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5,374

minutes is all it took for Mo Salah to go second on the list of players to have reached 50 Premier League goals in the least amount of action behind Alan Shearer (5,337). Fernando Torres (5,483), Ruud van Nistelrooy (5,600) and Sergio Aguero (5,710) complete the top five.

122

appearances – 107 for Atletico Madrid and 15 for France – is what it took Lucas Hernandez to score the first goal of his professional career.

100

per cent of the Socceroos’ seven all-time penalty shootouts is amazingly what Graham Arnold has been on duty for: four as a striker, the Germany 2006 playoff defeat of Uruguay as Guus Hiddink’s assistant, and as a head coach the AFC Asian Cup 2007 elimination by Japan and Monday’s victory via spot-kicks over Uzbekistan in the same tournament.

40

years had passed since team-mates had scored hat-tricks in the same Ligue 1 game until Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe both hit trebles inside a 43-minute spell of revenge against their recent Coupe de la Ligue conquerors Guingamp. Eight goals from Cavani, Mbappe and Neymar took them on to a cumulative total of 44, elevating them above Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez (41) as the top-scoring trio in Europe’s big five leagues.

34

years after Ajax last scored four goals but dropped points in an Eredivisie home game, history repeated itself via a 4-4 draw with a Sam Lammers-inspired Heerenveen. Ronald Koeman, Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten in Co drew 4-4 with Twente in 1985.

14

hours and 53 minutes is what USA had gone without conceding until Kadidiatou Diani rippled Alyssa Naeher’s net. France won 3-1 to make it eight successive victories – during which they have scored 30 goals and conceded only two – and end the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup™ holders’ 28-game unbeaten record.

12

goals in her last nine games is what Perth Glory’s Sam Kerr has netted to surpass Michelle Heyman and become the 65-goal leading markswoman in Australian W-League history. The Australia forward is also, admirably, the 55-goal top all-time scorer in the American NWSL.

10

clubs in Europe’s top five leagues is what Kevin-Prince Boateng has appeared for following his Barcelona debut. The 31-year-old previously played for Hertha Berlin, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, AC Milan, Schalke, Las Palmas, Eintracht Frankfurt and Sassuolo. Loic Remy is the only active player to have turned out for more (11).

7

away wins from nine matches were registered on Matchday 18 of the 2018/19 Bundesliga – a joint-record for away victories in a round in the competition’s history. Borussia Dortmund registered one of them to extend to 15 their undefeated run in their opening league match of a calendar year.

5

successive shootouts is what Sporting have won after three penalty saves from Renan Ribeiro against Braga propelled them into Saturday’s Taca de Liga final against Porto. Rui Patricio was in goal for their previous four shootout successes. A Sporting keeper, Ricardo, set the record for most spot-kicks saved in one FIFA World Cup™ shootout at Germany 2006, which Danijel Subasic equalled at Russia 2018.

5

saves from four players in five seconds was what Celtic keeper Scott Bain extraordinarily made against Airdrieonians in the Scottish Cup.

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