The 2018 FIFA World Cup was an international men's football tournament, that took place between 14 June and 15 July 2018 in Russia.[1] The competition was structured in the typical round-robin style during the initial group stages, with the top two teams of each group qualifying to the further stages.[2] France[3] and Croatia[4] went to the finals and fought for the championship.

The statistics within the tournament include: goals, assists, scores, wins and losses record, match awards, squad records, disciplinary issues, statistics accumulated over multiple world cups, the overall results and the stadium statistics. Matches that were decided by penalty shoot-outs were counted as draws. Any records set during the 2018 FIFA World Cup covered under the appropriate headings for the specific record.[5]

Goalscorers

There were 169 goals scored in 64 matches, for an average of 2.64 goals per match.

Twelve own goals were scored during the tournament, doubling the record of six set in 1998.[6] Goals scored from penalty shoot-outs are not counted towards an individual player's goal count.[7]

6 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Source: FIFA[8]

Assists

An assist is awarded for a pass leading directly to a goal.[9] In the 2018 World Cup there were a total of 105 assists, with no outright leader as 16 players had 2 assists in the tournament.

2 assists

1 assist

Source: FIFA

Scoring

There were a total of 169 goals in 64 matches[10] in Russia.[5] Harry Kane was awarded the Golden Boot.[11] There were a record 12 own goals in the 2018 World Cup, with the earliest goal coming in the 1st minute from Mathias Jørgensen during the game of Denmark against Croatia,[12] and the latest goal coming from Neymar for Brazil against Costa Rica in the 97th minute.[13]

Overall

Timing

Teams

Individual

Wins and losses

Match awards

Man of the Match

Rank Player Team Opponent Awards
1 Antoine Griezmann  France Australia (GS),[14] Uruguay (QF),[15] Croatia (F)[16] 3
Eden Hazard  Belgium Tunisia (GS),[17] Japan (R16),[18] England (TP)[19]
Harry Kane  England Tunisia (GS),[20] Panama (GS),[21] Colombia (R16)[22]
Luka Modrić  Croatia Nigeria (GS),[23] Argentina (GS),[24] Russia (QF)[25]
5 Denis Cheryshev  Russia Saudi Arabia (GS),[26] Egypt (GS)[27] 2
Philippe Coutinho  Brazil Switzerland (GS),[28] Costa Rica (GS)[29]
Kylian Mbappé  France Peru (GS),[30] Argentina (R16)[31]
Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Spain (GS),[32] Morocco (GS)[33]
Luis Suárez  Uruguay Saudi Arabia (GS),[34] Russia (GS)[35]
10 Igor Akinfeev  Russia Spain (R16)[36] 1
Ludwig Augustinsson  Sweden Mexico (GS)[37]
Milan Badelj  Croatia Iceland (GS)[38]
Jan Bednarek  Poland Japan (GS)[39]
Fakhreddine Ben Youssef  Tunisia Panama (GS)[40]
André Carrillo  Peru Australia (GS)[41]
Edinson Cavani  Uruguay Portugal (R16)[42]
Cho Hyun-woo  South Korea Germany (GS)[43]
Diego Costa  Spain Iran (GS)[44]
Kevin De Bruyne  Belgium Brazil (QF)[45]
Blerim Džemaili   Switzerland Costa Rica (GS)[46]
Mohamed El Shenawy  Egypt Uruguay (GS)[47]
Christian Eriksen  Denmark Australia (GS)[48]
Emil Forsberg  Sweden Switzerland (R16)[49]
Andreas Granqvist  Sweden South Korea (GS)[50]
Hannes Þór Halldórsson  Iceland Argentina (GS)[51]
Amine Harit  Morocco Iran (GS)[52]
Javier Hernández  Mexico South Korea (GS)[53]
Isco  Spain Morocco (GS)[54]
Adnan Januzaj  Belgium England (GS)[55]
N'Golo Kanté  France Denmark (GS)[56]
Aleksandar Kolarov  Serbia Costa Rica (GS)[57]
Hirving Lozano  Mexico Germany (GS)[58]
Romelu Lukaku  Belgium Panama (GS)[59]
Sadio Mané  Senegal Japan (GS)[60]
Lionel Messi  Argentina Nigeria (GS)[61]
Yerry Mina  Colombia Senegal (GS)[62]
Ahmed Musa  Nigeria Iceland (GS)[63]
Neymar  Brazil Mexico (R16)[64]
M'Baye Niang  Senegal Poland (GS)[65]
Yuya Osako  Japan Colombia (GS)[66]
Paulinho  Brazil Serbia (GS)[67]
Ivan Perišić  Croatia England (SF)[68]
Jordan Pickford  England Sweden (QF)[69]
Yussuf Poulsen  Denmark Peru (GS)[70]
Ricardo Quaresma  Portugal Iran (GS)[71]
Marco Reus  Germany Sweden (GS)[72]
James Rodríguez  Colombia Poland (GS)[73]
Mohamed Salah  Egypt Saudi Arabia (GS)[74]
Kasper Schmeichel  Denmark Croatia (R16)[75]
Xherdan Shaqiri   Switzerland Serbia (GS)[76]
Samuel Umtiti  France Belgium (SF)[77]

