World Football

The Week in Numbers

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Atlanta United celebrates with the MLS Cup after their 2-0 over the Portland Timbers during the 2018 MLS Cup.
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  • A 40-year-old powerlifts the big 200
  • A-Town’s curse is striped apart
  • Second-half sensations
200

goals for one club in the Bolivian top flight is what Pablo Escobar became the first man in history to reach and breach. Cracking the double-century appeared impossible for the 40-year-old, who will retire next week, just a couple of months ago, but a four-goal haul in a 6-0 battering of Sport Boys took him past Fernando Salinas – 198 goals for Bolivar – and on to 201 for The Strongest.

100

international goals on sand is what Azeez Abu became the first Nigerian to reach at only 24 years of age. The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup’s youngest-ever player – he was 15 in 2009 – hit four goals in a pulsating 7-6 reverse of hosts Egypt to jump from 99 to 103 and make Nigeria the first African nation to qualify for Paraguay 2019.

55

years after a player from both sides scored in both legs of the Copa Libertadores final, history repeated itself. Boca Juniors’ Jose Sanfilippo and Coutinho of Santos became the first in 1963. Boca’s Dario Benedetto and River Plate’s Lucas Pratto became the second on Sunday, with the latter helping Marcelo Gallardo's team reach the FIFA Club World Cup.

34

points is what Arsenal have accumulated in the first 16 rounds of the Premier League – despite, amazingly, having never led a match at half-time. The Gunners have scored 26 second-half goals in the competition – exactly double what Manchester United have managed.

23

years was how long the city of Atlanta had gone without winning a major sporting trophy until Atlanta United ended the drought by conquering the MLS Cup. After the Atlanta Braves won baseball’s World Series in 1995, the Beat (WUSA), Braves (MLB), Dream (WNBA), Falcons (NFL), Glory (NBL), Hawks (NBA) and Thrashers (NHL) had all failed to triumph.

14

goals in her last six appearances is what 18-year-old Joelle Smits has sensationally scored to fly joint-first on the Women’s Eredivisie scoring chart. The striker now has 35 goals in 33 league appearances for Twente.

5

goals for Ajax in a UEFA Champions League campaign is what Dusan Tadic became the first player since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2002/03 to register. The 30-year-old attacking midfielder’s two goals against Bayern Munich also made him the first Ajax player to score multiple braces in a Champions League season since Jari Litmanen in 1995/96.

5

successive FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Draws have, remarkably, pitted Sweden and USA together in the group stage.

3

consecutive penalties is what Junior missed in the Copa Sudamericana – one in the second leg of their semi-final and one apiece in both legs of the final, which they ultimately lost on penalties. Pablo became the first player since Universidad de Chile’s Eduardo Vargas in 2011 to score in both legs of the decider to help Atletico Paranaense win the first continental title of their 94-year existence and prompt Leo Pereira to get the Sudamericana trophy tattooed on the back of his leg.

3

clubs have now qualified for the Champions League’s knockout phase after losing each of their three away games in the group stage. Liverpool, thanks to a heroic last-gasp save from Alisson, advanced at Napoli’s expense on regulation seven of the tiebreakers to emulate Arsenal (2001/02) and Celtic (2006/07 and 2007/08).

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