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Shinji Kagawa’s goal against Colombia broke a World Cup record that has stood since 1994

It's fair to say you definitely will not have noticed this

Group H is the unofficial Group of Death and it is wide open.

First up Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez did a ‘Luis Suarez’ just three minutes into their first game of the World Cup before Senegal stunned Poland with some interesting tactics.

But amidst all the mayhem, you may have missed the most incredible statistic to come of out of this tournament.

Talk about iconic images

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Talk about iconic images

After Sanchez completely lost his head and was shown the first red card of the World Cup, Japan’s Shinji Kagawa stepped up and slotted the resulting penalty.

And in doing so he broke a World Cup record that has stood since 1994.

SHINji Kagawa became the first player with a scoring body part in his name to score a World Cup goal since Russia’s OLEG Salenko back in 1994.


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Ice cool on the big occasions

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Ice cool on the big occasions

While that might be the most remarkable World Cup record to be broken this tournament, it is also very good news for the Borussia Dortmund man to follow in the footsteps of Salenko.

If your memory of the 1994 World Cup is a little bit cloudy, let me give you a quick reminder.

Salenko had never scored for Russia before the tournament but once he arrived in the USA he became a sensation.

He scored five goals in one game against Cameroon and another against Sweden, finishing the tournament as joint top scorer.

Of course you remember him

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Of course you remember him

Salenko never scored another international goal but that won’t stop him going down in history.

Could this be the beginning of of a goal-laden tournament for Kagawa?

He’s matched one of Salenko’s longstanding World Cup records, but could he match his goals tally?

It would be some achievement.