World Cup 2018: facts and figures

World Cup 2018: facts and figures

Russia 2018 by the numbers

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

With half of all World Cup 2018 matches having been played, we take a look at some facts and figures so far.

Goals scored:  The 2018 World Cup has produced 97 goals in 36 matches, or an average of 2.69 goals per match. 

The top goal scorers are: 

Harry Kane, England: 5
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal: 4
Romely Lukaku, Belgium: 4
Denis Cheryshev, Russia: 3
Digeo Costa, Spain: 3

Top attack, defence: The top scoring teams are England, Belgium and hosts, Russia with 8 goals each. On the other hand, the team to have conceded the most goals is Panama with 9 goals, 6 of which against England.

Penalty pressure: There have been 20 penalties so far, beating the previous record of 18 which was set in 1990 and matched in both 1998 and 2002.

Of the 5 penalties to be missed, 2 were missed by none other than Argentina's Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Video Assisted Referee (VAR) was involved in half of all penalty decisions, undeniably contributing to the increase in the number of penalties awarded during the World Cup. 

Fan attendance: The combined capacity of Russia's World Cup venues is 1,665,066, of which the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow is the largest with 78,011 seats. The smallest venue, with only 33,061 seats is the Yekaterinburd Arena, Yekaterinburg. 

Tuesday's games see France play Denmark and Australia face Peru (kick-off at 4pm) followed by Nigeria vs Argentina and Iceland vs Croatia (8pm). 

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