World Football

The Week in Numbers

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  • Dutch greats are emulated
  • Foreign sharpshooters in Spain
  • A colossal crowd
60,739

spectators saw Atletico Madrid-Barcelona smash the world attendance record for a women’s club match, which had been the 53,000 who watched Dick, Kerr Ladies beat St Helens 99 years ago. The record crowd for any women’s game was the 90,185 who watched USA-China PR in the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ 20 years ago. Barça won 2-0 to end Atleti’s run of 17 successive victories and halve the gap between them at the Liga Femenina summit to three points.

128

goals is what Luis Suarez made it – in a scintillating 4-1 win at Real Betis – to equal Diego Forlan as the highest-scoring Uruguayan in La Liga history and go joint-tenth on its list of all-time leading foreign marksmen behind Antoine Griezmann (131), Ladislao Kubala (138), Karim Benzema (140), Ferenc Puskas (156), Samuel Eto’o (162), Alfredo Di Stefano (227), Hugo Sanchez (234), Cristiano Ronaldo (311) and Lionel Messi (412).

50

seconds is what it took Memphis Depay to score the Netherlands’ fastest goal since Phillip Cocu 14 years ago. The 25-year-old went on to become, in a 4-0 defeat of Belarus, the first Oranje player to be directly involved in three goals in a game in five years – Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie both managed it in a 6-0 defeat of Latvia in 2014 – and now has ten combined goals and assists in his last ten appearances under Ronald Koeman.

30

domestic matches unbeaten is what Manchester City made it when a 3-0 win over Liverpool cruised them into the FA Women’s Cup semi-finals. Georgia Stanway, 20, rose from the bench to bag a brace in their latest victory, while England team-mate Nikita Parris has 13 goals in her last 12 appearances despite drawing a rare blank.

19

matches without victory over one of the Netherlands’ big three – during which they’d conceded 60 goals – was what AZ had gone until they upset Ajax 1-0.

6

of Belgium’s last seven outings have involved one of their players bagging a brace after Eden Hazard emulated against Russia his brother Thorgan, and Michy Batshuayi and Romelu Lukaku twice apiece.

5

goals in an away game in Ligue 1 was what Saint-Etienne scored for the first time since Patrick Battiston, Johnny Rep, Jean-Francois Larios and Michel Platini won 5-2 at Lens in 1981. The joint-record ten-time French champions netted more times in that 5-0 success at Caen than they had in their previous seven matches combined.

3

Ligue 1 matches in 2019 have included an assist and a goal from Angel Di Maria – no player in Europe’s top five leagues has managed it in more games this year. The 31-year-old Paris Saint-Germain No11 has registered a combined 12 goals and assists in his last 11 domestic appearances.

3

goals in exactly four minutes is what Standard Liege scored to help turn a three-goal deficit – Stefan Milosevic hit a hat-trick for Waasland-Beveren – into a 4-3 victory. Former Portugal forward Orlando Sa’s first league goal in 20 appearances and over a year snatched a win that kept Michel Preud'homme’s side’s title hopes alive.

2

goals in the first ten minutes of a game against Scotland is what Kazakhstan became the first side to score since a Gerry Francis wonder goal and a Kevin Beattie header put England 2-0 up in 1975. Kazakhstan went on to score three goals in a UEFA EURO qualifier for the first time in what was their 35th attempt.

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