It's fair to say that Jamie Vardy had a tough time of it during Leicester City's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
Tasked with blindly chasing down humped long ball after humped long balland with Atletico's bench desperately trying to get him booked for the entire duration, Vardy was almost entirely corralled out of the game by Stefan Savic and Diego Godin.
Last night, CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev became the proud custodian of a truly astounding Champions League record.
With CSKA leading Monaco by a goal to nil, it looked as though Akinfeev was about to keep aclean sheet in the competition for the first time in almost a decade.
Ladies and gents: CSKA Moscow's Igor Akinfeev closing in on his first Champions League clean sheet in nearly 10 years.
Hull City have heraldedSam Clucas after the violently orange midfielder achieved a notable goal-scoring feat over the weekend.
Clucas swept home the Tigers' only goal in their 3-1 away defeat against Leicester City, and in doing so scored the very first Premier League goal of his career.
However, the real accolade is that the 26-year-old has now scored a goal in five different divisions in five consecutive seasons, each a tierhigher than the last.
Stats from @OptaJohan show that Louis van Gaal has given more minutes to teenagers than any other Premier League manager.
Teenagers are United have seen 2638 minutes of football, followed by Tottenham Hotspur with 2384 minutes.
The time given to youngsters by Van Gaal accounts for 23% of all minutes played by teenagers in the Premier League this season.
Another stat update, this time the youngest and oldest players to appear and start for Sporting KC.
There was no movement among league appearances for young players. There are still some candidates that can join the list in 2017 though, specifically Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi are both young enough to get themselves on to the list in 2017.
Another set of stats, this time the most starts for Sporting KC in league play and in all competitions.
In league play one new player joined the list in 2016, Benny Feilhaber hit 100 starts in league play. Elsewhere on the list, Matt Besler moved into sixth place and should become the fifth player to hit 200 league starts for KC in 2017.
Paulo Nagamura made his 250th league appearance of his MLS career.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 23rd away from home in all competitions for KC, tying him with Josh Wolff for the second most all time for KC.
Benny Feilhaber's assist was his 36th for KC, breaking his tie with Davy Arnaud for 4th all time on that list.
The loss was the first home loss in CONCACAF international competitions for Sporting KC.
By the end of the night, Seth Sinovic had moved into 5th place for Sporting KC for minutes played in international competitions, finishing the game with 937 minutes played.
In the 45th minute, Sinovic moved back ahead of Roger Espinoza and into 13th place for minutes played in all competitions, finishing the game with 14,020 minutes played in all competitions.
Ever Alvarado and Cameron Porter made their first starts for Sporting KC.
Ualefi made his debut for Sporting KC.
Paulo Nagamura has now played 570 minutes in international competitions for KC, putting him into 15th place on that list.
Kevin Ellis has now played 540 minutes in international competitions, tying him with Aurelien Collin and Oriol Rosell for 16th on that list.
Amer Didic and Ever Alvarado made their debuts for Sporting KC.
At 33 years, 167 days, Paulo Nagamura moved past Mark Santel and became the 17th oldest player to start a game for Kansas City in all competitions.
Kevin Ellis' goal was his second in international competitions for KC, tying him with Claudio Bieler, Dom Dwyer, Soony Saad, and Onandi Lower for 4th all time on that list.
Continuing my stat updating, here is Sporting KC's top scorers through the 2016 season. For prior years, see the links below.
1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015
More stat updating, this one a quick one because there was only one change to the list in 2016. This is appearances and starts in a single season.
For league appearances, Dom Dwyer made the list in 2016, appearing in 33 of KC's 34 league games. He's the only player from the 2016 season to make any of these lists.
More end of season stats, tonight it is appearances for Sporting Kansas City.
In league play, three players joined the list in 2016 with Benny Feilhaber leading the way getting all the way to 120 appearances in 2016. Further up the list, Matt Besler hit 200 appearances in league play for KC, becoming the seventh player to reach 200 appearances for Sporting KC in the club's history.
The start of the new year means updating stat information ahead of the 2016 season. First is the 10,000 minute club.
