With recently eliminated Iran scoring in their final game at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, every country included in the tournament field managed to net at least one goal for the first time since 1998 at the France World Cup, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Amusingly, the first goal of this summer's world spectacle was an own-goal blunder made by Brazilian defender Marcelo during the 11th minute of the opening match vs. Croatia. Shortly after, host country poster boy Neymar neutralized that oddity with a classy strike from distance to mark the tournament's first properly scored goal.
Through group play, Neymar has totaled four goals, currently putting him level with Barcelona teammate and Argentina striker Lionel Messi in the Golden Boot standings.
Just behind the South American tandem sits the Dutch duo of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, holders of three goals each. The Netherlands presently lead the World Cup with 10 goals scored and have also registered the joint-best single match tally of five goals.
While that came vs. reigning World Cup champions Spain, the French notched their five goals in one game against Switzerland, home to FIFA headquarters.
Thus far, the 2014 World Cup has featured goals with spectacular regularity. Compared to South Africa 2010, when it took 47 matches for the 100th goal to be scored, this summer's edition needed just 36 outings until a Neymar tap-in provided the century-mark goal.
The most goals ever scored in a World Cup was 171 back in 1998.
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