The 2014 World Cup in Brazil delivered goals galore, iconic moments and plenty of heartbreak too.
Here are some of the best facts & figures via OPTA.
📊 Best OPTA stats from World Cup 2014
- The 2014 World Cup was the joint-highest scoring edition of the competition, alongside 1998 (171 goals).
- In 2014, Germany and Argentina met in a World Cup final for the third time (also in 1986 and 1990); the most times two nations have faced each other in the final.
- Germany won their fourth World Cup title in 2014 and first since 1990; the joint-most by a European nation (level with Italy).
- Mario Gotze became the first-ever substitute to score a winning goal in a World Cup final, netting the winner in the second half of extra-time at the Maracanã Stadium.
- James Rodriguez became the first player to score in his first five appearances at the World Cup since Peru’s Teófilo Cubillas between the 1970 and 1978 editions.
- James Rodriguez finished as the Golden Boot winner with six goals at World Cup 2014, while no player had a hand in more goals in the 2014 edition than the Colombian (six goals, two assists).
- Before being surpassed by Egypt's Essam El Hadary in 2018, Faryd Mondragón became the oldest player to appear in a World Cup finals match during Colombia's 4-1 win over Japan in June 2014, aged 43 years & 3 days old.
- Algeria became the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup match when they beat South Korea 4-2 in 2014 in Group H.
- Argentina versus Nigeria in 2014 was the first match in World Cup history to see both teams score inside four minutes (Messi for Argentina, Musa for Nigeria).
- Portugal’s 0-4 defeat to Germany in the group stage was the first time they had ever conceded four goals in a World Cup match.
- Following the conclusion of World Cup 2014, Honduras had played more games without winning than any other side in the history of the competition (D3 L6).
- Xherdan Shaqiri became the first Switzerland player to score a World Cup hat-trick since Josef Hügi in 1954. Indeed, since 1966, Shaqiri is the only player to score a World Cup hat-trick entirely with his left foot.
- England exited the 2014 World Cup at the group stage, picking up just one point from three games: their lowest return in the group stage of the competition. It was the first time the Three Lions went out at the group stage since 1958.
- Miroslav Klose’s goal against Brazil in the 2014 semi-final saw him become the highest-scoring player in World Cup history (16 goals), overtaking Brazil's own Ronaldo.
- Brazil’s 1-7 defeat to Germany in the 2014 semi-final was the biggest losing margin by a host nation at a World Cup. It was also their heaviest ever World Cup defeat.
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