World Cup: The 20 greatest stats, info and data damaged within the 2022 group stage

World Cup: The 20 greatest stats, info and data damaged within the 2022 group stage


1) Of their sixth World Cup look, Tunisia beat a European staff for the primary time: world champions France on matchday three. This was the African nation’s greatest World Cup displaying since their first in 1978, however they nonetheless didn’t qualify for the final 16 for the primary time due to Australia’s 1-0 win in opposition to Denmark. Their earlier file in opposition to European opposition was 0-4-7. The loss was additionally France’s first on the World Cup since their 1-0 defeat to Germany within the quarter-final eight years in the past.

2) On day two of the event, England’s Bukayo Saka (21 years, 77 days) turned the youngest participant to attain two or extra targets on their World Cup debut since Franz Beckenbauer in 1966 (20 years, 304 days).

3) Gavi turned the youngest Spaniard to play at a World Cup, and marked the event by turning into their youngest scorer (beforehand held by Cesc Fabregas). This got here throughout Spain’s 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica. Oh, and Gavi’s aim made him the youngest World Cup scorer since Pele for Brazil in 1958 and the third-youngest of all time, behind Pele and Mexico’s Manuel Rosas.

4) This event was solely the third time there was a single debutant (Qatar) collaborating, and the primary time the lone staff making their first World Cup look was the host nation.

5) Brazil continued their astonishing file of taking part in at each single World Cup and by no means failing to make it out of their group. With their 1-0 victory in opposition to Switzerland, Tite’s facet set the file for the longest unbeaten run within the group stage with 17. Cameroon ended that on the ultimate group matchday, turning into the primary African staff to beat Brazil at a World Cup.

6) Not together with penalty shootouts, Ghana turned the primary nation to overlook two penalties in opposition to the identical opponent since knowledge assortment started on the males’s World Cup in 1966. Asamoah Gyan’s miss 12 years in the past was heart-breaking, and Andre Ayew’s miss this yr was simply irritating. What an terrible run-up and penalty that was.

7) Ghana’s Inaki Williams and Spain’s Nico Williams made event historical past on November 24 once they turned the primary full siblings to play for various international locations at a World Cup. Kevin-Prince and Jerome Boating performed in opposition to one another in 2010, nonetheless, they solely share the identical father.

8) 4 goalless attracts on matchday one meant eight groups drew their opening sport 0-0 in the identical World Cup for the primary time ever.

9) Stephanie Frappart turned the primary girl to referee a males’s World Cup match when Germany took on Costa Rica.

10) Belgium’s unconvincing win in opposition to Canada on matchday one set the file for essentially the most consecutive wins within the group stage of the competitors (8). Sadly for them, the misplaced their subsequent sport and drew their final to crash out. Second on the planet? You’re having fun.

11) Cristiano Ronaldo has additional enhanced his legacy in Qatar with just a few first rate data. Alongside Argentina famous person Lionel Messi and Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado, the 37-year-old joined an elite group of gamers to play at 5 World Cups. He additionally turned the primary participant to attain at 5 separate World Cup tournaments and the oldest participant to attain for Portugal on the World Cup.

12) My favorite stat of the event, nonetheless, is that Ronaldo turned the second participant to captain a rustic on the World Cup with out being hooked up to a membership staff. The opposite was Bruce Wilson for Canada in 1986.

13) Enner Valencia joined Portugal legend Eusebio, Italy’s Paolo Rossi and Russia’s Oleg Salenko in scoring essentially the most consecutive World Cup aim for a nation with six. He failed to attain within the Senegal loss, with Moises Caicedo netting for the South Individuals.

14) One of the vital profitable groups in event historical past, Germany didn’t win any of their opening two matches at a World Cup for the primary time since 1938 and didn’t qualify for the final 16 for the second consecutive event for the primary time ever.

15) That is the primary World Cup in its present 32-team format during which no-one has gained all three group matches. There have been three groups 4 years in the past, 4 in 2014, two in 2010, 4 in 2006, and two in 2002 and 1998.

16) Japan clearly had a sport plan, and it clearly labored. No surprise they couldn’t beat Costa Rica; they really needed to take the initiative. Since detailed data started in 1966, solely twice has a staff tried 700+ passes and didn’t win. The primary time? Germany in opposition to Japan in 2022. The second time? Spain in opposition to Japan per week later. They really had 17.7% of the ball in opposition to Spain – the bottom possession a successful staff has had in a World Cup win.

17) Talking of Messi, he turned the oldest participant (35 years, 155 days) to attain and help in a World Cup sport; he already holds the file for the youngest participant (18 years, 357 days) to do the very same factor. Astonishing.

18) Croatia turned the second staff this century to have a number of goalless attracts of their group and nonetheless progress to the final 16. The opposite staff? Portugal in 2010.

19) Throughout Germany’s win over Costa Rica, wonderkid Jamal Musiala efficiently accomplished 13 dribbles. That’s the second most to be recorded in a World Cup sport. What a star. Guess he needs he declared for England, although.

20) Two for the value of 1 right here. Dani Alves’ look in opposition to Cameroon made him the oldest Brazil participant on the showpiece event. Olivier Giroud broke that file on matchday one in opposition to Australia, after which once more in opposition to Denmark, and can break it once more if he performs in opposition to Poland within the final 16. His aim in opposition to Australia clearly made him France’s oldest scorer at a World Cup as effectively.

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