June 23 (UPI) — A record number of matches without goalless draws during one FIFA World Cup have been played at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
In the group stage match between Belgium and Tunisia, the scoring was opened in the sixth minute, with a goal scored by Belgium’s forward Eden Hazard. For the first time ever, 27 matches played at one World Cup did not end in a goalless draw.
The previous achievement was recorded at a tournament in Switzerland back in 1954, with goals scored in all 26 matches.
The Belgium vs Tunisia match was played on Saturday at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium. Belgium triumphed over Tunisia with a 5:2 win.
A total of 32 national football teams are participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in 11 cities across Russia between June 14 and July 15.
The teams were divided into eight groups, with four in each, and the top two from their relevant groups will proceed to the next round, known as the playoffs or the knockout stage, to keep vying for the much-coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Russia is holding its first time ever edition of the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14.
The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.