World Football

The Week in Numbers

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of LA Galaxy celebrates scoring
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  • Harry Kane and Zlatan Ibrahimovic star
  • Two African accomplishments
  • A 15-year-old wunderkind
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spectators – the second-biggest crowd in NWSL history – watched France 2019 winner Lindsey Horan, Christine Sinclair and Hayley Raso help Portland Thorns score four times in the first 30 minutes of a 5-0 victory over Houston Dash at Providence Park. The only superior attendance was the 23,403 who watched Alex Morgan inspire Orlando Pride’s 3-1 reverse of the Dash in their 2016 curtain-raiser.

100

per cent of the penalties taken in the first legs of the Round of 16 in the Copa Libertadores were spurned. River Plate’s Matias Suarez blazed over virtually the last kick of the game in the 99th minute in a 0-0 draw at home to Cruzeiro, Santiago Garcia’s attempt to complete his hat-trick, and put Godoy Cruz 3-0 up, was impressively saved by Weverton in a 2-2 draw with Palmeiras, and Athletico Paranaense’s Marco Ruben hit the post in the 95th minute of a 1-0 loss at home to Boca Juniors.

94

places is what Madagascar have ascended on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in little over five years to reach 96th. In March 2014, they were 190th, behind the likes of Sri Lanka (now 200th) and the Bahamas (210th) and above less than 20 nations.

49

metres was the incredible distance from which Harry Kane scored – a first-time, 93rd-minute lob over goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny – to snatch a 3-2 victory over Juventus in the International Champions Cup.

37

years and 289 days made Zlatan Ibrahimovic the third-oldest player to hit an MLS hat-trick behind Frank Lampard and record-holder Didier Drogba (both 38). By scoring with his left foot, his right and his head to edge his much-hyped shootout with Carlos Vela, who netted twice, as LA Galaxy edged Los Angeles FC in El Trafico, the FIFA Puskás Award winner became the fifth player to register a perfect treble in the competition this decade after Brian Ching, Drogba, Josef Martinez and Patrick Mullins.

29

years is what Algeria went between winning their first and second CAF Africa Cup of Nations trophies – the longest gap between a team’s consecutive titles. Egypt had gone 27 years between winning their second and third crowns in 1959 and ’86.

26

places on the Beach Soccer Worldwide Ranking was the margin Belarus overcame to stun Portugal, who are second behind Brazil, 3-2 in the battle for five European spots at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Belarus then upset Italy on penalties to become the first European nation to reach Paraguay 2019.

20

years had passed since Emelec won three straight matches in the Copa Libertadores until they followed up surprise 2-1 away wins at Huracan and Cruzeiro with a 2-0 upset of Flamengo.

15

years and 292 days was the age at which Vicki Becho became the youngest scorer at the UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship since England’s Jordan Nobbs, who was 77 days younger, in 2008. The former’s goal helped France draw with Norway to qualify for their fourth successive FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

9

goals is what Gent and Viitorul scored in the first 61 minutes of their pulsating UEFA Europa League clash – one every six minutes and 46 seconds! Incredibly, there was more than double the goals in the Belgians’ 6-3 win over the Romanians as there was in each of the other 36 first legs in the second round of the Main Path preliminaries.

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