World Cup repeats itself after 64 years: No 0-0 draw in 20 matches so far

first_imgThe 2018 FIFA World Cup has been an entertaining tournament so far and many statistics have been broken in the past one week in Russia.From own goals (5) topping the charts for most goals scored to Russia equaling the number of goals scored (8 from 2 matches) by Spain in 2010 to win the World Cup (7 matches) — this year’s biggest sporting carnival has seen it all.However, the most interesting statistics that has come out after the first 20 games is that — not a single game has been goalless so far in Russia. This is the first time in 64 years that every game played so far has seen at least a goal scored. The last time it happened was in 1954 in Switzerland, when not a single 0-0 score line was recorded in the 26-game tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEGermany had won the World Cup in 1954 after overturning a two-goal deficit in the final against Hungary. They had won the match 3-2. A total of 140 goals were scored in that tournament in the 26 games played. Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis won the Golden Boot that year for scoring 11 goals.Also, 79 per cent of the games so far in this year’s World Cup have been decided by one clear goal or less (15 out of 19). It is currently the highest ratio in the history of the World Cup.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLESpain’s 1-0 victory over Iran (20th match of the 2018 World Cup) on Wednesday also meant that all three matches of the day had the same 1-0 score line. The last time this happened in a World Cup was on June 23, 2010 and June 25, 1982. On each of the three occasions, three games have been played.advertisementSpain beat Iran on Wednesday to kick start their campaign, which meant that they won their first game of the 2018 World Cup at the second attempt. 2010 was the last time they were made to wait until the second group game for their first victory and they ended the tournament as World Champions.World Cup 2018: Russia, Uruguay through to play-offs, 3 teams crash out Isco has been Spain’s key performer in the first two games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup (AP Photo)Isco’s 138 touches against Iran is a record for a player from Spain during a World Cup match since 1966. He also made 103 passes, nine take-ons and seven crosses.Earlier in the day, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 85th goal for Portugal and now he is the leading scorer in world football from an European nation. He overtook Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas (84 goals)to go on top of the list. They are followed by his compatriot Kocsis (75) and German great Miroslav Klose (71).In the following match, Luis Surarez of Uruguay became the ninth player and third Uruguayan to score on his 100th international game as his team beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 to knock them out of the tournament. Spain’s Gerard Pique also played his 100th international game on Wednesday.last_img