Well that was fun. After a month of fierce competition, it all came down to Mario Götze’s brilliant winning goal as Germany claimed a fourth World Cup crown in Rio. But with the dust now begining to gather on the memories of Brazil 2014, here are a few reminders of some of the statistics that have illuminated the tournament, courtesy of Opta. • There were fewer red cards at the 2014 World Cup than any other edition since 1986 (8). • The 2014 World Cup saw a joint-high number of goals scored (171). • Germany reached the World Cup final for the eighth time; more often than any other side in the history of the competition. • Germany scored 18 goals – the last team to score as many in a World Cup tournament were Brazil (also 18) in 2002. • Argentina trailed for just seven minutes in the entire tournament (excluding injury time). • Belgium reached the quarter-final stage, despite only holding a lead for 52 minutes in their five matches combined. • Brazil committed 31 fouls in their quarter-final win over Colombia; the most fouls that they had made in a single World Cup game since records began… Read full this story
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