By the numbers - Aguero joins Rooney; Abraham's unique record
It was a bonkers weekend for European football, with the biggest upset caused by Norwich City, who beat Premier League champions Manchester City 3-2 at home, and thus helped Liverpool open up a five-point gap at the top of the table. Manchester United, too, had a welcome return to winning ways, while Tammy Abraham had a slice of history and a dubious distinction to go with it in a thrilling win for Chelsea.
Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo failed to lift Juventus in a tough away fixture against Fiorentina, and teenager Ansu Fati set another La Liga record. Here are the best numbers from the weekend.
According to Caesars Sportsbook, Norwich were at positive odds of 1800 to win against Manchester City, who themselves were at negative odds of 1350. According to FiveThirtyEight.com's SPI, Norwich's win probability was pegged at seven percent, with City at a much more favourable 79 percent.
Yet, what followed was Norwich's third win in 17 PL games against City (after February 20, 1993 and May 19, 2013), snapping a six-game winless streak at home against City in all competitions. It also broke an unbeaten streak of 25 games against promoted sides for Manchester City in the Premier League, with 20 wins and five drawn games since a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Burnley in March 2015 under Manuel Pellegrini.
It wasn't all depressing for City though as Sergio Aguero became just the third player to have scored in a club's first five PL games of the season. He joins Jose Antonio Reyes (for Arsenal in 2004-05) and Wayne Rooney (for Manchester United in 2011-12) as the only players to have done so. He still leads the scoring charts this season, having notched up seven goals in these five matches.
At 21 years and 347 days, Tammy Abraham became the youngest player to have scored a PL hat trick for Chelsea in the course of his team's 5-2 win away at Wolves. When he scored his second goal, Abraham joined Cristiano Ronaldo (in December 2006) and Dele Alli (January 2017) to have scored two goals in three consecutive PL games.
By the end of the match, though, he had another record that he may not be that appreciative of against his name -- the first player to have scored a hat trick and an on own goal in the same PL game.
Mohamed Salah became the sixth African player to have scored 60 goals, when he found the net during Liverpool's 3-1 win at Anfield against Newcastle United. Didier Drogba, with 104 PL goals, is the only African centurion in the league's history, while Emmanuel Adebayor (97), Yakubu (95), Sadio Mane (70) and Yaya Toure (62) are all ahead of Salah in the scoring stakes.
Speaking of Mane, the Senegalese striker struck a brace as Liverpool came back from a goal down to claim three points and maintain their 100 percent record for the first five match days. Since the start of the 2018-19 season, no team other than Liverpool have earned more points (19) from a trailing position in the PL, and they also have become the first team to have won 14 consecutive matches while scoring more than once.
Even as Arsenal let slip a two-goal advantage to concede a point against a feisty Watford on Sunday, striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang kept up his scoring form for the Gunners. Aubameyang scored his 37th goal -- registering his eighth PL brace -- and now only trails Salah (39) in terms of goals scored since his PL debut in 2018.
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Fiorentina snapped a sequence of 11 games where Juventus have scored at least one goal against them. With Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain leading the front line, Fiorentina didn't just do well to blunt out the opposition, but also earned their first scoreless draw against Juve since December 2014.
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At 16 years and 318 days, Ansu Fati became the youngest player born in the 21st century to register a goal and an assist in a La Liga game, during Barcelona's 5-2 win against Valencia.
Uruguayan Luis Suarez scored a brace as well -- with Frankie de Jong and Gerard Pique filling in the other two goals -- and this took his La Liga goals tally to 130, two ahead of compatriot Diego Forlan and into third place for the all-time tally for South Americans in La Liga.
Alfredo di Stefano of Argentina has 227 goals, while another Argentine leads the list with a whopping 419.
Lionel Messi, who else!