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The tale of three 14s - Ronaldo's first, Arsenal's first at Manchester United, Kane behind only Messi

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Cristiano Ronaldo recovered from COVID-19 and returned to action with a brace, as Juventus swatted aside Spezia 4-1. Arsenal beat Manchester United at Old Trafford, 1-0, a scoreline that flattered the home side. Lazio scored two goals AFTER the 94th minute to win 4-3 at Torino. That was the same scoreline as Southampton beat Aston Villa in a thriller. Newcastle and Tottenham won their games against Everton and Brighton 2-1. Oh, and a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic winner means AC Milan remain atop Serie A with 16 points in 6 games.

By The Numbers bring you the best stats from across Europe from Sunday night's football:


Premier League

1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the first Arsenal player to score a penalty at Old Trafford in the PL, with neither of the previous two attempts being converted -- Robin Van Persie in 2011 and Gilberto Silva in 2006 (though Arsenal did win that last one).

2

Something that doesn't happen too often -- Carlo Ancelotti has lost consecutive league matches for the first time since September 2014, with Real Madrid in La Liga (2-4 vs. Real Sociedad and 1-2 vs. Atletico de Madrid).

3

Paul Pogba has conceded three penalties in the PL under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while no other Manchester United player has conceded more than one.

4

Manchester United have failed to win any of their opening four top-flight games at Old Trafford for the first time since 1972-73, a campaign in which they finished 18th.

5/101

Manchester United have conceded five penalties in their last seven PL home games. Why's that an aberration? The previous five penalties they had conceded at Old Trafford in the competition came over a period of 101 games. 101.

7

Manchester United have taken just seven points from their six PL games this season, their lowest tally at this stage since David Moyes' start in 2013-14 (7). They finished seventh that year.

7

Gareth Bale scored his first Tottenham goal in 7 years - the last coming in his last appearance for the club before leaving to Madrid, vs. Sunderland back in May 2013. Fun fact, he scored on Sunday exactly 200 seconds after entering the pitch.

9

James Ward-Prowse has a right foot on him, or what? The Southampton midfielder is the ninth player in PL history to score two direct free-kick goals in a game, and first since Christian Eriksen for Spurs in October 2015 (vs. Swansea).

14

Harry Kane has been directly involved in 14 goals (six goals & eight assists) after only seven league games this season. It's the most of any player in Europe's top five divisions (in second is Robert Lewandowksi with 13). Historically, it's a milestone too - Kane is now tied for 2nd most goal contributions through 7 matchdays by any player from Europe's top 5 leagues in the last 10 seasons (with Cristiano Ronaldo in 2014-15. Only Lionel Messi had more with 16, 2011-12. Yeah, that season.)

14

Manchester United have lost at home against Arsenal in the Premier League for the first time in 14 years (September 2006). That snapped a run of 13 unbeaten home games against them (W8 D5).This had been United's longest league run vs. Arsenal since 1961.

29

Arsenal have won away at a "big six" side in the PL for the first time since a 2-0 win against Manchester City in January 2015, ending their 29-game winless run (D10 L19).

La Liga

105

Iago Aspas, legend. Aspas has scored 105 goals in La Liga for Celta Vigo, becoming the all-time top scorer for the club in the competition (Manuel Hermida, 104).

3834

You know what they say about class being permanent, right? Well, David Silva has scored his 26th goal in La Liga, his first in the league since he scored for Valencia vs. Xerez... a good 3834 days ago (May 2010). Silva's Sociedad sit atop La Liga with 17 points from 8 games.

Serie A

3

An AC Milan player has scored in six Serie A matches in a row only three times in the 3-points-a-win-era (since 1994/95), Andriy Shevchenko (in 2001) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (current streak and also in 2012). As we were saying -- class, permanent.

14

Sassuolo are second in Serie A (two points above Juventus in third), having picked up 14 points in the first six games played in Serie A this season. That's a record for them after the first 6 matchdays in a single top-flight campaign.

94

Lazio are the only Serie A team to score multiple goals from the 94th minute on in a single match, since ESPN's dataset (from the 10-11 season on). They scored in the 95th and 98th minutes to go from 2-3 down to 4-3. The only other team among Europe's top 5 leagues to have scored multiple goals from the 94th minute on in this timeframe? Manchester United.

Messi-Ronaldo watch

14

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored multiple goals as a substitute for club and country for the first time since he scored a brace for Manchester United, 14 years ago, against Wigan Athletic on December 26, 2006. This is just his second time doing so.

21

Spezia are the 21st different team that Ronaldo has scored against in Serie A (only failed to score vs. Chievo).

(Stats courtesy: ESPN Stats and Information Group)