Stats: Messi's first league goal, Zlatan breaks new ground at 40 and Muller first to 600

Barcelona won in club legend Xavi Hernandez's first match as manager (1-0 against Espanyol), while Manchester United were dismantled 4-1 at Watford in what would become club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's last game in charge. Antonio Conte won his first game at Tottenham against Leeds United, while Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea strolled to wins against Everton, Arsenal, and Leicester City respectively. Over in Spain, a draw for Sevilla (against Alaves) meant Real Madrid are now two clear atop LaLiga after a comfortable win at Granada. In Germany, Augsburg shocked Bayern Munich 2-1, combine that with a 2-1 win for Borussia Dortmund vs. Stuttgart and Bayern's lead is down to one.

Here are the best stats from a dramatic weekend of football.

Premier League


Dan James is the fifth player to score for both Leeds United and Manchester United in the Premier League, after Rio Ferdinand, Alan Smith, Eric Cantona and Lee Sharpe.


Spurs may have won, but before they turned up in the second half, they made history. They became the first team (since such data has been collected, from 2003-04) to go six straight halves of play in the competition without managing a single shot on target (2nd half vs. West Ham, both halves vs. Manchester Utd & Everton, 1st half vs. Leeds United).


Sadio Mane's assist for Mohamed Salah is the 20th time the pair have combined for a Premier League goal - only Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler (24) have combined for more for Liverpool in the competition.


Through the first 12 games of the PL season, Manchester United have conceded 21 goals; they've never previously conceded more at this stage of a season in the competition. They also have won just 17 points, their second-worst start to a PL campaign, ahead of only 2019-20 when they had 16 points under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


Saturday's 8 PL games saw 30 goals in total, the most on a single day in the competition with a maximum of eight matches since September 26th, 2015 (35).


Manchester United have suffered their biggest league defeat against a promoted side since a 5-1 loss against Manchester City at Maine in September, 1989. 32 years ago.


Liverpool have now scored 101 goals against Arsenal in PL history. Only against Newcastle (105) have they scored more.


Raheem Sterling became the fourth youngest player (26 years and 348 days) to make his 300th PL appearance after James Milner, Gareth Barry and Wayne Rooney.



Real Madrid's Vinícius Junior has become the first LaLiga player born in (or after) the year 2000 to score at least 10 goals in all competitions in a single season.


Only 2 players in LaLiga this season have 10+ goal contributions... Karim Benzema and Vinícius Junior. Those two have been sensational this season.


This is a rather unusual one. Xavi Hernandez faced 12 shots in his first LaLiga match as a coach, the highest by a manager on his LaLiga debut for Barcelona since Frank Rijkaard against Athletic Bilbao in August 2002 (17).


The last time Real Madrid blew a 2-goal lead in LaLiga (and lost) was Aug 31, 2014 vs. Real Sociedad. They had a blown 2-goal lead May 19, 2018 at Villarreal which ended in a 2-2 draw. Since then, they've won 54 straight, by far the longest active streak in LaLiga (2nd is Sevilla, with 24 straight).



This is the first time in their history that Borussia Dortmund have won their first seven home games of a Bundesliga season.


Robert Lewandowski ties the record for most away Bundesliga goals vs. a single opponent (11). Gerd Muller (who else) scored 11 road Bundesliga goals vs. Schalke 04.


Augsburg's 13-game winless streak in all competitions vs. Bayern has been snapped. This is their first win over their fellow Bavarians since May 2015.


Thomas Muller is the first outfield player to make 600 competitive appearances for Bayern Munich. Goalkeepers Sepp Maier and Oliver Kahn are the only other players to reach the milestone with the Bavarian club.

Serie A


Napoli's loss to Inter today means there are no more unbeaten teams in the top 5 leagues this season. No one's going invincible this season.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become the oldest player ever to have scored 2+ goals in a Serie A game and the first 40-year-old player to have scored 2+ goals in a match in the big-5 European leagues in the 2000s (40 years, 48 days).


Dries Mertens has now scored more Serie A goals for Napoli (103) than any other player in the club's history.

Messi Ronaldo watch

Cristiano Ronaldo had an assist, but couldn't materially affect the course of Manchester United's game against Watford. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, scored his first league goal for PSG in their hard fought win against Nantes.


Lionel Messi has become the 17th player from Argentina to find the net with PSG in Ligue 1. It also ends a personal drought of 19 shots without scoring in the top-flight.

(Stats courtesy ESPN's Stats & Information Group)