- Europe’s goal kings
- American head queens
- A spot-kick specialist and a rampant teen
goals is what Ajax became the first team to score in a European top flight in 2018/19. The New Saints in Wales (91) and Paris Saint-Germain in France (89) are their closest challengers. Dusan Tadic (20 goals) and Hakim Ziyech (15) helped Ajax became the first side to net a century of goals in less than 30 Eredivisie matches since a PSV side including Ronald Koeman, Frank Arnesen, Soren Lerby, Gerald Vanenburg and Wim Kieft did it in 1987/88.
minutes is all it has taken Moise Kean to average his five Serie A goals this season – a superior ratio to any other player in Europe’s top five leagues in 2018/19. The 19-year-old has netted in five consecutive appearances for Juventus and Italy.
years since they last beat Norway, the 19th-ranked New Zealand repeated the feat with a first win over the former FIFA Women’s World Cup™ winners in six attempts. Rosie White, winning her 99th cap, got the only goal to give the Football Ferns, their first victory over a nation to their north on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking since an upset of Brazil in Sao Paulo in 2015.
minutes is all Cruzeiro’s Fred required against Huracan to score the fourth-fastest hat-trick from kick-off in Copa Libertadores history after Nacho Scocco in 19 minutes in 2017, Fernando Baiano in 17 in 1999 and Alberto Spencer in nine in 1963. The host nation's Brazil 2014 No9 also became the ninth player to net a treble for more than one club in the competition.
goals in Der Klassiker is what Robert Lewandowski made it with a brace that saw him equal and outrank Gerd Muller as the fixture’s all-time leading marksman. The 30-year-old Pole also became the first player in Bundesliga history to score in five successive appearances against a former club in a 5-0 rout, and only the fifth player to register 200 goals in the competition after Manfred Burgsmuller (213), Jupp Heynckes (220), Klaus Fischer (268) and Muller (365).
goals in 11 La Liga appearances is what Karim Benzema made it by scoring two headers in a game for the first time in ten seasons, in any competition, at Real Madrid.
challenges is what Hatem Ben Arfa escaped during one dribble en route to scoring a FIFA Puskás Award contender for Rennes at Angers. The mercurial 32-year-old kept the ball for 16 seconds before playing a one-two with M'Baye Niang and slotting home.
headed goals is what the USWNT scored in a half for the first time ever, with Carli Lloyd (twice), Lindsey Horan and Samantha Mewis getting them within 19 first-half minutes in a 6-0 thrashing of Belgium. The 36-year-old Lloyd’s brace took her joint-fourth on USA’s list of all-time leading markswomen alongside Michelle Akers (107 goals), shy of only Kristine Lilly (130), Mia Hamm (158) and Abby Wambach (184).
goals in 13 minutes is what Cerro Porteno hit to come from behind, beat Atletico Mineiro 4-1 and record a Paraguayan team’s biggest-ever victory over Brazilian opposition in the Copa Libertadores. Cerro, Libertad and Olimpia have ensured that Paraguayan clubs have won eight consecutive games in the competition for the first time in almost 60 years of participation.
penalties faced, three saves: that is Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’s record in 2019 after he denied Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero followed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jamie Vardy. The Frenchman ended 2018 having conceded the last nine penalties he’d faced for Spurs and Les Bleus.