Interesting statistics and records set after match day 18 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
-A total of 54 matches have been played, so far
-A total of 150 goals have been scored: : The number of goals scored at Brazil 2014 in the 54 games has surpassed the total tournament tally at South Africa 2010 (145 goals). The current goalscoring record at a finals with 32 participating teams stands at 171 and was set at France 1998, which was the first tournament to host that many countries.
-The 145 goals represent an average of 2.8 goals per game
-There have now been a record 27 goals scored by substitutes at this World Cup.
-The leading top scorer is James Rodriguez of Colombia with 5 goals: the number of goals that James has now scored at Brazil 2014 so far. In finding the back of the net in every game so far, the Colombian has already matched Thomas Muller’s adidas Golden Boot-winning haul at South Africa 2010.
-A total of 150 yellow cards have been flashed
-10 red cards have been shown in the tournament at the moment, with the latest casualty Oscar of Costa Rica`
-Knockout kings: Germany and France have proud traditions when it comes to the knockout rounds of the World Cup. In downing the Algerians, Die Mannschaft won their eighth consecutive Round-of-16 tie, a run that began back at Mexico 1986. The French have an impressive record of their own to boast: on the last five occasions that they have reached the knockout phase (Sweden 1958, Spain 1982, Mexico 1986, France 1998 and Germany 2006) Les Bleus have always made it to the semi-finals at least.
-The French defence is doing outstanding job, having now kept their opponents goalless in three of their four games at Brazil 2014, a record no other side in the competition is able to match.
-The Round of 16 has served up plenty of late excitement, with extra time having been played in three ties so far: Brazil-Chile on Saturday, Costa Rica-Greece on Sunday and Germany-Algeria on Monday. The record number of last-16 ties going to extra-time is four, at Italy 1990, a mark that could well be equalled or even bettered on Tuesday.
-Germany’s total of 28 shots (inc. blocked) is a record for this edition of the tournament.
-Algeria (7) have scored more goals in this tournament than in their previous three World Cup finals combined (6).
-Both Nigeria and Algeria had more in common on Monday than just their plucky exits. Both had first-half goals disallowed for offside, with Emmanuel Emenike having an 18th-minute strike chalked off against the French and Islam Slimani suffering the same fate 17 minutes into his side’s game against the Germans.
Didier Deschamps, the coach of France has gone 10 matches unbeaten as a player and coach in the FIFA World Cup
-France manager Didier Deschamps is unbeaten in his 10 games at the World Cup as a player & manager (W8 D2)
-Karim Benzema has had 13 shots on target so far at this World Cup – more than any other player. He has scored three goals
-Mathieu Valbuena completed 94% of his passes against Nigeria, the highest passing accuracy posted by any player in the match
-Andre Schurrle has scored five goals in his last five competitive matches for Germany.