The week in numbers: w/e 26/2/12

Pietersen bagged a brace of centuries in the one-dayers against Pakistan

4Kevin Pietersen hit 130 as England won the fourth one-day international against Pakistan by four wickets to complete a series whitewash. England batsmen scored centuries in each match, with Pietersen and captain Alastair Cook registering two each.

2Liverpool won the Carling Cup 3-2 on penalties after the game finished 2-2 in extra time (1-1 after 90 minutes). But it wasn’t a good day for the Gerrard family. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard saw the opening spot-kick of the shootout saved, while cousin Anthony missed the target with the final penalty.

45 – Including extra time, Liverpool had 45 shots in the game, an average of one every 160 seconds.

20Wales secured their 20th Triple Crown with a dramatic 19-12 Six Nations win at Twickenham to follow their previous wins over Ireland and Scotland. Scott Williams scored the only try of the game with five minutes left, but England’s David Strettle had a last-gasp try controversially ruled out as officials decided he had not grounded the ball.

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Comeback Arsenal, all is forgiven

Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2

Sagna 40, van Persie 43, Rosicky 51, Walcott 65, 68; Saha 4, Adebayor pen 34

Once the euphoria has worn off, Arsenal fans will remember that they are still facing a seventh consecutive trophyless season. However there is no better antidote than a rousing win over local rivals Tottenham, and the lift that both fans and players will experience as a result of this thumping comeback victory may yet provide the same impetus for a late-season run that the 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge did earlier in the season. At the very least, it presents a genuine highlight in a season which has seen more lows than highs for Arsene Wenger‘s side.

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The week in numbers: w/e 19/2/12

Hoy won two events at the Track World Cup meeting in London (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

4 – Gold medals won by the British cycling team at the Track World Cup event at London’s Olympic velodrome. Sir Chris Hoy won in the individual sprint and keirin, while Joanna Rowsell won the women’s individual pursuit and the women’s team won the team pursuit. Britain also won a silver and two bronze medals.

45 – Balls required by South Africa’s Richard Levi to hit the fastest-ever Twenty20 international century. He finished with an unbeaten 117 from 51 balls, including a record 13 sixes, as South Africa beat New Zealand by eight wickets in Hamilton.

10 – Points deducted from Rangers after the club was put into administration last week owing up to £75m to HM Revenue & Customs. Despite the deduction, they remain six points clear of third-placed Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League.

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Trophyless Arsenal face same old questions, but still have no answers

Sunderland 2 Arsenal 0

Richardson 40, Oxlade-Chamberlain og 78

History has a funny way of repeating itself. Last season, Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League last-16 by Barcelona, and four days later exited the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester United. This evening, Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup by Sunderland just three days after effectively surrendering their place in the Champions League in Wednesday’s 4-0 drubbing by Milan.

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No excuses as Arsenal are torn apart by Milan

AC Milan 4 Arsenal 0

Boateng 15, Robinho 38, 49, Ibrahimovic 79

One of the tamest performances of Arsene Wenger‘s tenure as manager ended with Arsenal‘s heaviest defeat in European competition as AC Milan ran riot at the San Siro and effectively knocked the English side out of this season’s Champions League before the return leg in a fortnight’s time. It was a sad way for Thierry Henry to end his second spell at the club, but even the combination of the great man and his successor Robin van Persie was not enough to disguise a display of stunning mediocrity which will inevitably lead to renewed questions about the club’s lack of timely transfer activity in both the summer and January transfer windows.

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