The week in numbers: w/e 27/2/11

Anelka scored twice against Copenhapen

4 – All four goals in last Tuesday’s Champions League matches were scored by Frenchmen. Nicolas Anelka registered both Chelsea goals in their 2-0 win at FC Copenhagen, while Bafétimbi Gomis and Karim Benzema scored in the 1-1 draw between Lyon and Real Madrid.

43 – Benzema scored Real Madrid’s goal 43 seconds after entering the field as a substitute.

512 Marseille‘s 0-0 draw with Manchester United means they have now gone 512 minutes in the Champions League without conceding a goal.

1Ben Foden scored the only try of the game as England defeated France 17-9 in the clash between the only two unbeaten teams in the Six Nations.

8 – Defeat ended France’s eight-match winning streak in the Six Nations. England were also the last team to beat them, in March 2009.

Kaymer takes over as world number one

1 – Despite losing the WGC Match Play final to England’s Luke Donald, at the age of 26 Germany’s Martin Kaymer has now displaced Lee Westwood at the top of golf’s world rankings.

19Barcelona‘s 3-0 win at Mallorca extended their unbeaten streak away from home in La Liga to 19 matches, equalling the Spanish top flight record of Real Sociedad (1979-1980).

5Arsenal have now lost more League Cup finals than any other team (1968, 1969, 1988, 2007, 2011) after a late defensive mix-up allowed Birmingham City to win 2-1 at Wembley yesterday.

7 – Arsenal’s last seven Cup final defeats (both domestic and European) have come as a result of a goal after the 80th minute (six) or a penalty shootout (one).

36 – Former Bradford, Wolves, Southampton and Tottenham defender Dean Richards died on Saturday after a long fight against illness. He was aged just 36. He is perhaps best known for being on the wrong end of three major comebacks during his career where his side had led 3-0 at half-time – a 4-3 FA Cup defeat (in 2001) to Tranmere while at Southampton, a 5-3 Premier League defeat to Manchester United later that year after transferring to Tottenham, and then a 4-3 FA Cup replay loss to ten-man Manchester City in 2004.

The cricket World Cup in numbers

30 – In Australia’s 91-run win over Zimbabwe, Ricky Ponting was run out for the 30th time in one-day internationals, second only to Mark Waugh‘s 32 among Australian batsmen. Ponting also holds the record for most run outs in Tests (14).

Ten Doeschate scored his 4th ODI ton

4 – Of the eight centuries by Netherlands’ batsmen in one-dayers, four have been scored by Ryan ten Doeschate, who notched up 119 in the defeat by England.

37 – In losing to Pakistan by 205 runs, Kenya conceded 37 runs in wides, equalling the world record in ODIs.

107 AB de Villiers‘ unbeaten 107 in South Africa‘s seven-wicket win over the West Indies was his seventh ODI century in 39 matches since the beginning of 2009. In those games he has averaged an impressive 62.80.

31 – Victory over New Zealand on Friday extended Australia’s unbeaten streak in World Cup matches to an astonishing 31. Their last defeat was against Pakistan in the group stage in 1999.

4Bangladesh‘s Shafiul Islam took 4/21 in their 27-run victory over Ireland. It was the first time a Bangladeshi bowler has taken four wickets in a World Cup match.

47Sachin Tendulkar‘s 120 in Sunday’s tied game was his 47th ODI hundred, but only his second ever against England.

3 – Tendulkar still has more ODI wickets against England (three) than he does centuries (two).

5 Tim Bresnan‘s 5/48 made him only the second England player to take five wickets in a World Cup innings. The first was Vic Marks in 1983.

158Andrew Strauss‘s 158 in England’s reply was his highest ever one-day score.

The Premier League week in numbers

4 – By scoring in the 3-1 win over TottenhamBrett Ormerod has now scored for Blackpool in all four English league divisions.

11Sébastien Squillaci’s eighth-minute goal in Arsenal‘s 1-0 victory over Stoke was the eleventh scored by Arsenal in the first 15 minutes in the Premier League this season, more than any other side. Stoke have not scored in the first 15 minutes all season.

Nolan celebrated his 50th Premier League goal

50Kevin Nolan‘s goal in Newcastle‘s 1-1 draw with his former club Bolton was his 50th Premier League goal. He has 11 this season alone, a career high.

12Wigan, who lost 4-0 at home, have now lost all 12 of their Premier League encounters with Manchester United.

31Wolves‘ 4-0 thrashing of Blackpool was their biggest top flight win in more than 31 years, since a 4-0 win at Norwich City in February 1980.

21Fulham‘s 1-1 draw with his former club Manchester City meant that Mark Hughes has now drawn 21 of his last 39 games while in charge of these two clubs.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times@InfostradaLive, Cricinfo and @StatManJon.)


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