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Gabriele Gori celebrates scoring for Italy
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  • A dramatic title conclusion
  • An extraordinary individual performance
  • Buffon, Lukaku, Maja, Mane and Martinez feature
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attempts is what it took Inter Milan to win 12 of their first 14 games in a Serie A season for the first time. Two Nerazzurri players have scored eight-plus goals at this point in the season – Romelu Lakaku (ten) and Lautaro Martinez (eight) – for the first time since Christian Vieri and Mohammed Kallon did so in 2001/02.

33

goals over the last two FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups is what Gabriele Gori remarkably returned to leapfrog several players and become the 41-goal second-highest marksmen in the competition’s history behind 88-goal Madjer (check out our Visual Story tribute to the retiring legend). The Italy ace became the first player to win back-to-back adidas Golden Scorer awards since the Portuguese icon in 2006.

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years will have passed since the previous edition’s two finalists faced one another in the group stage of a UEFA EURO when Portugal and France collide at the Puskas Arena. The final draw ensured it will happen for the third time: West Germany edged Czechoslovakia, to whom they lost in the 1976 decider, 1-0 four years later, while 1988 champions the Netherlands drew 0-0 with Soviet Union in 1992.

23

years was the staggering age difference between Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon and his Sassuolo counterpart Stefano Turati. The FIFA World Cup™ winner, at 41 years and ten months, became the fifth-oldest player in Serie A history, but the 18-year-old, who was born 11 days after Buffon made his top-flight debut, emerged as the man of the match as the visitors became just the second side to deny Juve victory in 15 matches in all competitions.

16

goals in 16 games is what Kamil Wilczek has scored in this season’s Danish Superliga. The veteran Pole’s goal against Copenhagen on Sunday saw him outrank Ebbe Sand and become Brondby’s 70-goal all-time leading marksman in the competition.

10

direct goal involvements – six goals and four assists – is what Vivianne Miedema exceptionally registered against Bristol City to double her own record for most goal involvements in a Women’s Super League game. It moved the 23-year-old on to 22 goals in 14 appearances in all competitions this season. It also helped Arsenal win 11-1 to record the biggest victory in the WSL history, surpassing Liverpool’s 9-0 defeat of Doncaster Belles, which Gemma Bonner, Lucy Bronze, Fara Williams and Natasha Dowie helped inspire in 2013.

6

goals in the first half is what FIFA Club World Cup-bound Liverpool and Everton served up for the first time in the 125-year history of the Merseyside Derby, while the former’s 5-2 win ensured seven-plus goals were scored in it for only the third time after clashes in 1904 and 1933. Sadio Mane, meanwhile, has 17 goals in his last 17 Premier League starts at Anfield.

4

goals from set-pieces is what Getafe scored for the first time in a La Liga game: two headers directly from corners, one penalty and one free-kick. The Madrid minnows beat Levante 4-0 – a winning margin they have bettered only once in the competition, via a Dani Guiza-inspired 5-0 thrashing of Espanyol 14 years ago.

3

goals in a Ligue 1 game is what Josh Maja became the fourth Nigerian to score after Victor Agali, John Utaka and Peter Odemwingie. It helped Bordeaux thump Nimes 6-0 and score more than five times in a league game for the first time since beating Monaco by the same scoreline in 2008.

1

goal is the margin by which Jeonbuk Motors dramatically won the K-League on Sunday to tie Seongnam’s record of seven titles. Ulsan went into the final round three points clear, but were stunned 4-1 at home by Pohang Steelers and duly lost out due to goals scored (71 to 72). Ulsan have agonisingly finished as runners-up eight times – three more than any other side.

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