06 Jul Cristiano Ronaldo breaks free-kick jinx; Lionel Messi first to 40; Bruno Fernandes emulates Eric Cantona
The video games are coming thick and quick since football’s return, and listed below are the perfect numbers from the newest spherical of motion.
Manchester Metropolis summed up their season over a three-day span, a 4-Zero evisceration of champions Liverpool adopted by a 0-1 defeat at Southampton. Within the race for Europe, Leicester Metropolis, Chelsea and Manchester United all registered good-looking wins, whereas just a few locations under them Arsenal continued their mini-resurgence with a 2-Zero win over Wolves.
This was, in truth, Arsenal’s first away league victory towards a aspect beginning above them within the league desk for almost 5 years — they final did so with a 5-2 win at Leicester in September 2015.
Pep Guardiola has misplaced three consecutive away league video games for the primary time in his managerial profession.
Bruno Fernandes (6 targets & 5 assists) has reached 11 purpose involvements in his ninth PL look for Manchester United, the joint-quickest of any participant for the membership, together with Robin van Persie and Eric Cantona.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial every have 20 targets throughout all competitions, the primary pair of teammates to try this for Manchester United since 2010/11 when Dimitar Berbatov scored 21 and Javier Hernandez scored 20.
This, from the final of the mid-week motion was too outstanding to go away out —
Liverpool’s 4-Zero defeat to Manchester Metropolis is the joint-heaviest defeat by a team already topped Premier League champions in a season. (Together with Arsenal’s 4-Zero defeat at Liverpool in 1997/98.).
Barcelona smashed Villarreal 4-1, Atletico Madrid beat Mallorca 3-0, however probably the most vital outcome of all of them noticed Actual Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0, because of a Sergio Ramos penalty. They’re now Four factors forward of Barca, with simply Four video games to go.
That is the primary time within the final 20 seasons that Actual Madrid have recorded back-to-back 1-Zero wins in La Liga with a penalty.
Simply to place Actual Madrid’s perceived penalty ‘bonanza’ in additional perspective, they’ve had 9 penalties referred to as of their favour in La Liga this season. That ranks exterior the highest 80 for many penalties awarded to a team in a single season of the High 5 European Leagues over the past 10 years.
Sergio Ramos is the primary defender to achieve 10 targets in a single La Liga season since Mariano Pernia for Getafe in 2005/06.
Inter misplaced 2-1 to Bologna, Lazio was brushed apart 3-Zero by AC Milan, and which means Juventus have opened up a 7-point lead atop Serie A with eight video games to go as they marched previous Torino 4-1.
A private milestone for Romelu Lukaku in Inter’s defeat. He’s solely the 4th Inter participant to attain at the very least 20 targets in his first season in Serie A within the first 30 video games — after Giuseppe Meazza in 1930, Stefano Nyers in 1949 and Ronaldo in 1998.
Gianluigi Buffon performed his 648th Serie A recreation, beginning for Juventus within the Turin derby. He now overtakes Paolo Maldini and turns into the participant with probably the most top-flight Italian league appearances.
Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 within the DFB Pokal ultimate, and with the trophy got here a spate of data.
Hansi Flick is the primary German to win the German double (Bundesliga & DFB Pokal) as a participant and supervisor. Total, solely Niko Kovac has achieved this earlier than.
Robert Lewandowski has scored 6 targets in finals of the Pokal, greater than some other participant.
That is the 13th home double in Bayern’s historical past. No different German membership has greater than 1
Bayern Munich are the primary team in German skilled football to win 17 consecutive video games in all competitions (Leverkusen had 16 wins in a row again in 1978)
Bayern Munich is the third team to win at the very least 20 Home Cup titles in any of Europe´s High 5 leagues (Barcelona 30, Athletic Bilbao 23) [Word for England: This consists of solely the FA Cup]
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a belter of a freekick for Juventus, Lionel Messi created two and scored one for Barcelona. Honest to say, the 2 had a good weekend.
That is Ronaldo’s first purpose from a direct free-kick for Juventus. He solely took the 43 makes an attempt. Earlier than Torino, his final purpose from a direct free kick got here for Actual Madrid on the Membership World Cup towards Grêmio on Dec 16, 2017. In that point, Messi has scored 18. Total, although, Ronaldo holds the sting – he has 55 targets from direct free-kicks, Messi 52.
Ronaldo is the primary Juventus participant to attain 25 or extra targets in a single Serie A season since Omar Sívori in 1960/61. What makes this stat much more outstanding is that, in that time-frame, Juve received 23 league titles with out a 25+ purpose striker!
Additionally, 25: Ronaldo is the primary participant to attain 25+ league targets in a season in England (PL period), Spain and Italy. Grasp of all of them.
Messi has offered 19 assists for FC Barcelona in La Liga this season, his greatest ever return in a top-flight season.
The one participant to achieve 40 purpose contributions in league competitors throughout Europe’s prime 5 leagues this season? Messi, with 41 [22 goals, 19 assists]
(Stats courtesy: Football4cast Stats and Info Group)