50 Stats from 2018 World Cup Round 1

0 – Egypt are still winless at World Cup finals (D2, L3).

0 – David de Gea didn’t make a single save versus Portugal, conceding three goals.

1 – Japan became the first Asian side to beat South American opposition at a World Cup in their 2-1 win over Colombia (D3, L14).

1 – Yuri Gazinskiy’s goal for Russia came from the first shot on target at the 2018 World Cup.

2 – Spain have now only won 2 of their last 13 opening World Cup matches (D4, L7).

2 – Iran’s 1-0 win over Morocco was only the Asian nation’s second-ever win at a World Cup (D3, L8).

2 – Only two of the 14 European nations lost their opening game (Germany and Poland).

2 – Harry Kane scored more goals on his World Cup debut (2) than Wayne Rooney did in 11 World Cup appearances (1).

3 – Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1, L2).

3 – All three of Senegal’s World Cup victories have been against European nations (France, Sweden and Poland).

3 – This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the reigning champion has failed to win their opening match.

3′ – 02:56 – Carlos Sanchez’s red card for Colombia after two minutes and 56 seconds is the second fastest shown in World Cup history.

4 – There have been four direct free kicks scored in the opening 16 matches.

4 – Cristiano Ronaldo became the fourth player to score in four separate World Cups (after Pelé, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose).

4 – Rafael Márquez became the first player to captain a side at four different World Cups.

4 – Valon Behrami became the first Swiss player to appear in four different World Cup finals.

4 – All four of Mat Ryan’s saves for Australia against France came in the opening eight minutes.

5 – Russia scored more goals in their opening game than in the entirety of either of their previous two World Cup tournaments.

5 – Rafael Márquez became only the third player to feature in a fifth World Cup (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018), after fellow Mexican Antonio Carbajal and Germany’s Lothar Matthäus.

6 – Argentina’s Javier Mascherano and Sweden’s Marcus Berg committed the most fouls.

7 – England are unbeaten in all seven meetings versus African nations at a World Cup (W4, D3).

7 – South Korea are now winless in their last seven World Cup games (D2, L5).

7 – Peru are now winless in their last seven World Cup games (D2, L5).

9 – South Korea have now only won one of their last nine World Cup matches (D3, L5).

9 – Sergio Agüero scored his first World Cup goal in what was his ninth appearance.

9 – Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa made the most saves. If the Mexican goalkeeper cost you any Over 2.5 Goals bets you should invest in the betting system to turn your fortunes around.

10 – Neymar won 10 free kicks during Brazil 1-1 Switzerland.

11 – Each of Belgium’s last 11 World Cup goals have come in the second half.

11% – Mexico have lost just two of their past 18 World Cup group games (W9, D7).

11 – Saudi Arabia have not won any of their past 11 games at a World Cup (D2, L9).

11 – Lionel Messi failed to score with any of his 11 attempts on goal during Argentina 1-1 Iceland – more than any other player who didn’t score in the opening round of games.

12 – Tunisia are winless in their past 12 World Cup matches (D4, L8).

19 – African teams are winless in their last 19 World Cup matches against South American opposition (D4, L15).

21 – Russia’s 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia means that the host nation have never lost their opening match in any  the World Cup (W16, D6).

23 – South Korea committed the most fouls.

26 – Germany failed to score with any of their 26 efforts on goal versus Mexico.

27 – Argentina attempted the most efforts on goal.

33 – Cristiano Ronaldo became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history.

38 – Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich (38 years, 335 days) became the oldest outfield player to play in a World Cup since Cameroon’s Roger Milla in 1994.

45 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal from a direct free kick at a major international tournament from 45th attempt.

57% – Four of the seven goals conceded by African nations have come in the 86th minute or later.  Three of them have changed the result from a draw to loss.

59′ – Croatia 2-0 Nigeria went the longest without a single shot on target in the opening round of matches – 59 minutes.

77% – Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at a World Cup.

78% – Poland have lost seven of their past nine World Cup matches.

82% – 18 of the 22 shots in Iran 1-0 Morocco came in the first half.

83% – Five of the six goals conceded by African nations have been from corners.  The other came via a penalty conceded from a corner.

89 – Artem Dzyuba scored for Russia just 89 seconds after coming on as a substitute.

100% – Spain’s Diego Costa has scored with both of his shots on target in World Cup finals.

104 – Branislav Ivanovic became Serbia’s most-capped player of all-time during their 1-0 win over Costa Rica.

144 – Javier Mascherano became Argentina’s most-capped player of all-time during their 1-1 draw with Iceland.