- The leap of the century
- A wild penalty shootout
- Buffon, Caicedo, Lewandowski and Vardy feature
Bundesliga goals is what Robert Lewandowski reached to go third on the league's list of all-time leading marksmen behind Klaus Fischer (268) and Gerd Muller (365 goals). Coincidentally, the 31-year-old also moved on to 221 goals for Bayern Munich this week, outranking Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and leaving him behind only Muller (564).
matches and 17 years since El Clásico ended goalless. History repeated itself on Wednesday night. Sergio Ramos made his record-breaking 43rd appearances in the fixture – Paco Gento, Manolo Sanchis, Xavi and Lionel Messi are on 42 – while Zinedine Zidane became the first Real Madrid coach to survive his first five trips to Camp Nou undefeated.
places to 28th on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking is what Japan have jumped since December 2018 to ensure 33rd-placed IR Iran finish a calendar year off top spot in Asia for the first time since 2012. Only Algeria (up 32 to 35th) and Qatar (up 38 to 55th) leapt more places than Japan over the last 12 months.
centimetres above the crossbar – 2.56 metres off the ground – was the unbelievable height Cristiano Ronaldo reached to head home Juventus’s winner against Sampdoria. He was in the air for a full second. Gigi Buffon, meanwhile, made his 479th appearance for Juve to break the record of Alessandro Del Piero, while he also tied Paolo Maldini’s Serie A-high of 647 outings.
consecutive Premier League appearances was what Jamie Vardy had scored in until drawing a blank against Norwich City – a run bettered only twice: by Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2003 (ten appearances) and Vardy himself in 2015 (11). The Leicester City striker has the most combined goals and assists in the 2019/20 Premier League (19), followed by Kevin de Bruyne (15), Tammy Abraham (14), Sadio Mane (14), Marcus Rashford (14) and Mo Salah (13).
goals is what Al Sadd and Esperance served up to tie the record for most goals in a FIFA Club World Cup match set when Manchester United beat Gamba Osaka 5-3 in 2008. The Tunisians’ 6-2 win equalled the record victory in the competition, while Hamdou Elhouni became only the fourth player to score a hat-trick in it after Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
and a half hours is what Japan have gone without conceding since Lieke Martens’ last-gasp penalty eliminated them from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Three consecutive clean sheets at the EAFF E-1 Championship helped them end their nine-year wait for glory and tie Korea DPR’s record of three titles.
consecutive appearances – all as a substitute – have involved Lazio's Felipe Caicedo scoring in stoppage time. The Ecuador striker has averaged a goal every 14 minutes in those games against Sassuolo, Juventus and Cagliari. In the latter, Lazio trailed heading into the 93rd minute, but spectacularly scored twice to make it eight straight Serie A victories and equal their best-ever start to a season set in 1973/74, when Giorgio Chinaglia fired them to the Scudetto.
goals per game is by how much Brazil have admirably outscored their opposition in eight matches under Pia Sundhage (24 goals for, two against). A Seleção, who went into the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ having lost nine straight matches, have won six and drawn two thereafter, including beating England 2-1 in Middlesbrough, Canada 4-0 in Chongqing and Mexico 6-0 and 4-0 at home.
of five penalties is all Delfin managed to score in the shootout for the Ecuadorian Serie A title, but it was sufficient to win them the first title of their 30-year history due to Liga de Quito failing to convert four of theirs, with Pedro Ortiz saving three of them.