European Soccer Weekend Recap by the Numbers – 1/15/2018

If you thought you saw everything in soccer, over the weekend a referee kicked a player then gave him a red card in Ligue 1 and Real Madrid lost to Villareal for the first time EVER in La Liga. You’ve seen this before but not in a while, Manchester City lost. Liverpool ended their unbeaten run with the scoreline they know best, 4-3. Elsewhere, the Bundelisga returned into action seeing Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez breaking their goal droughts in Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Let’s rally all the top stories of the weekend in numbers, we’re starting in, 5, 4-3 (Liverpool vs Manchester City), 2-1 (Bournemouth vs Arsenal):

10. The best player wearing number 10, Lionel Messi, (don’t start an argument, Ronaldo wears number seven) broke Greg Muller’s record of most goals scored for a single cub in Europe’s top 5 leagues, tallying 366 goals. The Argentine netted the record breaking goal with an exquisite free kick in a 4-2 win over Real Sociedad. Sociedad surprisingly went up by two goals after 34 minutes but Luis Suarez bagged a brace and Paulinho scored again for Barca before Messi netted his record-breaking goal.

9. Liverpool snapped Manchester City’s nine-month unbeaten run. The Reds started their scoring display in the ninth minute with a goal from the beloved Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before scoring a trio of goals in nine minutes in the second half through Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. City hasn’t beaten Liverpool in nineteen of their 20 Premier League games.

8. Hannover striker Niclas Fullkrug leveled up to eight domestic goals in the eighteenth round of the Bundelisga. Fullkurg did so with a hat trick against Mainz on Saturday in a 3-2 win. Mainz was up by two goals half an hour into the game.

7. Referee Tony Chapron’s seventh game in charge of a Ligue 1 encounter this season was one sports fans will never forget. Nantes defender Diego Carlos knocked Chapron down on a counter. The offense looked accidental but as the 45-year-old ref was on his way up he threw a kick at Carlos’ ankle before giving him a red card. The France Football Federation (FFF) has suspended Chapron “until further notice” on Monday.

6. Arsenal lost for the sixth time in the Premier League this season. The Gunners fell to Bournemouth 2-1, a team that defeated them for the first time in six Premier League outings. Jordon Ibe scored the winner for Bournemouth after Callum Wilson and Arsenal fullback Hector Bellerin exchanged goals.

5. After defeating Pep Guardiola on Sunday 4-3, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp now boasts the most wins against Guardiola with five wins in total.

4. Fourth placed Chelsea drew for the fourth consecutive time in a scoreless tie encounter against Leicester City. It hasn't been a happy 2018 for Chelsea thus far: a draw with Arsenal, a draw with Norwich, another draw with Arsenal and now another draw, at home to a Leicester City side that played with 10 men for the final 20 minutes after left-back Ben Chilwell's dismissal. It's a poor run of results for the defending Premier League champions, who can still rely upon excellent defensive organisation but look desperately short of attacking inspiration.

3. James Rodriguez broke a three-month goal drought in a game against Bayer Leverkusen, which Bayern Munich won 3-1. Rodriguez also assisted Franck Ribery’s goal, helping the Frenchman overcome a goal drought of his own. Ribery hadn’t scored for Munich since Aug. 30th.

 Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspurs

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspurs

2. Harry Kane tallied two goals against Everton in a 4-0 win. This was Kane’s second straight game scoring a double. The Englishman broke a second record this season in the game against Everton, tallying the most Premier League goals for Tottenham—98 goals in 135 appearances. The previous record the 24-year-old broke was netting the most PL goals in a calendar year, finding the net 39 times in 2017.

1. Villareal defeated Real Madrid for the first time ever in Liga, edging past the Spanish champions 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu, thanks to Pablo Fornals’ 87th minute goal. One of the solutions to overcoming the crisis that is enveloping the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is to dip into the winter transfer market, but Real Madrid seam reluctant to do so. "To be clear, I don't want anyone," said Zidane at a recent press conference.

Author: Onz Chery