- English dominance in Africa
- A Barça star involved in everything
- Aouchiche, Brahimi, Kroos and Ronaldo feature
matches unbeaten in the Greek Super League – among the longest-ever runs in a European domestic championship – was what ended for PAOK in a 4-2 defeat at Aris. It was the Thessaloniki force’s first league loss in almost two years, and enabled Olympiacos, who edged an always-fiery ‘Derby of the Eternal Enemies’, to leapfrog them and go top.
years had passed since Real Madrid scored directly from a corner – Davor Suker had been the last – until Toni Kroos set them en route to a place in the Spanish Supercopa final. The last two Olympic goals suffered by a Spanish top-flight team in any competition have now been conceded by the same goalkeeper: Valencia’s Jaume Domenech, whom Real Betis winger Joaquin scored a corner past in the Copa del Rey in February.
years after El Hadji Diouf became the last Senegalese to be crowned CAF African Footballer of the Year, Sadio Mane repeated the feat. It took until 1999 for Arsenal’s Nwankwo Kanu to become the first England-based recipient of the prize, but the Liverpool No10’s triumph ensured ten of the last 12 winners have come from English clubs, with Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan in 2010) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund in 2015) the exceptions.
years and 174 days is the age at which Adil Aouchiche, fresh from winning the adidas Silver Ball at the FIFA U-17 World Cup™, became Paris Saint-Germain’s second-youngest marksman of all time against Linas-Montlhery. Bartholomew Ogbeche was four months younger in 2002, shortly before he became the sixth-youngest player to appear in the FIFA World Cup™.
successive wins is what Barcelona have registered to book a UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid and open up a seven-point gap over the same team, who are chasing a fourth straight title, at the Primera Division Femenina summit. 32,068 watched substitute Asisat Oshoala’s late double inspire a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao that ensured Barça, who boast Lieke Martens, Caroline Hansen and Jenni Hermoso, have scored three-plus goals in 11 consecutive outings.
goals in his last nine appearances in the Qatari Stars League is what Yacine Brahimi has scored – and from midfield. The Algeria international produced a breathtaking assist and a hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Umm Salal that helped Al Rayyan chop Al Duhail’s lead to two points.
successive Barcelona goals in La Liga have been scored or assisted by Luis Suarez (four goals, six assists). The 32-year-old has 18 combined goals and assists in 17 appearances in this season’s Spanish top flight. Only Lionel Messi, who has 19 in 14 outings, has more, with Karim Benzema, with 17 in 18, in third.
straight home wins is what Sydney FC made it with a 2-1 win over Adelaide United – a new A-League record. A whopping 25 shots were registered in the first half – one every 108 seconds on average – with Paulo Retre, who had gone 36 appearances in all competitions without a goal, scoring twice in six minutes for the runaway leaders.
goals in his last six games for Orlando Pirates is what Gabdinho Mhango moved on to with a hat-trick against Polokwane City. The Malawi forward has netted more goals since debuting for the Pirates in August than he did in his last two-and-a-half seasons at previous club Bidvest Wits.
players have now scored a hat-trick in the English, Italian and Spanish top flights this century after Cristiano Ronaldo’s exploits against Cagliari saw him emulate Alexis Sanchez.