World Football

The Week in Numbers

November 1, 2020 Cesena, Italy soccer Spezia vs Juventus - Italian Football Championship League A TIM 2020/2021 - Dino Manuzzi stadium In the pic: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus F.C.) celebrates after scoring goal 1-2 
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  • Muller and Sergio Ramos reach league milestones
  • A quintet of big names sealed UEFA Women's EURO qualification
  • Dundalk make Europa League history with incredible stat

Diogo Jota's goal against Midtjylland in the UEFA Champions League was Liverpool’s 10,000th in all competitions. It took 128 years to reach that milestone as their first ever goal was scored by Jock Smith in September 1892.

Diogo Jota of Liverpool celebrates scoring
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Thomas Muller reached another career milestone on Saturday when he scored the opener in Bayern Munich's 2-1 win at Koln. Muller equalled Oliver Kahn's record of 260 Bundesliga wins with Bayern.


Cristiano Ronaldo took just 126 seconds to mark his return to action with a goal today. The Juventus star made an instant impact after coming off the bench against Spezia and went on to add a second – his first and only brace as a substitute since striking twice for Manchester United against Wigan all the way back in December 2006. Ronaldo now has five goals in just three league appearances this season, which represents his joint-best tally at this early stage of a domestic season.


Iago Aspas became Celta Vigo's all-time leading La Liga scorer today, with his 105th top flight strike taking him past Manuel Hermida's long-standing benchmark. The Celta icon's record-breaking goal came, however, in a 4-1 defeat to the in-form Real Sociedad, who duly returned to the summit of the Spanish table.


Karim Benzema joined Lionel Messi and Ryan Giggs as the only players to score a Champions League goal in 16 different campaigns when he netted for Los Blancos in their 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates his goal against Borussia Monchengladbach
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now scored seven goals in his first four Serie A appearances this season, grabbing a win for AC Milan at Udinese today with a spectacular late overhead kick. The 39-year-old’s spectacular run of form has seen him find the net in six successive Serie A matches. That is a feat that has been managed only twice before in the three-points-for-a-win era: by Andriy Shevchenko in 2001 and by Zlatan himself in 2012.


A quintet of big names shored up qualification to become the first to join hosts England at the 2022 UEFA Women's EURO. Record champions Germany and holders The Netherlands shored up passage on Friday, and they were joined three days later by Denmark, Norway and Sweden. 


Marcus Rashford became the fifth player to score a hat-trick as a substitute in Champions League history and the England forward needed only 27 minutes to put three past RB Leipzig in a resounding 5-0 win at Old Trafford on Wednesday.


Moise Kean became the first player in Paris Saint-Germain's history to score a brace in a first Champions League start when he put two second-half goals past Fehmi Gunok and Istanbul Basaksehir.

Moise Kean of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates
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Despite suffering a 3-0 defeat, Dundalk somehow went through their entire UEFA Europa League match against Arsenal on Thursday without committing a single foul. The Republic of Ireland side are the first to do so since the competition commenced in its current incarnation (2009/10).

Patrick McEleney of Dundalk is challenged by Joe Willock of Arsenal
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