Four years ago in South Africa, there were just 25 goals scored in the entire opening round. There has already been 41 goals scored in the first 12 matches of this year's World Cup. This World Cup has seen an unprecedented amount of goals being scored in the opening round and there's still matches left before we go back to Group A.
There were five come-from behind wins in the first nine matches in Brazil. This can be attributed to the amount of early goals that are being scored. This encourages the team who have just conceded to press to get the equaliser. We've seen this happen for Switzerland, Ivory Coast and to the hosts in the opening game.
No Bore Draws
There have been no draws so far in the World. They Brazilian crowd wouldn't allow. The fans boo at the slightest chance that the match will end at a deadlock as seen in the Switzerland-Ecuador game.
Five of the matches so far have seen goals in the last 10 minutes. While the only last gasp winner came in the Switzerland - Ecuador game, the fact that the goals are coming so late means that you can't afford to avert your gaze in the dying moments.
There have been two massive shocks in the opening round so far. Costa Rica shocked the world when they dispatched of South American giants Uruguay 3-1. Also, no one expected the Netherlands to demolish holders Spain 5-1. With plenty of matches left, there is still plenty of time left for bigger upsets to happen.