World Football

The Week in Numbers

(FIFA.com)
Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring their third goal against Ajax
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  • A weaker-foot exception
  • A long wait for a long-ranger
  • Stalemates, sand and shoulders
37

shots over 11 seasons is what it took Vincent Kompany, despite Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling screaming at him not to shoot, to score a Premier League goal from outside the penalty area – and it could win Manchester City the title.

33

years after Barcelona became the second team to recover a three-goal deficit from the first leg and advance in a European Cup/UEFA Champions League semi-final, they were the victims to the third. But while the Ferenc Puskas-coached Panathinaikos did it on away goals in 1971 and Terry Venables’ Barça did so on penalties in 1986, Liverpool became the first to do so with an aggregate victory following a 4-0 triumph at Anfield.

16

years and one month was the age at which Fulham midfielder Harvey Elliott became the youngest player in Premier League history, surpassing the record set by the club’s former player Matthew Briggs in 2007. Also on Saturday, Bournemouth’s Mark Travers became the first teenage goalkeeper to start a Premier League game since Joe Hart in 2006.

14

matches, 14 losses: that was Emelec’s Copa Libertadores record in Brazil until they surprisingly won 2-1 at Cruzeiro on Wednesday. Fabio’s run of having not conceded in the competition in over eight hours of action was ended when Joao Rojas’s thunderbolt came back off the crossbar, whacked the luckless goalkeeper’s shoulder and gave the Ecuadorians the lead.

10

consecutive draws is what Violette have unimaginably registered in the 2019 Ligue Haitienne. ‘The Old Tigers’ have drawn 12 of their 13 games this season – all 0-0 or 1-1.

9

goals is what Brazil scored in all six of their qualifiers for this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup – a feat no team had ever achieved in the CONMEBOL preliminaries. Bruno Xavier became the ninth player to reach 200 goals for ‘The Kings of the Beach’ – Nenem, Junior Negao, Jorginho, Benjamin, Andre, Buru, Bruno Malias and Junior preceded him – to help the reigning world champions thrash Uruguay 10-1 in the final.

8

goals in an away game in the Portuguese Liga is what Bruno Fernandes-propelled Sporting became the first team to register since Nelson and Eusebio helped Benfica batter Beira-Mar 9-0 in 1967. The Lisbon side hadn’t scored more than seven times on their travels in the competition since the legendary Fernando Peyroteo hit a double-treble in a 9-5 win at Famalicao in 1947.

8

clubs have won the last eight Togolese Championnat National titles after ASC Kara emulated Koroki, Togo-Port, Semassi, Angers, Dynamic Togolais, Maranatha and ASKO Kara.

7

goals in the first half of a Bundesliga game is what Bayer Leverkusen-Eintracht Frankfurt (6-1) became the first match in its 56-year history to produce. Kai Havertz, Julian Brandt, Charles Aranguiz, Lucas Alario and Co made Leverkusen the first team to score six times in the first 45 minutes since a Jupp Heynckes hat-trick helped Borussia Monchengladbach lead Borussia Dortmund 6-0 at the break en route to a 12-0 thrashing.

3

left-footed goals in a Champions League match is what Lucas Moura sensationally became the first right-footed player in history to score. The previous 13 all-left-footed trebles in the competition all came from lefties: Lionel Messi (six times), Adriano (twice), Claudio Lopez, Levan Kobiashvili, Robin van Persie, Gareth Bale and Paulo Dybala.

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