The magic of the FA Cup saw Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea ease to regulation wins, Arsenal win it in extra time vs Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur brush aside eighth-tier Marine FC. In Bundesliga, Robert Lewandowski keeps scoring, but Bayern Munich lost thanks to a stunning Borussia Monchengladbach comeback. But their lead remained two points after Borussia Dortmund beat second-placed RB Leipzig. Further down in the table, Schalke 044 pulled off the seemingly impossible -- a win.
In La Liga, Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a win that takes them to third, three points behind Real Madrid, whose draw at Osasuna was played in snow. Serie A saw AC Milan return to winning habits while Inter Milan and Roma cancelled each other out. Oh, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored, Juventus won.
By The Numbers brings you the best numbers from a cracking weekend of football:
Due to a COVID-19 scare amongst the first team, Aston Villa fielded their youth team against Liverpool. So young were they that five of Aston Villa's starting XI (Mamadou Dialla Sylla, Kaine Hayden, Louie Barry, Lamar Bogarde, Benjamin Chrisene) weren't even born when James Milner made his debut in the FA Cup in January 2003 for Leeds United vs Scunthorpe.
After being stuck on 99 wins for 21 games, Chris Wilder has won his 100th game in charge of Sheffield United in all competitions (P214 W100 D47 L67).
This is the magic of the FA Cup -- there are 161 teams between Tottenham Hotspur and Marine FC across English football.
Timo Werner's goal in Chelsea's comfortable 4-0 win against Morecambe ended a run of 827 minutes without scoring in all competitions, with his previous strike coming back in November against Sheffield United.
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Only two players have scored at least eight goals and provided at least eight assists in the top five European Leagues in 2020/21 -- Harry Kane, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was pivotal in AS Roma's 2-2 draw vs Inter.
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AC Milan have scored 2+ goals in 16 league matches so far. No side has managed a better such tally in Serie A history in the first half of the season (Inter also did so in 16 games in 1949-50 and in 1950-51). But it's not just their offense. Their 2-0 win vs Torino was Milan's 6th clean sheet of the season, the most in Serie A.
AC Milan have been awarded 20 penalties since the start of last season, which is tied with Manchester United for the second-most among Europe's top five leagues in that span (behind Lazio, who have had 22).
Mauricio Pochettino's first win as PSG manager came against Brest, a 3-0 win that saw Moise Kean, Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia score. Kean has now scored nine league goals for PSG this season, more than he managed in his previous two league campaigns combined for Everton and Juventus (8).
Lewandowski's 20 league goals this season now ties him with Gerd Müller's record for most goals after 15 match days in Bundesliga (set in 1968-69). In fact, the last player among Europe's top five leagues to have scored 20+ goals through 15 matches was Cristiano Ronaldo, who had an astonishing 25 goals through matchday 15 in the 2014-15 season for Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich have lost 21 times at Borussia Monchengladbach -- that's the most they've lost away at a club in Bundesliga history.
Schalke ended a 30-game winless streak in Bundesliga, the second-longest winless streak in Bundesliga history behind Tasmania Berlin´s 31 games in 1965-66. Schalke did it thanks to a Matthew Hoppe hattrick, the first from a USA player in Bundesliga history.
Lionel Messi scored two, Cristiano Ronaldo scored one goal over the weekend.
Messi has now scored 11 goals in La Liga this season, becoming the only player to score 10+ goals in 15 consecutive seasons in the competition's history.
Ronaldo is the only player able to score at least 15 goals in each of the last 15 seasons in the top five European leagues (since 2006/07).
Messi vs Ronaldo - the freekick edition. Messi has now scored 48 direct free-kick goals for Barcelona, taking him clear of Ronaldo's 47 direct free-kick goals in club football. However, Ronaldo still holds the edge if you count internationals, having scored 57 to Messi's 54.
(Stats courtesy ESPN's Stats & Information Group)