Picture : After netting his third goal for Netherlands, Daley Blind rushed to celebrate the goal with his father, Danny Blind, Assistant of Coach Louis Van Goal.
The statistics on 2022 World Cup day 14 (3 December)
*Netherlands (3-1 vs USA) are now undefeated in 20 consecutive World Cup games against non-European opponents (14 wins and 6 draws); their last such defeat is dated by 10 July 1994 (a quarter-final vs Brazil, 2-3).
*Netherlands prolonged their unbeaten streak overall in World Cup to 11 games being now in 2 steps from the Brazil record (13 in 1958-1966).
*The United States are eliminated in the round of 16 for the 3rd consecutive time (2010, 2014 and 2022).
*Denzel Dumfries became the first player to assist two goals for Netherlands in the first half of a World Cup game.
*Dumfries is the 3rd Dutch players with 3+ goal involvements (1 goal and 2 assists) in a single World Cup game, after Johan Cruijff in 1974 and Rob Rensenbrink in 1978 (twice).
*Dumfries is the first player to give two assists in the first half of a playoff stage match of the World Cup since Hakan Şükür (Turkey) did it on 29 June 2002 vs South Korea.
*Dumfries is the first ever defender to score a goal and provide 2 assists in a World Cup playoff stage match.
*For the first time, two defenders (Daley Blind and Denzel Dumfries) assist each other in a match in the entire history of the World Cup.
*Daley Blind became the second oldest (32 years 269 days) goal-scorer for the Netherlands in the World Cup, only surpassed by Giovanni van Bronckhorst (a goal vs Uruguay in 2010 at 35 years 151 days).
*Jesús Ferreira (USA) became the youngest rookie (21 years 344 days) in the starting lineup for a World Cup playoff stage match since Samuel Inkoom (Ghana) vs USA in 2010 at 21 years 25 days.
*In his 1000th career game (Argentina vs Australia 3-2), Messi has scored his first goal in a direct elimination match of the World Cup. The 8 other of him in the tournament were in group stage matches.
After this goal, the player with the most goals in the tournament without ever scored beyond the first round is Cristiano Ronaldo (8 goals, all in the group stage).
*Messi (9 goals in World Cups) has surpassd Diego Maradona (8) and is now the second top scorer of Argentina in the competition, only behind Gabriel Batistuta (10).
*Garang Kuol (USA) became the youngest player (18 years 79 days) to appear in the knockout stage of the World Cup since Pelé in 1958 (17 years 249 days).