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FIFA World Cup 2014: The best statistics from the fascinating tournament so far

Tuesday, 1 July 2014 - 1:38am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: Krishna Uppuluri/ Zee Research Group

The group stages of the Brazil World Cup are over and out. The tournament has seen many highs, lows and shocks. 

  • Till June 26, goal scoring average has been 2.83 with a total of 136 goals scored. In 2010 World Cup - 101 goals were scored in the first stage (per match average of 2.1).
  • Teams from the Americas have performed well. 8 out of 10 nations have advanced to knock-out stage. Honduras and Ecuador failed.
  • Uruguay and Belgium, the teams considered dark horses, have qualified. Belgium topped group H and won all three group stage matches securing nine points.
  • Greece and Algeria qualified for the first time to knockout stage. Costa Rica beat two former champions (Italy and Uruguay) and drew with England to top group D.
  • For the first time, three teams from CONCACAF — US, Costa Rica and Mexico — have qualified to the knockout round.
  • James Rodriguez (Colombia) is now the leading goal-scorer of the tournament with five goals. Earlier, Lionel Messi (Argentina), Neymar (Brazil) and Thomas Müller (Germany) were tied for the title of top goal scorers with four goals each.
  • The group stages have seen two hat-tricks: by Thomas Müller (Germany vs Portugal) and Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland vs Honduras).
  • Lionel Messi has the most number of man of the matches (3).
  • Title holders, Spain, eliminated after two consecutive losses in what has been regarded as one of the shocks of the competition.
  • 1966 champions, England eliminated at the group stage, first time since 1958.
  • Four time champions, Italy eliminated having scored only 2 goals, the least in a World Cup since 1966.
  • Christiano Ronaldo-led Portugal also eliminated due to goal difference.
  • No team from Asia qualified for the next round. These teams achieved together only 3 points in 12 games.
  • The total number of yellow cards till now is 127 and the average yellow cards per match are 2.65. The number of red cards is 9.
  • The highest number of cards was given between France and Honduras (8).
  • Uruguay striker, Luis Suarez, who bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini was barred for 9 games and suspended for 4 months.
  • Suarez's suspension is the harshest penalty for on-field action in World Cup history.
  • During the match between Russia and Algeria, advancing Algeria and eliminating Russia, in the 60th minute, a green laser was shone in Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev's face while he was defending from an Algerian free-kick. The free-kick resulted in a goal, much to the outrage of the Russian keeper, team and coach.

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