There were landmark goals for Gonzalo Higuain and Javier Hernandez, and FIFA.com figures show that strikers are finally coming to the fore at South Africa 2010.
goals have now been scored in FIFA World Cups™ with Javier Hernandez's opener for Mexico against France tonight the landmark 2100th. Ironically, the competition's first-ever goal came in this same fixture 80 years ago, when France beat Mexico 4-1, Lucien Laurent of France getting the ball rolling in the 19th minute. The 2000th goal was scored by sweden's Marcus Allback in a 2-2 draw with England in a Germany 2006 group fixture.
minutes without a FIFA World Cup goal came to a long-awaited end for Greece when Dimitrios Salpingidis scored in the 44th minute of today's game against Nigeria. This represented the fourth-longest drought in the competition's history and the second-longest (after Bolivia's 517 minutes) sequence without a goal since the start of a country's FIFA World Cup participation. Peru and England had longer sequences (454 minutes and 432 respectively) but in each cases they came after they had already opened their FIFA World Cup account.
minutes were on the Vodacom Park clock when Sotiris Ninis came off the bench for Greece in the game with Nigeria. At 20 years and 3 months old, he became the youngest-ever player to appear for his country at a FIFA World Cup.
hat-tricks have now been scored in FIFA World Cup matches after Gonzalo Higuain's treble for Argentina against Korea Republic in the Soccer City Stadium. He became only the third player from his country to achieve this feat, following in the footsteps of Guillermo Stabile (Uruguay 1930) and Gabriel Batistuta, who scored hat-tricks at USA 1994 and France 1998. Four players have managed to score more than one hat-trick but Batistuta is the only man to have done so in different editions. Both, curiously enough, came on 21 June.
is a shirt whose wearers have not enjoyed much fortune in front of goal with Argentina in recent FIFA World Cups. On several occasions against Korea Republic it looked as if Lionel Messi was about to end the jinx but it remains 12 years since the man in the jersey was responsible for a goal, with Ariel Ortega grabbing a double in a 5-0 victory over Jamaica at the Parc des Princes on 21 June 1998.
FIFA World Cup games will be Raymond Domenech's tally even if France depart the tournament after the game with South Africa on 22 June. It will take him past the French record set by Michel Hidalgo, who took charge of nine games for France in the 1978 and 1982 editions.
own goals made France 1998 the tournament with the most. When Park Chu-Young had the misfortune of putting through his own goal in Korea Republic's game with Argentina he became the second player from his country to suffer that red-faced fate after Cho Kwang-Rae did it in the game with Italy at Mexico 1986. With Daniel Agger also putting through his own goal for Denmark against the Netherlands, South Africa 2010 has already exceeded the own-goal average at a FIFA World Cup which previously stood at 1.9.
editions of the FIFA World Cup have seen Mexico's Cuauhtemoc Blanco among the goalscorers and nobody from Mexico has been able to say that before. At 37 years and 151 days, he is the competition's third-oldest goalscorer
win in eight group games is France's dismal record after their defeat by Mexico. That victory came against Togo in their final section encounter in Germany 2006 to help them squeeze through to the Round of 16. What is more, Les Bleus have scored just three times in those eight games.