World Cup group phase, round 2: in numbers

Zakumi, the official 2010 World Cup mascot

1 – Their 3-0 defeat against Uruguay means South Africa are almost certain to become the first host to fail to progress from the group phase.

1Gonzalo Higuain scored the first hat-trick of the 2010 tournament (and the 49th in World Cup history) in Argentina‘s win over South Korea. It means there have already been more hat-tricks than in the entire 2006 finals, which had none.

56 – South Korea’s 4-1 defeat came on the 56th anniversary of their first ever World Cup game, when they lost 9-0 to Hungary.

1 & 2Greece scored their first ever World Cup goal against Nigeria, and followed it up with their second for good measure.

7Mexico‘s win over France was, at the seventh time of asking, their first victory over the French, having lost five and drawn one of the previous six matches between the two countries.

17 – It was also the first time in 17 attempts that Mexico have won a World Cup match against any of the seven previous winners.

1986 – The last time Germany lost a World Cup group game (0-2 versus Denmark) before their 1-0 defeat to Serbia.

18Lukas Podolski‘s penalty miss against Serbia brought to an end a run of 18 successful penalties (excluding shootouts) by German players at the World Cup.

7 – After recovering from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Slovenia, the USA have now gone seven World Cup games without a win (four draws, three defeats).

8Algeria kept their first clean sheet ever at the World Cup in their 0-0 draw with England, in their eighth game.

1 – For the first time ever, England have used more than one goalkeeper at a World Cup, with David James replacing Robert Green between the sticks.

433 – Total number of minutes played by Wayne Rooney at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He has no goals and no assists.

41Jermain Defoe won his 41st cap in coming on as a substitute against Algeria. He has never completed 90 minutes for his country, though.

5Peter Crouch is the only England striker to score in the last eight England internationals, finding the net five times.

10 – England have drawn more games 0-0 at the World Cup than any other nation.

16 – England are now unbeaten in 16 World Cup games against African opponents. Not much consolation, though.

100%Holland have won all nine of their competitive games in which Wesley Sneijder has scored.

3Ghana’s successful spot-kick against Australia means their last three World Cup goals have all been penalties.

150Harry Kewell‘s sending off against Ghana was the 150th red card in World Cup history.

3 – Rustenburg has hosted three World Cup matches so far during the tournament. All three (England v USA, New Zealand v Slovakia, Ghana v Australia) have finished 1-1.

1 – Defeat against Denmark meant Cameroon became the first country to be eliminated from the World Cup.

48 – None of Slovakia’s last 48 international games have ended in a 0-0 draw, dating back to 2005 – although after their 2-0 defeat by Paraguay, they would happily have settled for one.

6 – After Shane Smeltz‘s 7th-minute goal for New Zealand, Italy have now conceded goals in the first ten minutes of six World Cup matches, but lost none of those games.

452 – Before his brace of goals against the Ivory Coast, Brazil‘s Luis Fabiano had gone 452 minutes without a goal for his country.

13Portugal became only the 13th team in World Cup history to score seven goals in a match in their 7-0 win over North Korea. Hungary have done it three times, Uruguay twice.

6 -Portugal had six different goalscorers against North Korea. Yugoslavia are the only other country to have achieved this at a World Cup (against Zaire in 1974).

15 – Despite losing 7-0, North Korea had a total of 15 shots against Portugal.

558 – Despite losing 1-0 to Chile, Switzerland set a new World Cup record for minutes played without conceding a goal, beating the previous best of 551 set by Italy in 1990.

0 – Switzerland are the only team so far in this World Cup to manage zero shots on target in a single game.

1David Villa became the first Spain player in 15 attempts to miss a penalty at the World Cup (excluding shootouts), in the 2-0 win over Honduras.

2.63 – The average number of goals per game in the 16 matches (42 in total) in the second round of the group phase, compared with 1.56 in the first round (25 goals) – an indication of how much more cagey teams were in their opening matches.

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


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