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Kylian Mbappe, USA & quartet of Man City stars headline World Cup group stage stat leaders


A whole host of statistics, highlighting the standout performers across a range of categories during the World Cup’s group stage, have surfaced late on Friday night.

The final round of group fixtures in Qatar, of course, were played to completion a short time ago.

The outings in question saw Switzerland get the better of Serbia, and Cameroon condemn Brazil to a first defeat of the tournament.

The stage, in turn, is set for the knockout rounds, with all 16 nations still in contention for glory having discovered the identity of their upcoming opponents.

On the back of an altogether hectic, and frankly superb group stage coming to a close in Qatar, in turn, the standout performers of the round from a statistical standpoint have late this evening been revealed.

The identity of some will come as little surprise, but others will no doubt turn heads, as showcased below.

First off, the United States of America stand as the only nation yet to concede a goal from open play at the World Cup:

On the goalscoring front, five players are locked atop the Golden Boot charts, with three goals apiece:

No fewer than four members of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City squad, meanwhile, lead the way when it comes to distance covered whilst carrying the ball:

Last up, the following individual categories, as per statisticians Squawka, are fronted by the stars listed below:

  • Take-ons completed - Jamal Musiala (19)
  • Touches in opposition penalty area - Kylian Mbappe & Jamal Musiala (35)
  • Chances created - Antoine Griezmann (11)
  • Shots - Kylian Mbappe (16)
  • Tackles made - Ibrahima Konate & Achraf Hakimi (13)
  • Saves - Wojciech Szczęsny (18)

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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