Some changes to this list in 2016, two players joined the list while others moved up. Roger Espinoza joined the list and jumped all the way up to 11th place on the list by the end of the season.
Another set of stats to update, this time it is landmark goals. In 2016, Sporting KC hit two landmarks with Graham Zusi scoring Sporting's 900th league goal and Jacob Peterson scoring the 1,100th across all competitions for KC. Looking at the numbers I'm not sure that KC is going to hit any milestones this coming season though, the closest they are to any right now, is KC's league goals away from home, where they're currently 29 goals away.
With Sporting's ability to use the Swope Park Rangers for call ups, Sporting was able to have 16 players make their debut for KC in all competitions the most players to make their debut for the club in one year since 1996.
At 19 years, 141 days, Nansel Selbol is the 7th youngest player to appear in a game for KC in all competitions.
Continuing to update my stats, here is this year's update of players capped while playing with Sporting Kansas City throughout the club's history. There's a new player at the top of the list for Sporting KC, as Graham Zusi became the most capped international while playing with Sporting KC, passing Josh Wolff.
Matt Besler and Graham Zusi both moved past Peter Vermes and Mo Johnston and into 8th and 9th place for playoff minutes played for KC, Besler finished the game with 1,260 minutes played while Zusi finished with 1,259.
Besler and Zusi also made their 13th playoff appearance for KC, tying them with Peter Vermes for 10th all time on that list.
Matt Besler made his 200th league appearance for KC, he's the 7th player to hit that mark.
Besler also tied Chris Klein for 6th all time in league appearances with his 200th appearance.
Besler made his 230th start in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Preki for 4th all time on that list.
Paulo Nagamura started his 100th game across all competitiosn for KC, he's the 31st player to hit that mark.
Matt Besler made his 229th start in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Jimmy Conrad for 5th place on that list and tying him with Preki for 4th place on that list.
In the 18th minute, Benny Feilhaber moved past Uche Okafor and into 20th place for minutes played in league play, he finished the game with 9,585 minutes played.
Lots of stats from today's game, lots of landmarks hit.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 50th league goal for KC, he's only the second player to hit that mark for KC.
In the 62nd minute, Dwyer hit 10,000 minutes played for KC in all competitions, becoming the 24th player to hit that mark.
Here are some stats from last night's draw.
In the 24th minute, Matt Besler moved past Jimmy Conrad and into 5th place for minutes played in all competitions for KC, Besler finished the game with 20,618 minutes played.
Besler made his 235th appearance in all competitions for KC, tying him with Chris Klein for 5th all time on that list.
Here are some stats from last night's game.
Roger Espinoza's red card was his sixth red card in MLS play for KC, breaking his tie with Nick Garcia for the most red cards in team history.
It was Espinoza's seventh in all competitions, tying him with Garcia for the most red cards there.
A lot of century marks hit in yesterday's game for Sporting KC.
Peter Vermes earned his 100th league win as Sporting's coach. He's the sixth MLS coach to hit that mark and the first KC coach to do it.
Jacob Peterson made his 100th league appearance for KC, he's the 32nd player to hit that mark.
Dom Dwyer's first goal was his 14th game winner for KC in all competitions, tying him with Preki for the most game winners for KC in all competitions.
It was his 11th game winner for KC in league playing, tying him with Kei Kamara and Josh Wolff for third all time on that list.
Dwyer's two goals gave him 29 in league play for KC at home in his career, breaking his tie with Davy Arnaud and Kamara for second on that list.
Disclaimer: The stats from last night have Diego Rubio entering the game for Dom Dwyer in the 86th minute, when in reality it was in the 79th. As of right now I am going with the official scoring of the substitution, which was the 86th. KC has contacted the league to update official records so once that happens I will update mine accordingly.
Jimmy Medranda's goal was his first for the team.
Medranda's goal was the 150th league goal scored by KC at Children's Mercy Park.
At 22 years, 154 days, Medranda became the 13th youngest player to score a goal for KC in league play, he knocked Jack Jewsbury out of the top 20.
Graham Zusi's goal was the 900th league goal in Kansas City's history.
