60 years since Pele became the fourth teenager to score multiple goals in a FIFA World Cup™ game, Kylian Mbappe became the fifth.
48 years had passed since a team had overturned a two-goal deficit and won a knockout-phase match at the World Cup until Belgium rallied to stun Japan 3-2. The last had been West Germany, who came from two goals down to edge England 3-2 at Mexico 1970.
40 million: that is the cumulative attendance the World Cup reached thanks to the Sweden-Switzerland game. The tournament with the record attendance was USA 1994 (3.59 million), followed by Brazil 2014 (3.43m) and Germany 2006 (3.36m), while 2.58 million spectators and counting have attended Russia 2018 matches.
31 of the 146 goals scored at Russia 2018 (21 per cent) have been scored after the 80th minute.
28 penalties have been awarded at Russia 2018 – a record for a World Cup. Twenty-one have been successfully converted.
22 of the 56 matches played have been goalless at half-time. Only one of those, however, has finished 0-0. It took 37 matches for the first goalless draw of the tournament – a World Cup record.
17 matches as captain in the World Cup is what Rafa Marquez made it to break Diego Maradona’s record. The Mexican also became the only player to wear the armband at five World Cups, and just the third to appear in five editions after Antonio Carbajal and Lothar Matthaus.
10 own-goals have been scored at this tournament, breaking the record of six set at France 1998. Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz netted the latest one in World Cup history in the 95th minute against IR Iran, while Sergei Ignashevich, who turns 39 this month, became the oldest player to score an own-goal in the competition and ensured three straight Russia matches involved one.