REVIEW: FC Barcelona keep eighth consecutive clean sheet

FOOTBALL – FC Barcelona equalled a club record on Saturday by keeping their eighth consecutive clean sheet in La Liga. Their club record was set between December 1972 and February 1973, when they also kept the opposition at bay in eight straight league matches. Barça already had set the record for longest streak from the start of the season when their current run hit seven. The league record is 13 and was set by Atlético Madrid from December 1990 to March 1991.

REVIEW: Real Madrid hit 30 La Liga goals after eight matchdays

FOOTBALL – Real Madrid scored their 30th league goal of the season in a 5-0 away win at Levante UD on Saturday.
They became the first team in 27 years to score this many (or more) through eight matchdays. In 1987/88 Real Madrid had 32 through eight. The record is still the 41 through eight by Sevilla FC in 1940/41. Real are on course to score 142 goals this season. They set the single season record of 121 in the 2011/12 season.

RECORD – Cotterill scores earliest goal by sub

FOOTBALL – David Cotterill scored the earliest goal ever as a substitute in a Euro qualifier in Wales’ match against Cyprus. David Cotterill came on the pitch in the sixth minute and scored the opener for Wales in the 13th minute. This was the earliest goal ever by a substitute in a Euro qualifier. The previous record was in the hands of fellow countryman Peter Anthony O’Sullivan who scored in the 20th minute in Wales’ match against Malta on 25 October 1979.