- A kitten in Cary
- A dash from deep in London
- On-fire stars from Paris, Rio and Valencia feature
yards from goal is where Aaron Ramsey received the ball for the first time en route to, without Fulham touching it, scoring a potential FIFA Puskás Award contender just 39 seconds after his introduction. It helped the 27-year-old Welshman and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensure that, for the first time in Premier League history, two substitutes from the same side registered a goal and an assist in the same game.
saves is, unbelievably, what Panama goalkeeper Yenith Bailey made in Group A of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship – and she’s only 17! Bailey made ten – including one from a Charlyn Corral penalty – to earn Panama a first-ever victory over Mexico and three attempts at reaching the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.
points from a possible 30 is what Red Bull Salzburg have seized to make the best-ever start to a season in Austrian Bundesliga history. Salzburg will make it 50 matches unbeaten at home if they avoid defeat against Wacker Innsbruck next time out.
points clear is what Jeonbuk Motors went to become the third side in history – after Daewoo Royals in 1991 and Seongnam Ilhwa in 2003 – to seal the K-League crown with six rounds to spare. Lee Donggook, 39, scored the trophy-clinching goal for the Jeonju giants.
minutes: that is, staggeringly, all it has taken Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer to average his six goals in this season’s Bundesliga. No player to have scored more than once has a better ratio in German top-flight history.
minutes and 56 seconds is all it took for Kylian Mbappe to become the youngest player to score four goals in a Ligue 1 game since 1973. The last man to score four times against Lyon in the French top tier was Jean-Pierre Papin in 1991, when he benefitted from the invention of Chris Waddle and Abedi Pele to thrust Marseille to a 7-0 victory in Raymond Goethals’ first match in charge since replacing Franz Beckenbauer.
successive matches is what Real Madrid have failed to score in for the first time since Michel, Jorge Valdano, Emilio Butragueno and Co suffered the same fate in 1985.
goals without reply is what Corinthians conceded against a Lucas Paqueta-propelled Flamengo to suffer their heaviest defeat at Arena Corinthians, the scene of Brazil’s 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It denied ‘The Big Team’, coached by Jair Ventura, the son of the legendary Jairzinho, their 100th victory at their home.
goals in the last four minutes is what France scored to draw 2-2, protect their unbeaten record against Iceland in their 13th encounter, and make it 14 matches without defeat.