The FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia has had more penalties awarded and scored than in any other world cup ever before, with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) being the influential change.
This is the first time since 1930 that neither Brazil nor Germany is in the semi-finals. Despite Brazil’s exit, Neymar has topped the charts when it comes to shots on target, chances created, duels won, touches in the opposition box. He is also the most fouled player of this World Cup.
Spain made a record number of 3087 passes, a World Cup record since the statistics were first recorded in 1966. They completed more than 1000 passes in the game with Russia in the round of 16, which they lost on penalties.
The Game’s first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia had the largest audience, 78,011 people attending, while the match between Egypy and Saudi Arabia had the least attendants with 27,015.
This World Cup has also seen an all-European semi-final line up for just the second time in the last nine tournaments.
The Red Devils, in particular, have impressed during this World Cup. Not only have they knocked out five-time winners Brazil, but they have also scored 14 goals so far, more than anybody else at the tournament.
Belgium has had nine different goal scorers, the third most anybody has ever had in World Cup history.
English side Tottenham Hotspurs has nine players represented in the semi-finals, representing 44 percent of all players left in this stage.