2022 World Cup stats: Neymar joins Messi, Ronaldo; Perisic's record 10

2022 World Cup stats: Neymar joins Messi, Ronaldo; Perisic's record 10
By: ESPN Posted On: December 06, 2022 View: 308

Another pulsating day of World Cup football with Brazil and Croatia making it to the quarterfinals after beating South Korea and Japan in their Round of 16 matches respectively. Japan's match against Croatia ended 1-1 after extra time and last year's beaten finallist advanced after clinching the penalty shootout.

Brazil played like true title contenders, blasting four goals against South Korea in the first-half and winning the match 4-1.

ESPN's By The Numbers has the best stats from the two World Cup matches played on Monday:

Japan vs. Croatia


Dominik Livakovic saved three penalties against Japan. He's tied with the most saves in a single shootout in the World Cup along with Croatia's Danijel Subasic vs Denmark in 2018 and Portugal's Ricardo in 2006 vs England.


Croatia have won all three times when their World Cup matches went to the penalties (2018 Round of 16, 2018 quarterfinals and 2022 Round of 16).


Ivan Perisic is tied with Davor Suker for scoring most World Cup goals for Croatia.


Perisic has scored more goals at World Cups and European Championships combined than any other player from Croatia.


Dejan Lovren's assist for Perisic goal is his career's first assist in a competitive fixture for Croatia.

Brazil vs. South Korea


Neymar has joined Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xherdan Shaqiri and Ivan Perisic as the only players to score in each of the last three FIFA World Cups.


Neymar has converted his last 13 penalty kicks for Brazil. His last six goals for Brazil came via penalties.

8 and 14

Brazil have advanced to the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals for a record-tying eighth consecutive time. Only Germany have done it before between Mexico 1986 and Brazil 2014.

Also, Brazil have equalled Germany's record of advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals for a 14th time.


Brazil have used all 26 members of their squad at the 2022 World Cup, becoming the first side in World Cup history to use as many as 26 players at a single edition.


Paik Seung-ho became only the third player to score against Brazil outside the penalty area after Kevin De Bruyne (2018 quarterfinal) and Wesley Sneijder (2010 quarterfinal).


Only two CONMEBOL teams -- Brazil and Argentina -- have advanced to the knockout stages of the FIFA 2022 World Cup. The last time this happened was in 2002 and it was also the last time a South American team won the World Cup -- Brazil.


Brazil became only the second team in the last 60 years to score four plus goals in the first-half of a World Cup knockout match. The other team to do so was Germany in the 2014 semifinal against Brazil when they netted five in a 7-1 victory.

(Stats courtesy: ESPN Stats and Information Group)

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