The Week in Numbers

Fans, finishers and a goalscoring goalie

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Rogerio Ceni of Sao Paulo celebrates their first goal.
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Record-breakers litter FIFA.com'slatest stats review, with the free-scoring trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luiz Adriano and Rogerio Ceni finding themselves alongside own goal specialist Richard Dunne, Philipp Lahm and a thriving Australian A-League.

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thousand English top flight goals was the landmark reached on Monday when Daley Blind equalised for Manchester United in their 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion. Those strikes have come from a total of 64 different teams since 8 September 1888, with Everton the highest scorers overall with 6776. There was also a less illustrious milestone, with Richard Dunne scoring his tenth Premier League own goal and becoming the division's first player to reach double figures in the process. The Queens Park Rangers centre-back, whose latest calamity came in Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Liverpool, has now scored three more own goals than any other player in Europe's top five leagues this century. There was better news for fans of Southampton, though, with the south-coast outfit beating Sunderland 8-0 to record their biggest-ever top flight win. The victory fell just short of the Premier League record, set when Manchester United thumped Ipswich Town 9-0 in March 1995.

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thousand and 82 fans clicked through the turnstiles in the opening week of the Australian A-League season, setting a new division record for a single round of matches. The previous benchmark of 100,998, recorded at the same stage last season, was comfortably surpassed, and plenty of other records fell with it. A new all-time high TV audience of 188,000 - beating the existing record by 24,000 - tuned in to watch the action, while individual clubs raked in the gate receipts. Sydney FC, for example, welcomed an unprecedented crowd of 41,213 for their derby with Western Sydney Wanderers - the highest attendance for any regular-season match of any code at Allianz Stadium since it opened 26 years ago. And Adelaide United also set a new record, with 33,126 fans turning out to watch their 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory on Friday.

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goals in his opening eight La Liga matches have seen Cristiano Ronaldo make yet more history. The Real Madrid talisman surpassed the previous record at this stage of a Spanish top-flight season - Oviedo's Esteban Echevarria, who scored 14 in his first eight matches of 1943/44 - and is on course to hit the 70-mark in 2014/15 if he continues at his current rate. Remarkably, Ronaldo's goals-to-games ratio of 2.14 this season is currently better than all but eight of the 97 teams in Europe's top five leagues. As always, Lionel Messi is to be found vying with the Portuguese for column inches, with the Barcelona No10 having scored his 250th La Liga goal - moving to within one of record-holder Telmo Zarra - in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Eibar on Saturday. That victory also included a goal from Xavi, who now has the distinction of having found the target in 15 different La Liga seasons.

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goals were scored by Luiz Adriano for Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League last night, equalling the competition record. The benchmark had been set in March 2012 by a certain Lionel Messi in a 7-1 victory for Barcelona over Bayer Leverkusen. Impressive as that Catalan triumph was, Shakhtar succeeded in going one better, winning 7-0 at BATE Borisov to equal the biggest away win - Marseille's demolition of MSK Zilinia in November 2010 - in Champions League history. The Ukrainians also became the first team to score six times before half-time on a night of goals galore in Europe's premier club competition. Bayern Munich also scored seven, in their case away to Roma: a 7-1 result that represented the Bavarians' biggest away win in Europe and equalled the Italians' heaviest continental defeat. Chelsea, meanwhile, enjoyed their biggest-ever Champions League victory by thumping Maribor 6-0.

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goals in seven league appearances would be a run of which most strikers would be rightly proud. But this recent sequence becomes truly remarkable when it is attributed to a goalkeeper, Rogerio Ceni, who on Saturday took his career tally - already a record for his position - to 123. A magnificent free-kick in Sao Paulo's 2-1 win over Bahia topped up this haul, which has come exclusively from set pieces and penalties, and left him on eight for the season - in joint-ninth position in Brazil's scoring chart. Ceni, at 41 years and 269 days, also took his place as the oldest goalscorer in world football over the past week. At the other end of the spectrum, Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard - 54 days short of his 16th birthday - was the youngest. The Stromgodset attacking midfielder scored both of his team's goals in a 2-1 win over Lillestrom, capping a memorable few days which had begun with him making his competitive Norway debut and becoming the youngest man ever to play in a UEFA European Championship qualifier.

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goals were scored in a single match by Philipp Lahm for the first time as the Bayern Munich captain racked up his 200th Bundesliga win. Only 27 players have previously reached this double-century, and Lahm did so in style as Bayern thrashed Werder Bremen 6-0. The game also witnessed Xabi Alonso end an unusually long scoring drought as he claimed his first league goal in over three years (since 28 August 2011, for Real Madrid against Real Zaragoza). Bayern's dominance was hardly a surprise; they have, after all, won their five most recent meetings with Werder by an aggregate score of 26-3. This, though, was a particularly depressing defeat for Die Werderaner, who became the first Bundesliga team to fail to register a single shot on goal since such records began in 1993. It also extended their winless run to eight matches, leaving them having made the worst start to a season in the club's 51-year Bundesliga history.

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