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.

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.

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