Clean sheets

Rank Name Team Opponent Awards
1 Alisson  Brazil Costa Rica (GS), Serbia (GS), Mexico (R16) 3
Thibaut Courtois  Belgium Panama (GS), England (GS), England (TP)
Hugo Lloris  France Peru (GS), Uruguay (QF), Belgium (SF)
Fernando Muslera  Uruguay Egypt (GS), Saudi Arabia (GS), Russia (GS)
Robin Olsen  Sweden South Korea (GS), Mexico (GS), Switzerland (R16)
6 David Ospina  Colombia Poland (GS), Senegal (GS) 2
Kasper Schmeichel  Denmark Peru (GS), France (GS)
Danijel Subašić  Croatia Nigeria (GS), Argentina (GS)
9 Igor Akinfeev  Russia Saudi Arabia (GS) 1
Alireza Beiranvand  Iran Morocco (GS)
David de Gea  Spain Iran (GS)
Łukasz Fabiański  Poland Japan (GS)
Pedro Gallese  Peru Australia (GS)
Jo Hyeon-woo  South Korea Germany (GS)
Steve Mandanda  France Denmark (GS)
Guillermo Ochoa  Mexico Germany (GS)
Rui Patrício  Portugal Morocco (GS)
Jordan Pickford  England Sweden (QF)
Vladimir Stojković  Serbia Costa Rica (GS)
Francis Uzoho  Nigeria Iceland (GS)

Squads

A total of 32 teams reached the 2018 World Cup, including 14 European, 5 South American, 5 African, 3 North American, 5 Asian countries.[78] The 2018 FIFA World Cup had many notable absences of teams including The Netherlands, Italy, Ghana and the United States.[79]

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup squads

Coaches

Players

Discipline

In total, only four players were sent off in the entire tournament, the fewest since 1978.[85] International Football Association Board technical director David Elleray stated a belief that this was due to the introduction of VAR, since players would know that they would not be able to get away with anything under the new system.[86]

A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[87]

The following suspensions were served during the tournament:

Player Offence(s) Suspension(s)
Colombia Carlos Sánchez Red card in Group H vs Japan (matchday 1; 19 June) Group H vs Poland (matchday 2; 24 June)
Denmark Yussuf Poulsen Yellow card in Group C vs Peru (matchday 1; 16 June)
Yellow card in Group C vs Australia (matchday 2; 21 June)
Group C vs France (matchday 3; 26 June)
Germany Jérôme Boateng Yellow card Yellow-red card in Group F vs Sweden (matchday 2; 23 June) Group F vs South Korea (matchday 3; 27 June)
Panama Armando Cooper Yellow card in Group G vs Belgium (matchday 1; 18 June)
Yellow card in Group G vs England (matchday 2; 24 June)
Group G vs Tunisia (matchday 3; 28 June)
Panama Michael Amir Murillo Yellow card in Group G vs Belgium (matchday 1; 18 June)
Yellow card in Group G vs England (matchday 2; 24 June)
Group G vs Tunisia (matchday 3; 28 June)
Russia Igor Smolnikov Yellow card Yellow-red card in Group A vs Uruguay (matchday 3; 25 June) Round of 16 vs Spain (1 July)
Sweden Sebastian Larsson Yellow card in Group F vs Germany (matchday 2; 23 June)
Yellow card in Group F vs Mexico (matchday 3; 27 June)
Round of 16 vs Switzerland (3 July)
Mexico Héctor Moreno Yellow card in Group F vs Germany (matchday 1; 17 June)
Yellow card in Group F vs Sweden (matchday 3; 27 June)
Round of 16 vs Brazil (2 July)
Switzerland Stephan Lichtsteiner Yellow card in Group E vs Brazil (matchday 1; 17 June)
Yellow card in Group E vs Costa Rica (matchday 3; 27 June)
Round of 16 vs Sweden (3 July)
Switzerland Fabian Schär Yellow card in Group E vs Brazil (matchday 1; 17 June)
Yellow card in Group E vs Costa Rica (matchday 3; 27 June)
Round of 16 vs Sweden (3 July)
France Blaise Matuidi Yellow card in Group C vs Peru (matchday 2; 21 June)
Yellow card in Round of 16 vs Argentina (30 June)
Quarter-finals vs Uruguay (6 July)
Brazil Casemiro Yellow card in Group E vs Switzerland (matchday 1; 17 June)
Yellow card in Round of 16 vs Mexico (2 July)
Quarter-finals vs Belgium (6 July)
Sweden Mikael Lustig Yellow card in Group F vs Mexico (matchday 3; 27 June)
Yellow card in Round of 16 vs Switzerland (3 July)
Quarter-finals vs England (7 July)
Switzerland Michael Lang Red card in Round of 16 vs Sweden (3 July) Suspension served outside tournament
Belgium Thomas Meunier Yellow card in Group G vs Panama (matchday 1; 18 June)
Yellow card in Quarter-finals vs Brazil (6 July)
Semi-finals vs France (10 July)

