- Soccer on snow
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- Volleys in a poker hand
teams had failed to finish an Algarve Cup campaign without conceding between Canada becoming the first since Germany, inspired by the exceptional Silke Rottenberg in 2007, to achieve the feat. Goalkeepers Stephanie Labbe, Erin McLeod and Kailen Sheridan have helped the Canadians to eight shutouts in their last ten outings.
teams had lost the first leg of a UEFA Champions League tie by two or more goals at home and failed to progress until Manchester United became the first to achieve the feat. Romelu Lukaku’s third consecutive brace in all competitions was central to United pulling off the impossible.
years had passed since Deportivo Quito’s Juan Carlos de Lima became the first player to score two goals in the first five minutes of a Copa Libertadores match when Libertad’s Adrian Martinez became the second to inspire a 4-1 win over Universidad Catolica.
years had passed since Ajax won a Champions League knockout tie – Tijani Babangida dinked home a 120th-minute winner away to Atletico Madrid in the 1997 quarter-finals – until they handed Real Madrid their heaviest home defeat in a knockout match in 63 years of European football. Dusan Tadic now has more combined goals and assists (ten) than any player in this season’s Champions League, one ahead of Edin Dzeko and two clear of Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe.
games – the longest winless run by any coach against any club in Bundesliga history – was what Friedhelm Funkel had gone without victory over Schalke until he masterminded Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 4-0 success. The 65-year-old’s only previous defeat of Schalke came in 1997, over a Huub Stevens side comprising Jens Lehmann, Thomas Linke, Olaf Thon and Marc Wilmots.
titles from their last five tournaments is what Braga have won at beach soccer after, inspired by MVP Be Martins, they followed up back-to-back conquests of the Portuguese Championship and Euro Winners Cup with their maiden Mundialito de Clubes crown.
goals is what Patricio Rubio became the first Chile-born player to score in a Copa Libertadores match – 59 years after Chileans first played in the competition. All four were first touches, including three volleys. Rubio’s 11th-hour goal helped Universidad de Concepcion, who lost a 2-0 lead within three minutes and a 4-2 lead within 90 seconds, edge Sporting Cristal in a 5-4 thriller.
players have now scored in their first four appearances for an A-League club after Melbourne City new boy Jamie Maclaren emulated Charlie Miller for Brisbane Roar in 2008. The 25-year-old Socceroos striker now has 17 goals in his last 15 appearances in the competition.
degrees Celsius – or 18 degrees Fahrenheit – gave Colorado Rapids-Portland Timbers the lowest temperature ever during an MLS match. It narrowly out-froze the previous record set in Minnesota United-Atlanta United in Minneapolis. Colorado, which encompasses the Rocky Mountains, has now staged six of the 13 snow-covered games in the MLS.