Moonwalking across Asia, madness in Argentina, a goal machine in Portugal and one Dutch dynamo depressing another feature in FIFA.com’slatest stats review, along with a kid, a coach and the world’s costliest player.
years of professional football had passed in Argentina without a team achieving 6-3 wins in back-to-back away games until Racing Club recorded this wacky statistic on Monday. The likes of Diego Milito and Lisandro Lopez helped Facundo Sava’s side to the unlikely results at Union Santa Fe and Atletico Rafaela, which was even more shocking given that La Academia hadn’t scored more than two goals on the road since November 2014. Ramon Abila, meanwhile, bagged a hat-trick inside 14 minutes to propel Huracan to a 4-2 defeat of Temperley. It left ‘Wanchope’ averaging one goal every 90 minutes in this Primera Division, and with seven goals in his last five run-outs in all competitions.
consecutive contests is the number in which PSV had scored in until Ajax squashed the sequence on Sunday. Not since a 1-0 loss at Heerenveen 18 months ago had the Eindhoven heavyweights failed to find the net in the Dutch top tier. Arkadiusz Milik became the first player to open the scoring in five successive Ajax games – it was the Pole’s seventh goals in his last five outings. The 2-0 victory leapfrogged Frank de Boer’s side over their hosts and to the top of the standings, and gave Ajax back-to-back away wins over PSV for the first time since Velibor Vasovic, Wim Suurbier, Johan Neeskens, Piet Keizer and Johan Cruyff inspired the feat in 1971.
goals in 27 games is what has Jonas of Benfica leading the race for the European Golden Shoe – and back in the Brazil squad following a four-year absence. The author of the second-fastest goal in UEFA Champions League history had a long wait for his latest effort: 92 minutes and five seconds had passed when he volleyed home the only goal against Boavista. It gave As Aguias an 11th straight away win in all competitions – a run which has included trips to arch-rivals Sporting and Zenit – and kept them two points clear at the Primeira Liga summit. Only two men have managed more than 30 goals in a season for Benfica: Eusebio, who did it thrice, and Mats Magnusson, who posted 33 in 32 games in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Swedish-painted side of 1989/90.
goals in just three games is what Adriano Michael Jackson has scored in the AFC Champions League 2016 – more than last season’s top scorer Ricardo Goulart managed in 14 appearances! The 28-year-old Brazilian hit four in FC Seoul’s 6-0 thrashing of Buriram United, before another three in the 4-1 defeat of Sanfrecce Hiroshima made him just the seventh player in the tournament’s history to record two hat-tricks. Adriano’s double in the 4-1 win away to Shandong Luneng last Wednesday means he is just four shy of equalling the record for the most goals in an AFC Champions League campaign, set by Guangzhou Evergrande striker Muriqui in 2013.
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523is what saw Thomas Schaaf outrank Udo Lattek and climb into outright fourth place on the list of coaches with the most Bundesliga matches, behind Otto Rehhagel (836), Jupp Heynckes (642) and Erich Ribbeck (568).
43goals is the tally that has established Gareth Bale as the highest-scoring Brit in La Liga history. The 26-year-old Welshman’s effort against Sevilla, in his 77th appearance in the Spanish top tier, took him past Gary Lineker, who hit 42 goals in 103 appearances for Barcelona.
* 18*years and 141 days is the age at which Marcus Rashford eclipsed Wayne Rooney to become the youngest scorer in a Manchester Derby in the Premier League era. The still-at-school United forward was the solitary marksman on Sunday, leaving City having won none of their nine games against the 2015/16 Premier League’s top six.