Multiple World Cups

Scoring at four World Cups
Player Germany 2006 South Africa 2010 Brazil 2014 Russia 2018 Total goals
Goals Against Goals Against Goals Against Goals Against
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 1 IRN 1 PRK 1 GHA 4 ESP (3), MAR 7
Scoring at three World Cups
Player Germany 2006 South Africa 2010 Brazil 2014 Russia 2018 Total goals
Goals Against Goals Against Goals Against Goals Against
Uruguay Luis Suárez N/A 3 MEX, KOR (2) 2 ENG (2) 2 KSA, RUS 7
Mexico Javier Hernández N/A 2 FRA, ARG 1 CRO 1 KOR 4
Japan Keisuke Honda N/A 2 CMR, DEN 1 CIV 1 SEN 4
Uruguay Edinson Cavani N/A 1 GER 1 CRC 3 RUS, POR (2) 5
Argentina Lionel Messi 1 SCG 0 N/A 4 BIH, IRN, NGA (2) 1 NGA 6
Appearing in five World Cups
Player
South KoreaJapan 2002 Germany 2006 South Africa 2010 Brazil 2014 Russia 2018 Total
Apps Against Apps Against Apps Against Apps Against Apps Against
Mexico Rafael Márquez 4 CRO, ECU, ITA, USA 4 IRN, ANG, POR, ARG 4 RSA, FRA, URU, ARG 4 CMR, BRA, CRO, NED 3 GER, KOR, BRA 19
Appearing in four World Cups
Player
Germany 2006 South Africa 2010 Brazil 2014 Russia 2018 Total
Apps Against Apps Against Apps Against Apps Against
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 6 ANG, IRN, NED, ENG, FRA, GER 4 CIV, PRK, BRA, ESP 3 GER, USA, GHA 4 ESP, MAR, IRN, URU 17
Spain Andrés Iniesta 1 KSA 6 SUI, CHI, POR, PAR, GER, NED 3 NED, CHI, AUS 4 POR, IRN, MAR, RUS 14
Spain Sergio Ramos 3 UKR, TUN, FRA 7 SUI, HON, CHI, POR, PAR, GER, NED 3 NED, CHI, AUS 4 POR, IRN, MAR, RUS 17
Argentina Javier Mascherano 5 CIV, SCG, NED, MEX, GER 4 NGA, KOR, MEX, GER 7 BIH, IRN, NGA, SUI, BEL, NED, GER 4 ISL, CRO, NGA, FRA 20
Argentina Lionel Messi 3 SCG, NED, MEX 5 NGA, KOR, GRE, MEX, GER 7 BIH, IRN, NGA, SUI, BEL, NED, GER 4 ISL, CRO, NGA, FRA 19
Mexico Andrés Guardado 1 ARG 3 RSA, URU, ARG 4 CMR, BRA, CRO, NED 4 GER, KOR, SWE, BRA 12
Switzerland Valon Behrami 1 KOR 1 CHI 4 ECU, FRA, HON, ARG 4 BRA, SRB, CRC, SWE 10
Australia Tim Cahill 4 JPN, BRA, CRO, ITA 2 GER, SRB 2 CHI, NED 1 PER 9

