FIFA World Cup: 100th goal awaited

The FIFA 2018 World Cup is on the cusp of another milestone: the 100th goal.

Can Argentina star Lionel Messi score the 100th goal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday?   -  Getty Images

The 2018 World Cup has seen its fair share of milestones in the group stages. As many as 20 penalties have been awarded so far, the most in any edition of the tournament, while the first goalless draw came as late as in the 37th match, the latest in the last three editions. 

The World Cup is now on the cusp of another milestone: the 100th goal.

Paolo Guerrero's 50th minute strike for Peru on Tuesday marked the 99th goal of this edition of the tournament and the 100th goal is likely to be scored in Tuesday's clashes between Argentina and Nigeria or in the tie between Iceland and Croatia.

In 2014, 99 goal milestone came in the 34th match. Brazil striker Neymar scored the 100th goal in the previous quadrennial event when he scored in Brazil's final Group A game against Cameroon. The goal came in what was, coincidentally another 100 - Brazil’s 100th World Cup game. 

Back in 2010, Iniesta scored the 100th goal against Chile in the 47th match of the contest.

With the likes of Lionel Messi, a resurgent Nigerian side, debutant Iceland and a free-scoring Croatia playing on Tuesday, it is now extremely difficult for plaudits and pundits to predict the scorer.

Average goals

In the ongoing World Cup, Spain has made a staggering 197 attacks, the most so far. The average goals per game is at 2.6 goals, which is more than the average of the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, but 0.1 less than 2014 World Cup.

Top scorers of the 2018 World Cup:
Harry Kane - 6
Romelu Lukaku - 4
Cristiano Ronaldo - 4
Denis Cheryshev - 3
Diego Costa - 3


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