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World Cup 2018 so far: Own goals dominate, Russians on fire with 8 goals

first_imgThe 2018 FIFA World Cup is one week old and this year’s football super show is already on the verge of making history.After a week of football in Russia, there have been five own goals already in this year’s tournament. Which is the second-most in the history of the World Cup. Only France 1998 had more own goals scored throughout the course of the tournament. 20 years earlier, six own goals were scored and in 2018, the teams are just two goals short of overturning the deficit with 47 games to go.Aziz Bouhaddouz (Morocco), Aziz Behich (Australia), Oghenekaro Etebo (Nigeria), Thiago Cionek (Poland) and Ahmed Fathi (Egypt) have netted at the wrong end and Bouhaddouz’s goal in the dying minutes of the Group B fixture even led to Morocco’s heartbreaking loss to Iran on the second the day of the tournament at the St. Petersburg Stadium.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBouhaddouz scored against Iran while Behich netted against France in their 1-2 loss to the Les Blues. Etebo found the wrong side of the net in their 2-0 loss to Croatia and Cionek’s solo goal led to their 2-1 defeat against Senegal. Fathi found the back of the net against the host nation as they went down 1-3 on Tuesday.Cionek’s own goal meant that Poland have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine World Cup games, since beating Portugal 1-0 in 1986.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn 1998, Youssef Chippo (Morocco), Pierre Issa (South Africa), Andoni Zubizarreta (Spain), Sinisa Mihajlovic (Yugoslavia) and Georgi Bachev (Bulgaria) scored own goals.advertisementInterestingly, own-goals is the highest-scorer in Russia. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Denis Cheryshev (Russia) have scored three goals each this year while Diego Costa (Spain), Harry Kane (England) and Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) have scored two each. Russia have scored 8 goals in two matches so far in the World Cup this year (Reuters Photo)The host nation has netted eight goals from two matches in this year’s World Cup and are the leading goal scorers. In the first match, Russia smashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 and in their second match, they won 3-1 against Egypt to almost seal a place in the last 16 of the tournament.They now have more goals in this year’s World Cup than they had in their previous two World Cup tournaments combined (6 across 2002 and 2014). Russia’s eight goals in the first two games is also a joint-record for a host nation (Italy 1934 also 8). However, the most interesting fact about the host nation’s flurry of goals is that their goal total in their two games at the 2018 World Cup is equal to the tally that Spain scored overall in their 2010 World Cup victory (7 games).last_img

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