Haaland's incredible 6, Barcelona's historic 100, Saka's perfect 10: Stats

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European football had it's fair share of derbies this weekend, with Barcelona defeating Real Madrid in a dramatic Clasico, thus going 12 points clear of their rivals atop LaLiga, with the chasing pack of Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad picking up wins. Lazio defeated Roma to move up to second in the table, 19 points behind leaders Napoli, who shrugged off Torino with ease. Juventus defeated Inter Milan while Udinese shocked AC Milan to add spice to the top four race.

Premier League leaders Arsenal extended their lead to eight points with a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace, with Manchester City and Manchester United progressing to the FA Cup semifinals. Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea dropped points, but Newcastle clawed back the gap to the top four with a late win over Nottingham Forest. Over in Germany, Borussia Dortmund thrashed FC Koln to leapfrog Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga, with the Bavarians losing to Bayer Leverkusen. Ligue 1 leaders PSG saw their lead cut to seven points after losing to Stade Rennais, with Marseille ending Will Still-led Reim's unbeaten run.

ESPN's By The Numbers has the best stats from the weekend:


29, 10/10

Bukayo Saka's 29 career Premier League goals are tied with Raheem Sterling for the 10th-most Prem goals by a player before turning 22. It does pale in comparison to the 82 goals that Robbie Fowler scored before turning 22, however. Saka can console himself with the fact that he became the first Arsenal player to rack up 10 goals and 10 assists in a Premier League season since Alexis Sánchez in 2016-17, and also the youngest PL player to do so in the last 15 seasons. He's also the only Prem player with 10 goals and 10 assists this season.


Gabriel Martinelli scored his 24th career Premier League goal, breaking a tie with Nicolas Anelka for the 2nd-most by an Arsenal player before turning 22. Bukayo Saka is first on that list with 29 goals.



Haaland also has 6 hat tricks this season in all competitions. That passes Harry Kane in 2016-17 for the most hat tricks in a season by a Premier League player in all competitions over the last 15 years. No surprise that the Norwegian has reached the 40 goal mark already.


Erling Haaland is the first Premier League player since at least 2005-06 to score 8 goals over a 2-game span in all competitions (5 vs Leipzig and 3 vs Burnley). It's also a good time to remember that he once scored 9 goals for Norway in the 2019 U-20 World Cup against Honduras.


Sheffield United became the first team outside the top-flight to reach the FA Cup semifinals since Reading in 2014-15


Brighton advanced to their second FA Cup Semifinal in the last 5 seasons; prior to 2018-19, Brighton had not reached an FA Cup Semifinal since 1982-83 - when they were eventual runners-up in the final.

10+10 x3

Bruno Fernandes joined Lionel Messi as the only players from Europe's top 5 leagues with at least 10 goals and 10 assists in each of the last 3 seasons (all competitions).


100, 1603

Barcelona became the first team ever to defeat Real Madrid 100 times with their 2-1 win in El Clasico. This was their first win at the Camp Nou since October 28, 2018; 1,603 days ago - which was the club's 2nd-longest span of days between home wins against Real Madrid.


Barcelona extended their El Clasico winning streak to 3 games in all competitions, tied for the club's second longest streak of all-time; the last time Barca won 3 editions of El Clasico was in 2011-12.


Alejandro Balde's 5 assists are the most by a teenage defender in a LaLiga season since Jose Gaya had 7 in 2014-15, and the joint-highest by a defender this season. The only teenager from Europe's top 5 leagues with more assists than Balde's 5 this season is Jamal Musiala (7 for Bayern).


Ronald Araujo's own-goal was the first in a league edition of El Clasico since 1991 (Barcelona's Pedrag Spasic). Overall, it is the 6th OG scored in a LaLiga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.



Victor Osimhen became the third player to score 20+ goals in Europe's top five leagues this season along with Erling Haaland (28) and Harry Kane (21). The Napoli striker's 21 league goals this season are tied with 2010-11 Samuel Eto'o (Inter) for the most single-season goals by an African-born player in Serie A history.


Napoli's six consecutive multi-goal + clean-sheet victories away from home are tied with 2008-09 Chelsea for the longest such streak in Europe's top 5 leagues in the 21st century. It's also the longest streak of its kind in Serie A history (2 more than any other team; Inter had 4 straight in 1966).

41y, 166d

Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the oldest goalscorer in any of Europe's top 5 leagues. Aged 41 years, and 166 days, the Swede claimed that distinction in Serie A after Alessandro Costacurta (41y, 025d) had held it since 2007. This was also the 25th consecutive calendar year that Ibrahimovic has scored in (1999-2023).



Bayern Munich ended their streak of 29 consecutive Bundesliga games (22-7-0) without losing after taking the lead, their first such loss since Feb. 12, 2022 against VFL Bochum (4-2)


Marco Reus became the 16th player in Bundesliga history to reach 150 career goals.



Marseille's tally of 59 points from 28 games in Ligue 1 so far is their highest in the 21st century. They have won their last eight away games, second only to their run of nine away wins between February and August 2009 in Ligue 1 history.


PSG suffered their first home loss in 35 Ligue 1 games, of which they had won 30.


Lionel Messi didn't have the best of nights as PSG lost to Rennes, which was notable for this reason too:

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo did this:

(Stats courtesy: ESPN Stats and Information Group)