Zusi's goal was his 25th for KC in league play, he's the 10th player to hit that mark.
It was his 28th in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with CJ Sapong for 10th all time on that list.
Zusi's goal was his 15th at home in league play for KC, tying him with Digital Takawira for 9th all time on that list.
Dom Dwyer's two goals were his 43rd and 44th goals in league play for KC, which saw him tie and then move past Josh Wolff and Davy Arnaud and into 2nd place for league goals scored for KC.
His two goals were his 52nd and 53rd in all competitions for KC, tying him and then moving him past Arnaud and into 2nd all time on that list.
Peter Vermes coached his 271st game in all competitions, becoming the club's all time leader for games managed.
Benny Feilhaber's goal was his 25th league goal in his MLS career.
Feilhaber's assist was his 28th in league play for KC, tying him with Mo Johnston for 5th all time on that list.
Peter Vermes coached his 270th game in all competitions, tying him with Bob Gansler for the most games coached for Kansas City.
In the 119th minute, Benny Feilhaber hit 10,000 minutes in all competitions for his Sporting KC career.
Feilhaber's goal was his 11th for KC away from home in all competitions, tying him with Kei Kamara and Graham Zusi for 8th all time on that list.
Since I was away for the DC game, here are stats from both last week's DC game and last night's game vs LA.
At 33 years, 86 days, Paulo Nagamura became the 17th oldest player to start a league game for KC, knocking Diego Gutierrez out of the top 20.
He also became the 18th oldest player to start a game in all competitions, knocking Uche Okafor off the top 20.
Benny Feilhaber made his 100th league appearance for KC, he's the 30th player to hit that mark.
Sporting has topped their loss total at home for all of last season.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 27th at home in league play for KC, tying him with Kei Kamara and Davy Arnaud for second all time on that list.
Here are a few stats from today's game between KC and Orlando.
Dom Dwyer scored his 50th goal in all competitions for KC, he's the third player to hit that mark for KC along with Preki and Davy Arnaud.
In the 43rd minute, Matt Besler hit 20,000 minutes across all competitions for his Sporting career, he's the 6th player to play 20,000 minutes for Kansas City.
Manchster United ranks third with the most players competing in the Euro 2016 championship with 10 players, while rivals Manchester City ranks seventh place
25% of the 552 players going to Euro 2016 play in the British Football Leagues
Nearly 4 times as many English Premier League players will compete in Euro 2016 than players from the Spanish La Liga.
In all of Europe, just three clubs' youth systems have produced more winning starters in Champions League finals than Manchester United. We have nurtured double the amount of talent to make the 24 past victorious XI's of any other English side in the competition's history.
For more details, need bwin's report.
Hull City were rock bottom of the league when little known, little fancied Marco Silva (forren) replaced Mike Phelan (British) at the beginning of January.
All the usual apprehensionwas expressed over the 39-year-old Portuguese coach'sappointment his tender years, his supposedly iffygrasp of English, his relatively limited prior experience, and of chief concern for Paul Merson and his ilk the fact that if we've never heard of 'im, how could 'epossibly know the league, Jeff?
Another stats update, this time the youngest and oldest goal scorers for Kansas City.
In league play, two players joined the list, Jimmy Medranda and Diego Rubio. Medranda in his first season as a regular contributor for the first team scored from his left back position with a deflected shot in KC's 3-1 win over New York City FC.
Matt Besler made his 195th league appearance for KC, tying him with Jack Jewsbury for 7th all time on that list.
Jacob Peterson tied a career high for league goals in a season with 4. He'd previously hit that total in 2007 and 2012.
Peterson's goal was his 6th league game winner for KC, tying him with 5 players for 11th all time on that list.
Seth Sinovic made his 150th MLS appearance of his career.
Sinovic started his 126th in league play for KC, tying him with Matt McKeon for 15th all time on that list.
It was his 156th start in all competitions for KC, tying him with Tony Meola for 12th all time on that list.
Saad Abdul-Salaam and Soni Mustivar both made their 50th appearance for KC in all competitions, they are the 66th and 67th players to hit that mark for KC.