A weekend of choppy results in Europe’s top 5 saw Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund lose, while Liverpool and Real Madrid had to settle for a tie. Manchester City beat Chelsea and Arsenal thrashed Tottenham Hotspur and Roma over Lazio in the notable games of the weekend. Barcelona returned to winning ways, Inter and Atalanta shared the spoils, while Paris Saint-Germain continued its 100% start to the league season, as did Napoli.
in numbers Brings you the best stats from the last two days –
Tottenham are only the second team in PL history to win the first three games of a season and then lose the next three. the first? Everton in 1993-1994. They went to number 17.
Emil Smith Rowe (21) and Bukayo Saka (20) have helped each other five times in PL; Among the duo, only Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney (8) have helped each other more often in the history of the competition with the age of 21 or younger.
Arsenal advanced 3-0 within 34 minutes against Tottenham, the closest team to score three goals in the north London derby.
Five different PL teams have yet to win the league this season (Southampton, Norwich, Burnley, Leeds, and Newcastle). This is only the second campaign in the First Division to see as many teams as possible without a win after six matches, after 1964-65.
Mohamed Salah scored 100 goals in 151 games for Liverpool, reaching 100 goals in the Premier League in fewer appearances than any other player in Liverpool’s history.
Ansu Fati is the first Barcelona player to score his first goal wearing the number 10 in his first La Liga game since Rivaldo in 1997 against Real Sociedad. In case you were wondering, both Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho scored in their second game wearing the number 10.
More Ansu Fati magic – Over the past three seasons, Ansu Fati has scored 12 goals in La Liga. No other player under 19 has scored 5 points in that period. Mind you, he’s been out injured for about a year!
Getafe is only the fourth team in La Liga history to lose each of its first seven matches in a season, after Racing Santander in 1928/29, Real Zaragoza in 1952/53 and Extremadura in 1996-1997.
Barcelona 16-0 at all times against Levante in La Liga matches at home. This is the largest number Barcelona has played against a single opponent without a loss or a draw.
Real Madrid may have drawn with Villarreal, but that means their unbeaten streak in the league continues. It has now been 25 games (18W, 7d) since their last LaLiga defeat (against Levante on January 30th). This is the longest running unbeaten run in the top 5 European leagues.
Varzdat Haroyan of Armenia (Cádiz) became the 91st nationality to be registered in the League.
Inaki Williams has so far played 202 consecutive LaLiga matches, equaling the record set by John Andoni Laranaga in the league in the late 1980s and early 1990s with Real Sociedad.
Jose Mourinho is the first Roma coach to lose their first Serie A derby since Luis Enrique in 2011.
What a football family – Daniel Maldini scored his first Serie A goal, 13 years and 179 days after the last league goal scored by his father Paolo (against Atalanta in 2008) and 60 years and 22 days after the last Serie A goal. Recorded by his grandfather Cesar (against Catania in 1961).
Pedro is the third player to score in the Serie A Romanian derby with both clubs, after Arne Selmonsson and Aleksandar Kolarov.
No one has scored more goals in the top five European leagues (in all matches) in September 2021 than Napoli’s Victor Osimhen (6, tied with Karim Benzema)
Lewandowski scores the line of control
The line is over! 19 matches. Quite the run, eh?
Messi Ronaldo watch
Nothing to report here. One played but couldn’t do much, and the other sat injured.
(Stats provided by ESPN’s Stats & Information Collection)