How did the tournament's group phase go? Here is a look at some facts from the 48 matches played so far in the tournament.
136 goals scored in the group stage
The tournament so far has seen 136 goals, which means 2.8 goals have been produced per match. In the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa, only 101 goals were produced in the first stage (per match average of 2.1)
Red cards and yellow cards
The average number of red cards shown per match in the the group
stage in this WC is 0.2 and for yellow cards, it is 2.7. In the
2010 edition, the figures were 0.3 and 3.8, respectively.
The average passes per team in this World Cup during the group stage were 384 (31 more than that of 2010). The actual playing time in this WC has been 55.4 minutes per match on an average. In 2010, it was 69.8.
Most number of goals scored in Group B
In terms of scoring, Group B has produced the most number of goals (22) in this World Cup while Group D has produced the least number of goals (12). The Netherlands have scored most number of goals (10) followed by Colombia (9) while Iran, Cameroon and Honduras have scored the least number of goals (1).
Conceding just one goal
Mexico, Costa Rica and Belgium conceded just one goal in the
Netherlands beat Spain 5-1, France beat Switzerland 5-2 while 5 games ended goalless
The victory by the biggest margin with the most number of goals was recorded in the Netherlands-Spain game in which the former won 5-1. The most number of goals were scored in the France-Switzerland match (7). There were five goalless draws.
Neymar, Messi, Muller lead the race for the Golden Boot
Two hat-tricks so far
Two hat-tricks have been scored in the group stages. The first one was scored by Germany's Muller against Portugal (match score 4-0) while the other one was scored by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri against Honduras (match score 3-0). Shaqiri's hat-trick was the 50th the history of the World Cup. [Read: Interesting facts about WC hat-tricks]
The group stage of the 2014 World Cup saw 136 goals being scored
Four top 10 teams failed to reach Round of 16
Four teams from the top 10 in Fifa rankings failed to make it to the second stage in this World Cup and they are Spain, Portugal, Italy and England. Barring Portugal, the other three have been World Cup champions with Spain being the holders.
Four teams got full 9 points
The Netherlands, Colombia, Argentina and Belgium won all their group matches to get full 9 points.
Bradley covered the maximum distance
Michael Bradley of the USA has covered the maximum distance on the field in the group stage. He ran for a total of 38,019 metres.
Foster didn't concede any goal
England goalkeeper Ben Foster had a perfect saving record as he did not concede any goal.
Most number of complete passes
The Germany-USA match saw the most number of passes being completed (1,277).
For Latin America, only Ecuador failed to progress
The only team from Latin America which failed to qualify for the Round of 16 was Ecuador. All the others, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay proceeded to the next round from their groups.
All 4 Asian teams finished at the bottom of the group
This World Cup was a forgettable affair for the Asian continent. All the four teams from Asia finished last in their respective groups after failing to win a single match. They scored just 9 goals while conceded 25. This was the first time since 1998 that no Asian team succeeded to qualify for the knock-out stage.
Brazil vs Chile; The Netherlands vs Mexico; Colombia vs Uruguay; Costa Rica vs Greece; France vs Nigeria; Argentina vs Switzerland; Germany vs Algeria; Belgium vs USA