Ghana win helps equal World Cup 2022 record goal day

After just two of the four games this Thursday’s action has already produced the second most goals of any day at the World Cup in Qatar so far.

Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar inspired surprise comeback to draw 3-3 with Serbia, having been 3-1 down at one stage, was quickly followed by another end-to-end encounter between South Korea and Ghana. Ghana were 2-0 up at halftime before a quick-fire brace from Cho Gue-Sung had South Korea level only for Mohammed Kudus to sweep home a winner for Otto Addo’s side.

The 11 gaols produced in those two games is joint most of any of the previous six days’ totals, all of which saw four games. Spain’s 7-0 win over Costa Rica meant Wednesday’s games also produced 11 goals as Germany lost 2-1 to Japan and Belgium edged Canada by a single goal.

Day 2, last Monday, is the only day to produce more goals so far with 12, largely thanks to England’s 6-2 defeat of Iran. Despite four 0-0 draws and several uneventful games, a string of high-scoring matches mean the tournament averaged 2.6 goals per game across the first 30 matches. The 2018 tournament managed 2.64 goals per game across the 64 games in Russia while Brazil 2014 saw 2.67 and South Africa 2010 just 2.27.

Brazil play Switzerland and Uruguay face Portugal in the day’s final two matches.


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