All vital stats after the group stage of Russia 2018
Pulse Sports has compiled all the vital stats after the group stage of the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup has witnessed 122 goals after the group stage of matches
The tournament has realized of 2.5 goals per game.
Harry Kane is the leading top scorer, after the group stage, with five (5) goals.
Yuri Gazinskiy of Russia was the first player to score in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in his side’s 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth minute goal is the fastest goal of the tournament thus far.
Belgium have scored more goals thus far in the tournament- nine (9)
For the first time in the history of the World Cup, the Video Assistant Referee was used. France benefited from the first ever VAR decision, when Antoine Griezman was awarded a penalty after a replay and he finished it off perfectly in France’s 2-1 victory against Australia.
Lionel Messi was the first player to miss a penalty in the tournament and it happened in Argentina’s opener against debutants Iceland in a one all draw.
A total of 22 penalties have been awarded so far in the tournament
17 of the penalties awarded were perfectly converted.
Five of the penalties awarded were thrown away
The tournament has witnessed nine own goals.
Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco was the first player to score an own goal in the tournament in a game his side lost 0-1 to Iran.
The tournament has recorded a total of 158 yellow cards.
The average yellow card per game is 3.4
Three red cared have been flashed in the tournament
Carlos Sánchez of Colombia was the only player to have been sent off and is the second fastest red card in the history of the World Cup. It happened as Colombia suffered a 2-1 defeat against Japan in the third minute.
Igor Smoinikov of Russia is the latest player to be sent off.
A total of 36, 349 passes have been completed in the ongoing tournament
Germany with 252 attacks were the best attacking side, but unfortunately that hasn’t resulted into plenty of goals, costing them their early exit from the tournament
Spain have the most passes completed- 2089
Real Madrid midfielder who plays for Germany has completed most passes- 310
Iran have the best defence-most tackles, clearances and saves- 149.
Guillermo Ochoa has made 17 saves, which is the best in the tournament
Neymar is the player with most attempts at goal-17. How he has score just once.
Christian Eriksen has covered most distance- 36KM
The Portuguese skipper’s hat-trick against Spain has made him the oldest player to bag a hat-trick in the World Cup at 33 year and some months and days.
Aleksandr Golovin of Russia was the first to be yellow carded and it came in their 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the 10 minute.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal from direct free kick.
Honda scored against Senegal to become the first Asian player to score in three World Cups.
Whenever, Sadio Mane scores Senegal manages at least a draw and it continued on Sunday when they drew two all against Japan.
Switzerland became the first side to win from a losing position, after they came from a goal down to beat Serbia 2-1.
For the first time since 1982 all the African participants failed to progress from the group stage. In 1982 both Algeria and Cameroon slipped and this term Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia have all exited after the group stage.