By the numbers: Biggest storylines from the international break

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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.

21: It's been 21 years since Mexico last won a World Cup qualifier in Panama. Wednesday's 1-1 result was the fourth consecutive World Cup qualifying draw between the two national teams.

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.

38: Nigeria has an unbeaten home run of 38 matches in World Cup qualifiers (35 wins, three draws). The Super Eagles' last World Cup qualifying defeat on home soil was against Algeria in October 1981.

39: Brazil labored to a 1-0 win over Chile with only 39% of the ball, its lowest possession percentage in a World Cup qualifier during Tite's five-year tenure.

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.

60: Edin Dzeko's goal haul for Bosnia and Herzegovina now stands at 60. He ranks 10th for international goals scored by a European, just two strikes behind Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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.

By the numbers: Biggest storylines from the international break
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