World Football

The Week in Numbers

 Joshua Zirkzee of Bayern Munich celebrates
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  • East versus West
  • Wunderkinds in Germany, Italy and Australia
  • Dybala and Firmino feature
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per cent of Al Sadd’s last 14 matches have involved six or more goals after they followed up a 6-2 loss to Esperance at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™ with a 5-1 win over Al Gharafa. Baghdad Bounedjah reached 90 Qatari Stars League goals in merely 67 appearances.

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years after Hibernian won back-to-back games at Tynecastle, they repeated the feat with a Martin Boyle-propelled 2-0 success. It ensured Daniel Stendel became the first Hearts manager in 82 years to lose his first four games.

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years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Leipzig ensured a club from the old East Germany topped the Bundesliga at its halfway stage (Dynamo Dresden and Hansa Rostock were the first to play in it in 1991). Inspired by the likes of Christopher Nkunku, Patrik Schick and Timo Werner, Julian Nagelsmann’s side became the first in the Bundesliga’s 56-year history to score three goals in eight consecutive games.

17

years and 172 days was the age at which Sebastiano Esposito became Inter Milan’s second-youngest scorer in Serie A. Mario Corso was 75 days younger in 1958.

17

points is what Herediano finished behind Alajuelense in the 22-round regular season, but it didn’t stop them causing a major upset to lift the Costa Rican Liga trophy. Herediano first had to beat Alajuelense over two legs to ensure a Grand Final was required, before grabbing a last-gasp goal to take it to a shootout, which they won 5-4. Alajuelense have agonisingly finished runners-up five times since last winning the league in 2013.

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seasons is, remarkably, what Western Sydney Wanderers had to wait for their first clean sheet away from home in the W-League. The Wanderers had won by more than a three-goal margin only once – 4-0 in 2012 – but 5-0 and 4-0 victories, inspired by 17-year-old Kyra Cooney-Cross and Americans Kristen Hamilton and Lynn Williams, in their last two outings propelled them top.

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shots on target, five goals: those are the figures that belong to Arturo Vidal in La Liga this season. The 32-year-old midfielder has admirably averaged a goal every 105 minutes in the process.

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Brazilians have now scored in the Club World Cup final after Roberto Firmino emulated Mineiro, Adriano Gabiru, Kaka and Dante. Only Spain have had more marksmen in the fixture – Pedro, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Ramos and Marcos Llorente give them six – with Argentina on four.

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goals in the Supercoppa Italiana is what Paulo Dybala became the first player in history to register – Alessandro Del Piero, Samuel Eto'o, Andriy Shevchenko and Carlos Tevez managed three apiece. The 26-year-old’s goal could not, however, prevent Lazio pulling off their second 3-1 victory over Juventus this month.

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minutes is amazingly all Joshua Zirkzee required to score his first two Bundesliga goals. The Schiedam native hit the winner despite being on the pitch for only one minute against Freiburg, consequently becoming the youngest Dutchman to net a German top-tier goal, before scoring just two minutes after coming on to seal victory over Wolfsburg. Andree Wiedener had held the record for needing the least minutes to register his first two Bundesliga goals: eight in 1989.

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