Stats more like it: Messi is human and the special unbeaten trio

We've dug out loads of facts and figures from the weekend for your perusal It was another action-packed weekend wit

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We’ve dug out loads of facts and figures from the weekend for your perusal

It was another action-packed weekend with plenty of goals, shocks and drama. Here are all the best stats.

Lionel Messi doesn’t have super powers?

For the first time during his long, illustrious career, Barcelona lost a game in which Lionel Messi scored two or more goals as they succumbed to Betis on Sunday.

We can’t believe it either.

Rooney record equalled

Sergio Agüero, complete with new hairdo, became the joint-highest Manchester derby goalscorer in Premier League history, now tied on eight with Wayne Rooney.

What a start!

Maurizio Sarri has begun his Chelsea career by setting a new record with a 12 game unbeaten run – the best stretch for a manager at the beginning of his stint in the Premier League.

Feisty Football

The Blues home draw against Everton on Sunday saw five yellow cards in the first half. That’s the most in the opening 45 minutes of any top-flight game this season.

Mo adds Fulham to his list

Mohamed Salah’s goal against Fulham means he has netted against 19 of the 21 Premier League sides he has faced with the Anfield club. The two side’s yet to fall victim to his shooting prowess? Manchester United and Swansea.

Can anybody stop them?

For the first time ever in the top-flight, we’ve reached 12 games and three clubs remain unbeaten. That’s very nearly a whole third of the season gone and Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea are yet to taste defeat. Is Arsenal’s invincible record seriously under threat?

Ten out of ten (well, nearly)

Karim Benzema’s strike at Celta Vigo was his 10th in all competitions. In his decade at Real Madrid, he has hit double figures in nine of his ten seasons.

So near, yet so far

Crystal Palace have lost 1-0 against Tottenham in each of their last five meetings – that’s the longest run of identical scorelines between the same two clubs in Premier League history.

Defender’s nightmare

Barcelona have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 LaLiga matches. It’s their worst run defensively since they conceded in 12 straight games way back in 1998.

Odds against the Bavarians

Bayern’s defeat by Dortmund means they are seven points behind the Bundesliga leaders. They’ve never overhauled being that far behind the table toppers this late in the season.


Roma defender Juan Jesus netted his first Serie A goal in a long time for Roma against Sampdoria on Sunday. Not 16 years as the heading suggests, no, but 2002 days ago – May 2013.