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caps for the Netherlands is what Sherida Spitse became the first male or female player to reach, outranking Annemieke Kiesel. The 28-year-old couldn’t prevent a 2-0 loss to Spain, who kept their fifth successive clean sheet at the Algarve Cup, but was the subject of a hilarious video from her team-mates – one which you’d don’t need to understand Dutch to enjoy!

100

goals for Tigres is what Andre-Pierre Gignac became only the second player to reach after Tomas Boy (102 overall). The 33-year-old Frenchman has hit 14 goals in his last 17 Liga MX appearances to fire Tigres to the summit.

50

career hat-tricks – 44 for Barcelona and six for Argentina – is what Lionel Messi made it in a 4-2 win at Sevilla. The 31-year-old now has 36 combined goals and assists in just 23 appearances in this season’s Spanish top flight.

20

years and 143 days was the age at which, against Watford, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold became the youngest player to register three assists in an English Premier League game. Jermaine Pennant was almost three months older when he set the previous record for Leeds United against Middlesbrough in 2003.

20

years and four months had passed since Oliver Bierhoff became the last player to score in each of his first four Serie A starts for AC Milan until the on-fire Krzysztof Piatek repeated the feat to pull one behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the Capocannoniere race.

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goals in her last four outings against Japan is what Alex Morgan has scored after her improvised chested finish earned USA a 2-2 draw in their SheBelieves Cup opener. The last four meetings between the teams, including the last FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Final, have averaged 5.2 goals per game.

6

successive penalty-shootout successes is what Manchester City made it by overcoming Chelsea to lift the EFL Cup. City’s last defeat on penalties was when Kasper Schmeichel, Michael Ball, Elano and Daniel Sturridge fell to Brighton in 2008.

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goals without reply is what Levante scored on sand to turn a three-goal deficit against defending champions Lokomotiv Moscow into a 6-4 win in their Mundialito de Clubes opener. Lokomotiv then lost the lead four times in their second outing, but Llorenc Gomez ultimately inspired them to an enthralling 9-8 victory.

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goals in four games is what Gelson Martins has been involved in since joining Monaco (three goals; one assist). It’s helped the club once again coached by Leonardo Jardim take ten points from a possible 12 – more than they collected in their previous 16 Ligue 1 matches.

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consecutive Algarve Cup hat-tricks have been scored by Scandinavians after Sweden forward Mimmi Larsson emulated Norwegian Solveig Gulbrandsen in 2015 and Dane Pernille Harder two years ago. Celia Sasic was the last non-Scandinavian, helping Germany edge Japan 4-3 in the 2012 final.

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