World Cup records more than half goalless draws record

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Uruguay’s 0-0 draw with South Korea on Thursday was the fourth scoreless game at this year’s World Cup — already more than half the tournament record when the first series of matches.

The record for goalless draws in the World Cup is seven, achieved four times, in 1982, 2006, 2010 and 2014. The 2018 tournament in Russia had only one 0-0 draw, between the Denmark and France.

In the 16 games played on Thursday, the Mexico-Poland, Denmark-Tunisia, Croatia-Morocco and South Korea-Uruguay matches were all scoreless.

There was no goalless draw in 1930, 1934, 1938, 1950 or 1954. Before the start in Qatar, the World Cup averaged more than two goals per game. The highest average came in 1954, when 140 goals were scored in 26 games at 5.38 per game.

The least prolific World Cup was the 1990 tournament when 115 goals were scored at just 2.21 goals per game.


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