Messi goes past Maradona with 9; Van Gaal unbeaten in 19

Day 14 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup saw Lionel Messi lead Argentina into the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Australia, while the Netherlands produced a fine display to eliminate the USA by 3-1.

From Messi moving past Diego Maradona’s World Cup goal tally to Denzel Dumfries’ historic match with the Dutch, With The Numbers has the best stats from the two World Cup games played on Saturday:

Argentina vs Australia


Having played in five World Cups, it was Lionel Messi’s ninth goal at the tournament and his first in the round of 16. He surpasses Diego Maradona and Guillermo Stabile as the second most goalscorer of all time in the World Cup with Argentina, just one behind Gabriel Batistuta.

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This game marked Messi’s 1000th senior game of his professional career.


Argentina will face the Netherlands for the sixth time at a World Cup, the most notable being the 1978 match won as hosts. The only team that Argentina has faced in the history of the tournament is Germany (7).


Julian Alvarez becomes the sixth player to score in each of his first two World Cup starts for Argentina. He is the first to do so since Hernan Crespo (2006).

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Netherlands vs USA


Christian Pulisic, with his second assist, joined Graham Zusi and Tab Ramos as the only USMNT players with multiple World Cup assists since 1966. Pulisic and Zusi are the only USMNT players to record multiple assists at the same World Cup: Pulisic in 2022 and Zusi in 2014.


Denzel Dumfries became just one of three players directly involved [one goal and two assists] in more than 3 goals in a World Cup match for the Netherlands after Rob Rensenbrink (1978) and Johan Cruijff (1974).


The USA conceded the most goals in a World Cup since 2006, when they lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic.

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With the result, the Netherlands improve to 14-0-5 (WLD) under coach Louis van Gaal since taking over for the third time last year. Van Gaal is 8-0-3 with the Netherlands in World Cup games.


Memphis Depay’s goal ended a streak of 20 unbroken passes, the most by a Netherlands goal at the World Cup (1966 onwards).

(Stats courtesy: ESPN Stats and Information Group)


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