World Football

The Week in Numbers

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England's Raheem Sterling scores past Spain's David de Gea
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yards was the extraordinary distance goalkeeper Ariel Harush passed the ball into Tomer Hemed’s stride to set up Israel’s opener against Albania. The goal came just seven seconds after the 30-year-old’s goal-kick.

30

seconds of action is all Juan ‘Cucho’ Hernandez took to score on his international debut – the shortest time a player has taken to open his Colombia account. The 19-year-old, who replaced Carlos Bacca as the game against Costa Rica entered its 72 minute, netted twice past Keylor Navas in a 3-1 win that extended Costa Rica’s winless run to nine games (eight defeats, one draw).

27

games without scoring for England – he had netted 46 times in between for Manchester City – was the drought Raheem Sterling ended with a brace in Spain. The 23-year-old’s first ended a 17-pass move which involved all 11 England players, and helped the Russia 2018 semi-finalists become the first team in history to net three goals in a competitive game away to Spain.

24

goals in her last 24 USA appearances is what Alex Morgan has remarkably registered after her predatory effort helped sink Canada 2-0 in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship final. The USWNT haven’t conceded in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ qualifying in over 17-and-a-half hours of action.

22

defeats in 22 competitive matches – during which they’d scored five goals and conceded 107 – was the trend Gibraltar preposterously snapped with back-to-back victories over Armenia and Liechtenstein in the UEFA Nations League.

22

years since Uruguay last scored three goals in a game but lost, they suffered the same fate – both, coincidentally, against Japan. The Samurai Blue won 5-3 in a match in which Kazu Miura and Alvaro Recoba bagged braces in 1996, and 4-3 on Tuesday versus a side 49 places above them on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking to make it three wins from three under new coach Hajime Moriyasu.

21

goals is, incredibly, what Fifo scored to help Portugal conquer the Women’s Youth Olympic Futsal Tournament and tie the record for goals at a FIFA competition. Her compatriot Madjer also hit 21 goals in six appearances at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2006. Fifo also became just the second player in the 110-year history of FIFA competition to score more than three goals in final – Andre scored six goals for Brazil in a 12-8 loss to Russia on Ravenna sand in 2011.

13

hours and 16 minutes is what Lyon went without conceding in the Division 1 Feminine until France forward Valerie Gauvin scored for Montpellier on Sunday. Lucy Bronze, Amandine Henry, Saki Kumagai and Wendie Renard – four of six nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Player for 2018 – were central to Les Lyonnaises’ streak. Reynald Pedros’s side nevertheless won 2-1 to make it eight wins from eight in all competitions this season.

3

goals without reply is what the Netherlands put past Germany to record their biggest victory in the 108-year history of the fixture. The result, coupled with a 2-1 loss to France, left the Germans having lost six matches in a calendar year for the first time in history.

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