This year’s world cup has been full of surprises so far. What many people thought would happen has not happened.
Many people thought that Germany would defend their title. That never happened for they were clobbered and already left the competition. Germany was eliminated in the Group Stage of a World Cup for the first time and was eliminated in the first round for the first time since 1938.
Some thought Russia will not go far. The team has shocked many and it is still soldering on and it might just pull one of the most historical surprises.
So far, as at 29th June, a total of 122 goals had been scored at the ongoing World Cup in Russia with Harry Kane of England still leading as the top scorer with a total of five goals followed by Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Romelu Lukaku of Belgium with four goals each.
Denis Cheryshev of Russia and Diego Costa of Spain have three goals each. Analysts say it might be hard for one to score more than five goals and Harry Kane might remain as the top scorer this season.
Ever since the World Cup kicked off in Russia, a total of three red cards have been issued as well as 158 yellow cards.
This World Cup has witnessed the most penalties ever, even before it comes to an end. As at 29th June, a total of 24 penalties had been awarded. These are the most penalties in a World Cup.
One match surprised many. Japan beat Colombia, writing history as the first team from Asia to beat a South American opponent in a World Cup.
The match between Belgium and Tunisia witnessed the most goal attempts in a single match. A total of 31 goal attempts were made during the match, the most in a single match in this edition.
During this world cup, for the first time since 1982, no African nation will participate in the knockout rounds.
All the remaining matches will still be aired live on DStv and GOtv beginning with one between France and Argentina this Saturday.