Miroslav Klose once again demonstrated his liking for the FIFA World Cup™ as Germany scored four while FIFA.com statistics include a reason also for Slovenia to celebrate.
years ago this month, Gerd Muller scored West Germany's third goal in the 53rd minute for a 3-0 victory over Australia at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. His namesake Thomas' third goal for Germany in Durban tonight arrived in the 68th minute.
years is how long it has taken Algeria to make another appearance at a FIFA World Cup. For their last victory - a 3-2 group stage victory over Chile - it is necessary to go back even further, to 1982.
wins have now been achieved by African teams in 94 FIFA World Cup matches after Ghana's victory today.
defeats have now been inflicted on Serbia at a FIFA World Cup. Before today's game with Ghana, they had the same win-loss ratio (16-16) from their 40 matches.
is the number of occasions a single penalty has decided a FIFA World Cup fixture. However, today's 1-0 win for Ghana was the first time an African side had triumphed in this way.
goals have been scored in the eight games at South Africa 2010, the tally boosted by Germany's four-goal haul tonight. However it is still three goals fewer than at this stage of the 1974 and 1962 editions, which previously held the record for lowest number of goals scored in the first eight games.
times in 15 appearances Miroslav Klose has seen his number go up on the touchline, making him the most substituted player in FIFA World Cup history.
goals have now been scored by Miroslav Klose in FIFA World Cup matches, making him the second-highest German goalscorer in the history of the competition alongside Jurgen Klinsmann. Klose is now only three FIFA World Cup goals behind Gerd Muller, Germany's all-time leading scorer, and four behind Ronaldo, who stands alone as the greatest scorer in the history of this competition.
penalties have now been scored by African teams at the FIFA World Cup.
matches now for Australia in the FIFA World Cup but tonight's game in Durban was the first one they had played away from Germany, with their only two previous appearances coming in the 1974 and 2006 editions. At least the opposition was familiar as they launched their campaign in Group D.
was the toal of Bundesliga goals scored this season by Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski. A hugely disappointing return from two senior players and yet they were both on the scoresheet within 26 minutes of Germany's opening game at South Africa 2010.
FIFA World Cup goals have now been scored by Asamoah Gyan after his penalty winner for Ghana against Serbia, making him his country's leading scorer in this competition. He also had the honour of scoring the Black Stars' first goal at Germnay 2006 - and their first FIFA World Cup goal of all time - in a 2-0 victory over Czech Republic. Arriving in the second minute, it was the fastest goal of that tournament.
FIFA World Cup victory for Slovenia has now been secured, this after three successive failures. They didn't win a match at Korea/Japan 2002, where they lost 3-1 to both Spain and Paraguay and 1-0 to South Africa. Today's game was also the first time they had succeeded in keeping a clean sheet.