11 World Cup 2018 statistics you need to know

first_img In Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland, Neymar was fouled 10 times, the last person to suffer more was Alan Shearer (11) against Tunisia in 1998. 12 NO JOY Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? SUPERSTITION Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Japan have become the first ever Asian side to defeat a South American team at the World Cup. There have been 18 encounters with three draws and 14 losses. 12 12 By coming on for Mexico as a substitute, Rafael Marquez appeared at his fifth different World Cup equalling the record amount held by Antonio Carbajal (Mexico) and Lothar Matthaus (Germany). Shy guy There have already been more penalties missed or saved (two) at World Cup 2018 than at the 2014 edition in Brazil when 12 out of 13 were scored. Fallon d’Floor Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup And there have been some incredible facts and figures to emerge from the 16 matches in the first round of games.Here, talkSPORT have rounded up the best of the statistics for you to impress your mates with. 12 12 Antoine Griezmann has been involved in nine of France’s last 12 goals in major tournaments with seven goals and two assists. Iran are the first team since 1966 to score in a half but not attempt a single shot. You’re the one Since 1966, Brazil have scored 37 goals from outside the penalty area – 11 more than any other team. Pure class 12 World Cup 2018 in Russia has already proved a thrilling affair.The tournament has been lit up with a six-goal thriller, world class goals, some sensational skill, and plenty more. 12center_img Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football 12 There were four direct free-kicks scored in the first round of matches – more than in the entire 2014 tournament in Brazil. diamond geezer Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 51st career hat-trick against Spain. It was also the 51st hat-trick in World Cup history. Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch misery Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring the winner for Mexico against Germany. 12 For the third World Cup in a row, the reigning champions lost their opening match. Italy drew 1-1 with Paraguay in 2010 and Spain were thrashed 5-1 by Netherlands in 2014. 12 Latest World Cup news 12 LU BEAUTY Good times Lionel Messi took 11 shots without scoring against Iceland. Since 1966, only Luigi Riva (13 v Sweden and Isreal) has had more shots in matches without finding the back of the net. 12 Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more