- The relentless Ronaldo races on
- Stunning transformations from Mitrovic and Sterling
- Beckham, Hegerberg, Kerr and Martinez feature
years had passed since someone scored a hat-trick in an Argentina-Mexico match – Guillermo Stabile did so en route to the adidas Golden Boot at the 1930 FIFA World Cup Uruguay™ – until Lautaro Martinez netted a first-half treble in Texas. The 22-year-old helped Argentina record the biggest-ever victory in the fixture: 4-0.
goals is what Liechtenstein had conceded without scoring in qualifying for the World Cup or UEFA EURO until Dennis Salanovic snatched them a sensational 1-1 draw away to a Greece side 128 places above them on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. It ensured Liechtenstein avoided a 20th-straight qualifying defeat.
goals in his last 27 games for Portugal is what Cristiano Ronaldo rocketed on to thanks to a four-goal show in Lithuania. It took the 34-year-old on to 93 international goals overall – 16 shy of the world record held by IR Iran great Ali Daei.
goals in 30 games for clubs and country is what Sam Kerr has netted in 2019. The Chicago Red Stars No20’s brace against Houston Dash ensured she has scored 15 goals in three successive NWSL seasons. Kim Little in 2014 and Crystal Dunn in 2015 are the only other players to have reached 15 goals in an NWSL campaign.
years had passed since Guinea-Bissau won a World Cup qualifier – they edged a Titi Camara-spearheaded Guinea in 1996 – until back-to-back victories over Sao Tome e Principe sent them into the second round of the African preliminaries for the first time.
goals in his last 17 games for Serbia is what Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored. He netted just two in his first 19 internationals.
matches is what Brazil had gone undefeated, since a 2-1 loss to Belgium in the Russia 2018 quarter-finals, until a shock loss on Tuesday night. Peru have won both of the teams’ tussles in the USA – in Foxborough and Los Angeles – 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal.
goals in his last eight appearances for England is what Raheem Sterling has registered – amazingly after managing just two in his first 45 caps. Harry Kane’s miss from 12 yards ended England’s stunning sequence of scoring 23 successive penalties in competitive matches – David Beckham had spurned their previous in 2004 – but Gareth Southgate’s side won 5-3 to end Kosovo’s 15-game undefeated run.
goals in merely three outings is what Ada Hegerberg has registered this season. Back-to-back hat-tricks in the UEFA Women’s Champions League – one in May’s final victory over Barcelona and the other against Ryazan on Wednesday – elevated the 24-year-old third, above Marta, on its list of all-time leading markswomen, with 47 goals in 47 games. Only Conny Pohlers (48) and Anja Mittag (51) have more.
successive games is what Italy have won for the first time since Gigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero and Co registered the same total 16 years ago. La Nazionale have now recorded nine consecutive victories over Finland since Dino Zoff, Giacinto Facchetti, Giancarlo Antognoni, Francesco Graziani and team-mates were held 0-0 in Rome in 1975.