In FIFA.com's latest stats review, we reflect on centuries for Fernando Cavenaghi and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, records for Real Madrid and Franck Ribery, and overdue goals from Roberto Soldado and Andrea Pirlo.
Bundesliga appearances was the landmark reached by Franck Ribery on Saturday, equalling the record for a French player in Germany's top flight first set by former Stuttgart and Hoffenheim defender Mathieu Delpierre. Ribery's outings have all come in the colours of Bayern Munich, of course, and his most recent was a 1-0 victory at Hertha Berlin that maintained the champions' unbeaten start to the season. Having conceded just three times in their 13 matches so far, Pep Guardiola's side have also equalled the record for this stage of a Bundesliga campaign. Elsewhere, there were celebrations for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who scored his fourth Bundesliga hat-trick to crack through the 100-goal mark for Schalke. The Dutchman has scored 101 times in 157 appearances for the Gelsenkirchen outfit, and is now just one away from moving into joint-second place alongside Ebbe Sand in the club's all-time scorers list. Huntelaar will do well, however, to come anywhere close to the record, held by the 223-goal Schalke legend Klaus Fischer.
River Plate goals was the landmark reached, and then passed, by Fernando Cavenaghi on Sunday. The 31-year-old is currently in his third stint with Los Millonarios, the club with which he started his career 14 years ago, and had been stuck on the 99-mark for over six months. But while foot injury has kept Cavenaghi out for most of this season, he has returned ahead of schedule just in time to make a potentially telling impact on River's season. His 100th goal for the club came, after all, when he entered the fray as a second-half substitute with his team 1-0 down against Banfield and in need of a win to stay in the title race. The former Bordeaux striker promptly rose to the occasion, firing home a superb equaliser before converting a match-winning penalty for his 101st River strike. Those goals took Cavenaghi into the Buenos Aires giants' all-time top ten, a list led by Angel Labruna (293), and kept Marcelo Gallardo's side two points behind Racing Club ahead of the season's final matches. They also capped a week to remember for River, who a few days earlier reached the Copa Sudamericana final for just the second time, eliminating bitter rivals Boca Juniors from a continental competition for the first time.
straight wins in all competitions is the run that has enabled the current Real Madrid side to set a new club record. Carlo Ancelotti's team made history with a 2-1 victory at Malaga on Saturday, surpassing the benchmark of 15 set in 1960/61, and then added a 17th last night by thrashing Cornella 5-0 in the Copa del Rey. Los Merengues are now unbeaten in almost three months, with their last defeat having come against Atletico Madrid on 13 September. Unusually, Cristiano Ronaldo did not contribute a goal to their win over Malaga, making this the first match since January in which he played the full 90 minutes and failed to find the net. The FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee did, however, claim an assist - his sixth in his last four appearances. Ronaldo, in fact, has already laid on eight goals this season, making him La Liga's joint-best creator in 2014/15 along with Atletico's Koke.
months and 28 days without a league goal was the run that came to a long-awaited end for Roberto Soldado on Sunday. The Tottenham Hotspur striker had gone 593 minutes in all competitions without scoring, and his last strike in the English top-flight had come all the way back on 2 March. All the same, his drought was miniscule compared to another player on target in England over the weekend. For Gael Clichy, a well-taken effort in Manchester City's 3-0 win at Southampton was his first Premier League goal in over six years. The left-back hadn't found the net since registering the only goal of his Arsenal career against Stoke City in November 2008 and finally opened his account for City at the 86th time of asking.
years, eight months and 13 days after his last goal from open play, Andrea Pirlo scored a dramatic injury-time winner for Juventus in Sunday's Turin derby. The Italy midfielder, who had struck 18 times from set pieces since his last goal from open play in March 2012, fired home three minutes into stoppage time to seal a memorable 2-1 victory over Torino. And while visitors had earlier ended a 12-year scoring drought in the Derby della Mole with an extraordinary Bruno Peres goal, it was not enough to prevent a seventh straight defeat in the fixture. Torino's last win over their city rivals was in 1995, with 17 unsuccessful attempts having since followed. But while I Granata must face up to a fifth straight away loss in all competitions, Juve can reflect with pride on have extended their winning home run to 25 successive Serie A matches.