World Football

The Week in Numbers

Andre-Pierre Gignac celebrates scoring
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  • A double-digit record
  • A baby coach and a big profit
  • An unrewarded first-half hat-trick
105

goals for Tigres is what Andre-Pierre Gignac reached to eclipse Tomas Boy – the hosts’ captain at Mexico 1986 – and become their all-time leading marksman. The 33-year-old Frenchman got the only goal – his ninth goal against Pumas made them his joint-favourite opponent – to give Tigres their first away win in Liga MX in four months.

87

million euros is what it cost Manchester United to make Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in history, surpassing Virgil van Dijk (€80m). It was 32 times what Hull City paid for Maguire five years ago and over six-and-a-half times what Leicester City paid for him in 2017. The fee also made the man who scored against Sweden in the Russia 2018 quarter-finals the costliest Englishman of all time, dropping €62.5m Raheem Sterling into second.

48

years had passed since a side began a Scottish top-flight campaign by winning by more than a six-goal margin until Celtic pummeled St Johnstone 7-0. Celtic, themselves, were the last, thrashing Clyde 9-1 in 1971 thanks to a first league goal for the club from Kenny Dalglish, a Lou Macari double and a Bobby Lennon hat-trick. The biggest hero on Saturday was Ryan Christie, with all three of his goals coming from outside the penalty area.

32

years and 73 days was the age at which Sjors Ultee became the youngest coach in Fortuna Sittard’s 51-year history. Surprisingly, only one of the 28 players was over the age of 28, but that one, 34-year-old Ron Vlaar, scored a rare goal to set AZ en route to victory. A fourth straight shutout on Wednesday left the Alkmaar outfit with 13 clean sheets in 22 matches in 2019.

18

successive victories in all competitions was the run NSA Sofia had ended by a spectacular Breznica fightback. The Bulgarians led 3-0 and 4-1, but the Montenegrin underdogs scored four goals in 22 second-half minutes to snatch a 4-4 draw. Velina Koshuleva consequently became the first player in UEFA Women’s Champions League history to score a first-half hat-trick and not end up on the winning team.

15

attempts is what it took Germany, arguably the biggest superpower in competitive FIFA, to win its first FIFA eWorld Cup. After tournament favourite ‘Tekkz’ lost his preposterous record of having progressed beyond the first phase of every competition he entered this year, ‘MoAuba’ upset defending champion ‘MsDossary’ to ensure no-one has ever seized back-to-back crowns.

7

consecutive Trophee des Champions have been won by Paris Saint-Germain, breaking the previous record of six Lyon claimed between 2002 and ’07. PSG also outranked Les Gones by conquering their ninth overall. The last three Trophee des Champions clashes in which PSG have fallen behind have all resulted in them winning 2-1.

5

matches unbeaten is what Argentina women managed for the first time in 13 years. After a heroic comeback snatched them a 3-3 draw with Scotland in their final outing at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, four consecutive clean sheets – and four goals from Mariana Larroquette – inspired them into the Pan American Games final against Colombia.

5

clubs is what Kei Kamara became the first player in MLS history to score ten-plus goals in a season for: Sporting Kansas City, Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids. Jeff Cunningham reached double digits for four teams. Kamara’s hat-trick helped the Rapids net over five goals for the first time in a regular-season game, while only five matches in MLS history have produced more goals than their 6-3 defeat of Montreal Impact.

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