World Cup data dive: Brazil latest to suffer shock loss on day Ronaldo makes more history

The Qatar drama continued right until the final round of group-stage fixtures on Friday as Brazil suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Cameroon.

Tite's already-qualified side fell to a late Vincent Aboubakar goal at Lusail Stadium, meaning no team in the last 16 has a perfect record after three matches.

It is the first time since 1994 that has been the case, highlighting just how unpredictable the tournament has been so far – and we still have 16 more matches to go!

Switzerland joined Brazil in the knockout stage with a dramatic 3-2 win over Serbia, while South Korea's surprise 1-0 victory against Portugal saw them progress from Group H.

Uruguay suffered heartbreak as they crashed out despite beating Ghana 2-0 in a repeat of the sides' infamous 2010 quarter-final showdown.

As the dust settles on one of the tournament's greatest ever group stages, Stats Perform unpacks the pick of the action by sharing some of the key stats from day 12.

Ghana 0-2 Uruguay: De Arrascaeta nets double after another penalty save

Giorgian de Arrascaeta's first-half double earned Uruguay a routine victory over Ghana, but it was not enough to prevent La Celeste joining their opponents in exiting the World Cup in the group stage for the first time in four editions.

De Arrascaeta's opener was the first goal Uruguay had scored in this year's tournament from what was their 24th attempt. They did not have to wait quite so long for goal number two, which came from their very next effort.

Luis Suarez set up De Arrascaeta's second strike to become the oldest player to assist a World Cup goal (35 years, 312 days) since Cafu for Brazil in 2006 (36y, 20d) – also against Ghana.

Uruguay's quickfire double came after Andre Ayew had a penalty saved by Sergio Rochet, making Ghana the first side to miss two spot-kicks (excluding shoot-outs) against a single opponent at the World Cup, with Asamoah Gyan having previously missed in their 2010 encounter.

There have now been five penalty saves at Qatar 2022, excluding shoot-outs, which is already the joint-most in a single edition alongside 2002 since records first began in 1966.

Five penalties have already been saved at this World Cup
Five penalties have already been saved at this World Cup


South Korea 2-1 Portugal: Ronaldo makes history on day to forget

Hwang Hee-chan's late strike changed the complexion of Group H as South Korea moved into the top two on goal difference to advance into the knockout stage for just a third time (also 2002 and 2010) in what is their 11th appearance in the competition.

Thanks to his side's impressive comeback, with Kim Young-gwon having earlier cancelled out Ricardo Horta's opener, Korea's Portuguese boss Paulo Bento became the first manager to win a World Cup game against a country he is from since Milovan Rajevac in 2010 (Ghana 1-0 Serbia).

After failing to hold on after taking a fifth-minute lead, Portugal lost a World Cup game in which they had opened the scoring for the very first time, while South Korea won after conceding first in the tournament for the first time since 2006 against Trinidad and Tobago.

The defeat ultimately did not matter for Portugal, who still finished top of their World Cup group for a third time, having previously done so in 1966 and 2006 when reaching the semi-finals in both editions.

It was a disappointing day for Cristiano Ronaldo, who was substituted off in the 65th minute. However, with this latest appearance, the superstar forward is the first player ever to feature 20 or more times at both the World Cup (20) and the European Championships (25).

 

Cameroon 1-0 Brazil: Much-changed Selecao stunned by Aboubakar

Cameroon become the first African side to defeat Brazil at the World Cup in what was the eighth such match, though it was not enough to prevent them being eliminated from the group phase for a sixth straight time.

Vincent Aboubakar celebrated his famous winning goal by taking off his shirt in celebration, earning himself a second yellow card. The Cameroon striker is the first player to score and be sent off in a World Cup match since France's Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 final.

Cameroon 1-0 Brazil
Cameroon 1-0 Brazil

Brazil looked the more likely side to find the breakthrough up until that point as they had 21 shots – the first time they have had more than 20 in a match without scoring in the competition since 1994 against Italy.

The Selecao made nine changes with their place in the last 16 already confirmed – their most between games at a single World Cup since their third game at the 1966 edition (nine against Portugal) – with Dani Alves becoming their oldest player in the tournament at 39 years and 210 days.

Regardless of the scoreline, Brazil maintained their proud record of finishing top of their group in every World Cup since 1982.

 

Serbia 2-3 Switzerland: Shaqiri strikes again on big stage in high-scoring match

Remo Freuler scored what proved to be the winner early in the second half to see Switzerland pip Serbia to second place. Murat Yakin's side have now reached the knockouts in each of their past five major tournaments since 2014  – only France can boast doing likewise among European nations.

It was a familiar story for Serbia as they did not make it past the first hurdle for a fourth World Cup running, though this was the first time they failed to win any of their group matches since their first appearance in 2016 (L3).

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic struck either side of Xherdan Shaqiri's opener to give Serbia the lead, but Breel Embolo equalised before half-time, making this the first World Cup game to see both sides score twice in the first half since England against Argentina in 1998 (also 2-2).

With his goal, Shaqiri joins Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the only players to have scored in each of the past three World Cups.

As expected given their history and what was on the line, the match was a feisty one and the referee was kept busy with 11 yellow cards dished out – seven for Serbia and four for Switzerland – which is the most in a World Cup match since the 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands (12).