THE SPORTING WEEKEND IN NUMBERS.
It was a weekend of exhilirating sporting action all across the globe, packed with derby delight and woes in England and “The Clasico” in Spain. There were new beginings for interim managers, recalls for outsted goalies and milestones for true legends.
Here are a few of those in numbers...
The 100 Club- Swiss Tennis star Roger Federer became only the second man to win 100 career singles titles after his victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championship. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is now second in the "century club" behind American, Jimmy Connors who has 109 titles.
50-50- Eden Hazard joined the “50-50” club after his assist for Jorginho’s goal against Fulham in a 2-1 win. The Belgian has now scored both scored 50 goals and assisted 50 times in the Premier League. Only 28 players have achieved this feat.
Sweet-Sixteen- Juventus moved 16points clear at the top of the Serie A after victory away at Napoli. With 12 games to go, the Turin based side are on course for an eighth straight title after winning the last seven.
20- Caretaker manager Scott Parker started his reign with a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. It was the 20th defeat of the season for The Cottagers and leaves them 10 points from safety with 9 matches to play. Its now 8 defeats in the last 9 league games for them.
The Big 28- Spurs ended their “no-draw” drought after drawing at home to Arsenal in the North-London derby. The 1-1 draw ends the run of 28 league games without a draw from the start of the top flight season.
Top 9- Tottenham’s number 9, Harry Kane has scored 9 of Spurs’ last 12 goals against Arsenal. His goal against The Gunners means Arsenal are the only team in the league absent an away clean sheet this season.
96-95- Barcelona are now 12 points clear of Real after inflicting a second clasico home defeat in 4 days to the Bernabeu giants. Result means Real have now for the first time since 2004 lost 3 home games in a row. The head-to-head count now stands at 96-95 in favour of The Catalans for the first time in 87 years.
THE 0-0 COUNT- The Merseyside derby finished 0-0 at Goodison Park. Of the 200 league meetings between Everton and Liverpool, “34” have ended goaless, meaning 15 more “0-0s” than any other fixture in English League history.
THE 1st- Nigerian-born UFC fighter Kamaru Usman defeated American Tyron Woodley in Las Vegas to win the UFC welterweight title and become UFC’s first African champion.