- A Norwegian shatters a Brazilian’s record
- An exceptional goal tally from a winger
- Hazard and Pedro emulate greats
years had passed since Barcelona conceded twice in the first half of a Copa del Rey final – they had appeared in the fixture 26 times in between – until Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo put Valencia en route to a 2-1 victory. It gave Marcelino his first defeat of Barcelona as a coach at the 21st time of asking.
goals is what Robert Skov scored to break the record for a Danish top-flight season – and he did it, exceptionally, from the wing. Hans Aabech in 1973, Allan Hansen in 1981 and Ebbe Sand in 1998 got 28 goals apiece. Skov incredibly scored 14 times from outside the box, including eight free-kicks, and 26 times with his left foot.
matches unbeaten – including ten victories and seven clean sheets – is what Germany made it with a 2-0 reverse of Chile. It will send Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s team into France 2019 with the longest undefeated stretch of the 24 participating nations ahead of Italy (nine), USA (nine) and Canada (eight).
goals is what RKC Waalwijk’s 5-4 win at Go Ahead Eagles ensured an Eredivisie promotion/relegation playoff game produced for the first time since Waalwijk won away to Emmen by the same scoreline in 1997. Go Ahead led 4-3 after the allotted four minutes of second-half added time had expired, but Waalwijk scored in the 95th and 98th minutes to secure their place in the Dutch top tier for the next season.
times is what Erling Haland scored against Honduras to shatter the record of Adailton, who netted six in Brazil’s 10-3 win over Korea Republic in 1997, for goals in a FIFA U-20 World Cup game. The son of Alf-Inge Haland helped Norway win 12-0 to surpass the competition’s previous biggest victory: Brazil’s 10-0 defeat of Belgium in 1997.
players have now scored in both the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup/Europa League finals after Pedro emulated Allan Simonsen, Hernan Crespo, Dmitri Alenichev and Steven Gerrard. His Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard then became the first player to net a double for an English club in a major European final since Manchester United’s Mark Hughes did against his former employers Barcelona in 1991.
of the completed 110 pools in FIFA U-20 World Cup history have included a clean sheet in every match after Group A at Poland 2019, comprising Colombia, Poland, Senegal and Tahiti, became the latest. Its seven shutouts have been outranked only once – Argentina, England, Mexico and Korea DPR produced nine between them in Group F at Colombia 2011. Senegal became the third African team to survive the group stage without conceding after Burkina Faso in 2003 and Nigeria in 2009.
consecutive treble-trebles – Scottish Premiership, Cup and League Cup – is the unprecedented feat Celtic achieved with a come-from-behind victory over Hearts in the latter’s final. During that run, the Bhoys have won 112 and lost only nine of 142 matches.