games have been contested by African teams at the FIFA World Cup. Ghana – held 1-1 by Australia – couldn't quite celebrate the century mark with a victory while Cameroon then lost 2-1 to Denmark tonight. The first game involving an African side came in 1934, when Egypt lost 4-2 to Hungary in a first-round clash.
shots have been registered by England at this FIFA World Cup. They may have disappointed their supporters in their first two games and might only have a single goal to their name, but Castrol Performance Analysts have shown that they are not holding anything back in the pursuit of goals. Only Argentina (42), Ghana (38) and Cameroon (34) have had more shots in the tournament. Greece, who also disappointed in their first game, losing 2-0 to Korea Republic, are also on 33. The team with the lowest shot tally (14) after two games are England's next opponents, Slovenia, who beat Algeria 1-0 and drew 2-2 with USA.
goals have been scored by Denmark in FIFA World Cups. Their first came against Scotland on 4 June 1986, when Preben Elkjaer found the net.
victories have been achieved by Denmark in 15 games at the FIFA World Cup but only one – tonight's – was secured after they had fallen behind in the game. It did not look good for the Danes when Samuel Eto'o shot Cameroon ahead in Pretoria but back they came to make a little piece of history.
red cards have been shown in the last four FIFA World Cup matches involving Australia. Harry Kewell became the third Australian player to receive his marching orders in that span with the tally made up of one Italian (Marco Materazzi) and two Croatians (Dario Simic and Josip Simunic). Kewell's red card, following a handling offence in the game with Ghana in Rustenburg, was also the 150th sending-off at FIFA World Cups.
players wearing the No10 jersey for the Netherlands have now scored at a FIFA World Cup. Before Wesley Sneijder, they were Rene van de Kerkhof (1978), Ruud Gullit (1990) and Dennis Bergkamp (1994). Sneijder chose a good day to open his goal account – it was on 19 June 1958 that Pele scored the first of his 12 goals in FIFA World Cups. The only goal in Brazil's quarter-final against Wales, it enabled his country to advance to the semi-finals and on to the Final, where they beat Sweden 5-2.
players have scored goals in more than one FIFA World Cup for Cameroon. Samuel Eto'o's strike against Denmark was his second following on from his goal in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in 2002. The other Cameroon players to have hit the target in more than one tournament were Roger Milla, Francois Omam-Biyik and Patrick Mboma.
African players have scored at least three goals in the FIFA World Cup. Ghana's Asamoah Gyan, scoring his second goal in as many games with his penalty against Australia, joined a select group who also include Cameroon's Roger Milla (5) and Papa Bouba Diop of Senegal (3).