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The Week in Numbers

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  • Prolific Lloyd dazzles as Women's World Cup approaches
119

goals is what Dusan Tadic (28 goals), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Hakim Ziyech (both 16) helped Ajax score in the 2018/19 Eredivisie – the third-most in the competition’s history. Thirty-seven-goal Marco van Basten helped the Amsterdam goliaths hit 120 in 1985/86, while Johan Cruyff’s haul of 33 was key to the same club recording 122 in 1966/67.

97

points is what Liverpool finished the 2018/19 Premier League with – the most a team has ever registered without winning the title. Manchester United won the competition with 75 points in 1996/97. The Red Devils finished 32 points behind Manchester City – two more than they finished behind champions Leeds United the last time they were relegated in 1973/74.

85

years and six months is how long Pablo Pombo has reigned as the youngest-ever player to score against Real Madrid in La Liga until Ander Barrenetxea, at 17 years and 136 days, did it nine days sooner. The Real Sociedad forward also became the ninth-youngest player to net in the Spanish top flight behind Raul, Juanmi, Alberto Rivera, Bojan Krkic, Juan Mena, Xisco Nadal, Iker Muniain and record-holder Fabrice Olinga (16 years and 98 days).

44

seconds is all Carli Lloyd required after rising from the bench to score for USA in a 5-0 thrashing of New Zealand. The 36-year-old has netted five goals in her last 135 minutes of action for the three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup™ winners – one every 27 minutes on average – to move on to 110 international goals.

29

years and 53 days was the age at which FC Cincinnati's Yoann Damet became comfortably the youngest coach in MLS history. Roy Wegerle had held the record – 32 years and 186 days – for a one-game spell in charge of Colorado Rapids in 1996. Damet was astonishingly younger than nine of the players on the Nippert Stadium turf as Cincinnati snapped a run of one point from a possible 21 by beating Montreal Impact.

19

matches unbeaten, during which they beat an exceptional Lyon side in the Women's International Champions Cup final and stormed to NWSL glory, was the North Carolina Courage run ended by Chicago Red Stars. Australia forward Sam Kerr got two goals and an assist in a 3-1 win to tie USA and Courage standout Crystal Dunn’s record of eight NWSL Player of the Week awards.

9

goals in five appearances is what 16-year-old France forward Adil Aouchiche scored at the UEFA U-17 Championship to tie the record for goals at a UEFA international tournament. Frenchman Michel Platini at EURO 1984, Russian Elena Danilova at the Women’s U-19 EURO in 2005, and German Shekiera Martinez at the Women’s U-17 EURO in 2018 got the same total.

4

of Adelaide United’s last five penalties is what Liam Reddy saved to help Perth Glory come from 3-1 down and win their shoot-out for a place in the A-League Grand Final 5-4. No side had ever missed more than two penalties in an A-League shoot-out, only for Reddy, who also scored a spot-kick, and opposite goalkeeper Paul Izzo to ensure two teams did it in the same fixture.

3

goals was the deficit a Sanel Ibrahimovic-inspired Dudelange incredibly overcame in the last 20 minutes to win 4-3 at Hostert and secure their 15th Luxembourg National Division crown in the last 20 years.

2

goals in every home game is what Borussia Dortmund became the first team in the Bundesliga’s 56-year history to score. Eight goals in the 90th minute or later in their 17 matches helped Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Paco Alcacer and Co average exactly three goals per game at the BVB-Stadion.

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