FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 7

Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta; photo credits: YouTube

Greetings readers! We bring to you today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day” feature. Read about all the interesting trivia associated with your favourite footballers and teams right here.

Here is an excerpt from FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”: 

  • 1970 – Brazil become the last-ever winners of the Jules Rimet Cup by defeating Italy 4-1 in the FIFA World Cup final in Mexico City to claim their third world title. The cup would subsequently be replaced by the current FIFA World Cup Trophy in 1974.
  • 1990 – England defeat Egypt 1-0 in Cagliari, with Three Lions goalkeeper Peter Shilton collecting his tenth clean sheet in 17 FIFA World Cup matches.
  • 1994 & 1998 – Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta is one of four players to have twice scored three or more goals in a World Cup match. He is, however, the only player to bag a hat-trick in two World Cups, one in a 4-0 victory against Greece in 1994 and the other in a 5-0 triumph over Jamaica in 1998. The others to have scored two hat-tricks in a single World Cup are Just Fontaine, Sandor Kocsis and Gerd Mueller.
  • 1998 – USA and Iran meet in the FIFA World Cup in Lyon, culminating in a 2-1 Iranian victory.
  • 2010- Switzerland sets a record for the longest period without conceding a goal at a World Cup, which is eventually ended by Chile’s Mark Gonzalez header after 559 minutes. The Helvetians’ run beats Italy’s previous best by nine minutes.

To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: June 21


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