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The Week in Numbers

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  • Hegerberg, Messi and Maradona feature
  • An unthinkable famine finishes
  • Corinthians and Courage conquer
53

goals in 50 appearances is what Ada Hegerberg reached with a double against Fortuna Hjorring to break the record In UEFA women’s club competitions she had shared with 51-goal Anja Mittag.

50

direct free-kicks in his career is what Lionel Messi made it against Valladolid (44 for Barcelona and six for Argentina). Twenty have come in La Liga since the start of 2015/16 – over twice as many as his nearest challenger Miralem Pjanic (nine), and more than entire clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain (13) and Juventus (15).

41

matches over 14 months, during which they had six coaches, is what Veracruz had astonishingly gone without victory in the Liga MX until a Colin Kazim-Richards goal earned them a 1-0 defeat of Puebla on Tuesday.

11

editions is what it took the CONMEBOL Libertadores Femenina to have a one-nation final. In an all-Brazilian clash, Corinthians overcame state rivals Ferroviaria – to whom they lost on penalties in this month’s Brasileirao final – to extend their unbeaten run to 43 games.

9

goals without reply is what Leicester City scored at Southampton to record the biggest away win in the 131-year history of the English top flight. It equalled the Premier League record victory, which an Andy Cole-inspired Manchester United set by thumping Ipswich in 1995, while Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy ensured two players scored hat-tricks for the same team in the same game for only the second time in the competition – Jermaine Pennant and Robert Pires netted trebles for Arsenal against Southampton in 2003.

8

goals in as many Norwegian Eliteserien games is what Amahl Pellegrino has scored since joining Kristiansund in August – incredibly after netting just four goals in 39 appearances for previous club Stromsgodset.

6

goals was the margin by which Atalanta battered Udinese to record their joint-biggest win in Serie A history. Hasse Jeppson helped them beat Triestina by the same scoreline – 7-1 – in 1952. It moved Atalanta on to 28 goals in the 2019/20 Serie A – the most a team had scored after nine rounds since the likes of Ruud Gullit, Gigi Lentini and Marco van Basten helped AC Milan hit 29 in 1992.

4

goals without reply is what Gimnasia put past Newell’s Old Boys to register their biggest away win in the top tier since 1996, when a counter-attacking clinic, decorated by a Guillermo Barros Schelotto hat-trick, inspired a 6-0 thrashing of Juan Sebastian Veron, Claudio Caniggia and Boca Juniors. All four goals came within 16 minutes to give Diego Maradona, hours before he turned 59, his biggest victory as a club coach in Argentina.

4

goals without reply – courtesy of Debinha, Jessica McDonald, Crystal Dunn, and Sam Mewis – is what North Carolina Courage put past Chicago Red Stars to break their own record for the biggest win in an NWSL Championship Game. The Courage have won just one of nine meetings with the Red Stars in the regular season, but have triumphed in all three of their playoff meetings without conceding a goal.

3

minutes is what Buriram United were away from an eighth Thai League 1 title in its 12-season history until Chiangrai United, who had never finished higher than fourth, snatched their maiden crown. Buriram began the final matchday two points clear, but a last-gasp header from Caique – ironically on loan from Chiangrai – denied them victory at already-relegated Chiangmai.

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