Overall results

The French national team won the 2018 World Cup, defeating Croatia by a score of 4–2, making it the highest scoring World Cup Final since 1966 when England defeated West Germany 4–2.[88] The third place playoff took place between Belgium and England, with Belgium coming out 2-0 victors.[89]

By team

Team Pld W D L Pts APts GF AGF GA AGA GD AGD CS ACS YC AYC RC ARC
 Argentina 4 1 1 2 4 1.00 6 1.50 9 2.25 −3 −0.75 0 0.00 11 2.75 0 0.00
 Australia 3 0 1 2 1 0.33 2 0.67 5 1.67 −3 −1.00 0 0.00 7 2.33 0 0.00
 Belgium 7 6 0 1 18 2.57 16 2.29 6 0.86 +10 1.43 3 0.43 11 1.57 0 0.00
 Brazil 5 3 1 1 10 2.00 8 1.60 3 0.60 +5 1.00 3 0.60 7 1.40 0 0.00
 Colombia 4 2 1 1 7 1.75 6 1.50 3 0.75 +3 0.75 2 0.50 9 2.25 1 0.25
 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 1 0.33 2 0.67 5 1.67 −3 −1.00 0 0.00 6 2.00 0 0.00
 Croatia 7 4 2 1 14 2.00 14 2.00 9 1.29 +5 0.71 2 0.29 15 2.14 0 0.00
 Denmark 4 1 3 0 6 1.50 3 0.75 2 0.50 +1 0.25 2 0.50 6 1.50 0 0.00
 Egypt 3 0 0 3 0 0.00 2 0.67 6 2.00 −4 −1.33 0 0.00 5 1.67 0 0.00
 England 7 3 1 3 10 1.43 12 1.71 8 1.14 +4 0.57 1 0.14 8 1.14 0 0.00
 France 7 6 1 0 19 2.71 14 2.00 6 0.86 +8 1.14 4 0.57 12 1.71 0 0.00
 Germany 3 1 0 2 3 1.00 2 0.67 4 1.33 −2 −0.67 0 0.00 2 0.67 1 0.33
 Iceland 3 0 1 2 1 0.33 2 0.67 5 1.67 −3 −1.00 0 0.00 3 1.00 0 0.00
 Iran 3 1 1 1 4 1.33 2 0.67 2 0.67 0 0.00 1 0.33 7 2.33 0 0.00
 Japan 4 1 1 2 4 1.00 6 1.50 7 1.75 −1 −0.25 0 0.00 5 1.25 0 0.00
 Mexico 4 2 0 2 6 1.50 3 0.75 6 1.50 −3 −0.75 1 0.25 9 2.25 0 0.00
 Morocco 3 0 1 2 1 0.33 2 0.67 4 1.33 −2 −0.67 0 0.00 8 2.67 0 0.00
 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 3 1.00 3 1.00 4 1.33 −1 −0.33 1 0.33 4 1.33 0 0.00
 Panama 3 0 0 3 0 0.00 2 0.67 11 3.67 −9 −3.00 0 0.00 11 3.67 0 0.00
 Peru 3 1 0 2 3 1.00 2 0.67 2 0.67 0 0.00 1 0.33 5 1.67 0 0.00
 Poland 3 1 0 2 3 1.00 2 0.67 5 1.67 −3 −1.00 1 0.33 3 1.00 0 0.00
 Portugal 4 1 2 1 5 1.25 6 1.50 6 1.50 0 0.00 1 0.25 7 1.75 0 0.00
 Russia 5 2 2 1 8 1.60 11 2.20 7 1.40 +4 0.80 1 0.20 6 1.20 1 0.20
 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 3 1.00 2 0.67 7 2.33 −5 −1.67 0 0.00 1 0.33 0 0.00
 Senegal 3 1 1 1 4 1.33 4 1.33 4 1.33 0 0.00 0 0.00 6 2.00 0 0.00
 Serbia 3 1 0 2 3 1.00 2 0.67 4 1.33 −2 −0.67 1 0.33 9 3.00 0 0.00
 South Korea 3 1 0 2 3 1.00 3 1.00 3 1.00 0 0.00 1 0.33 10 3.33 0 0.00
 Spain 4 1 3 0 6 1.50 7 1.75 6 1.50 +1 0.25 1 0.25 2 0.50 0 0.00
 Sweden 5 3 0 2 9 1.80 6 1.20 4 0.80 +2 0.40 3 0.60 8 1.60 0 0.00
  Switzerland 4 1 2 1 5 1.25 5 1.25 5 1.25 0 0.00 0 0.00 9 2.25 1 0.25
 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 3 1.00 5 1.67 8 2.67 −3 −1.00 0 0.00 4 1.33 0 0.00
 Uruguay 5 4 0 1 12 2.40 7 1.40 3 0.60 +4 0.80 3 0.60 3 0.60 0 0.00
Total 64(1) 51 13(2) 51 179 1.40 169 1.32 169 1.32 0 0.00 33 0.26 219 1.71 4 0.03

