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  • Podium parallelism
  • Dragons fly alongside eagles
  • The mother of all cup runs is ended
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years had passed since India had won an AFC Asian Cup match until they thumped Thailand 4-1 for their biggest-ever victory in the competition. Sunil Chhetri bagged a brace to make it 67 goals for his country, outrank Lionel Messi (65) and become the second-highest active marksman in international football behind Cristiano Ronaldo (85).

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straight domestic cup matches is what Paris Saint-Germain had incredibly won until Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Co fell 2-1 at home to Guingamp on Wednesday in a battle of teams top and bottom of Ligue 1. Since a 2-1 loss to Montpellier in January 2014, PSG had lifted four Coupe de France and four Coupe de la Ligue trophies in succession.

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years since two teams outside the top three divisions eliminated top-flight opposition from the FA Cup on the same day, history repeated itself, with all four of the upsets coming via 2-1 scorelines. Fourth-tier teams Oldham Athletic and Newport County both hit late winners to edge Fulham and Leicester City respectively on Sunday, while Sutton United beat defending champions Coventry City and Grimsby Town eliminated Middlesbrough on 7 January 1989.

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consecutive victories in all competitions was the all-time Portuguese record Sergio Conceicao’s Porto equalled with a Yacine Brahimi-inspired reverse of Nacional on Monday. David Luiz, Fabio Coentrao, Pablo Aimar, Oscar Cardozo and Javier Saviola helped Jorge Jesus’s Benfica do the same in 2010/11.

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years had passed since Real Sociedad won away to Real Madrid in La Liga until Willian Jose ended a 12-game goal drought to inspire a 2-0 success. Real’s current coach Santiago Solari was part of a side including Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo, Raul and Ronaldo that lost 4-1 at home to Xabi Prieto, Oscar de Paula, Darko Kovacevic and team-mates in 2004.

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A-League goals is what Adam Le Fondre took merely 11 appearances to reach – the fewest a player has taken to reach double figures in the competition’s history.

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goals in two games is what Valentina Giacinti has hit to rocket to the summit of the Women’s Serie A scoring chart – and give reason for Australia, Brazil and Jamaica to fret as France 2019 approaches. The AC Milan striker has scored 82 goals in her last 79 appearances in the Italian top flight

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divisions is what Viry-Chatillon sensationally overcame to eliminate Angers from the Coupe de France. Angers, edged by Paris Saint-Germain in the 2017 final, became the first Ligue 1 side this century to be knocked out of the competition by opponents from the sixth tier or lower.

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times had the CAF African Footballer of the Year podium been identical in back-to-back years until Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished first, second and third respectively. The Arsenal forward tied the record, held by Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure, for finishing on the podium in five consecutive years.

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