World Football

The Week in Numbers

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Ansu Fati of Barcelona runs with the ball
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  • A Messi milestone dissolves
  • A Brazilian dribble wizard
  • Aguero, Lukaku and Sancho star
49,504

spectators set a new attendance record for a USWNT friendly in Philadelphia. Carli Lloyd’s 116th international goal – and tenth of a FIFA Women’s World Cup™-winning year – helped Jill Ellis’s side to their 15th successive victory.

400

goals at club and international level is what Sergio Aguero reached thanks to a double for Manchester City at Bournemouth. Aguero and David Silva have now assisted one another’s goals 27 times, the third-most in Premier League history behind Thierry Henry and Robert Pires (29) and Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36).

59

years had passed since someone won his Serie A debut at the Inter Milan reins by a four-goal margin until Antonio Conte masterminded a 4-0 win over Lecce. Giuseppe Meazza and Helenio Herrera previously achieved the feat. Stefano Sensi and Romelu Lukaku ensured two Inter players scored on their Serie A debuts in the same game for the first time in the three-points-for-a-win era.

51

matches is what Palmeiras had gone without losing when taking the lead at home in the Libertadores (44 wins, seven draws) until Gremio produced a superb fightback to reach the semi-finals for the third year in a row. 51 is also the number of successful dribbles Everton Cebolinha moved on to in the Libertadores 2019 – no-one else has completed 30 – thanks to ten in Sao Paulo, including one past five players to help set up the tie-winner.

50

metres was the stunning distance between Jodie Taylor giving and getting a one-two from Georgia Stanway. The 33-year-old, who scored the only goal for England against Argentina at France 2019, played it from inside her own half to the 19-year-old, sprinted forward and dinked the return pass over the Belgium goalkeeper with her first touch.

50

seconds is all it took Marie-Antoinette Katoto to get her 50th goal in 48 DF1 appearances since the start of 2016/17. The 20-year-old’s 51st, and a debut goal from Sara Dabritz, helped Paris Saint-Germain thrash Soyaux 7-0 in their biggest league victory since Cristiane, Lindsey Horan and Anja Mittag inspired a defeat of Saint-Maur by the same score in 2015.

19

goals and eight assists is what Dusan Tadic has registered in only 16 home games in 2019. The 30-year-old’s latest show helped ensure Ajax will play in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League for the 30th time – more than Liverpool (25) and AC Milan (28) and fewer than just five clubs.

16

years and 298 days was the age at which Ansu Fati became the second-youngest player to appear for Barcelona. Vinenc Martinez was 18 days younger against Real Madrid in 1941. The Bissau-Guinean winger also became the youngest-foreigner to play for Barça, breaking Lionel Messi’s record by six months.

15

Bundesliga goals is what Jadon Sancho, at 19 years and 151 days, became the youngest player to reach with a scorcher against Cologne. Previous record-holder Horst Koppel had been 34 days older when he did it 52 years earlier.

3

goals from outside the penalty area was what River Plate’s Nicolas De La Cruz has scored in the Copa Libertadores 2019. No player has netted more since Juan Roman Riquelme for Boca Juniors in 2007. It snatched River a 1-1 draw at Cerro Porteno that extended their competition-record run of unbeaten away games to 12 and sent them into the semi-finals.


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