Belgium’s best world cup country (in the group stage) and 27 other notable statistics

After the group stage of the world cup: 28 striking statistics. With to begin with: Belgium, his reputation as a pool expert, all honor has done.

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The number of African countries that is advanced to the eighth finals. That is al ago of the world cup in 1982. Of the sixteen countries in the eighth-finals there are ten from Europe, five from South/Central America and one from Asia (Japan).

The number of times that Argentina lost a world cup after the rest ahead of, had been. Of the last 30 times and won 29 times, of which the last 26 matches (with a lead at the break).

The number of times that the Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Moments had to reverse in the group stage. ‘La Celeste’ is the only team that have no goal cashed. France, Denmark and Croatia took no veldgoal: Hugo Lloris, Kasper Schmeichel and Lovre Kalinic (who in the third match Danijel Subasic replaced) had just won on penalty kick.


If any country holds Belgium at the world cup of 2014 and now in Russia 2018, with a 9 on 9 in the group stage, after the qualifications for the world cup is also the first European country had placed with a 28 to 30.

Of the last ten finalists at the past five world CHAMPIONSHIPS, there was only one country ” group winners: France in 2006. The nine other finalists won, so did their group. An omen for Belgium?

Lionel Messi became the first soccer player scoring a goal at a world cup scored as a teenager, in his twenties, and now in Russia as the thirties. He also became the third Spaniard, after Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998, 2002) and Diego Maradona (1982, 1986, 1994), which in three consecutive world cup has been scored.

The number of times that a match on a 0-0 ended: the oersaaie France-Denmark, where the both countries to get the victory. That was the 37th contest, and never before it took so long for a match at the world cup on a brilscore ended.


The number of countries that, after the early elimination of Germany, at every participation the group stage at a world cup has survived. It comes to the Netherlands and Ireland, two countries that ironically could not for the world cup in Russia.

The number of countries that were not able to own a velddoelpunt: Australia was two goals from the penalty spot and that Iran had one penalty kick and one time a owndoelpunt of Morocco needed to score. It is, however, a world cup first, that all countries at least two times have scored.


The number of red cards in the group stage, for Now, (Germany), Sanchez (Colombia), Smolnikov (Russia). The record low at a world cup (in a format of 64 matches) dates of 2014 in Brazil: just 10 pieces. That it seems will succumb.

For the umpteenth time ended the defending champion, this time Germany, the last in his group (after Italy in 2010 and France in 2002). The Mannschaft also lost for the first time, two group matches and scored never less a world cup (only 2 times).

The own goal by the Swiss Yann Sommer against Costa Rica is only the third of a goalkeeper ever at a world cup. Earlier it occurred, the Hondurees Noel Valladares versus France in 2014 and Spain’s Andoni Zubizarreta against Nigeria in 1998.


For the fifth time since the world cup in 1982 was extended to 24 countries (there are now 32 participants), scored each country has at least one goal (after the world cup of 1982, 1990, 1998 and 2014).


For the umpteenth consecutive world CHAMPIONSHIPS, placed Mexico after the group stage. Remarkable: Sweden is also pushed in his last four participations (2018, 2006, 2002, 1994), over time, to the eighth-finals.


The number of winning goals that have been scored in the 90th minute or in stoppage time. Also that is now, after the group stage, a world cup record.


The number of scored owngoals, now a record at a world cup. Three more than the previous record, set in the world Cup of 1998 in France.

The number of assists and goals in the name of the Colombian James Rodriguez in the past two world cups. No player is doing better.


Already so many times in a row, placed Brazil for the next round after the group stage, in the last ten world CHAMPIONSHIPS, and won even each with his group. The Seleçao is also already fifteen group matches at a world cup undefeated. The last defeat dates back to 1998 (2-1 against Norway after Brazil already had).

… seconds, as long as it took for the Argentine referee Nestor Pitana yellow drew in the match between Mexico and Sweden. The fastest yellow card ever in a world cup.


The number of final places at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS, including ten victories, of all the countries in the left half of the CHAMPIONSHIP table, where Belgium after the victory against England now. The countries in the other world cup-table, have only three times reached the final, and only two world cup’s won. (Spain, 1+1, England 1+1, and Sweden, one finalist)


The number of matches that Belgium has not lost. Of all the world cup countries, only Spain a longer unbeaten sequence (23).

The number of attempts between the posts of the Red Devils – no country is doing better. In the second place, with 67 attempts, of which 20 are within the frame, is Germany. It shows how die Mannschaft tried, but could not. Also notable is the efficiency of the host country: the Russians made 8 goals in 11 attempts between the posts.


Still an alltime high at a world cup, after the poules: the number of allowable penalty. 18 of them were converted, also a record. The previous strafschoppenrecord was on 18 (1990, 1998 and 2002). The Video, Assistant Referee (VAR), for the first time present at a world cup, plays a large role in the number of penalties. The VAR was involved in about half of the whistle elfmeters, either to confirm a decision or the referee to indicate a missed violation.


The number of kilometers that Christian Eriksen of Denmark in antwerp. No player is doing better.


… years, 5 months and 10 days: the age of the Egyptian goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadary when he was in goal was in the match against Saudi Arabia. He became the oldest player ever to be in action came at a world Cup.

93,3 (percent)

The save rate of the Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Of all the countries that are not veldgoal took, he was probably the most put to work: he performed 14 rescues. The goalkeeper with the most saves, the Mexican Guillermo Ochoa: 17. The Standardgoalie had four times won, against South Korea (2-1 win) and Sweden (0-3 loss).


So many goals were scored in the world cup history, the honor went yesterday to the Tunesiër Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.


The average number of spectators in the group matches, with the most fans in the four matches in the Luzhnikistadion in Moscow: more than 78.000.

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