World Football

The Week in Numbers

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Franck Ribery celebrates a Bayern Munich goal
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  • A Frenchman shoots a double-double
  • ‘The Whites’ embolden Spanish hegemony
  • A Michael Owen milestone is matched
55

points from a possible 57 is what PAOK have amazingly claimed since a third consecutive defeat in mid-March. Greece goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis, Cape Verde defender Fernando Varela, 20-year-old Brazilian Leo Jaba, Greece playmaker Dimitris Pelkas and Serbia forward Aleksandar Prijovic have been central to the run. PAOK, eight points clear of second-placed Olympiacos, are bidding to prise the Super League trophy from Athens for the first time since 1988.

50

years had passed since Monaco went winless in nine Ligue 1 home matches for the first time until they suffered the same fate. By startling contrast, Monaco had, less than three months ago, lost just one of their previous 30 league games at the Stade Louis II. Guingamp were the latest victors there to end their 11-match winless run in all competitions.

47

per cent of the FIFA Club World Cups is what Spanish clubs have won after Real Madrid beat Al Ain 4-1 (four titles) to outrank Barcelona (three) and become its record champions. Only twice have participating Spanish clubs failed to lift the trophy: Iker Casillas, Fernando Hierro, Roberto Carlos, Raul, Nicolas Anelka and Real Madrid finished fourth in 2000, while Deco, Andres Iniesta, Ronaldinho and Barcelona were upset by Internacional in the 2006 final.

34

years had passed since AC Milan failed to score in four consecutive Serie A games until Hakan Calhanoglu, Suso, Gonzalo Higuain and team-mates suffered the same fate as Ray Wilkins, Mark Hateley, Pietro Paolo Virdis and Co did in December 1984.​

10

goals in 55 minutes is what PEC Zwolle incredibly thumped past Achilles '29 to post the biggest victory in the Dutch Women’s Eredivisie’s nine-season history. PEC began the game sixth in the nine-team division and having not won by more than two goals in almost a year, but Babiche Roof’s hat-trick in the 10-0 win gave her seven goals in her last three outings.

9

successive victories over Perth Glory is what Sydney FC made it to end the final unbeaten record in the 2018/19 A-League at eight matches.

5

years had passed since Franck Ribery scored an away brace in the Bundesliga until he tormented Eintracht Frankfurt to outrank Anthony Modest and become the Frenchman with the most multiple-game goals in German top-tier history (10). The 35-year-old, who helped France reach the Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup Final, was on a run of 22 domestic matches without a goal until he bagged four in his last three appearances.

4.1

goals per game is what UAE 2018 averaged to smash the record for a Club World Cup. The best had been 3.5, which two Ronaldinho beauties helped set at Morocco 2013 and four-goal Cristiano Ronaldo helped equal at Japan 2016.

4

goals is what Pablo Escobar incredibly scored in each of his last two career appearances at long-home home, the Estadio Hernando Siles. The 40-year-old helped The Strongest seize nine points from their last three games of the season, netting 17 goals in the process, and snatch a place in the Copa Libertadores 2019.

2

players have now scored multiple goals in four successive appearances against the same opponent in the Premier League. Harry Kane made it four consecutive braces against Everton to emulate Michael Owen, who hit two doubles and two hat-tricks against Newcastle United between 1998 and 2001.

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