Numbers tell the magic tale of the World Cup

2014-06-29 15:01

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Statistics don’t lie and will show that the Netherlands were the top-scoring team in the three group matches, while Uruguay finished theirs with the most unwanted disciplinary record.

The Netherlands, who play Mexico today, finished top of the group with 10 goals – thanks to three strikes by Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie’s two goals.

The South Americans received seven cards in total (six yellow and one red). Interestingly, none of Holland’s goals came from the penalty spot. A total of seven red cards were issued in the group stages.

This is South America’s World Cup as five of their six representatives made it to the knockout stages.

Unfortunately, the luck of the draw was not kind to them as two had to bite the dust last night after four of the countries were pitted against each other. On the flip side, it means a South American team is guaranteed a place in the semifinals.

Superstars Neymar (Brazil) and Lionel Messi (Argentina) lived up to expectations as they finished the group stages on top of the scoring charts with four goals apiece.

World Cup statistics also showed that the English Premiership was the most represented league, with 106 players at the start of the tournament.

But England’s exit from the tournament in the first round will surely bring further questions about developing a foreign-players quota in the domestic league. Many believe the influx of foreign players hampers the development of local players.

Brazil became just the second team after Germany to play 100 games at the World Cup.

»?Brazil’s 4-1 victory over Cameroon meant they have won 33 of their 34 games against African sides. The only time they lost was against Cameroon in the 2003 Confederations Cup.

»Neymar scored the 100th goal of this year’s World Cup.

»?Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) is the first African player to score at three different World Cups. With six, he has also overtaken Cameroon’s Roger Milla for the most by an African player.

»Before 2010, no pair of brothers had ever faced each other in a World Cup match. Now the Boatengs – Kevin-Prince (Ghana) and Jerome (Germany) – are making it a tradition.

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