Team(s) rendered in italics represent(s) the host nation(s). The competition's winning team is rendered in bold.
(1) – Total games lost not counted in total games played (total games lost = total games won)
(2) – Total number of games drawn (tied) for all teams = Total number of games drawn (tied) ÷ 2 (both teams involved)
(3) – As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

By confederation

Confederation T Pld W D L Pts APts Pts/T
AFC 5 16 4 3 9 15 0.94 3.00
CAF 5 15 3 2 10 11 0.73 2.20
CONCACAF 3 10 2 1 7 7 0.70 2.33
CONMEBOL 5 21 11 3 7 36 1.71 7.20
UEFA 14 66 31 17 18 110 1.67 7.86
Total 32 64(1) 51 13(2) 51 179 1.40 5.59

Host nation(s) are situated in the region(s) rendered in italics.
(1) – Total games lost not counted in total games played (total games lost = total games won)
(2) – Total number of games drawn (tied) for all teams = Total number of games drawn (tied) ÷ 2 (both teams involved)
(3) – As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Stadiums

Stadium City Capacity Elevation Matches
played
Overall
attendance
Average
attendance
per match
Average
attendance
as % of capacity
Overall
goals
scored
Average
goals scored
per match
Central Stadium Yekaterinburg 33,061[90] 273 m[91] 4 125,437 31,359 94.85% 9 2.25
Cosmos Arena Samara 41,970[92] 163 m[93] 6 248,060 41,343 98.51% 11 1.83
Fisht Olympic Stadium Sochi 44,287[94] 1 m[95] 6 264,057 44,010 99.37% 21 3.50
Kaliningrad Stadium Kaliningrad 33,973[96] 0 m 4 132,249 33,062 97.32% 10 2.50
Kazan Arena Kazan 42,873[97] 51 m[98] 6 254,451 42,409 98.92% 19 3.17
Krestovsky Stadium Saint Petersburg 64,468[99] 13 m[100] 7 448,686 64,098 99.43% 14 2.00
Luzhniki Stadium Moscow 78,011[101] 151 m[102] 7 546,077 78,011 100.00% 18 2.57
Mordovia Arena Saransk 41,685[103] 126 m[104] 4 160,237 40,059 96.10% 9 2.25
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Nizhny Novgorod 43,319[105] 73 m[106] 6 256,427 42,738 98.66% 19 3.17
Otkritie Arena Moscow 44,190[107] 125 m[108] 5 220,950 44,190 100.00% 16 3.20
Rostov Arena Rostov-on-Don 43,472[109] 0 m 5 214,197 42,839 98.54% 14 2.80
Volgograd Arena Volgograd 43,713[110] 31 m[111] 4 160,980 40,245 92.07% 9 2.25
Total 3,080,085 64 3,031,768 47,371 98.43% 169 2.64

Attendance records

Top 10 highest attendances.

Rank Attendance Match Venue City Date Ref
1 78,011  Russia vs  Saudi Arabia Luzhniki Stadium Moscow 14 June 2018 [112]
 Germany vs  Mexico 17 June 2018 [113]
 Portugal vs  Morocco 20 June 2018 [114]
 Denmark vs  France 26 June 2018 [115]
 Spain vs  Russia 1 July 2018 [116]
 Croatia vs  England 11 July 2018 [117]
 France vs  Croatia 15 July 2018 [118]
8 64,468  Russia vs  Egypt Krestovsky Stadium Saint Petersburg 19 June 2018 [119]
 Brazil vs  Costa Rica 22 June 2018 [120]
 Nigeria vs  Argentina 26 June 2018 [121]

[123]

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