European Soccer Weekend Recap by the Numbers – 12/25/2017

With only three of Europe's top leagues in action over the weekend (Premier League, La Liga and Serie A) we still had more than enough soccer to fulfill our footy hunger and to produce our European weekly countdown. Barcelona blanked Real Madrid 3-0 in el Clasico, Tottenham star striker Harry Kane bagged a hat trick on Burnley and Sergio Aguero and Marek Hamsik reached scoring milestone for their light blue clubs, Manchester City and Napoli respectively. It’s not yet the new year, but let the countdown begin!...

10. 10 x 10 = 100. That’s the number of goals Manchester City’s number 10 Sergio Aguero has scored at the Eithad Stadium. Aguero’s century of goals at the Eithad was the home team’s opener in a 4-0 win over Bournemouth. The Argentine started his quest for 200 home-goals as he netted a second goal in the 79th minute. The in-form Raheem Sterling was also on target for the citizens along with Danilo.

9. After Korey Smith’s 90th minute goal that eliminated Manchester United from the League Cup in a 2-1 loss to Championship side Bristol City. United was hit with another heartbreaking 90th minute goal, in gameweek 19, from Leicester City defender Harry Maguire in a 2-2 draw.

8. Atletico Madrid suffered their first loss in La Liga in eight months. Espanyol brought the defensive powerhouse down 1-0 home at the RCDE Stadium through Sergio Garcia’s 88th minute game winner.

7. Tottenham forward Harry Kane scored a hat trick against seventh placed Burney in under seventy minutes (it started in the 7th minute and ended in the 79th minute). 24-year old Harry Kane has been a pro for how long again? For seven years. The Spurs blanked Burnley 3-0.

6. Liverpool has lost a second half lead six times this season, most recently over the weekend in a 3-3 draw with sixth placed Arsenal. The Reds were up 2-0 in the 52nd minute with goals from Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah before…

5. Arguably the worst five minutes of Liverpool’s season came against Arsenal this weekend when they allowed three successive goals against (53rd, 56th and 58th minutes) to go behind 3-2. Fortunately for Jurgen Klopp’s men, Roberto Firmino earned them a draw, scoring the game-tying goal in the 71st minute.

4. Juventus edged fourth place Roma 1-0 to notch 44 points. Number 4 Medhi Benastia scored the Italian champions’ lone goal. The Old Lady is in second place, one point below Napoli.

3. We’re up to number three and we still haven’t mentioned El Clasico?! Well, Barcelona defeated Madrid 3-0. The three goalscorers were Luis Suarez, Aleix Vidal and of course Lionel Messi. Check out these three el Clasico stats bellow from the Barcelona superstar's performance:

  1. Messi scored more goals against Real than any other players in La Liga, tallying 17.
  2. The Argentine is also the all-time top scorer for a single team in Europe’s five top flight leagues, passing Bayern Munich legend Gerd Muller with 526 goals.
  3. Messi is also El Clasico’s leading top scorer and assist-man with 28 goals and 15 assists.

2. La Liga’s second placed team Atletico Madrid is no longer unbeaten after falling to Espanyol. Now only Two unbeaten teams remain Europe’s top five leagues, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona. Can anyone stop either of these two clubs?

1. Diego Maradona is no longer Napoli’s number one all-time top scorer. Marek Hamsik has bested Maradona’s club goal scoring record with 116 goals, netting his side’s game-winning goal over Sampdoria in a 3-2 victory. Hamsik keeps The Light Blues in first place in Serie A. Hamsik tallied 116 goals in 478 games. Maradona however scored 115 in goals 259 appearances...

Marek Hamsik

Author: Onz Chery