Statattack Week 16: French football in free-scoring form
Ligue 1 is set for a bumper goal tally this season as scoring once again hit a high-water mark; Evian played out of their skins in the 2-1 win over Valenciennes; and league top scorer Olivier Giroud added another string to his bow.
Key statistic for Week 16
33: Week 16 once again saw the weekend's ten Ligue 1 matches produce a total of 33 goals, equalling the season record set in Week 6 and repeated in Week 10. It's the fifth time this season that 30 or more goals have been scored in one round, already surpassing last season, when this figure was equalled or surpassed on just four occasions.
777: In their 2-1 win over Valenciennes, Evian Thonon Gaillard played a total of 777 balls, a record for the promoted club this season. This fourth win of the season was also the occasion for Bernard Casoni's men to set new records for passes (699), successful passes (631), shots (20) and shots on target (9).
3: Nice clocked their third win of the season when they triumphed 2-0 over Rennes on Saturday night. All three of Les Aiglons' wins this season have come on their home turf at the Stade du Ray and all three of them have been accompanied by a clean sheet (3-0 wins in Weeks 6 and 10 over Ajaccio and Bordeaux respectively).
2: Lyon's 3-2 win over Toulouse on Sunday night - after a 3-0 triumph in Auxerre in Week 15 - was the second time Les Gones have notched back-to-back league wins this season. The only other time was in Weeks 4 and 5. In the current campaign, Lyon have only secured wins when they score at least two goals, and Sunday night was the fifth time they have won by scoring three.
15: Bordeaux captain Jaroslav Plasil scored the fastest goal of the season on Sunday night, the Czech international needing just 15 seconds to find the net as Les Girondins accounted for Nancy 2-0. Quick on the draw, yes, but the Ligue 1 record for fastest goal still belongs to Michel Rio, who took just eight seconds to open the scoring for Caen against Cannes back in Feburary, 1992.
2000: When France midfielder Jérémy Ménez put the ball in the back of the net in PSG's 3-2 win over Auxerre, he scored the capital club's 2000th Ligue 1 goal. The historic strike was a fitting reward for a hard night's work that saw the ex-Sochaux and Roma man rack up the best performance in terms of balls played (67), passes (61) and successful passes (47) since his arrival at the club over the summer.
3: Montpellier's Olivier Giroud is going from strength to strength: after scoring his second hat-trick of the season in Week 15 to take sole command of the scorers charts, the newly capped France striker once again found the back of the net in the 4-0 win over Lorient. What's more, he provided the assists for all three of his team's other goals - the first player to provide three assists in one Ligue 1 match this season - for a 100% record of involvement in the win that kept René Girard's men three points clear of PSG atop the Ligue 1 table.