World Football

The Week in Numbers

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Luis Suarez of Barcelona celebrates
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  • South American sway sustained in Spain
  • A markswoman chases Marta and Mittag
  • Young and old combine to create history
71

points is what New York Red Bulls finished the regular season with to break the MLS record set by Toronto FC in 2017 (69). Long-time leaders Atlanta United lost two of their last four games, while the Red Bulls won their last five to snatch a third Supporters’ Shield in six years.

41

goals in 41 games is what Ada Hegerberg has scored to go sixth on the UEFA Women’s Champions League’s list of all-time leading markswomen – and she’s only 23. The Lyon forward, who came third in The Best FIFA Women's Player running in September, will now pursue Lotta Schelin (42), Camile Abily (43), Marta (46), Conny Pohlers (48) and Anja Mittag (51).

20

years, eight months and eight days is the age difference between Bayer Leverkusen teenager Kai Havertz and Werder Bremen veteran Claudio Pizarro – the biggest gap between marksman in a Bundesliga game in history. Pizarro, 25 days after turning 40, became the second player in his 40s to net in the German top tier – the first, Miroslav Votava in 1996, also did it for Bremen – and tied Klaus Fischer’s record of scoring in 18 Bundesliga seasons.

14

goals in her last seven appearances for Arsenal is, remarkably, what Vivianne Miedema has scored. The 22-year-old, who is set to represent the Netherlands against Switzerland in their play-off for a place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, has helped Arsenal win their first eight matches of the season, scoring 43 and conceding just four.

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11

matches is what it took Frosinone to register their first victory of 2018/19. The Camillo Ciano-inspired 3-0 success at SPAL was their biggest-ever in Serie A – in what is the Lazio-based club’s second season there – and left Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United as the only winless teams from Europe’s big five leagues this term.

6

goals in six games is what Craig Goodwin – a left-winger – has scored since returning to Adelaide United, including a sensational double in the 2-1 win over Sydney FC in Tuesday’s FFA Cup final. Goodwin didn’t net in his last 13 appearances for Adelaide before joining Sparta Rotterdam two-and-a-half years ago.

6

goals is what Terengganu and Perak served up in the highest-scoring Malaysian Cup final in 32 years. Terengganu led 2-0, but Perak scored equalisers with virtually the last kicks of both normal time and extra time, before winning on penalties.

5

consecutive El Clásico hat-tricks in La Liga have been scored by South Americans after Luis Suarez followed Lionel Messi (twice), Ivan Zamorano and Romario. More trebles have now been netted in the fixture by foreign-born players (nine) than Spaniards (eight) – Evaristo de Macedo, Ferenc Puskas (twice) and Gary Lineker also achieved the feat – with Amancio Amaro the last Spaniard in 1964.

5

years and eight months after Frank Lampard became the last Englishman to score in three straight Premier League games for Chelsea, Ross Barkley emulated the feat. The 24-year-old has netted as many league goals in his last 192 minutes as he did in the previous 22 months.

4

goals in a game is what Roque Santa Cruz scored for the first time in his 21-year career at Deportivo Capiata. His quartet, within 43 minutes, made Paraguay's all-time leading marksman the first Olimpia player to hit more than three goals in a game since Dante Lopez, who coincidentally plays for Capiata, in 2005.

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