The knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup resume on Saturday with games in Kazan (France v Argentina) and Sochi (Uruguay v Portugal).
But do you know the key stats and facts from the first round? Here are some that should whet your appetite as the business end of the World Cup begins.
Total number of goals scored
122 goals were scored in 48 games in the first round and that’s an average of 2.5 goals per game. The only game that ended 0-0 was the dead rubber tie between France and Denmark – boring stuff! Belgium, with nine goals, were the most prolific side. The Super Eagles scored three goals in three games – not a bad average, right?
Most own goals
Nine own goals were conceded and it was the highest ever in a World Cup. We are not rubbing it in but a Super Eagle was one of the ‘culprits’. Oh, we gave his name out in the headline!
Most penalties awarded
24 penalties were awarded and again, it was the most in a World Cup. Of the lot, 18 were converted, one better than the previous record of 17 at France ‘98.
158 yellow cards and three red cards were dished out by the referees, without the help of VAR! The Senegalese don’t want to be reminded of this!
Highest scoring game
7 – Belgium and Tunisia couldn’t stop scoring in this match that ended 5-2.
Highest number of goal attempt
31 goal attempts were made during the same match played in Moscow, Spartak on June 23. Fans’ delight!
Hurricane Harry Kane (England) – 5 goals
The Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 4 goals
Ororo Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 4 goals
Denis (the menace) Cheryshev (Russia) – 3 goals
Diego (the real menace) Costa (Spain) – 3 goals
2 – Juan Quintero, James Rodriguez, Aleksandr Golovin, Viktor Claesson, Carlos Sanchez, Youri Tielemans, Toni Kroos
- Only two teams got zero points: Egypt and Panama. Zero to zero!
- Lowest points to qualify for knockout stages: 4 (Argentina and Japan) Backdoor specialists!
- First country in history to qualify via Fair Play Decision: Japan. Double award!
- Teams qualifying with negative point difference: Argentina (-2), Mexico (-1) Monitoring spirits!
- Only one Asian country in elimination rounds: Japan. Triple award!
- Teams which won all three group stage matches: Belgium, Croatia, and Uruguay. We take them to the cleaners!
- Teams which drew most matches: Denmark, Portugal, and Spain (2). Tit for tat!
- Only goalkeeper to not concede a single goal in Group Stages: Fernando Muslera (Uruguay). Rock of ages!
- Players sent off in Group Stages: Carlos Sanchez (Colombia), Jerome Boateng (Germany), Igor Smolnikov (Russia). We needed the early bath!
- Lowest attendance in a match: Egypt v Uruguay (27,015). We’d rather be watching Telemundo!
- Only South American nation to be eliminated from Group Stage: Peru. Down American!
- Germany eliminated in the Group Stage of a World Cup for the first time. The enemy of my enemy…!
- First time since 1982, no African nation in knockout stages. Happy to miss you!
- Yassine Meriah’s goal for Panama means the Russia 2018 is the first World Cup in which every team has scored at least twice. Up Panama!
- Tunisia’s Fakhreddine Ben Youssef scored the 2500th goal of World Cup finals history when he scored against Panama. Africa arising!
See you after the round of 16!