A head-turning statistic, highlighting the stellar efforts of Germany talent Jamal Musiala during the country’s meeting with Costa Rica, has come to the fore late on Thursday.
Die Mannschaft, of course, were back in action a short time ago.
Faced with potential elimination from the competition, Hansi Flick’s troops made the trip to Al Khor, for a World Cup showdown with the aforementioned Costa Rica.
And, though, in the end, Germany did recover from a goal down to emerge on the right side of a six-goal thriller, they were nevertheless sent packing from football’s biggest international tournament, owing to Japan’s shock win over Spain.
Kai Havertz, for his part, stole the headlines at the Al Bayt Stadium, in handing Flick and co. a late shot at qualification courtesy of a brace off the bench.
But it was another member of the Germans’ young crop of talent who in fact took his place centre stage in the post-match chatter.
The player in question? Jamal Musiala.
Amid what represented a hugely disappointing couple of weeks for Die Mannschaft from a collective standpoint, Musiala nevertheless continued to prove himself one of world football’s finest up-and-coming talents.
In turn, it perhaps shouldn’t come as all that much of a surprise to hear of the Bayern Munich star, on Thursday, etching his name into the storied history books of the World Cup.
As per statisticians Opta, Musiala completed a remarkable 12 dribbles over the course of the 90 minutes against Costa Rica, the most managed by a teenager in a single World Cup fixture since records began all the way back in 1966.