World Football

The Week in Numbers

Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante celebrate with the FIFA World Cup Trophy
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  • Several nations celebrate new centurions
  • Neymar closes in on Pele
  • 17-year-old lights up MLS
200

Atletico Madrid's 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo was Diego Simeone's 200th win in his 330th game in charge in La Liga. He's the first ever Atleti coach to reach 200 wins in the league and the second coach to reach the milestone with the same club in the competition's history after Miguel Munoz for Real Madrid (257).


150

Luis Suarez scored the opening goal in Atletico Madrid's 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday and it was a milestone goal for the Uruguayan. Suarez reached 150 goals in what was his 195th appearance in La Liga to become the second-fastest player to reach the milestone in the 21st century in the competition, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo (140).

100

Several players celebrated reaching the 100-cap milestone for their national teams this week: Toni Kroos with Germany, Martin Caceres with Uruguay and Christian Eriksen and Simon Kjaer with Denmark. Kroos became the 16th German centurion, Caceres became Uruguay's eighth while Eriksen and Kjaer became Denmark's ninth and tenth.

Centurion Kroos the anchor for club and country

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100

Mohamed Salah scored his 100th goal for Liverpool in his 159th match in The Reds' 2-2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. Only two players reached that milestone faster than Salah in Liverpool's history: Jack Parkinson (153) and Roger Hunt (144). The Egyptian star is the 17th player to score 100 goals for Liverpool in all competitions.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring 
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84

San Jose Earthquakes' 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 84th 'Cali Clasico' was their largest margin of victory in the derby's history.

64

Neymar surpassed Ronaldo to become Brazil's second all-time top scorer when his hat-trick against Peru in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying brought his total tally to 64. He now trails all-time leader Pele (77) by 13 goals. It was the fourth time that Neymar scored three or more goals for his country in a single game, and the first one in a competitive match.

South America’s old hands steal the show

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50

50 Women’s Super League goals is what Vivianne Miedema became the first player in history to reach. Nikita Parris had held the record for 49 goals in 109 appearances in the competition, but Miedema hit a hat-trick in a 6-1 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby to move on to 52 goals from just 50 run-outs.

25

France are now unbeaten in 25 games (19 wins and six draws) with Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante in the starting XI, following a goalless draw against Portugal in the UEFA Nations League.

22

England fell to defeat by Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday and it was the first time since 1998 that the Three Lions both conceded a goal via a penalty — Eriksen's 34th goal for his country and on his 100th appearance — and had a man sent off in the same game {Round of 16 against Argentina at the FIFA World Cup™).


17

Remember the name: Caden Clark. The 17-year-old New York Red Bulls midfielder became the youngest player to score in his first two Major League Soccer (MLS) appearances in league history. Last weekend he scored the winning goal with a fine volley against Atlanta United, but his second against Toronto on Wednesday evening was something special.

16

It proved to be a big week for teenagers in MLS as Christian Torres fired home a stoppage-time equaliser to help Los Angeles FC to a 1-1 draw against Portland Timbers on Sunday. The homegrown product is the youngest player ever to score for LAFC and the youngest player to score in MLS since 2018.

16

Not counting international friendlies, Italy extended their unbeaten run to 16 successive games after a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands. Only once in the Azzurri's have they done better: 17 matches between June 1997 and June 1999.

Lorenzo Pellegrini (R) of Italy celebrates with his team-mates after scoring
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16

Kylian Mbappe scored the winning goal in France's 2-1 win against Croatia later in the week to bring his tally with the national team to 16 goals. Since 1945, the closest any France national team player has been to that tally at the age of 21 years and 299 days was Karim Benzema, who had seven.

7

In UEFA Nations League action, Ukraine defeated Spain 1-0, which was their first victory in seven meetings against La Roja. Luis Enrique's side are now winless in five successive away matches for the first time since 1993.

Heorhiy Bushchan of Ukraine celebrates with Vitaliy Mykolenko and Illya Zabarnyi 
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6

After 36 matches, in a period of six years, San Marino claimed their first point after a goalless draw with Liechtenstein. The result was also their first-ever clean sheet away from home in their 30-year history since being affiliated as a FIFA member association. The draw also meant that Iceland are now the only team in the Nations League with a 100 per cent losing record.

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