While most of the attention from Week 28 in the English Premier League was gained due to a certain off-pitch incident, there was plenty of drama on the pitch as well.
Week 28 also delivered us with a hat-trick from a young German star and an unexpected offensive outbreak at Villa Park.
Continue reading below to see which numbers made our standout stats for the latest weekend of EPL action.
Suarez Helps Liverpool's Title Assault
Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 16th minute in Liverpool's 3-0 away win over Southampton on Saturday.
With his 24th goal of the campaign, Suarez broke a drought that spanned six hours and 52 minutes:
412 - Luis Suarez's goal at St Mary's ends a run of six hours and 52 minutes without a Premier League goal. Barren.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2014
Liverpool's three total goals on the day marked the best tally through 28 games for a team in the EPL:
Schurrle Stars at Craven Cottage
The only team that sits in front of Liverpool in the table, Chelsea, received a tremendous hat-trick from Andre Schurrle in the West London derby with Fulham.
Schurrle, who scored his hat-trick in a span of 16 minutes, became the third German to record three goals in one game in the EPL era:
It was also the sixth hat-trick of the season, the last three of which have come from the feet of Chelsea players:
That's the 6th hat-trick of the season in the Premier League. Chelsea have scored the last three (Eto'o, Hazard, Schurrle).— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 1, 2014
Soldado Finally Scores from Open Play
Roberto Soldado scored the goal all Tottenham fans have been waiting for in the team's 1-0 victory over Cardiff City on Sunday.
With his 28th-minute strike, Soldado scored for the first time since December 29:
More importantly, the Spaniard scored in open play for the first time since October:
After 4.5 months, Roberto Soldado has FINALLY scored from open play in a Premier League match. Adebayor on the assist, of course. #spurs— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 2, 2014
Villa Unleash an Attacking Fury on Norwich
No one, not even Paul Lambert and the Aston Villa players, expected the Villains to explode for four goals in the first half Sunday at home.
Two goals from Christian Benteke, one from Leandro Bacuna and an own goal from Sebastien Bassong contributed to the first four-goal first half for the club since February 1995:
4 - Aston Villa have scored four first-half goals in a Premier League game for only the second time ever (also v Wimbledon in Feb 95). Smash— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 2, 2014
Mark Hughes: Arsenal's Achilles' Heel
Stoke City delivered the shock result of the weekend by taking down Arsenal, 1-0, at the Britannia Stadium.
The victory marked the fifth time that Stoke manager Mark Hughes defeated the Gunners, which is more than any other manager not named Sir Alex Ferguson in the Premier League era:
5 - Mark Hughes has now beaten Arsenal five times in the PL as a manager, more than any other manager apart from Alex Ferguson. Knowing.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2014
Hughes has accomplished this feat with four different clubs:
4 - Mark Hughes has beaten Arsenal as boss of four different Premier League clubs - Blackburn, Man City, QPR & Stoke. Variety.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2014
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