FIFA World Cup 2018 – In Numbers

0 – The no. of straight red cards issued in the World Cup for violent play.

0 – Neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi have ever scored a goal in a World Cup knockout match :

Ronaldo : 0 goals in 6 games from 25 shots (514 mins)
Messi : 0 goals in 8 games from 23 shots (756 mins)

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1 – England won a penalty shoot-out at the World Cup for the first time.

1 – Senegal are the first team in the World Cup history to be eliminated on fair play.

– Spain goalkeeper David de Gea made only one save in his four matches in the tournament, from the seven shots on target he faced. His 14.3% save rate was the lowest of the 40 keepers to make an appearance.

1 – First time in the history of football that Argentina have lost a competitive match despite scoring 3+ goals (from 430 competitive games played overall).

2 – Mario Mandzukic is just the second player in World Cup history to score a goal for his side and an own goal in a single game, after Ernie Brandts for the Netherlands versus Italy in 1978.

2 – The last team to come from two goals down to win a World Cup knockout round match before Belgium against Japan were Germany against England in 1970.

2 – England’s fourth-place finish is their joint-second best in a World Cup tournament, following 1990 (4th) and 1966 when they lifted the trophy.

2 – Kylian Mbappe is the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele vs Sweden in 1958, also the 2nd youngest player to score in a FIFA World Cup final

2 – First tournament in history in which every team has scored at least twice.

3 – Colombia’s Yerry Mina has scored three headed goals at the 2018 World Cup; the most by a player in a single tournament since Miroslav Klose for Germany in 2002 (5).

3 – Didier Deschamps has become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as manager after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.

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3 – Germany are the third successive World Cup reigning champions to be eliminated in the group stages after Spain in 2014 and Italy in 2010.

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4 – The amount of minutes Neymar spent on the ground in the tournament.



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– Brazil have now been eliminated by a European nation in each of the last four editions of the World Cup (France 2006, Netherlands 2010, Germany 2014 and Belgium 2018).

6 – With six goals, Harry Kane has become only the second English player to ever win the World Cup Golden Boot, after Gary Lineker in 1986.

7 – Goals in the tournament’s highest-scoring games… with Belgium’s 5-2 win over Tunisia and England’s 6-1 rout of Panama in Group G and France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16.

7 – Mexico have now been eliminated from the World Cup at the Last 16 stage in each of the last seven tournaments.

9:12 – France have trailed for just nine minutes and 12 seconds at the 2018 World Cup, while Croatia have been behind in all four of their knockout matches

10 – 10 different players to score for Belgium at the 2018 World Cup – the joint-most different scorers for a team at a single World Cup (also 10 for France in 1982 and Italy in 2006).

10 – Eden Hazard completed all 10 of his dribbles against Brazil – the most dribbles attempted by a player with a 100% success rate in a World Cup match.

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12 – Antoine Griezmann has scored or assisted 12 goals in nine knockout games at major tournaments (World Cup & Euro); more than any other player for France over the last 50 years, ahead of Zinedine Zidane (8) and Michel Platini (6).

12 – The number of own goals scored this World Cup, an all-time record.

19 – 19 years 6 months 25 days, the age of Kylian Mbappé when he started for France in the World Cup final.

20 – Croatia’s position in the FIFA world rankings, the lowest-ranked nation ever to reach a World Cup final.

27 – Neymar took the most shots in the tournament despite Brazil’s quarter-final exit. He is also the only man in double figures for efforts on target, with 13.

27 – Courtois with the most no. of saves in the tournament, while Kasper Schmeichel with the highest save percentage with 91%

28 – The amount of times Hazard was fouled this World Cup, the most fouls suffered by any player in the tournament. Neymar at a close second with 26 fouls.

29 – Record 29 penalties awarded during the course of this World Cup.

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35 – Harry Maguire has won more aerial duels than any other defender at World Cup 2018.



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– Mexico’s Rafael Marquez (39y 139d) is the oldest outfield player to start a World Cup knockout match since Stanley Matthews (39y 145d) in 1954 for England v Uruguay.

40 – Peru have won their first World Cup game for 40 years and 15 days, since beating Iran 4-1 in 1978; the fourth longest gap between victories in the competition.

43 – 43% i.e. 73 of the 169 goals scored at the 2018 World Cup came from set-piece situations, the highest ratio at any World Cup tournament since 1966.

45 – Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary (45y 161d) is older than three of the managers at the 2018 World Cup finals: 179 days older than Roberto Martínez, 413 days older than Mladen Krstajic, 1164 days older than Aliou Cissé

73 – Distance in kilometers covered by Luka Modric during Croatia’s run to the final, the most of any player.

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95 – Toni Kroos’ strike (94:42) was Germany’s latest ever World Cup goal scored during regulation time (excluding extra time).

169 – 169 goals scored in the tournament, 2 less than the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

485 – Sergio Ramos with the most no of passes completed in the World Cup

546 – Olivier Giroud didn’t attempt a single shot on target in 546 minutes at this World Cup for France.

1954 – This World Cup has been the longest without a goalless draw from the start since 1954, when none of the 26 games finished 0-0.

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