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2014 FIFA World Cup: Tournament in numbers

SoccerNews in World Cup 14 Jul 2014

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup ended on Sunday as Germany toppled Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. We look back at the tournament in numbers.

136 – Goals scored in the group stage; the best of any tournament since expanding to 32 teams and the best goals-per-game average since 1958

8 – Knockout games decided in extra time or by a penalty shoot-out; more than any tournament since expanding to 32 teams

35 – Goals scored in the knockout stages

10 – Red cards; fewer than any World Cup since 1986 with the record of 28 having been set in 2006

1 – Yellow cards shown for diving; the first one was handed out to Brazil midfielder Oscar in the third-place play-off

4 – Months Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was banned after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. He was also slapped with a nine-match ban from competitive international appearances

382 – Minutes that Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero went without conceding a goal in Brazil before Mario Gotze beat him in the final

24 – Fouls conceded by Brazil before they were shown their first yellow card in their 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia

401 – Seconds between Germany’s second and fifth goals versus Brazil in their 7-1 semi-final thrashing

30 – The amount of seconds it took United States captain Clint Dempsey to open the scoring against Ghana; the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history

6 – Goals scored by Colombia’s James Rodriguez, winner of the tournament’s Golden Boot

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