World Cup stats: Looking at the numbers from a record-breaking tournament

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Whether or not you’re a believer in the long-list of statistics now churned out at every top soccer match, we have them.

Traditionalist often brush off stats as, ‘numbers without meaning’ but this World Cup saw the advent of plenty of mind-blowing stats that helped analyze the games and the entire tournament.

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Below we have compiled a plethora of statistical picking from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Take a browse through and see what you think. We also have compiled a list of notable records broken at the World Cup.

As the German domination shows, the stats never lie. Plus a few U.S. players got in on the act. Nice!

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RECORDS AT 2014 WORLD CUP

Most goals in a World Cup: 171 total goals equaled the 1998 World Cup as the highest scoring in history

Most goals by any player in World Cup: Miroslav Klose became the top scorer in World Cup history with 16 goals

Foreign soil: Germany became the first European team to win the WC in either North, South or Central America

Most CONCACAF teams into knockout rounds: For the first time since the new format in 1986, three CONCACAF teams made the last 16

Group winners prevail: All eight group winners won their last 16 matches for the first time in history

Impact off the bench:  More goals scored by substitutes than in any other World Cup (32)

Howard’s heroics: Tim Howard made more saves, 15, than any ‘keeper at the World Cup in recorded history vs. Belgium

Oldest player ever: Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, Colombia became the oldest player at a World Cup aged 43 years, three days

Three-peat: Nine players scored in a third World Cup, Klose in his fourth – Tim Cahill, Cristiano Ronaldo, Clint Dempsey, Miroslav Klose, Asamoah Gyan, Rafael Marquez, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, David Villa.

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Germany won the cup, and came top in plenty of categories.

STATS FROM THE 2014 WORLD CUP

Top goalscorer: James Rodriguez, six

Most clean sheets: Manuel Neuer, Germany. Sergio Romero, Argentina. Jasper Cillessen, Netherlands. – Four

Late collapse: Argentina only trailed for seven minutes the entire tournament, that came in the final

Attendance: 3,429,873 (53,592 per match)

Fastest goal: Clint Dempsey, USA – 0:29 seconds (fifth fastest in history)

Youngest player to score: Julian Green, USA – 19 years and 25 days old

Youngest player: Luke Shaw, England – 18 years, 348 days

Oldest player: Faryd Mondragon, Colombia – 43 years, three days

Number of penalties: 13

Red cards: 8, the fewest number since 1986

Least goals conceded: Costa Rica, 2

Most goals conceded: Brazil, 14

Most goals scored: Germany, 18

Average goals per game: 2.7 (2.3 in 2010)

Average passes per team: 396 (353 in 2010)

Average passes per game: 1039

Average playing time per game: 57.6 minutes (54 minutes in 2010)

Most passes by a team: 4157 (Germany)

Player with highest pass completion: Philipp Lahm, Germany – 86.3 percent, 562 passes completed

Longest distance covered: Thomas Muller, Germany (83,957 meters)

Most goals in a match: Brazil 1-7 Germany (Eight)

Most attempts on goal in a match: Belgium vs. USA (52 shots)

Most cards in a match: Costa Rica vs. Greece (7 yellows, 1 red card)

Most passes completed in a match: Germany vs. Argentina (1501 passes)

Team who allowed the most shots: USA – 67, tournament average – 44.8

Team who had the most attempts: Brazil -111, tournament average – 52.6

Seismologists clarify Mexico fans didn’t cause earthquake

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s National Seismological Service says there was seismic activity around the country’s capital Sunday, but it wasn’t linked to soccer fans celebrating their country’s game-winning goal vs. Germany at the World Cup.

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The service says in a report that there were two small earthquakes at 10:24 a.m. and 12:01 p.m. The goal came around 11:35 a.m. local time.

A geological institute reported Sunday that seismic detectors had registered a false earthquake that may have been generated by “massive jumps” by fans.

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Mexico’s Seismological Service explained Monday that the city’s normal bustle of traffic and other movement causes vibrations that are detected by sensitive instruments.

It says those vibrations notably quieted during the match as people gathered in front of TVs to watch, and rose after the goal.

WATCH: World Cup, Day 6 — Colombia vs. Japan; Salah’s debut?

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Day 6 of the 2018 World Cup is up next, on Tuesday — and would you believe it? — there’s another three games on the schedule. This whole “back-to-back-to-back games of soccer” thing isn’t so bad.

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Up first, it’s the 2018 debut of Colombia, winners of tens hundreds of millions of hearts in 2014, as they take on Japan. In the day’s other Group H fixture, it’ll be Robert Lewandowski and Poland facing Sadio Mane and Senegal. Star power aplenty.

Then, we swing things back around to Group A, where the hosts Russia will look to continue their hot start against Egypt with Mohamed Salah expected to make his World Cup debut.

