5 interesting facts about the 2018 World Cup
Possession proves no advantage
Thanks to its six on-target goal attempts, the French won the title even though they possessed the ball just 38 percent. On the other hand, Croatia, who possessed the ball for 62 percent of the game, had nine off-target goal attempts and an 18th minute self-goal.
Lots of goals
In total, 32 teams which had played 64 matches across 11 stadiums in Russia scored 169 goals with an average of 2.64 goals per match for the FIFA World Cup 2018.
French team manager Didier Deschamps — who led France to the World Cup as a manager — also captained the winning French team at the 1998 World Cup.
There were 22 penalties and nine winning goals scored in the 90th minute or later at the 2018 World Cup, excluding extra-time.
Referees were busy
During the World Cup, 36 referees gave 219 yellow cards plus four red cards and were assisted by 63 assistant referees.