🇧🇷 Recapping the best OPTA stats from World Cup 2014 in Brazil | Futaa.com Zambia
🇧🇷 Recapping the best OPTA stats from World Cup 2014 in Brazil

🇧🇷 Recapping the best OPTA stats from World Cup 2014 in Brazil

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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