History-makers dominate FIFA.com's latest stats review, with Auckland City, Club America, Frank Lampard and Luca Toni all enjoying a considerably better week than the unfortunate Maxime Spano.
career goals was the milestone reached by Luca Toni on Sunday. The strike that took Verona's 37-year-old striker on to the triple-century mark also proved to be of vital importance, securing a 2-1 victory over Udinese that ended his club's eight-match winless streak. Nor was this the only run halted in Italy over the weekend, with Juventus' sequence of successive home victories finally brought to a close at a Serie A-record 25. Having won every home match in 2014 prior to Sunday's visit of Sampdoria, the Turin giants fell at this final hurdle against the team that had inflicted their last home Serie A defeat on 1 January 2013. The period since has brought three draws and an incredible 32 top-flight wins, and the Italian champions remain unbeaten in 40 matches in all competitions at the Juventus Stadium.
Premier League goals was the landmark reached by Frank Lampard on Saturday, taking him joint-fourth with Thierry Henry on the division's all-time top scorers' list. Only Wayne Rooney (179) and the retired duo of Andy Cole (187) and Alan Shearer (260) have struck more often in the Premier League. Lampard, who notched the only goal in Manchester City's 1-0 win at Leicester City, has also now found the net in 34 different Premier League stadiums, leaving him second only to Cole (37) in that respect. But while this evergreen midfielder continues to thrive, Liverpool remain in dire straits. A 3-0 defeat at old rivals Manchester United on Saturday left the Reds with just 21 points after 16 matches. Based on three points for a win, this represents their worst start since 1964/65.
seconds: that was how long Toulouse's Maxime Spano's Ligue 1 debut lasted on Sunday. The 20-year-old's long-awaited top-flight bow was brought to a swift and embarrassing end when he conceded a penalty and was sent off inside the first minute for fouling Lille's Divock Origi. It was the earliest red card seen in Ligue 1 since the 2006/07 season, and while Marko Basa missed the resultant spot kick, Lille's numerical advantage ultimately told in a 3-0 win. There was first-minute drama elsewhere in France too, with another 20-year-old, Morgan Sanson, giving Montpellier a 47-second lead against Lens on Saturday. It was his club's fastest goal in Ligue 1 since returning to the top flight five years ago.
Mexican league titles have now been won by Club America in the wake of their latest triumph on Sunday, setting a new national record. The Mexico City outfit clinched the crown in some style with a 3-0 win over Tigres in the second instalment of the Apertura final, comfortably overturning a 1-0 first-leg deficit. The victory ended a patchy run of form for the champions, who had won just two of their previous seven Liga MX matches. Nonetheless, in reclaiming the pre-eminent position in Mexico from Leon, America also surpassed the now-defunct Real Club Espana, with whom they had previously shared the record of 15 Mexican championships. They also set a new benchmark for professional-era titles, with this their 12th since the introduction of a pro league in 1943, edging them ahead of Guadalajara (11) and Toluca (10).
wins at the FIFA Club World Cup have taken Auckland City into uncharted territory. Never before have they or any other team from Oceania made it as far as the semi-finals, with the New Zealanders having fallen at the first hurdle in all but one of their five previous appearances at the global showpiece. Indeed, by seeing off Moghreb Tetouan and ES Setif in Morocco, Auckland equalled in the space of four days the number of wins they had accumulated over those five previous editions. The success of Oceania's representatives did, however, come at the expense of both the local favourites and the African champions, meaning that for the first time in three years the semi-finals take place without a team from the Mother Continent. Asian's hopefuls also bowed out early, with Western Sydney Wanderers going down to Mexico's Cruz Azul in a match that saw the former reduced to nine men. The Australians duly became just the third team - after Real Madrid (three red cards in 2000) and Pohang Steelers (three in 2009) - to have picked up more than one dismissal in a single Club World Cup encounter.