50 Stats from 2018 World Cup Group Stage

-1 – Mexico were the only side to progress from the Group Stage with a negative goal difference.

0 – Uruguay were the only team to keep clean sheets in all three of their matches.

1 – Colombia are the only nation to reach the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup despite losing their opening match.

2 – Australia, England and Sweden scored the most goals from penalties.

2 – Both of Iran’s goals were scored in injury time.

2 – Both of Australia’s goals were from the penalty spot.

3 – Iran, Senegal and Serbia all failed to reach the knockout stage despite winning their opening game.

3 – Egypt and Panama lost all three of their matches.

4 – Germany became the fourth defending champions to be eliminated from the Group Stage in the last five tournaments (also France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014).

4 – England and Uruguay scored four goals from set pieces.

4 – Portugal have progressed from the World Cup Group Stage for only the fourth time in their history (after 1966, 2006 and 2010).

5 – England’s Harry Kane was the top scorer in the Group Stage.

5 – Brazil’s Neymar was caught offside on the most occasions.

5 – Rafael Márquez captained Mexico for a record fifth tournament.

6 – Australia are winless in their last two World Cups (D1, L5).

7 – Belgium have won their last seven World Cup Group Stage games.

7 – South Korea were eliminated at the Group Stage for a record seventh time.

7 – Egypt have now played seven matches without winning a single one in World Cup history  (D2, L5) – only Honduras have played more times without recording a win (9).

8 – Mexico have qualified for the second round in each of the last eight World Cups they have participated in.

9 – Belgium were the highest scorers.

9 – England and Senegal were caught offside on the most occasions.

11 – Panama conceded the most goals.

11 – Panama collected the most yellow cards.

11 – Argentina’s Javier Mascherano and Russia’s Artem Dzyuba committed the most fouls.

12 – Saudi Arabia ended a run of 12 World Cup matches without winning by beating Egypt 2-1 (D2, L10).

12 – Germany’s Toni Kroos attempted the most shots from outside the penalty area.

13 – Brazil have qualified from the Group Stage for a 13th consecutive World Cup. Whether you think the record winners of the competition can add another trophy to the cabinet or not, profit can be guaranteed from the remainder of the 2018 World Cup using Matched Betting Secrets.

13% – Tunisia won their second-ever World Cup match in what was their 15th in the competition (D4, L9).

13 – Australia have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 13 World Cup matches.

14 – Poland have won each of their 14 games in which they have scored first in World Cup finals.

14 – Tunisia have failed to keep a clean sheet in 14 of their 15 matches at World Cup finals.

15 – Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo was shown a yellow card after just 15 seconds in their 3-0 loss to Sweden – the quickest anyone has ever been booked in a World Cup.

16 – Brazil’s Neymar had the most efforts on goal.

17 – Neymar was awarded the most free kicks.

17 – Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa made the most saves.

20 – England have used all 20 outfield players in their squad.

32 – Every nation scored at least two goals.

36 – There had been 36 games without a 0-0 draw prior to France 0-0 Denmark on Tuesday.

45 – Egypt’s Essam El-Hadary became the oldest player in World Cup history during their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia (45 years, 161 days).

50% – Three of Lionel Messi’s six World Cup goals have come against Nigeria.

55 – Argentina won the most free kicks.

63 – South Korea committed the most fouls.

67% – Kasper Schmeichel (2 in 3 games) has now kept more clean sheets for Denmark at World Cup finals than his father Peter (1 in 5 games).

72 – Germany produced the most efforts on goal.

75% – 18 of the 24 penalty kicks awarded were scored.

100% – Belgium, Croatia and Uruguay were the only nations to collect maximum points.

100% – Nigeria have lost all six games against South American opposition at World Cups, with five of those coming against Argentina (1994, 2002, 2010, 2014 and 2018).

161 – There were 161 cards shown (158 yellow, 3 red).

662 – Lionel Messi’s strike for Argentina against Nigeria ended a run of 662 minutes without a goal in a World Cup.

14625 – Peru won their first match at a World Cup since a 4-1 win over Iran in 1978 – 14,625 days ago.