Below is Tuesday’s schedule in full.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Tuesday, June 19

Group H
Colombia vs. Japan: Saransk, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
Poland vs. Senegal: Moscow, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Group A
Russia vs. Egypt: St. Petersburg, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Southgate hails ‘patient’ England, young squad’s tactical nuance

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Inevitably, teams end up taking on the personality and temperament of a talented coach/manager, which in the case of the England squad competing at the 2018 World Cup, is a massive compliment to the Three Lions’ current boss, Gareth Southgate.

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Southgate, who’s 47 and only four tournaments removed from his second and final World Cup appearance for England, has changed the outside world’s perception of an institution that once seemed arrogant, elitist and entitled, opting to take one of the youngest squads (average age: 25.6 years old) to Russia, and to turn them loose.

On Monday, it was 24-year-old Harry Kane who scored twice and bailed the feel-good favorites out of jail with a 91st-minute winner (WATCH HERE) to largely erase the frustrating hour which preceded it. These growing pains are, of course, to be expected with so little major tournament experience. Southgate, as expected, was pleased with how they responded — quotes from the BBC:

“I was happy with the way we kept playing even though the clock was running down. We stayed patient, we didn’t just throw the ball in the box. We deserved the win.

“We created so many clear-cut chances, especially in the first half, and were in total control in the second half. We were strong on set plays all night. Even if we’d drawn, we‘d have been proud of the performance.

“We’ll do well to make as many chances in a game again in this tournament. The movement, pace, control from the back with the ball was pleasing. We wore them down. Good teams score late goals — if you dominate the ball like that the opposition tire.

“As for Harry Kane the only thing he hasn’t done now is score in August — he’s moved every other barrier. He will feel pride of leading a country to a World Cup win is the most important thing.”

“The way we would change the game is to have different profiles of players that would provide a different threat. You can put attacking players in different positions but lose shape and be caught on the counter-attack.

“The guys that came on had a different threat. As a team you keep working and working. The best teams in the world keep the belief in what they’re doing and in the end break teams down.”

Kane “buzzing” after brace secures late win in World Cup debut

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Four years ago, Harry Kane watched the 2014 World Cup, alongside Tottenham Hotspur teammates, friends and family, while on vacation in Dubai and Portugal, and during the club’s preseason tour of the United States.

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Fast-forward 48 months, and Kane made his World Cup debut on Monday, scoring both goals, including the stoppage-time winner (WATCH HERE), in England’s Group G-opening 2-1 victory over Tunisia. It’s an outcome we should have seen coming, considering he’s racked up 105 goals (in the Premier League; 135 in all club competitions; another 13 for England prior to Monday) since the start of the 2014-15 season.

Kane continues to take his superstardom — no matter how unlikely or ill-fitting it looks on him — in stride, using obvious phrases like, “It’s the World Cup,” to which you might think, “Well, yes, Harry, it sure is,” and then you realize he sees himself as nothing more than a giddy child living out a lifelong dream — quotes from the BBC:

“It’s massive. I’m so proud of the lads. It’s tough. We played so well especially in the first half and we could have scored a few more. We kept going. It’s a World Cup, you go to the last second. I’m absolutely buzzing.

“We’ve done it for a while [had good resilience] since the gaffer has been here — he’s instilled it into us. We’ve got a great bond off the pitch so it’s great to see it on the pitch. We’ll get onto the plane happy tonight.

“We could have had a couple of penalties, especially when you look at theirs. A few corners, they were trying to grab, hold and stop us running. Maybe a bit of justice to score at the back post at the end. That’s football, that’s the ref. It showed good character to get on with it.

“We are proud of each other and in a World Cup you are not sure how it is going to go, but we have a great togetherness and are always proud to see it come off in the game. We never panicked, never looked like conceding another one and got what we deserved in the end.

“We got told there would be a lot of flies and when we went out for the match it was a lot more than we thought. We all had bug spray on and it was important as some of them went in your eyes, some in your mouth, but it is about dealing with what comes your way.”

Kane will be the first to tell you that he’s been handed nothing during his career. Early on, before breaking into Tottenham’s first team, he endured four largely unsuccessful loan spells over the course of three seasons, at which point his career path appeared destined for England’s lower leagues. Through his refuse-to-lose attitude, an insatiable appetite to continue improving, and eagerly stepping up to the moment every time a new, grander stage is laid in front of him, he’s now 24 years old and set to captain his national team for the next decade.

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It’s this kind of wide-eyed, relatable approach that endears this young Three Lions side (average age: 25.6 years old) to neutral viewers and made them a popular, if unlikely, feel-good favorite ahead of the tournament in Russia. Following Monday’s performance — no matter how belabored the result itself might have been — the bandwagon will continue to fill up, and Kane is reasons no. 1, 2, 3 and 4 for that fact.