Brazil 2014 World Cup – records set so far

Records have been set as the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup enters its fifth day.
General statistics after match day 3:

  • Total number of matches played so far: 8
  • Total number of goals scored after 8 games: 28 goals, an average of 3.5 per game. In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the first 8 games produced 13 goals, which is an average of 1.6 per game.
  • The first goal of the on-going tournament was scored by Marcello of Brazil in the 11th minute for Croatia, becoming the first own goal ever in the opening game of the World Cup.
  • The first player to score a brace is Neymar of Brazil
  • The fastest goal in the tournament so far was scored by Pablo Armero of Colombia in the fifth minute against Greece
  • A total of 25 yellow cards have been shown in 8 games
  • Maxi Pereira (Uruguay) is the first player to be sent off (red card) and is the only player so far in the tournament
  • Marco Ureña (Costa Rica) scored the fastest goal by a substitute in the tournament, scoring in just 90 seconds after coming on
  • The nation with the highest number of goals: Netherlands with 5 goals
  • The nation with most goals conceded: Spain with 5 goals

Statistics on only match day 3

  • Costa Rica beat Uruguay three goals to one to earn their first ever win against the two-time world champions in 8 matches
  • Costa Rica also secured their first World Cup victory against South American opposition
  • England lost 1-2 to Italy in their opening group ‘D’ game, which is their second loss in their opening World Cup games, since 1962. They last lost a group game in 1986 against Portugal.
  • Italy ensured that since France denied them from scoring in 1998, they have always scored at least a goal in every World Cup game and they continued that against England
  • Wayne Rooney is without a World Cup goal in 10 games.
  • Ivory Coast won their first World Cup opener in three attempts, by beating Japan by 2 goals to 1.


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