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Goal.com UK counts down to the final

From now until the end of World Cup 2010, Goal.com UK will be counting down to the final on July 11 with a range of statistics relevant to the number of days remaining in the tournament.

Yesterday is was all about number seven, but today Goal.com UK is concentrating on number six, as we edge ever closer to the final of South Africa 2010.

  1. Germany and Spain both finished with a total of six points in the group stages.
  2. Despite having the competition’s top goalscorer David Villa in their ranks, Spain have scored the least number of goals out of the final four teams, with - you guessed it - six strikes.
  3. But the Barcelona striker, who has scored in four consecutive World Cup matches, must score in the semi-final and either the final or third-place playoff to equal the record, with France’s Just Fontaine (1958) and Brazil’s Jairzinho (1970) leading the way, having both netted in six consecutive matches.
  4. Argentina were the first nation to score six goals in a match during the 1930 World Cup, beating Mexico 6-3 in a game which would set numerous records. Mexico’s Manuel Rosas became the first player to convert a penalty at a World Cup, while his brother Felipe was the youngest player to score in the competition's history, until Pele broke the record in 1958, setting it at 17 years and 239 days. Felipe still holds second spot to this day. The match also saw two penalties missed, the only time such an event has occurred until Spain’s Xabi Alonso and Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo missed on Saturday.
  5. The first player to score a hat-trick during the World Cup was USA’s Bert Pantenaude, who bagged three goals against Paraguay during the 1930 finals. And if you’re wondering where the number six fits in with this story, the American finished his international career with a total of six goals, but he only made four appearances.
  6. Of the four countries remaining in the competition, only Spain’s Andres Iniesta has found the net out of those players who wear the number six shirt.

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