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World Cup 2014 : It's a score fest in Brazil with 15 goals in 4 matches; big improvement from 2010

Ipsit Mohapatra and Shoumeshwar Sen, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 14, 2014
First Published: 06:10 IST(14/6/2014) | Last Updated: 06:34 IST(14/6/2014)

The goals are pouring in at the World Cup in Brazil. It's early days, but if morning shows the day, football fans can look forward to a goal fest.

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In the first two days, 15 goals have been scored in four games - the most impressive tally of six coming in the marquee Netherlands versus Spain fixture.

Compare this to the first four matches of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The tally was a paltry five despite the unpredictable nature of the Jabulani used in the tournament.

The 2014 ball, the Brazuca, is way more predictable, according to sports engineers.

Try telling that to the goalkeepers, including the much-decorated Spanish icon Iker Casillas, who have been beaten time and again.

The Flying Dutchmen sank the Spanish Armada on Friday and skipper Casillas was beaten five times, twice each by the rampaging Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben.

Double strike club: Holland's pacy Arjen Robben (left), Brazil star Neymar (centre) and Flying Dutchman Robin van Persie scored two goals each in their first match. (Agencies)

Hosts Brazil set the ball rolling in the opening match on Thursday, beating Croatia 3-1. The score appears relatively lopsided, the contest certainly wasn't.

In the first match on the second day, Mexico beat Cameroon 1-0. The score could have swelled, but two Giovani dos Santos efforts were ruled out.

In the final match on Day 2, Chile beat Australia 3-1.

All the matches so far have been free flowing. Even the Aussies, the lowest ranked team in the tournament, played attacking football.

The teams are putting on a show and it is apt considering that the biggest quadrennial celebration of the world's most popular game is being held at its spiritual home.

This is a far cry from South Africa 2010, when a total of 145 goals were scored in 64 matches (average 2.3 per match).

This was the lowest tally since the participation of 32 teams and 64-match format began in France 1998.

The goal tally in 1998 was 171. It dipped to 161 in Korea/Japan 2002 and slid to 147 in Germany 2006.


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