Picture : Thiago Silva (Brazil) became the oldest player (38 years 74 days) to be directly involved in a World Cup goal since Roger Milla (on 28 June 1994 at 42 years 39 days).

The statistics on 2022 World Cup day 16 (5 December)

*The penalty shootouts after the game Croatia vs Japan (1-1) became the 6th in a row at the World Cup that have been won by the side shooting second.

*Croatia have won their third World Cup penalty shootouts in a row (after those vs Denmark and Russia in 2018), while Japan have lost their 2nd from 2 attempts in the competition overall (the only previous was vs Paraguay in 2010).

*Croatia’s 7 of last 8 playoff games in major tournaments (World Cup, Euro) have gone to extra time; the only exception was the 2018 World Cup final vs France.

*Japan became the 4th team in World Cup history to miss 75+% of the penalties taken in the same shootouts (3 of 4), after Mexico in 1994 vs Bulgaria (they failed also 3 of 4), Switzerland in 2006 vs Ukraine (3 of 3) and England in 2006 vs Portugal (3 of 4).

*Luka Modric (Croatia) could have equaled Roberto Baggio who is the only player to have taken penalties in 3 different shootouts in the World Cup, but was substituted shortly before the end of game.

*Ivan Perišić equaled Davor Šuker as Croatia's top scorer in World Cup matches (6 goals each). 

*Perišić became the third player to score at every of last 5 major tournaments (Euro 2016, 2020, World Cup 2014, 2018, 2022), along with Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland).

*Brazil (vs South Korea 4-1) have scored 4 goals in the first half of a World Cup match the second time; the first was on 16 June 1954 (against Mexico in the group stage, with 4-0 at halftime and 5-0 the final score). 

*Brazil have already used all 3 goalkeepers in 2022 World Cup (Alisson, Ederson and Weverton). There are 8 precedents in the history of tournament: France in 1978, Belgium and Czechoslovakia in 1982, Greece in 1994, Netherlands and Portugal in 2014, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia in 2018.

*Brazil have already used all 26 players of their squad at the 2022 World Cup, becoming the first ever team in the history of tournament to use so many players at a single edition.

*Neymar became the third player to score for Brazil in 3+ different editions of the World Cup (2014, 2018, 2022), along with Pelé (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970) and Ronaldo (1998, 2002, 2006).

*Neymar raised his tally to 76 goals for Brazil being already in just 1 step from the old national record of Pelé (77).

*South Korea’s goal was their 15th scored from outside the penalty in World Cup history. Their overall tally in the tournament is 39 goals, so their ratio of long range goals is 38%; twice higher than at any other team who scored 15+ such goals. Netherlands’ ratio is 19% (18 of 94), Brazil’s 18% (43 of 236), Italy’s 15% (19 of 128).

*Brazil enter the quarterfinals for 14th time in the World Cup history, equaling the record of Germany. The next are England (for 10th time), Argentina and France (for 8th each).

*Brazil overcame Germany on number of games played in World Cup (113 vs 112). The next countries in this ranking, with a significant margin, are Argentina (85 games) and Italy (83).