Arsenal continue atop the Premier League after a thrilling win over Liverpool, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s 700th club goal (more on that later) saw Manchester United move up into fifth. Between the two are Manchester City (yes, Haaland scored) while Tottenham and Chelsea and they all won too. In Germany, Der Klassiker was indeed a classic, a late equaliser from Dortmund denying Bayern. Union Berlin won, SC Freiburg didn’t and the two remain 1-2 atop the league. A rare draw for PSG saw Lorient close the gap to the top to one point in France while in Italy, Napoli extended their lead to two points. In Spain, Barcelona lead Real Madrid only by goal difference (19 vs 12) after both clubs won to extend the gap from third (Athletic Bilbao) to five points.
A cracking weekend of football then, and By The Numbers has the best stats from all the action:
Antony is the first Manchester United player to score in each of his first three appearances in the Prem for the club.
In the last four seasons, the only players 21 years or younger with more goals than Bukayo Saka (20) are Mason Greenwood (22) and Phil Foden (23).
Ivan Toney has scored all seven penalties he has taken in the Prem. Only Yaya Touré (11/11) and Dimitar Berbatov (9/9) have a better 100% record from the spot in the competition’s history.
We’ve entered Erling Haaland corner. In five appearances this season, he has scored as many Prem goals at the Etihad as the entire Manchester City squad during the 2006-07 campaign (10).
One more in the EH corner. Haaland has already scored as many Prem goals (15) as Man City’s top scorer in the competition last season. He has also become just the second player to score in seven successive Prem appearances for the club after Sergio Aguero (May-Sep 2019).
Antonio Conte has lost none of the 54 Prem games in which his sides have been ahead at half time (W50 D4), the most such games in the competition without defeat for a manager.
Jarrod Bowen has scored 19 of his 23 Prem goals at the London Stadium (83%); this is the highest ratio scored at a single stadium by any player with at least 20 goals in the competition’s history
Manchester United are the first team in Prem history to win 100 games when allowing the first goal. Next on the list are Tottenham (96) and Liverpool (85).
Real Madrid are on a 12-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. That’s their best start of a season since 2016-17 (started the season with a 29-match unbeaten streak).
Diego Simeone now has 250 career LaLiga wins as manager. He’s the fourth manager to reach that milestone after Luis Aragones (344), Miguel Munoz (323) and Irureta (259)
Justin Kluivert has scored his first goal for Valencia 16 years and 251 days after his father, Patrick scored his last for the club.
Stefano Pioli has finally beaten Max Allegri, in their 20th meeting. By far the most meetings in the Milan manager’s career without a win vs a particular manager.
Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest scorer in the “Klassiker” between Dortmund and Bayern (17 years, 322 days) replacing Dortmund’s own Lars Ricken (1995, 18 years and 286 days).
Sergio Ramos got his first straight red card for PSG on Saturday, against Reims. He has now been sent off 22 times in league competitions and 28 times across all competitions (excluding his time with Sevilla B).
RONALDO MESSI WATCH
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 700 career club goals in all competitions (450 with Real Madrid, 144 with Man Utd, 101 with Juventus, 5 with Sporting). He achieved this feat in 943 career club matches in all competitions (at a remarkable 0.74 goals per game)
Ronaldo’s 700th club goal came 20 years and 2 days after his first.
Breaking down Ronaldo’s 700 goals, by club, and by body part:
Right foot: 3 Left foot: 1 Head: 1
Right foot: 97 Left foot: 22 Head: 24 Other: 1
Right foot: 298 Left foot: 81 Head: 70 Other: 1
Right foot: 62 Left foot: 21 Head: 18
Breaking down Ronaldo’s 700 goals, by competition:
La Liga: 311
Champions League: 140
Premier League: 103
Serie A: 81
Copa del Rey: 22
FA Cup: 13
Club World Cup: 7
League Cup: 6
Coppa Italia: 4
Portuguese League: 3
UEFA Super Cup: 2
Italian Supercoppa: 2
Europa League: 1
Champions League qualifying: 1
Ronaldo has scored a goal assisted by Casemiro for the first time in over four years; a 5-3 Real Madrid LaLiga win vs Betis on Feb. 2018.
This was Ronaldo’s 6th career goal vs Everton, tied for his 7th most vs a single English club (His favourite English opponent is Tottenham, against whom he has scored 14 times)
*Stats courtesy ESPN