FIFA World Cup 2018 will come to an end today when France and Croatia take to the pitch to decide the 2018 winner. Belgium thrashed England 2-0 to finish third in the tournament. The showdown in Russia has delivered a lot of drama and excitement. It will remain in the memories of many people for years to come. VAR will certainly never be forgotten. Today let us look at five records broken in the tournament this year.
5. Most penalties awarded- 28 Penalties
The Super Eagles are awarded a penalty and Moses buries it to make it 1-1. pic.twitter.com/L2OtdqOqG2
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 26, 2018
FIFA will need to review VAR impact on several aspects of the game after the World Cup 2018. The referees have already awarded 24 penalties so far. This could reach 30 and above as we get to the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final. Video Assistant referees have awarded most of these spot-kicks. No other World Cup has ever seen more than 18 penalties awarded from Group stage to the final.
4. Own Goals Record- 11 Goals
Own Goal has been the MVP of the World Cup so far! pic.twitter.com/xr5bbHOPKJ
— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 28, 2018
Russia World Cup 2018 continues to break records. The tournament has witnessed a record 11 own goals so far. There were only 7 own goals scored in the last two World Cups. This means the 2018 tournament has not only been crazy for us the fans but also the players.
3. Fastest ever yellow card- 13 Seconds
👉Jesús Gallardo's yellow card after 13 seconds is the fastest card in #WorldCup history
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018
Mexico defender Jesus Gallardo picked the fastest ever yellow card in World Cup history against Sweden. The Central American defender was booked after only 13 seconds for a foul on Ola Toivonen. It is not a bad record to keep as a defender as far as it does not make him miss a match.