What’s the record for goals scored in a single World Cup game?
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 21, 2022 - 09:01PM
Marcus Rashford scoring for England in their World Cup opener against Iran (Picture: Hector Vivas – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

have started their successful campaign 6-2 against Iran in their first game.

The Three Lions saw goals from , , Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish and – the latter of which scored within just 49 seconds of waltzing onto the pitch as a substitute.

Hopefully, we’ll see plenty more goals from Gareth Southgate’s team and fellow competing UK side Wales in the 2022 tournament.

But what’s the record for the most goals scored by one team in a single World Cup game – and how does England’s performance today compare to previous matches where the goal tally has been high?

Let’s take a look.

What’s the record for most goals scored in a single World Cup game?

The record for highest number of goals scored by one side in a single World Game belongs to Hungary.

In 1982, the Hungarian national team played El Salvador and delivered a crushing 10-1 defeat.

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A few other teams have also won their World Cup games by nine goals, including Hungary against South Korea (9-0) in 1954, and Yugoslavia against Zaire (also 9-0) in 1974.

As for the highest number of goals in a World Cup qualifying match, Australia’s 31-0 defeat of American Samoa when trying to get into the 2002 World Cup definitely takes the title.

However, there are a few more different records to make note of.

Hungary were tipped to win the 1954 World Cup, but came second to West Germany – though they set several records (Picture: STAFF /AFP via Getty Images)

In 1954, the World Cup match between Austria and Switzerland culminated in 12 goals total – with 7 for the Austrians and 5 for the Swiss – creating the record for most goals by both teams in a single World Cup face-off.

As it happens, Hungary has another record – scoring a whopping 27 goals in the 1954 World Cup, making it the highest number by one country in a single World Cup tournament.

Brazil currently holds the record for most World Cup goals across the years, mind, with 229 total since 1930, according to .

But what about individual players?

Legendary footballer Just Fontaine holds the record for most goals scored by an individual in a single World Cup tournament, as he netted 13 goals for France across six matches at the 1958 World Cup.

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