The week in numbers: w/e 12/2/12

Drogba missed a penalty in the final again

0Ivory Coast failed to win the Africa Cup of Nations despite not conceding a single goal in the entire tournament. Zambia beat them 8-7 on penalties after the teams played out a goalless draw in last night’s final.

3 – All three finals in which Ivory Coast have played have gone to a penalty shootout after finishing 0-0. They won the final in 1992 and lost in 2006.

2Didier Drogba missed a penalty in normal time. The Ivory Coast striker also missed from the spot in the 2006 final.

6England slumped to a 3-0 series defeat as Pakistan won the final Test in Dubai by 71 runs. It was only the sixth time England have been whitewashed in a Test series.

1 – Nonetheless England retained their number one Test ranking, although they now lead South Africa by a single point (118 vs 117).

Hodgson has developed a happy knack of charging down kicks (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2Charlie Hodgson charged down a kick for a try for the second consecutive week, as England recovered to win 19-15 in Italy in their second Six Nations game.

12 – Runs required by India off the final four balls of Sunday’s one-day international with Australia. A no-ball and a six, a two and a three by M S Dhoni gave India a remarkable four-wicket win with two balls to spare.

12 – World number one Nick Matthew defeated fellow Yorkshireman and world number two James Willstrop to win the British National squash title, extending his winning streak over his rival to 12 matches spread over more than four years.

20Tom Boonen won two stages at the Tour of Qatar to take his career total at this event to 20 wins. Mark Cavendish (who also won twice) is second in terms of stage wins in Qatar, with just four.

4Boonen won the overall classification at the Tour of Qatar for a record fourth time. In the 11 years the race has been running, he is the only multiple winner.

Another hat-trick for Ronaldo (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

13 Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 13th La Liga hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Levante 4-2 to move ten points ahead of Barcelona with 16 games to play.

276 – World ranking of Dan Evans, who won both his singles matches as an Andy Murray-less British team beat Slovakia 3-2 in their Davis Cup tie.

17 – Medals won by Britain’s para-cyclists (eight gold, seven silver, two bronze) at the World Championships in Los Angeles, putting them top of the medal table.

433 – In millions of pounds, revenue generated by Real Madrid in 2010/11, the highest of any club side in Europe. Barcelona are second, with Manchester United third on £331m.

The Premier League in numbers

2Everton‘s 2-0 win over Chelsea followed their home victory over Manchester City and was the first time they had won consecutive home games since May 2011 – when their victims were also Chelsea and City. It was also Chelsea’s third straight defeat at Goodison Park.

12 – The win ended a run of 12 consecutive games in which Everton had failed to score more than once.

Henry's late winner was his third goal from just three shots since his return (image courtesy of

3Thierry Henry scored an injury-time winner as Arsenal won 2-1 at Sunderland. He has scored with each of his three shots in his brief loan return to the club.

4Fulham‘s 2-1 win over Stoke ensured they will again complete the month of February without losing a Premier League home game. They have not lost at Craven Cottage in this month for four years.

28Blackburn beat QPR 3-2 but failed to keep a clean sheet for the 28th consecutive time in the league, a run which includes all 25 games this season.

4Tottenham‘s Emmanuel Adebayor became the first player to assist four goals in a game since Cesc Fabregas for Arsenal against Blackburn in October 2009. Adebayor scored the other goal in Spurs’ 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle.

21West Brom‘s 5-1 win at Wolves means 21 of their 29 points have come away from home – only the top two (City and United) have gained more on their travels.

12 – The victory was also West Brom‘s first Premier League in February since beating Blackburn in 2006 – ending a winless streak of 12 games.

20 – Joleon Lescott scored the only goal in Manchester City’s 1-0 win at Aston Villa. It was his 20th career Premier League goal, making him only the 12th defender to have scored 20 or more goals in the Premier League era.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, StatManJon and Infostrada.)

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6 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 12/2/12

  1. James says:

    Poor old Mick McCarthy. The writing was on the wall, unfortunately.

    • Tim says:

      A difficult decision to call, but I can’t help but think they will struggle to get anyone who can do better. Warnock? Bruce? Curbishley? (Who I note was very much issuing a come-and-get-me plea in an interview on Sky Sports News last night.) I guess Wolves are hoping they will get a Martin O’Neill effect, but that generally only happens when you hire a genuinely good manager like, say, Martin O’Neill …

  2. Jed Bartlet says:

    10 – Points Rangers stand to lose if they go into administration.


    • Tim says:

      Tim’s guide to how to win the SPL:

      1. Don’t go bankrupt.
      2. See (1).

      The funny thing is that such is the paucity of competition in the SPL, even a 10-point deduction with still leave Rangers in second by a country mile. It’s a bit like La Liga, but without the Portuguese show-pony and the little fella with the crazy-quick feet.

  3. Sheree says:

    I knew we’d get a mention! Sadly it’s because of what our opponents did rather than due to any brilliant play on our part. Need to step it up a gear in the last few months of the season.

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