Picture : Thiago Silva became the oldest Brazilian player to appear in a World Cup match (38 years 63 days) surpassing Djalma Santos (37 years 138 days in 1966).
The statistics on 2022 World Cup day 5 (24 November)
*The 2022 World Cup set the new negative record on the number of goalless draws in the first matchday (4 from 16 games). The previous record was three such 0-0 results at 1982 edition (from 12 games).
*Breel Embolo (Switzerland) became the 2nd player in World Cup history to score against his country of birth (Cameroon).
Curiously, the first such player (Alfred Bickel) has also scored for Switzerland, against his country of birth (Germany) in 1938.
*Cameroon’s defeat from Switzerland (0-1) became their 8th consecutive in the World Cups. This is 2nd worst streak in the history of tournament. They are now one game away from matching the negative record (Mexico, 9 losses in a row from 1930 to 1950).
*Uruguay (0-0 vs South Korea) have done their fifth consecutive clean sheet in the group stage of the World Cup, with the series without conceding a goal prolonged to 465 minutes. Wayne Rooney (England) was in 2014 the last to score vs Uruguay in a group stage match.
*For the first time in the history of the World Cup a team (Uruguay) has used 4 players aged 35+ years in the same match (Diego Godín, Luis Suárez, Martín Cáceres, Edinson Cavani).
*Diego Godín, Luis Suárez and Martín Cáceres were starters in the game vs South Korea. There were just 3 cases in the previous history of World Cup when a team there players aged 35+ in the starting lineup:
Brazil twice in 1966, vs Bulgaria and vs Hungary (Gilmar, Djalma Santos, Bellini),
Canada just 1 day ago in 2022 vs Belgium (Borjan, Vitoria, Hutchinson).
*Diego Godín became the oldest Uruguay player in World Cups (36 years 282 days). He surpassed Obdulio Varela (36 years 280 days in 1954) on just 2 days.
*Uruguay hit twice the South Korea’s woodwork, and the same they did in 1990 against the same opposition. There are 5 precedents in the World Cup history:
Brazil vs Mexico (1950 and 1954),
Poland vs Peru (1978 and 1982),
Brazil vs Argentina (1982 and 1990),
Brazil vs Costa Rica (1990 and 2002),
England vs Germany (1990 and 2010).
*Cristiano Ronaldo became the 2nd player to score a World Cup goal as a free agent, after Alberto Tarantini (Argentina) against Peru in 1978. Tarantini won the World Cup that year.
*It was 4th penalty taken by Cristiano Ronaldo in the World Cup games. He equaled the record shared by 4 other players: Eusébio (Portugal), Rob Rensenbrink (Netherlands), Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina), Asamoah Gyan (Ghana).
*Cristiano Ronaldo became the 2nd oldest goal-scorer in the history of the World Cup (37 years 292 days) surpassing Gunnar Gren (Sweden, 37 years 236 days in 1958). Roger Milla (Camerron) owns the eternal record (42 years 39 days in 1994).
*Cristiano Ronaldo caught up with Gerd Müller, Jürgen Klinsmann and Gabriel Batistuta as the third top scorer (8 goals) in the group stages of the World Cup, only behind Teófilo Cubillas (9) and Miroslav Klose (11).
*The game Portugal vs Ghana (3-2) became the 4th World Cup match with 5+ goals after 0-0 at half-time. The precedents are:
Poland vs Peru (5-1 in 1982), Brazil vs Netherlands (3-2 in 1994), Belgium vs Japan (3-2 in 2018).
*Bruno Fernandes became the 2nd Portuguese player with 2 assists in a World Cup match. The first was José Torres against Brazil (3-1) on 19 July 1966.
*Bruno Fernandes has done 2 assists within 2 minutes 15 seconds. A shorter gap between two assists of the same player was last seen in a World Cup match on 14 June 2014 (Serge Aurier, Ivory Coast, 1 munute 39 seconds vs Japan).
The record in this category belongs to Gerd Müller (2 assists within 1 minute 24 seconds vs Sweden in 1974).
Bruno Fernandes is 5th in all-time ranking conceding also to Gabor Poloskei (Hungary, 1 minute 42 seconds vs El Salvador in 1982) and Robert Gadocha (Poland, 1 minute 55 seconds vs Haiti in 1974).
*The first matchday (16 games) of 2022 World Cup has ended without red cards. The last time this occurred in 1986 (12 games).
*Brazil (2-0 vs Serbia) equalled the best run of consecutive games without losing (16) in the group stage of the World Cup, set by Germany between 1990 and 2010 (they stopped it losing to Serbia 0-1).
*Brazil are now the country with the most overhead goals (3) in the history of the World Cup: Zico was the first to do it vs New Zealand on 23 June 1982, Edmilson repetated vs Costa Rica on 13 June 2002, and now Richarlison scored by “bicicleta” it vs Serbia.