PENALTY STORM

After 17 matches, Russia 2018 has already had 10 penalties awarded. Will we see a new World Cup record from the sacred spot?

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World Cup record

Youri Djorkaeff scored 1 of the 18 penalties awarded at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. That record still stands and was equaled at both Italy 1990 and Korea/Japan 2002. The penalty awarded projection ratio for Russia 2018 is...38!

8 out of 10 penalties have been scored at Russia 2018. Only Christian Cueva (PER) and Lionel Messi (ARG) have failed, adding to the 45 penalty misses recorded in World Cup history - 27 saved and 18 off target.

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Duplicate scorers

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the 11 players to have scored penalties in two different World Cups. Ronaldo's first? Against Iran in 2006.

THE INFALLIBLE

Rob Rensenbrink, with a penalty against Scotland in 1978, scored the 1,000th goal in World Cup history. The Dutch shares a special podium with Gabriel Batistuta and Eusebio - they converted all 4 penalties they were awarded, a record in the competition.

There are 5 World Cups in which all awarded penalties were converted. USA 1994 had the highest amount - 15 penalty calls, 15 scored. Roberto Baggio's penalty against Nigeria is one of the most memorable.

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Real specialists

Only Jan Tomaszewski, Brad Friedel and Iker Casillas have saved two penalties at the World Cup. Hannes Halldorsson, from Iceland, has already stopped one in Russia 2018.

Predicting a record

228 penalties have been awarded in World Cup history: 183 have been scored, 27 saved and 18 missed. What numbers can we expect by 15 July?

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