The group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup officially got over on Thursday. The 48-game round provided some incredible footballing action.It all started with the lowest-ranked football side in the tournament, Russia thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 on the opening day. Japan defeated Colombia to become the first Asian side to beat a South American opponent in a World Cup.Marcos Rojo scored late to help Argentina beat Nigeria and qualify for the knockouts, after the two-time champions failed to win their first two group games.Defending champions Germany crashed out of the quadrennial event after losing to South Korea.Apart from serving dramatic results, the ongoing tournament has also witnessed a high rise in own goals and penalties.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAs 16 teams move on to play in the knockouts, here’s a look at the most important statistics from the World Cup group stage.Total number of goals scored:122 goals were scored in the group stages with an average of 2.5 goals every match. All group games witnessed except one — the goalless draw between France and Denmark. Belgium with nine goals emerged as the top scorers in the first round. Most own goals:Nine own goals were conceded in the first round, the highest ever in a World CupROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULEMost penalties awarded:24 penalties were awarded during the group stage of Russia 2018, the most in a World Cup. 18 of them have been converted, one better than the previous record of 17 set at 1998 World Cup.advertisement Discipline record:158 yellow cards and three red cards were dished out by referees in the group stage.FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the round of 16Highest scoring match:7 – The Belgium vs Tunisia match witnessed the most number goals in a single match this edition. 31 goal attempts were made during the match, the most in a single match in this edition.Top Scorers:Harry Kane (England) – 5 goalsRomelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 4 goalsCristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 4 goalsDenis Cheryshev (Russia) – 3 goalsDiego Costa (Spain) – 3 goals Top assist makers:2 -Juan Quintero, James Rodriguez, Aleksandr Golovin, Viktor Claesson, Carlos Sanchez, Youri Tielemans and Toni KroosQualification on Fair Play decision:Japan on Thursday became the first country in history to qualify via Fair Play decision after they finished level on point with Senegal in Group H with four points.Germany were eliminated in the Group Stage of a World Cup for the first time, and were eliminated in the first round for the first time since 1938.For the first time since 1982, no African nation will participate in the knockout rounds. Yassine Meriah’s goal for Panama against Tunisia was the second goal for the nation in the World Cup. Meriah’s goal means the Russia 2018 is the first World Cup in which every team has scored at least twice.Tunisia’s Fakhreddine Ben Youssef scored the 2500th goal of World Cup finals history, when he scored against Panama.