Germany vs Netherlands and Belgium vs Spain are cancelled due to terrorist attack threats – it’s sad to witness terror striking the beautiful gapme. But the South American world cup qualification games went on as usual. Coming to the weekend, it was incredible to see Real Madrid thrashed by Barcelona 0-4 in the El Clásico and Jamie Vardy set Premier League record of scoring in consecutive games. Let’s delve into the stats from these games.
Following are the list of Football Statistics around the footballing world last week from 16-Nov-2015 to 22-Nov-2015:
2018 CONMEBOL (South American) FIFA World Cup qualification: Argentina has won their first game against Colombia while Chile has lost their first game in the qualification games against Uruguay.
Espanyol’s 27 year old Felipe Caicedo has scored in all the 4 qualification games for Ecuador. Felipe Caicedo has now become the 5th top goal scorer with 19 goals for Ecuador. He has surpassed Édison Méndez who has scored 18 goals. He is currently the top scorer in the qualification games.
Fantastic Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Borussia Dortmund lost their second competitive game of the season against Hamburger SV. It also ended their 7 game winning streak. However, their 26 year old sensational striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, scored the only goal in the 3-1 loss. This season he has scored an unbelievable 23 goals in 21 competitive games.
He has also scored 15 goals in 13 league games to lead the European Golden Shoe race. He is closely followed by Robert Lewandowski with 14 goals and Thomas Müller with 12 goals. In form, Thomas Müller, has also scored 10 of his goals in the last 10 games.
Jamie Vardy – bolt from the blue: Manchester United has conceded a goal after 5 consecutive games with clean sheets whereas Chelsea has kept their first clean sheet after 5 games without one. The spotlight in England, however was all over St. James’ Park where the 28 year old Brit Jamie Vardy matched ex-Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive league games.
He tops the Premier League Golden Boot race and stands 5th in the European Golden Shoe race. His stupendous form has helped Leicester City to lead Premier League after 13 games up above the giants like Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Another interesting story is how Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool scored 4 goals over Manchester City after 29 games when they scored 4. In the last 8 games between Manchester City and Liverpool, 4 goals have been scored on an average with no clean sheets kept.
Expectations and reality from El Clásico: Cristiano Ronaldo has neither stepped up his case for FIFA Ballon d’Or nor used the advantage of Lionel Messi’s absence to increase the margin in the El Clásico top goal scorers list. The match saw 5 yellow cards and a red card – as expected.
The clean sheet was after 18 El Clásico’s without one – Real Madrid should have definitely done better. As expected, FC Barcelona had bettered possession than Real Madrid.