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66

successive victories on sand is what Brazil had extinguished in Dubai. Since a 6-5 extra-time loss to Russia in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015 quarter-finals, A Seleção had stunningly won 14 titles, including back-to-back Mundialitos and Bahamas 2017, while remaining undefeated until a penalty shoot-out defeat by the Russians in the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup semi-finals.

44

passes is what Manchester City strung together in the run-up to Ilkay Gundogan’s goal against Manchester United. One minute and 55 seconds expired between Fernandinho making the first of them and the net rippling.

40

yards was the distance from which Kelly Caicedo’s rocket smashed the crossbar – one of three times Colombia hit the bar in the second half of their FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup opener against Canada. The Canucks scored three times after the 76th minute to win 3-0 in their biggest-ever victory in the tournament.

20

20 matches is what the USWNT navigated to finish a calendar year unbeaten for only the fourth time in history (minimum ten matches). Jill Ellis’s side won 1-0 in Scotland to complete the feat, extend their unbeaten run to 28 games and make it 14 hours and 44 minutes since they last conceded heading into a FIFA Women’s World Cup™ year.

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16

appearances is what it took Leroy Sane to score his first Germany goal. The 22-year-old hit 30 goals for Manchester City between his international debut and breaking the deadlock against Russia, whom the Brazil 2014 champions beat 3-0 to make it nine wins from nine games in Leipzig.

15

years and seven months after Barcelona conceded four goals at home in La Liga, Real Betis condemned them to the same fate with a 4-3 upset at Camp Nou. Mauro Silva, Juan Carlos Valeron and Roy Makaay had inspired Deportivo to a 4-2 win there in 2003.

13

seconds after Aleksandar Mitrovic had a goal disallowed for Fulham, the ball was in the back of their net. The rapid Mo Salah scored it for Liverpool just ten seconds after goalkeeper Alisson had taken a quick free-kick.

9

clean sheets have been registered in the opening eight matches of this FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – just one shy of what the entire tournament produced in its maiden edition.

7

years of Guangzhou Evergrande hegemony was what Oscar and Hulk helped Shanghai SIPG end by lifting the Chinese Super League crown. Wu Lei, from the right wing, remarkably hit 27 goals in 29 appearances to become the first Chinese player to finish as the championship’s leading marksmen in 11 years.

5

years have passed since an American forward featured in the MLS Best XI – Michael Magee was the last in 2013 – after Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Josef Martinez and Wayne Rooney made this season’s. Just one foreign forward, Thierry Henry, earned inclusion between 2008 and ’11.

4

goals in a game is what Andre-Pierre Gignac managed for the first time in his 14-year career on Saturday. The Tigres No9’s exploits against Puebla, including two superb goals and a bizarre fourth, rocketed him top of the Liga MX scoring standings with 14 goals in 15 appearances this season – his best return in what is his seventh campaign in Mexico.

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