2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

First for Japan, fourth for Cannavaro

Captain Fabio Cannavaro of Italy directs his team
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Day 4 of South Africa 2010 contained a rare occurrence for Italy but a landmark occasion for their captain and for Japan. FIFA.com highlights the important numbers.

78

games have been played by Italy at FIFA World Cups and only nine times have they trailed at half-time.

39

minutes was the time at which Japan went ahead against Cameroon - a lead they held until the final whistle. It was only the second time in a FIFA World Cup fixture that they had gone in at the interval with an advantage - the previous time came at Germany 2006, when Australia overturned Japan's lead with three late strikes.

23

was the number worn by Paraguay's Nelson Cuevas when he scored in the 84th minute against Slovenia in the 2002 tournament to seal a 3-1 win at the Jeju Stadium. It was the first goal scored at a FIFA World Cup by a player with that number, with squads only having been enlarged to 23 at Korea/Japan 2002. The one exception was in 1962, when Uruguay named Guillermo Escalada at 23 because superstition meant they didn't want to include a number 13 shirt. In 2006 there were four goals by players wearing 23 - including Cuevas again - but none was more significant than the one scored by Marco Materazzi, which brought Italy level in the final with France before they went on win the title after a penalty shootout.

20

games unbeaten - FIFA World Cup qualification, friendly matches and today's win over Denmark - underlines why many observers believe the Netherlands can go a long way at South Africa 2010. The sequence includes 15 wins and five draws, with their last defeat coming against Australia in September 2008. The win over Denmark extends to seven the *Oranje's *run of first-game fixtures at a FIFA World Cup without losing (five wins and two draws).

16

FIFA World Cup appearances have now been made by Fabio Cannavaro, the same as French striker Thierry Henry, the joint-most experienced player at this tournament. This is Cannavaro's fourth FIFA World Cup, which sees him join an exclusive Italian club which also contains Luigi Rivera, Giuseppe Bergomi and Paolo Maldini.

12

players who appeared in the 2006 final have already featured at South Africa 2010. France fielded five on Friday against Uruguay - Eric Abidal, William Gallas, Florent Malouda, Thierry Henry, Franck Ribery - and Italy seven in tonight's draw with Paraguay: Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Daniele De Rossi, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Alberto Gilardino, Gianluca Zambrotta and Mauro Camoranesi.

8

years ago to the day came Japan's last FIFA World Cup victory before today's 1-0 win over Cameroon. Tunisia were the defeated team on that occasion in the 2002 tournament co-hosted by Japan and Korea. Today's win was their first first in football's global showpiece outside their own country.

1

own goal has now been scored Denmark at a FIFA World Cup after Daniel Agger claimed that unwanted first in today's 2-0 defeat by the Dutch.

0

goals have been conceded by the seven teams who have secured victories in their opening games at South Africa 2010. At the other end, the points have been earned by 12 goals.

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