Getting 100 touches in a match doesn’t happen all too often, making Philipp Lahm’s passing numbers in Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga-clinching win on Tuesday even more impressive.
As our own Richard Farley detailed on Tuesday, the Bavarians beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 to secure its status as deutscher meisters for 2014, and Lahm was stunning in the center of the park. He attempted 134 passes and completed each and every one.
Get out of here. Thanks to the folks at Squawka, we have graphic representation of what it looks like to absolutely dominate the middle of the park.
Oh yeah, and the match was away from home.
If it’s possible to be more impressive, Bayern’s Mario Gotze earned a 100 score from Squawka for the match.
There are some other facts that put this performance in better perspective. Bayern completed 93 percent of its passes on the night, 992 out of 1063. Here’s Bayern’s entire evening of work (and some stats on their run to the title that will rock your soccer-loving mind, thanks to the BBC):
Ready for the kicker? Lahm’s night was bettered on Squawka’s scoring algorithms by three teammates: Franck Ribery, Toni Kroos and Gotze.
Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.
Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.
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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.
Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.
The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.
McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.
The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.
The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.
Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.
Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.