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Day of records

With Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

YESTERDAY was a day of records in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Let's start with the fast and end with the furious.

United States skipper Clint Dempsey scored in just 29 seconds against Ghana in the Group C encounter to record the fifth fastest goal scored in the FIFA World Cup.

So what's the fastest?

Turkish Hakan Sukur scored in just 11 seconds against South Korea in 2002 to hold the record of the fastest goal scorer in the World Cup.

Second fastest is Czech footballer Vaclav Masek scoring in 16s against Mexico in 1962 followed by Germany's late Ernst Lehner, who scored in 25s against Austria.

Fourth fastest goal in the World Cup was scored by England's Bryan Robson in 27s against France in 1982.

Seattle Sounders FC striker Dempsey, who also played for English clubs Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, has put his name along the legends after striking the fifth fastest goal in 29s.

That is fast.

While the USA versus Ghana match wasn't the highlight of the day, America's 2-1 win over the African giants was billed as an upset.

After Dempsey's quick opener, Ghana's Andre Ayew pulled one back in the final quarter of the match before John Brooks' stunner handed USA the maximum points.

It was cruel for Ghana, who dominated the play and made far more attempts than USA but that's the beauty of this game.

It's the goals that matter in the end and USA did well to utilise the 40 per cent possession it had to score the winner.

In another first in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Germany's Thomas Mueller scored the first hat-trick of this World Cup in the 4-0 win over hapless Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, which in the eyes of many is one of the title contenders, had no answer to the Germans who were on song on attack and sturdy in defence.

Ronaldo was left fuming at a number of occasions after failing to hit the target.

Mats Hummels headed in the other goal as Mueller moves into the lead as the early top scorer.

Furious is Portugal centre-back Pepe. His headbutt into Mueller after the German exaggerated contact by the Portuguese, earned him the red card.

Pepe was shown straight red card, a first in this World Cup, and will miss Portugal's next game against the United States.

In another match yesterday, Iran and Nigeria were locked at nil-all, the first stalemate of the tournament.

A quick run through the groups, Brazil leads Group A on a better goal with three points followed by Mexico also on three.

In Group B, Netherlands is on a high with a much superior goal advantage over Chile. Both teams have three points each.

Colombia leads Group C followed by Ivory Coast on three points each while Costa Rica heads "the pool of death" Group D which also has Italy and England.

Group E belongs to France followed by Switzerland while Argentina heads Group F.

Germany has a healthy lead on Group G followed by USA while Group H will play its opening round of matches this morning.

Fixtures (today) - 4am Belgium-Algeria, 7am Brazil-Mexico, 10am Russia-Korea.


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