World Football

The Week in Numbers

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61

seconds is what Argentina were away from beating Brazil and securing a share of futsal’s four-game ‘Challenge of the Americas’. After an 8-2 loss and 4-4 and 0-0 draws, the FIFA Futsal World Cup holders had reversed a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 lead until Bruno’s last-gasp equaliser for the record five-time world champions in Argentina, where the Youth Olympic Futsal Tournaments begin on Sunday.

19

years and 150 days was the age at which Justin Kluivert became Roma’s youngest marksman in the UEFA Champions League and the youngest Dutchman to score on his debut in the competition, breaking records held by Antonio Cassano and Rafael van der Vaart. His father, Patrick Kluivert, is the youngest Dutchman to score in the Champions League, having done so 89 days past his 18th birthday.

7

goals in his first seven La Liga appearances is what Andre Silva became only the second player this century to reach. Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed the same return for Barcelona in 2009.

7

goals is what Ewa Pajor has scored in the first three rounds of the Women’s Frauen-Bundesliga – more than she scored in the entire 2016/17 (five goals) and 2017/18 (four) seasons. The 21-year-old Pole’s second successive hat-trick helped hand Bayern Munich a 6-0 thrashing – their first defeat in 18 outings in all competitions – as Wolfsburg kept their 14th clean sheet in 15 outings.

6

successive La Liga games undefeated away to Real Madrid is what Atletico Madrid became the first team since Valencia in 1948 to register (three wins; three draws). Atletico and Real have now finished goalless in the league twice in ten months after registering merely six 0-0 draws between their maiden meeting in 1928 and 2017. Real then failed to score for the first time in 33 European matches in a 1-0 loss to CSKA Moscow.

6

hours and 25 minutes is how long River Plate had gone without conceding in the Copa Libertadores until Silvio Romero scored for Independiente. It was just 33 minutes shy of River’s record run without conceding in the competition, which was also ended by Independiente thanks to Norberto Outes’s goal past 1978 FIFA World Cup™ hero Ubaldo Fillol.

5

assists is what Jadon Sancho has registered in the 2018/19 Bundesliga – two more than any other player – despite spending merely 129 minutes on the pitch. The Borussia Dortmund winger, who helped England win last year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup, has averaged a goal or assist every 21-and-a-half minutes.

5

goals in 13 minutes is what Sweden and the Netherlands served up in a UEFA U-17 Championship thriller. The match, which finished 6-4 to the Dutch, also involved a hat-trick of penalties from Naoufal Bannis and three goals in injury time.

2

direct free-kicks in a Champions League game is what Neymar became the first player to score since Cristiano Ronaldo against FC Zurich nine years ago. The 26-year-old’s hat-trick for Paris Saint-Germain against Crvena Zvezda saw him surpass Rivaldo (27 goals) and become the joint-highest-scoring Brazilian in the competition alongside Kaka (both 30).

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