An extraordinary passing move in London, an unlikely source extinguishing a legend’s landmark in New York and a lightning goal in Dortmund feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with an upset in Amsterdam and a mega-star maintaining an admirable tradition in Madrid.
48 passes is the staggering total Tottenham Hotspur put together in the run-up to Nacer Chadli’s second goal in the 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers – a Premier League record. All 11 Spurs players, including goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, were involved in the move. Chadli,Buy FIFA 15 Coins, who netted only one goal in 24 league appearances last season, thus surpassed that tally in his first outing in the 2014/15 competition. Eric Dier was also on target against QPR, making him only the fourth defender to score in his side’s opening two games of a Premier League campaign, after Neil Clement (2004), William Gallas (2009) and Branislav Ivanovic (2012). Tottenham scoring four times in a London derby for the first time since October 2008 was also indebted to the creativity of Erik Lamela, who made his first league start at White Hart Lane – 359 days after joining them for a club record fee.
28 teams have now faced Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga, and all 28 have conceded a goal to the Portuguese superstar. Newly-promoted Cordoba almost broke the trend on Monday night, but the Real Madrid forward fizzed the ball into the bottom corner at the death to seal a 2-0 victory. It was the FIFA Ballon d’Or holder’s 30th goal from outside the box since the 2009/10 season – an unparalleled figure, two better than Lionel Messi’s.