As we came to the end of another rollicking football weekend, numbers went flying from one corner of the continent to the other, as stars shined, Gods fell and the human scoring machines outclassed any gilt-edged robots that would brag about themselves being Zeus from Real Steel.
The Manchester Derby witnessed the Reds going into another mournful weekend as an uplifting performance in the opening half couldn’t conceal their jugular and City stood with their boots on it in the second half. Arsenal had an edgy outing but managed to surpass Watford to lay a claim to the fourth place that is under searing heat.
Spain witnessed Real Madrid running riots while Sevilla was left ruing their missed opportunities. Barcelona edged past Elche while Atletico Madrid won against fifth-placed Real Betis. In France, the star-studded PSG suffered a narrow defeat against Nice with their glittering stars failing to align.
AC Milan bagged a win over Napoli to claw their way to the top of the points table. As we talk about the glamorous league games, we will take a glance at the numbers that were racked up over another weekend of intense football.
A glimpse at the crazy numbers of the weekend
- Bukayo Saka, Gabrielli Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe made the list for the three players aged 21 or less to have rack up 5 plus goals in Premier League’s latest edition. This is just the fourth iteration of this remarkable feat with Chelsea doing it in 2019-20, Leeds in 1998-99 and Manchester United in 1995-96.
- Manchester City bagged their largest win against Manchester United since March 2014.
- March 5th is the only date in the PL history to have witnessed the highest number of hat-tricks.
- Liverpool has got the highest number of points in 2022 followed by a surprise entrant, Newcastle United who bagged 17 points. They are also undefeated in the new calendar year’s first seven games which is a record itself in the making since 2004.
- Manchester City has managed to score 4+ goals in a PL match for the 50th time under the reign of Pep Guardiola which is nine times more than any other PL side.
- Karim Benzema has become the third player in La Liga in the 21st century to kiss the milestone of 100 assists after Messi with 192 and Dani Alves with 103.
- Manuel Pellegrini’s woes against Diego Simeone extended over to another weekend as his current record reads five losses and three defeats.
- Benzema also became the third player to achieve 20-plus goals in La Liga which is the third-highest after Lionel Messi’s 12 and Cristiano Ronaldo’s 9.
- Bayern Munich scored for the record 72nd game on the bounce.
- Bayern Munich drew with Bayer Leverkusen after Thomas Muller’s own goal nullified Niklas Sule’s opener. As a matter of fact, this is Thomas Muller’s first own goal.
- Inter Milan became the first team to put 10 past a single opposition without conceding a single goal as their aggregate against Salernitana read 10-0.
- Also, Lionel Messi for the second time in his entire professional career played the entire span of 90 minutes and failed to register a shot on the target.