Keeping score

2010-07-11 23:09

The 2010 World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain saw a number

of records being either broken or matched. There were near misses too.

» Referee Howard Webb was only

two yellow cards short of equalling the record for the highest number of

cautions in a single Fifa World Cup match (16). He came into this game after

showing the highest number of cautions (17 in three matches).

» Netherlands’ John Heitinga

became only the fifth player to be sent off in a World Cup final. The 2006

edition is worst remembered for Zinedine Zidane’s head butt on Marco Materazzi,

resulting in a red card. The 1990 final produced two red cards, given to

Argentina’s Pedro Monzon and Gustavo Dezotti.

» Only one World Cup final

ended goalless. The 1994 final between Brazil and Italy in the USA resulted in

Roberto Baggio’s most infamous penalty miss.

Baggio, a darling of Italians after

a splendid World Cup, sent his shot into the LA sky to grant Brazil what was

then their fourth crown.

» Three other World Cup finals

were decided during extra time. In only the second instalment of the tournament,

Italy needed an extra 30 minutes to defeat Czechoslovakia 2-1 in 1934. England

(1966) and Argentina (1978) also secured their victories after the 90 minutes

had expired.

» There has been only two

penalty shoot-outs deciding the trophy’s destination in the history of the World

Cup. The first was the one Baggio will not want to be reminded about. The second

was four years ago, when Italy won 5-3 against France in Germany –and Zidane

wouldn’t want to remember that one.

» Four players – Thomas

Müller, David Villa, Wesley Sneijder and Diego Forlán – were tied on five goals

each in the race for the Golden Boot award.

The criteria used to determine the

leading striker was the number of assists, which saw Müller taking the honours

after setting up three goals for Germany.

» Spain went for 433 minutes

without conceding a goal since their 2-1 win over Chile in the Group H match.

Italy holds the record for the greatest number of minutes without letting in a

goal (517).

» A total of 145 goals were

scored in 64 matches at this year’s tournament, which is two less than Germany

2006’s tally. The average for the 2010 edition is 2.2.

» Since the 1978 World Cup

staged in Argentina, the third/fourth play-off match always produced more goals

than the final.

» Netherlands appeared in a

record third final without a win. They suffered two back-to-back losses in 1974

and 1978.

» Netherlands turned out in

jersey numbers 1-11 in the exact sequence in their starting line-up.


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