6) Most penalties in a single World Cup – 22 so far
With VAR now fully in effect, this World Cup has not allowed defenders to get away with tackles that before the use of the video assist would not have been given as a foul. While the Video assist itself has not been away from controversy and is still ambiguous in its interpretation, it has improved the quality of refereeing. As a result, the World Cup has featured more penalties than ever before. 22 penalties have already been given, seven more than the entire amount of penalties awarded in Brazil four years ago. Out of the 22, 17 have been converted while the five missed or saved have included those from Ronaldo and Messi.
5) First manager to appear in four World Cups with the same team – Oscar Tabarez
One of the ever-present of sides in the World Cup has been Uruguay. The South Americans though never making it far enough have always been a firm and organised side with a very conspicuous style of play. This World Cup marks manager Oscar Tabarez’s fourth straight World Cup appearance and all with Uruguay, making it a record. The South Americans have so far been defensively resolute, the only goal they have conceded is Pepe’s header in the knockout round. Athletico’s defensive pair Godin and Gimenezhave been the backbone of the impenetrable Uruguayan defence while striker Cavani was the star scoring a fine brace against Portugal as they await France in the next round.
4)Oldest player to feature in a World Cup game – 45 years and 161 days
Egypt’s world cup campaign got off to nearly a dream start with the Africans playing a strong game against Uruguay. However, Gimenez’s late header knocked Egypt off their perch and thus laying the groundwork for Egypt’s early exit. Mo Salah made an anticipated return in the next two games however, the Africans were not much effective despite their star attacker’s presence. One record Egypt did break nevertheless was they fielded the oldest player ever to feature in the World Cup. The feat was achieved when Egyptians named Essam El-Hadary in goal aged 45 years and 161 days.
3) Youngest African goal scorer at a World Cup – 19 years and 236 days
France’s KylianMbappe has unarguably been the best young player in the world cup so far. If there were any qualms about his ability, the Frenchman squashed those doubts with an unstoppable brace against Argentina, while also racing past four Argentina players to win the penalty. But it was another teen to break the record for the youngest player to score a goal at the World Cup. It was Senegal’s MoussaWague when he scored his side’s second goal against Japan, registering his name in the history book in the process.
2)Longest start to a World Cup without a 0-0 draw – 37 games
This World Cup has been beyond expectations so far. The big guns have well underperformed while the relatively small teams have played as a unit thus making virtually every game a crunch tie. The likes of Germany, Portugal and Argentina are already on their way out with the World Cup set to witness a new winner. In addition, the goals have certainly not dried up. In fact, the World Cup went until 37 games before a game finally ended in a 0-0 draw. It was more or less a meaningless game between France and Denmark both of whom had qualified before the match began and thus put in minimal effort much to fans’ chagrin.
1)Oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick – 33 years and 131 days
Another day, another tournament, another match and the same old Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese got off to a dream start to the World Cup scoring a hattrick against strong competitors in Spain. In the process, he also became the oldest player to score a hattrick in the World Cup. The record was previously held byRobRensenbrink of Netherlands who at 30 years and 336 days, scored a hat-trick at the 1978 FIFA World Cup.