FIFA World Cup 2018 has not even entered in the second phase but we have already witnessed many awesome moments that we are going to keep with us forever. By the time it ends, it could go down as the greatest football world cup ever in history. Russia surely knows how to throw a world cup.
There is no element that this tournament might be missing. 90+ Goals, uncertain results, huge upsets, the fall of big names, the dawn of small teams and tight games has so far been the theme of the World Cup 2018. All these games have led to plenty of records broken making room for new ones.
We are talking about the records holded by individual players and teams that have been going on for decades and decades and suddenly shattered like England’s Harry Kane became the third-player to score a World Cup hat-trick for England.
Many teams have also improved their collective records like England scored 6 goals against Panama, which is the most they have scored against a team in a single world cup match.
Let’s take a look at the 5 All-time World Cup records Broken so far in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
5. Most Penalties (22) in a World Cup
The credit for this record improvement goes to the brand new Video Assistant Referee (VAR) that has been introduced to the FIFA World Cup 2108. It makes it easy for the teams and the referee to call out for the penalty.
So far, seven penalites have been given using the VAR while one penalty was cancelled using the same technology. 15 additional penalties were also given but without the use of VAR. And still the half of tournament is remained. Less than 15 penalites were given in the world cup 2014, Brazil.
The previous record for most penalties was 18 in three different occasions 1990, 1998, and 2002. So far, only 40 games have been conceded and already 22 penalties are given with still more to come. From these 22 penalties, 17 has been converted while 5 have been saved or either missed. The miss list includes stars such as Messi and Ronaldo.
4. Oldest Player in a World Cup Game
The so called savior of Egypt, Mohamed Salah couldn’t save Egypt form getting eliminated in the group stage. However, one of their player entered his name in the history books before getting eliminated.
In Egypt’s final group stage match against Saudi Arabia, they started with Essam El-Hadary as Goal-keeper. They lost the match but Hadary became the oldest player ever to play in and to make a debut in the FIFA World Cup history at the age of 45 years and 161 days.
The previous record was also set by a Goal-keeper in the World Cup 2014 Brazil. Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon then became the oldest player to play a world cup match at the age of 43 years and 3 days.
El-Hadary impressed everyone at his debut when he saved a brilliant penalty. Although, Egypt still lost the game and got eliminated.
3. Youngest African Goal-scorer ever in a world cup match
Seenegal has been a monstor of a team to play against this world cup. In a group stage match against Japan, Senegal’s Moussa Wague scored the second goal for his team. This was a second goal by a teenager in the world cup 2018 after Kylian Mbappe.
This goal was also special as Moussa plays as a right defender, so this goal was highly unlikely, nevertheless, it was his first goal for Senegal and entered his name in the World Cup history book too.
Improving the record of Haminu Draman of Ghana who scored at a age of 20 years 82 days agaisnt Germany at World Cup 2006, Wague scored this goal at the age of 19 years and 236 days and became the youngest African player to score a world cup goal.
4. Longest wait (37 games) to a World Cup 0-0 Draw
The level of competition can be observed in the world cup 2018 as it took 37 games before we saw a 0-0 draw in the World Cup 2018, which is a record in itself. Before that in the 1954 world cup, in which 26 games were played there was no 0-0 match score in the entire tournament.
Only one game so far is a 0-0 draw which was the final Group C match between France vs Denmark otherwise in every other match there are goals flying around from all the teams.
This draw was certainly necessary for Denmark as France was already into the Round of 16 whereas Denmark needed a draw to make it to the second round.
This was so called most-boring game of the entire tournament. Both teams were looking dull and faded and even their fans booed them during the full time.
5. Ronaldo became the oldest player to score a World Cup Hat-trick
Christiano Ronaldo and the record books gets along very well. But this time he set a record during Portugal’s first match in the World Cup 2018 and that too against the former world champions Spain.
His first world cup 2018 goal came through a penalty he scored successfully against Spain which made him only the fourth player in the history to score in four consecutive world cups. Before him only Pele, Uwe Seeler, and Miroslav Klose have done this.
Following the penalty, Ronaldo added two more goals in the dramatic match which ended in a 3-3 draw. The goals include a seriously awesome free kick in the last minutes, something that only he could pull off and completed his first world cup hat-trick.
This Hat-trick made Ronaldo the oldest player to score a hat-trick in a world cup match at the age of 33 years and 131 days. Before that, this record was hold by Rob Rensenbrink of Netherlands who scored a hat-trick against Iran in the 1978 world cup. He was 30 years and 336 days old.
With his hat-trick Ronaldo has arguably became the best player on the planet and shut the mouths of all the critics. And he do not intend to stop anytime soon.
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