Messi and Argentina outside. Ronaldo and Portugal out. Who's next? Here are the key figures from the first day of knockout games:
Lionel Messi has not scored eight goals in World Cup history. Interestingly, his 23 shots in these games without scoring are the second highest since 1966, behind Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos, who had 29. However, he registered his fifth World Cup Assist and was thus only the third player next to him Thomas Muller and Diego Maradona have scored in the last ten World Cups five goals and five assists.
Cristiano Ronaldo has played six knockout games without conceding in World Cup history. He was part of the Portuguese team that reached the semi-finals in 2006 and now has a total of 1
Kylian Mbappe – 19, 193 days old – is just the second teenager to score more than one goal in a knockout round of the World Cup. Peles performance of the 1958 World Cup, when he scored a hat-trick in the 5-2 win against Brazil in the semi-finals. Overall, Mbeppe Pele joins four other teenagers with multiple goals in a World Cup – Michael Owen (for England 1998), José Altafini (for Brazil 1958), Edmund Conen (for Germany 1934) and Manuel Rosas (for Mexico) 1930). Pele remains at 17 years and 244 days in the semifinals of 1958, the youngest among them.
The 4: 3 victory of the French over Argentina made in 32 years for the first World Cup KO game of both teams has scored three or more goals. The last time this happened at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, as Belgium defeated the Soviet Union after extra time with 4: 3. The most scorching co-game in recent years is the 7-1 victory of the Germans against Brazil in the semi-finals four years ago.
Uruguay conceded his first goal in 2018 and the first in 598 minutes in international football. The last goal against Pepes equalizer was a friendly against Austria in November 2017. In this World Cup, they went 325 minutes without conceding.
Javier Mascherano scored his seventh yellow card of the World Cup against France This is the highest value of a player in the history of the tournament since the introduction of the cards in the 1970 edition. He also announced his retirement after his 147th. International match for Argentina, a record for his country.
Pepe is now the oldest player for Portugal to score a World Cup goal, with his strike in the round of 16 game against Uruguay at the age of 35, 124 days. In a sense, each of the six Portuguese goals at this World Cup has rewrote the record for the oldest Portuguese top scorer, first Cristiano Ronaldo (33), then Ricardo Quaresma (34) and now Pepe.
(Statistics courtesy of ESPN's Stats & Information Group)