Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia, this Thursday, at the Lusail stadium, in Doha, ended the first round of the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar. In 16 games, four ended in a 0-0 draw – an unprecedented mark at the beginning of the competition -, but many goals were scored in the other 12 clashes. With the help of the defeats of England (6-2 in Iran) and Spain (7-0 in Costa Rica), there were 41 balls in the net, which gives an average of 2.56 per game.
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With so many goals, several scorers stood out in this first round. Six managed to score two each and one of them is the Brazilian striker Richarlison, including his beautiful goal in a volley from inside the area. His goal against Serbia is already being considered the most beautiful of the World Cup so far.
Along with Richarlison are six players from different countries. The first to score two goals was striker Enner Valencia, who in the first game of the World Cup, last Sunday, showed his potential in Ecuador’s 2-0 victory over the host Qatar, also at the Lusail stadium, for Group A .
The next day, two more forwards managed to score two goals each; and it was in the same game. In the English rout of Iran, for Group B, Saka stood out for the winning side and Taremi scored both of the Iranians.
The other two current scorers in the World Cup are the Spaniard Ferrán Torres, who scored against Costa Rica, in Group E, and the Frenchman Olivier Giroud, who scored his first two career goals in a World Cup in the 4-0 victory. 1 over Australia, by Group D.
Check out the list of top scorers in the World Cup:
Enner Valencia (Ecuador)
Olivier Giroud (France)
Ferran Torres (Spain)
Andre Ayew (Win)
Rafael Leão (Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Joao Félix (Portugal)
Dani Olmo (Spain)
Klaassen (The Netherlands)
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Al-Shehri (Saudi Arabia)
Salem Al-Dawsari (Saudi Arabia)
Weah (United States)
Gareth Bale (Wales)