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The Week in Numbers

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97

English Premier League games is what it took Manchester City to have the minority of possession under Pep Guardiola for the first time – and only just! City had 49.6 per cent, but Sergio Aguero maintained his record of scoring in every home league appearance against Liverpool to inspire a title-race intensifying 2-1 victory.

73

years after Matt Busby became the first man to win his first four league games in charge of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the second. Romelu Lukaku scored with his fourth touch after coming on against Bournemouth and his first touch after doing so, following just three seconds of action, against Newcastle United.

64

million euros is what Chelsea paid Borussia Dortmund to make Christian Pulisic the most expensive CONCACAF footballer in history. The fee was the same as the cumulative cost of the next seven costliest American players of all time.

31

shots is what it took Gonzalo Higuain to end his two-month Serie A goal drought. It helped AC Milan edge SPAL for their first win in six games in all competitions.

18

games unbeaten is the national-record run on which Vietnam will begin the AFC Asian Cup. The Golden Dragons were 130th on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in September 2017, but have just won the AFF Cup and finished a calendar year in the top 100 for the first time since 2012.

15

games is what Newcastle Jets have played from Boxing Day to New Year’s Day without having ever tasted victory. Adelaide United’s first win at McDonald Jones Stadium in almost four years left the Jets having suffered 13 losses and two draws during the aforementioned period.

14

years after they last beat Korea DPR – 2-1 away during Germany 2006 qualifying – Bahrain repeated the feat for the first time in six encounters with an emphatic 4-0 victory.

13

matches is what it took Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers to finally taste defeat in the Old Firm derby. Ryan Jack got the only goal – the midfielder’s first in 21 months – to ensure Rangers ended the longest winless run in the fixture’s history at 15 matches.

9

Serie A goals is what Atalanta forward Duvan Zapata exceptionally scored in December – the second-most in a calendar month in the competition’s long history. Gunnar Nordahl, one of the sport’s most prolific all-time marksmen, netted ten for AC Milan in February 1950.

9

successive Serie A appearances is what Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella became the first player to score in since David Trezeguet – aided by the invention of Pavel Nedved, Alessandro Del Piero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – did so for Juventus in 2005.

5

goals is the margin by which Chennai City thrashed Shillong Lajong for the biggest victory in their history. All six of their goals came from Spaniards, meaning it’s been two months since a non-Spanish player scored for the Indian club.

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