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Long-range goals a rarity in Qatar

Long-range goals a rarity in Qatar

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Preview, Doha, Qatar - November 18, 2022 The FIFA World Cup logo is pictured on the Corniche Promenade ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

AL RAYYAN, Qatar : The Qatar World Cup has had the lowest number of long-range shots and smallest percentage of goals scored from outside the penalty area in the last five tournaments, continuing a constant theme since 2006.

Through the group stage and the round of 16, only 7.6 per cent of goals have come from outside the box, compared to 18.6 per cent in 2006, according to data company Nielsen Gracenote, which began tracking the statistics at the World Cup in Germany 16 years ago.

After the round of 16 in 2010, there were 102 goals from inside the box (84.3 per cent of all goals), compared to 118 in 2018 (86.8 per cent) and 134 (92.4 per cent) in Qatar.

The figures are similar for attempts, with a gradual decline in shots outside the box from 765 in 2006, well over half of all attempts, to 620 in Russia and only 470 in Qatar.

Source: Reuters

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