son Heungmin, who didn’t score in his first seven Premier League outings of 2018/19, has seven goals in his last seven outings – more than Sergio Aguero (6), Paul Pogba (6), Marcus Rashford (5) and Mo Salah (5) have in their last seven appearances.

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months had passed since Celta Vigo won a La Liga game without Iago Aspas until they edged Sevilla 1-0. They had lost nine and drawn two of their previous 11 league matches without their talisman.

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matches unbeaten in Ligue 1 was the Paris Saint-Germain run ended by Lyon, for whom Nabil Fekir and Memphis Depay have both been on target in three of their last four games in the competition. Les Gones have now been responsible for four of PSG’s last 13 away defeats in Ligue 1 – only one other team has provided more than one (Guingamp with two).

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goals is what Augsburg’s Alfred Finnbogason has scored in four Bundesliga games since the start of 2017/18 – no other player has managed more than two. The Iceland striker has a 100 per cent record from the penalty spot in the competition (8 from 8).

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USA coaches have now won their first two matches in charge after Gregg Berhalter emulated Robert Millar (1930) and Bob Bradley (2007). Sebastian Lletget scored one and set up the other in a 2-0 win over Costa Rica on his return to Avaya Stadium, where he suffered a horrific Lisfranc injury against Honduras two years earlier.

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consecutive away wins in the Copa Libertadores is what Barcelona registered for the first time in their 58-year history in the competition after following up successes at Santos and Gremio with an 11th-hour defeat of Defensor Sporting. The Ecuadorians went 22 matches without an away victory in the Libertadores between 1996 and 2015, but have now triumphed on six of their last nine trips.

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red cards in three appearances against Aberdeen is, alarmingly, what Alfredo Morelos has amassed this season. The Rangers striker, who was booked in each of his last six starts of 2017/18, has collected 17 cautions and four dismissals this term.

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