Monday, October 18, 2021

Weekend stats: Cristiano Ronaldo 66, Karim Benzema’s first since Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski 19

Goals, VAR drama, controversy, and some more goals. And that was just West Ham United vs Manchester United. This weekend saw goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard help United keep pace with Liverpool and Chelsea (those two have had identical results in the opening five games) at the top of the table.

In , Juventus are 8th – no, seriously – after drawing with joint table toppers AC Milan. Inter Milan, sharing the top spot meanwhile, smashed six past Bologna. In France, a 3rd minute winner saw Paris Saint-Germain beat Lyon and continue their perfect start to the season – six wins in six.

Across the border, in Spain, two goals in the last four minutes of regulation time saw Real Madrid beat Valencia, while ten-man Atletico Madrid were held by Athletic Bilbao. Those two remain atop the league. In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich smashed seven unanswered past Bochum. Combine that with Wolfsburg drawing Eintracht Frankfurt and the top of the league has a very familiar look to it.

By The Numbers brings you the best stats from the weekend that whizzed past.

Manchester City had just one shot on target in the whole game against Southampton (Phil Foden, 0th minute). This is their lowest in a PL match since 8 March, 20, when they had just one against Stoke City.

This is the first time since 20-6 that Harry Kane has failed to score in his first four PL appearances of a season. He has attempted just four shots in this current campaign.

On a more positive note — Brighton and Hove Albion didn’t win their th game until matchday 2 last season (on 3 January). They’ve won four of their first five this season.

This is the first time since 8-86 that Leeds have failed to win each of their opening five games of a league season (they were in the second tier at the time).

Sadio Mane is the first player in history to score in nine consecutive games against a single opponent. Crystal Palace really must hate the sight of him.

Norwich have lost each of their last PL games under Daniel Farke — this is now the longest losing run by any side in English top-flight history under a single manager.

In sharp contrast, Chelsea have now kept more clean sheets () than they have conceded goals () in the PL under Thomas Tuchel.


Manchester United have won 3 points from losing positions in PL matches since the start of last season. The next closest? Liverpool and Leicester City, both with 20 points.


This is a quite incredible stat. Including shoot-outs, David de Gea saved a penalty for the first time since April 206 for club and country, He had conceded 0 consecutive penalties before denying Mark Noble in stoppage time on Sunday.


Jimmy Greaves died on Sunday, aged 8. No one has scored more goals than he has in the history of English top-flight football. He scored 3 goals in 6 games. Astounding numbers.

Greaves’ goals in 60-6 remains a record in a season for Chelsea, while his 3 in 62-63 remains a Tottenham Hotspur record.

Karim Benzema is the first player to be directly involved in goals (6 goals, assists) in the first five games of a season in the 2st century after Lionel Messi (who had 3 — eight goals and five assists — in 20/2).

Inaki Williams’ consistency is quite incredible. The Athletic Bilbao forward has now played in consecutive appearances. He’s the second to reach the landmark after Jon Andoni Larranga (202, with Real Sociedad).

This is just the fourth time in their history that Juventus have not won any of their first four games in a season, after 6/62, /6 and .

Juventus have dropped seven points from winning positions in the league this season. Among Europe’s top five divisions, only Burnley have dropped more (8).

Inter Milan have scored in their last league games; they have done better only in 0 (2)

AC MIlan’s Ante Rebic battles for the ball with Juan Cuadrado of Juventus during their match. Getty Images

The man has scored in consecutive games in all competitions for Bayern Munich now. He is the first player to score in 3 consecutive home Bundesliga matches – breaking the record previously shared by Jupp Heynckes (2 in 2-3) and Gerd Müller (2 in 6-0).

Lionel Messi was replaced as PSG went in search of a winner. Cristiano Ronaldo scored and had a handful of penalty claims rejected.

This is the second time in the last 3 seasons that Lionel Messi has not scored in his first 3 matches of a season (all competitions).

West Ham’s London Stadium is the th different stadium that Cristiano Ronaldo has scored at in matches played in Europe’s big five leagues. He has scored at more unique venues than any other player since his Man Utd debut in 3-0 — ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (6).

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