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The Week in Numbers

Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring against Barcelona.
  • Shakhtar stun Real Madrid
  • Messi sets (another) record
  • Hat-trick Bamford steals the show at Villa Park

Mircea Lucescu became the oldest head coach in UEFA Champions League history this week at 75 years and 84 days. The Romanian's Dynamo Kyiv side fell to Juventus 2-0 in their Group G opener. The record had belonged to Jupp Heynckes, who led Bayern Munich on 1 May 2018, eight days before his 73rd birthday.

Mircea Lucescu of Shakhtar Donetsk
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successive penalties is what Sergio Ramos has scored for Real Madrid and Spain in official matches. The 34-year-old’s latest helped Madrid to victory at Camp Nou and made him the first player to net a spot-kick in El Clásico since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013 and the first in La Liga since Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2007.


Lionel Messi scored in a record-equalling 16th Champions League season as Barcelona saw off Ferencvaros 5-1. The Argentinian joined Ryan Giggs for that top honour and became the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League seasons. In the same match, Messi's team-mate Ansu Fati became the first player to score two or more Champions League goals before his 18th birthday.


Ajax, with 19-year-old Lassina Traore scoring five times, won 13-0 at VVV Venlo to record the biggest victory in the 65-season history of the Eredivisie. Ajax themselves set the previous best, a Johan Cruyff-inspired 12-1 reverse of Vitesse in 1972.


10 goals in the first five rounds of a Bundesliga season is what Robert Lewandowski became the first player in history to score. Furthermore, Bayern Munich’s 22 goals is another record for the first five matchdays, surpassing the 20 a Jupp Heynckes-inspired Borussia Monchengladbach netted in 1973/74.


Manchester United's 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes against Paris Saint-Germain was one of the big stories from the beginning of the Champions League group stage this week. United have now won ten consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time in their history.


Shakhtar Donetsk stunned Real Madrid 3-2 in Madrid on Wednesday and the Ukrainian club led 3-0 by half-time. It was the first time that Real Madrid had trailed by at least three goals at the break at home since 4 December 1999 (5-1 defeat by Real Zaragoza). It was also the first time ever that Real Madrid lost their opening Champions League home game.


Ecuador will have three teams in the last-16 of the Copa Libertadores for the first time after Independiente del Valle earned passage on the final matchday to join Delfin and LDU Quito in the knockout stage.


Patrick Bamford stole the spotlight on Friday when he became the first Leeds United player to score a Premier League away hat-trick in a single half in Leeds' 3-0 victory at Villa Park.


The goalless stalemate between West Brom and Burnley on Monday evening was the first 0-0 draw of this Premier League season. It ended the longest wait for a goalless draw from the start of a campaign in the competition’s history (47th game).

Josh Brownhill of Burnley battles for possession with Matheus Pereira of West Bromwich Albion
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