World Football

The Week in Numbers

Serge Gnabry of Germany celebrates
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  • Musical chairs across the English Channel
  • Kids from Camberwell, Wandsworth and Hershey
  • Joy for Denmark, Germany and Peru
138

years since England featured two players under the age of 19 in a match, Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi ensured history was repeated. The man the latter replaced against Czech Republic, Raheem Sterling, had become the first Englishman to hit a hat-trick for club and country in the same month since Alan Shearer in 1999. England then, against Montenegro, scored five-plus goals in back-to-back games for the first time since Bryan Robson, John Barnes and Tony Woodcock inspired the feat in 1984.

100

caps for Hungary is what Balazs Dzsudzsak became the second outfield player – Jozsef Bozsik was the first in 1961 – to reach. The 32-year-old winger helped Hungary record a maiden win over Croatia in what was their eighth attempt.

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was on the clock when Denmark began the unbelievable comeback from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 in Switzerland in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying. The Danes have now netted five goals in the 88th minute or later in their last five games.

36

years and 54 days was the age at which Fabio Quagliarella, making his first competitive international start in nine-and-a-half years against Liechtenstein, surpassed Christian Panucci to become Italy’s oldest male marksman. Sampdoria’s Capocannoniere frontrunner helped La Nazionale win by a six-goal margin for the first time since Alberto Orlando scored all four of his Italy goals and Gianni Rivera added two in a 6-0 thrashing of Turkey in 1962.

30

matches unbeaten in the New Zealand Premiership was the run Auckland City stunningly lost, on home soil, in a 3-1 defeat by Team Wellington in their semi-final.

23

appearances: that was the international goal drought Cristhian Stuani ended with three goals in two games, which helped Uruguay end a run of four consecutive defeats and win the China Cup. In the same tournament, Diego Godin equalled and outranked Maxi Pereira to become the two-time world champions’ most-capped player.

23

years had passed since Germany last won in the Netherlands – Jurgen Klinsmann’s penalty past Edwin van der Sar secured victory at De Kuip in 1996 – until a 3-2 triumph in Amsterdam. Serge Gnabry now has five goals in five starts for Germany.

10

goals for USA is what Christian Pulisic became, at 20 years and 189 days, the youngest player to reach, breaking Jozy Altidore’s record by five months. Pulisic netted merely eight seconds after US goalkeeper Ethan Horvath had cleared the ball.

6

goals is what Eran Zahavi has scored in his last four caps for Israel – the same total he managed in his first 40. Following the 31-year-old’s hat-trick in a 4-2 upset of Austria, he now has 12 goals in his last ten outings for country and Guangzhou R&F.

6

successive victories over Paraguay is what Peru made it on Saturday – as many as they had over the South Africa 2010 quarter-finalists in their previous 37 matches over almost 40 years.

4

straight instalments of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking have seen England and France alternate between third and fourth after the Lionesses’ SheBelieves Cup conquest elevated above their rivals.

4

successive UEFA Women’s Champions League campaigns have included Lyon ending Wolfsburg’s hopes. Eugenie Le Sommer scored thrice in the 6-3 aggregate victory in this season's quarter-finals to become the sixth player to surpass 40 goals in the competition.

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