World Football

The Week in Numbers

Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
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160 passes is what Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte completed against Basel – the most in a UEFA Champions League game since Xavi managed 166 against Celtic in 2012.   

51 matches unbeaten at the Parc des Princes – since defeat by Monaco two years ago – is the Paris Saint-Germain run that Real Madrid ended on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo facilitated the 2-1 victory by becoming the second player to score in nine successive Champions League appearances after Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2003.

30 hours and 39 minutes: that is, preposterously, how long Juventus had gone without trailing in a game until Son Heungmin scored Tottenham Hotspur’s first home goal in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League knockout stage in 58 years. Juve nevertheless netted two quick-fire goals to eliminate an English side from a two-legged European tie for the first time since they overcame Manchester United in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1984.

30 goals in just 25 league games is what Benfica’s Jonas has scored this season – more than ten of the 18 teams in the 2017/18 Portuguese Liga. The 33-year-old has also scored six more than any other player in a European league this term, with Edinson Cavani, Bafetimbi Gomis, Harry Kane, Lionel Messi and Mo Salah sharing second place.

20 consecutive calendar years have included a Claudio Pizarro goal in the Bundesliga. At 39 years and 152 days, the Cologne striker became the fourth-oldest marksman in the competition’s history behind Morten Olsen (39 and 202 days), Manfred Burgsmuller (39 and 226 days) and Mirko Votava (40 and 121 days).

17 goals in four days: that is what Guangzhou Evergrande matches involved. They lost 5-4 to Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League, before four second-half goals from Ricardo Goulart inspired a 5-3 victory over Jeju United in an AFC Champions League thriller.

9 goals in four outings is what Bafetimbi Gomis has scored to break Mario Jardel’s record for the most goals in a Super Lig season by a Galatasaray foreigner. With 24 goals in 23 matches overall, the 32-year-old Frenchman requires another five goals – ten rounds remain – to break the overall record for a foreigner held by Alex de Souza, who hit 28 for Fenerbahce in 2010/11.

8 goals without reply is what an Oscar-inspired Shanghai SIPG scored to equal the Chinese Super League’s biggest-ever win. Dalian Yifang’s owners screened their return to the top flight in 17 cinemas across the city, but it proved forgettable for debutants Jose Fonte, Nicolas Gaitan and Yannick Carrasco. Oscar now has seven goals in his last three appearances in all competitions.

4 players were sent off in the second half of Racing’s 2-1 win over Velez Sarsfield on Monday – more than had been in an Argentinian Primera Division game since five saw red in an Arsenal-Gimnasia clash in 2013.

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