World Cup data dive: Brazil set new record, Cameroon and Serbia reach unprecedented scoring heights

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Day nine was another action-packed one at the 2022 World Cup, where Brazil and Portugal joined France in the last 16 of the competition.

Tite's Brazil did so courtesy of a narrow 1-0 win over Switzerland, while Fernando Santos' Portugal put Uruguay to the sword 2-0.

Meanwhile, this was the first day with multiple five-goal games at the World Cup. Indeed, Ghana edged out South Korea, as Cameroon and Serbia shared a six-goal thriller.

Here, Stats Perform takes a deep look into the Opta data to share some of the key stats from Monday's four matches.

Brazil 1-0 Switzerland: The late show by the Selecao

With a narrow victory that secured their last-16 place, Tite's side set a new record having stretched their unbeaten run in World Cup group-stage matches to 17 games.

It is the first time since 2006 that Brazil have won their first two games without conceding, while Switzerland failed to score against them for the first time in nearly 42 years.

The Selecao have now opened a World Cup with successive victories on 10 occasions, though they last achieved the feat in 2010.

Casemiro settled the contest with his 83rd-minute strike providing his nation's latest ever winner in a World Cup game they have won by a 1-0 scoreline.

Portugal 2-0 Uruguay: Santos' men end 56-year wait for South American success

Like Brazil, Portugal have also progressed to the knockout stages with a match to spare, after scoring in an eighth successive World Cup game - their best run in the competition.

Bruno Fernandes scored both goals as  recorded a victory over South American opposition for the first time since a 3-1 success over Brazil in 1966.

At the other end, Pepe kept a clean sheet as, aged 39 years and 275 days old, he became the third-oldest outfield player in World Cup history, behind only Roger Milla (42 years, 39 days) and Atiba Hutchinson (39 years, 292 days).

Although Uruguay conceded two goals, only Brazil (none) and Ecuador (one) have faced fewer shots on target than La Celeste at this year's tournament (three).

South Korea 2-3 Ghana: Clinical Black Stars edge out Taegeuk Warriors

Ghana scored three goals in a single World Cup game for the first time in their history, which came from all three of their shots on target.

The Black Stars have now found the net in each of their last seven matches at the finals - a streak only bettered among African nations by Nigeria (eight between 1994 and 1998).

They also became the first team to record consecutive 3-2 results at the World Cup (for or against) since Uruguay in 2010 - and the fourth overall along with Germany (1994) and Switzerland (1934).

South Korea conceded as many goals in this game as they had their previous four in the competition.

On a brighter note, Cho Gue-Sung became the first Taegeuk Warriors player to score more than once in a World Cup match, as well as the first Asian to score two headers in a single game at the finals.

Cameroon 3-3 Serbia: Both sides reach unprecedented goalscoring heights

Day nine began with a six-goal thriller, in which both nations scored three times in a World Cup match for the first time.

After Cameroon took the lead, Serbia turned the match on its head by scoring twice in first-half stoppage time - becoming the first team to do that in a game at the finals.

However, the Indomitable Lions rallied from 3-1 down as Vincent Aboubakar became the first substitute to score and assist in the same game for an African nation since at least 1966.

Indeed, he climbed off the bench to score before crossing for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who ensured Cameroon's first World Cup point since beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 20 years ago, as well as Serbia's first draw at the finals.