By the numbers: Biggest storylines from the international break
Below, theScore picks out the best statistics and stories to surface during an action-packed international break.
0: El Salvador didn't manage a single attempt on Canada's goal in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier. The 3-0 loss at BMO Field was El Salvador's heaviest defeat to Canada in 18 meetings between the two national teams.
1: Islam Slimani became the first Algerian to score four goals in a single World Cup qualifier when the Desert Foxes beat Djibouti 8-0. The other Africans to achieve this feat are Tunisia's Francileudo Santos (2005), Madagascar's Faneva Andriatsima (2007), and Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor (2008).
4: Oman became just the fourth national team to win a World Cup qualifier away at Japan. South Korea has done it on four occasions, while Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates have both managed it once.
5: The referee pointed to the spot just five seconds into Tanzania's meeting with Madagascar after Simon Msuva was fouled while chasing a hopeful punt from kickoff. It could be the fastest penalty ever awarded in professional football, although this is yet to be officially confirmed.
7: Brazilian medical officials walked onto the pitch in the seventh minute to confront Argentina's England-based players, who allegedly broke quarantine protocols. The match was subsequently called off, while the controversy continues with a police investigation and disciplinary action from FIFA.
10: Kylian Mbappe has missed 10 of France's last 26 outings due to injuries or coronavirus-related issues. He withdrew from this break's games against Ukraine and Finland due to a calf problem. His last competitive goal for Les Bleus was in a Nations League affair with Croatia in October 2020.
11: Colombia is enjoying the longest unbeaten streak against neighbor Bolivia in its history (nine wins, two draws). Los Cafeteros almost took a win in the high altitude of La Paz until Fernando Saucedo grabbed an 83rd-minute equalizer for the home side.
22: The Netherlands are now on a 22-match unbeaten run in competitive games under Louis van Gaal (18 wins and four draws). The streak started with a 5-0 win over Estonia in September 2001, which was during the first of van Gaal's three spells as the Dutch boss.
37: Italy hasn't lost any of its past 37 matches. The Euro 2020 winner had disappointing draws with Bulgaria and Switzerland before finishing the international break with a 5-0 rout of Lithuania.
50: Andorra's Ludovic Clemente waited 50 minutes to complete his second pass against England - and his first was to take the kickoff. Teammate Jordi Rubio took 48 minutes to complete his first pass. England won 4-0, matching its result from a few days prior in Hungary.
66: Spain's 66-game unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers ended with its 2-1 defeat to Sweden. Its previous World Cup qualifying loss was against Denmark in March 1993, when a 22-year-old Pep Guardiola was substituted at halftime.
79: Lionel Messi leapfrogged Brazilian great Pele as the highest-scoring South American player in men's internationals as he notched the 55th hat-trick of his career in Thursday's 3-0 defeat of Bolivia. With 79 goals for Argentina, Messi is joint-fifth with Zambia's Godfrey Chitalu on the men's international all-time scoring list. Hungary's Ferenc Puskas is fourth, third is Malaysia's Mokhtar Dahari, second is Iran's Ali Daei, and first, of course, is the man below.
111: Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed Daei's record of 109 goals in men's international football with an 89th-minute equalizer versus the Republic of Ireland. Ronaldo then pocketed a dramatic 96th-minute winner, taking his overall tally to 111. Only 19 of the Portuguese icon's goals were scored in friendlies, and he's netted against 45 different countries.
693: Gareth Bale had to wait 693 days for his 34th international goal after scoring his 33rd for Wales in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Croatia in October 2019. The Real Madrid attacker's drought was broken by a penalty against Belarus, and he went on to score two more goals in a 3-2 win for his country.
1993: The United States equaled the record for the biggest away win against Honduras in World Cup qualifying with its Ricardo Pepi-inspired 4-1 victory. Mexico also won 4-1 in 1993 in a match featuring El Tri heroes Hugo Sanchez and Jorge Campos.
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