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The World Cup week in numbers: w/e 13/6/10

3 – Only three countries at the World Cup have all 23 squad members plying their trade in their domestic league – England, Germany and Italy.

20South Africa‘s 1-1 draw with Mexico means that the record for host nations in their opening game is now as follows: played 20, won 14, drawn 6. (2002, of course, had two host nations: Japan and South Korea.)

5 – It is the first time since 1986 (Italy 1 Bulgaria 1) that the opening game of the tournament has been drawn, ending a run of five openers without a draw.

3 – The last three games between France and Uruguay have each finished 0-0.

3South Korea‘s Park Ji Sung has now scored at three consecutive World Cups.

24Argentina had 24 shots in their 1-0 win over Nigeria. Wasteful.

8/10England have now failed to score more than one goal in eight of their last ten opening matches at the World Cup.

7Slovenia‘s 1-0 win over Algeria was their first win in seven attempts at a major international finals (two World Cups, one European Championships).

4-3-3Serbia have now lost all four of their World Cup games, conceding three penalties and accumulating three red cards in the process.

11Miroslav Klose scored his eleventh World Cup goal in Germany‘s 4-0 demolition of Australia, moving him up to joint-fifth in the all-time list of individual goalscorers.

3 – Yesterday was the first time in the tournament’s history there have been red cards in three different games on the same day – Algeria‘s Abdelkader Ghezzal, Serbia‘s Aleksandar Lukovic and Australia‘s Tim Cahill.

(Some stats courtesy of @optajoe and @StatManJohn.)

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