Football: World Cup - Facts Of The Day

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GABRIEL BATISTUTA'S 11-minute hat-trick against Jamaica last Sunday was not his first in a World Cup - he scored three times against Greece at USA 94. His feat last Sunday was not the fastest ever World Cup finals hat-trick either-- that honour belongs to Hungary's Lszlo Kiss, who put three past El Salvador in eight minutes during a 10-1 win over the Central Americans in Spain in June 1982.

COLOMBIA'S LEIDER Preciado became the first substitute to score the winning goal during these finals when he struck after 83 minutes in Monday's 1- 0 win over Tunisia in Group G. Six other substitutes have also scored during the competition.

DAN PETRESCU, who scored his country's winner against England, became only the second Romanian to score in two World Cup finals following one goal in 1994 against the United States. Stefan Dobai was the previous Romanian to achieve that feat, with one goal in 1934 and two in 1938.