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The Week in Numbers

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years since Feyenoord last beat Ajax by more than three goals, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side emerged 6-2 victors to leave their fierce enemies having conceded four-plus goals in back-to-back Eredivisie games for the first time since 1959. Robin van Persie, 35, became the oldest player to net multiple goals in De Klassieker.

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goals in 13 games is what Arsenal’s France 2019-bound Vivianne Miedema made it to break, with seven rounds to spare, Ellen White’s record for goals in a Women’s Super League season.

15

matches unbeaten on the futsal court was the run Portugal had shattered in a 6-1 defeat by Brazil on Thursday. Despite having home advantage, being led by record six-time World Futsal Player of the Year Ricardinho, having gone two stages further than A Seleção at the last FIFA Futsal World Cup, and having won last year’s UEFA Futsal EURO, A Selecção das Quinas fell to 17 losses and four draws in 21 meetings with their Lusophone rivals.

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appearances is all it took Ola Toivonen to became the fastest-ever player to reach ten goals for Melbourne Victory, breaking the 19-game record shared by Archie Thompson and Besart Berisha. The 32-year-old, who lobbed Sweden ahead against Germany at Russia 2018, realised the feat with a sumptuous free-kick to give Kevin Muscat’s side their third successive win over Sydney FC – a run which ended seven straight losses in ‘The Big Blue’.

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successive Serie A appearances is what Fabio Quagliarella became only the second player to score in (14 goals). Gabriel Batistuta netted in 11 consecutive games (13 goals) until he failed to beat Angelo Peruzzi in Fiorentina’s 3-2 loss to Juventus in 1994.

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combined goals and assists is what Paul Pogba has registered in seven games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – more than any player in Europe’s top five leagues in the same period, with Edinson Cavani and Duvan Zapata managing nine apiece. The 25-year-old Frenchman didn’t post a single goal or assist in Jose Mourinho’s last seven matches in charge.

10

goals is ten games is what Lisandro Lopez, 35, has bagged to leap to the top of the Argentinian Superliga scoring chart and fire Racing Club top.

9

seasons is what it took Jasper Cillessen, who was famously substituted by Louis van Gaal on the cusp of their shoot-out with Costa Rica in the Brazil 2014 quarter-finals, to save the first penalty of his club career. It ended Ever Banega’s 100-per-cent conversion record for Sevilla – he had scored all 12 of his attempts from the spot – as Barcelona won 6-1 to storm into the semis.

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consecutive clean sheets is what Qatar unexpectedly became the first nation in AFC Asian Cup history to register. Eight assists from Akram Hassan Afif and a tournament-record-equalling eight goals from Almoez Ali have helped Felix Sanchez’s side carry a +16 goal difference into Friday’s final against Japan, who hold the +15 record for an Asian Cup campaign set in 2000.

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years had passed until Marco Reus and Mario Gotze were both on target for Borussia Dortmund in the same Bundesliga game until scored within two minutes of one another in a 5-1 thrashing of Hanover. Dortmund have now scored multiple times in all ten of their home league games this season.

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is how many goals the Falepapalangi family contributed for Tonga club Lotoha'apai United in their OFC Champions League encounter against American Samoa's Pago Youth. Tonga U-20 international Tuia scored a hat-trick, but a second-half goal from his father Pua made the feat truly exceptional.

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