World Football

The Week in Numbers

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Kylian Mbappe and Neymar celebrate a Paris Saint-Germain goal against Lille
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  • A 14- and a 16-year-old star
  • Three brothers celebrate simultaneously
  • Who is doomed facing penalties?
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minutes of her career debut, at the age of 16 years and three months, was all Leticia McKenna required to net her first goal. It helped Perth Glory, playing at a numerical disadvantage, remarkably grab three unanswered goals in the last eight minutes to make it back-to-back 4-4 draws against Canberra United.

20

penalties is what Michael Rensing has faced without one being missed against him in the Bundesliga – a new record. The Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper conceded his fourth spot-kick in five games to break the record of West Germany legend Sepp Maier, who took 20 attempts to deny his first penalty.

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attempts is what it took a Serbian team to win – and score two goals in – a UEFA Champions League game. Partizan and Crvena Zvezda were winless in 12 and three outings respectively, before Milan Pavkov’s double secured a stunning 2-0 upset of last season’s runners-up Liverpool.

14

years and 302 was the age at which Fernando Ovelar became the Paraguayan top flight’s youngest-ever marksman – and he did it with a delicious dink over the Paraguay goalkeeper Alfredo Aguilar to give Cerro Porteno the lead in the Superclásico. The visitors regained the lead in the 96th minute, only for Jorge Ortega to snatch Olimpia a draw in the 103rd minute of an explosive derby.

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victories from the start of the season is what Paris Saint-Germain became the first team in the history of Europe’s big five leagues to win. Tottenham Hotspur began 1960-61 campaign with 11. Kylian Mbappe scored one and set up another in the 2-1 win over Lille to make it 14 goals or assists in eight appearances in the 2018/19 Ligue 1, more than any other player in the continent’s top five championships.

11

games is what it took Real Betis to become the last team in Europe’s top five leagues to score a first-half goal this season.

10

goals in his last eight Argentinian SuperLiga games is what Independiente’s Emmanuel Gigliotti has scored to fly four clear of second-placed Lisandro Lopez on this season’s scoring chart.

7

hours and 33 minutes was the UEFA Champions League goal drought Cristiano Ronaldo ended to become just the fifth player to score for English, Spanish and Italian clubs in the competition after Julio Baptista, Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata. Manchester United rallied, however, to inflict on Juventus their first group-stage defeat at home since Bayern Munich won 4-1 in Turin nine years ago.

4

goals in a Liga MX match is what 23-year-old Victor Guzman became the youngest player in history to score – and he did it from midfield in the No5 shirt! The new Mexico international helped Pachuca thump Necaxa 6-2 and ensure their last three games have involved a whopping 19 goals.

4

players have now represented both Atletico and Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League after Thibaut Courtois emulated Juan Esnaider, Jurado and Jose Antonio Reyes.

3

Hazards had a hand in a goal on the same weekend for the first time. Kylian, 23, got his first goal in exactly 142 weeks to help Cercle Brugge pull off a late, fightback victory, Thorgan made it seven goals in as many Bundesliga appearances with a brace for Borussia Monchengladbach, and eldest brother Eden made it 11 assists or goals in the 2018/19 Premier League by setting up Alvaro Morata in Chelsea’s defeat of Crystal Palace.

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