2022 World Cup stats: Ronaldo's record 5 & 37, Neymar's painful 9/12

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The end of MD1 at 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar saw Cristiano Ronaldo script new records, Brazil make an instantaneous mark and one more goalless draw.

Switzerland beat Cameroon by one goal and South Korea and Uruguay played out a 0-0 draw before Ghana opened the account for Africa but it was Portugal who came through with Ronaldo opening his account in Qatar via penalty. The night ended with an early goal of the tournament contender from Richarlison as Brazil beat Serbia 2-0.

By The Numbers has the best stats from the four World Cup matches played on Thursday:


No player was shown a red card on MD1 of the 2022 World Cup. This is the first time this has happened since the 1986 edition.

Portugal 3 -2 Ghana


Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score at 5 FIFA World Cups. (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, and 2022) Marta and Christine Sinclair have scored at 5 FIFA Women's World Cups. Earlier, he had joined Lionel Messi, Lothar Matthäus, Antonio Carbajal and Rafael Márquez as the only men to play in 5 different FIFA World Cups.


Ronaldo is the 11th different player to score against the same country in multiple World Cups. Ghana is also the 27th different team that he has scored multiple goals against in his international career. He also scored against Ghana in the 2014 World Cup.


At 37 years & 292 days, Ronaldo is the oldest player to score for Portugal at the World Cup. He is also the youngest, having scored in the 2006 World Cup at 21 years & 132 days.


Ronaldo scored his 8th goal at the World Cup across 5 editions, the second most in the nation's history behind Eusebio's 9. All his eight goals have come in the group stage.

Brazil 2 - 0 Serbia


Richarlison has scored 19 goals for Brazil in all competitions, the most by any player since he made his debut in September 2018.


Richarlison is also the 24th different Brazilian player with a multi-goal game in World Cup history. The last Brazilian player to score 2+ goals in the World Cuo was Neymar (twice in Brazil 2014.)


Neymar was fouled 9 times in the match against Serbia, which is the fifth most in a single game across the last 3 World Cups. He was the target of 9 of the 12 fouls against Brazil and 2 of the fouls on Neymar came 2 seconds before a booking.

Uruguay 0 - 0 South Korea


The goalless draw between Uruguay and South Korea was the 4th 0-0 draw in openers of 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is the most in any World Cup.


Eight teams - Denmark, Tunisia, Mexico, Poland, Morocco, Croatia, Uruguay, Korea Republic - have played out a goalless draw in their tournament opener, which is already the most ever in a single edition of the tournament.


There was only one shot on target in the game between Uruguay and Korea Republic. This is just the second time this has happened in a World Cup match since 1966 (when this data is available). The first time was in 1986, between Denmark and Scotland.


Uruguay have gone 465 minutes since they last conceded a goal in the group stage of the World Cup. This was their fifth such consecutive clean sheet with 2014 being the last time they conceded a goal in the group stage.

Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon


Cameroon now have the second-longest losing streak in World Cup history. The longest is Mexico at 9.


Switzerland's Breel Embolo was born in the city of Yaoundé in Cameroon. He faced this birth nation for the first time in his career and scored the only goal of the match.


Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in 50% or exactly half of Switzerland's 24 goals across their last four appearances at major tournaments (Euro and World Cup), scoring eight goals and assisting a further four.

(Stats courtesy: ESPN Stats and Information Group)