5-Star Ronaldo: After giving Portugal the lead towards Ghana, Cristiano Ronaldo grew to become the primary man to attain at 5 World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, and 2022). The Portuguese striker additionally joined Lionel Messi, Lothar Matthaus, Antonio Carbajal and Rafael Marquez as the one males to play in 5 totally different World Cups.
A messy affair: Lionel Messi is the fifth participant to attain at 4 totally different World Cups (2006, 2014, 2018 & 2022) — after Pele, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo. However he ended up on the dropping the facet following Argentina’s 1-2 loss to Saudi Arabia. This was additionally Argentina’s first loss to an Asian group in World Cup.
Harry the guts:Harry Kane, who received the Golden Boot 4 years in the past in Russia, failed to search out the again of the web in his group’s 6-2 demolition of Iran. However Kane did present two assists resulting in Sterling and Rashford’s objectives.
Muller’s wait will get longer: With 10 objectives in his kitty, Germany’s Thomas Muller is only one objective shy of his countryman Jurgen Klinsmann (11) and Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis (11) and three wanting surpassing Pele’s 12 in World historical past. Nevertheless, he went scoreless in Germany’s 1-2 loss towards Japan.
A NIGHT OF FIRSTS FOR JAPAN
By beating Germany 2-1, Japan achieved a number of objectives of their World Cup historical past. This was their first ever comeback win, first ever win after trailing at half-time and their first ever win after conceding a objective within the World Cup.
AN UNWANTED RECORD FOR QATAR
After dropping 0-2 to Ecuador, Qatar grew to become the primary host nation ever to lose their opening sport at a World Cup.
ENGLAND ON A HIGH
Gareth Southgate’s England, who discovered their rhythm early, walloped Iran 6-2 to script their greatest World Cup opening match.