World Cup 0-0 draws due to fear of losing: FIFA experts




 

The high number of goalless draws at the World Cup has been due to teams' fear of suffering an early setback, FIFA's technical study group said on Saturday.

There were five goalless matches in the first 20 matches in Qatar, already just two short of matching the record amount in a World Cup.

There was only one 0-0 stalemate at the 2018 tournament -- between eventual winners France and Denmark.

"It's because teams don't want to take too much risk at the beginning," said former Nigeria international Sunday Oliseh.

"Past data shows about 70 percent of teams who lose their first game go out in the group stage and they're all aware of that."

Uruguay's match with South Korea on Thursday was the first World Cup game to not even see a shot on target in the 21st century.

"Many teams are relying on a cautious approach," said veteran Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni.

"Lots of teams fielded five defenders and played very tight and compact. They wanted to assure at least a point from their first game and if a chance came along, try and grab it to win the game."

Despite England's 6-2 rout of Iran and Spain's 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica, there have been fewer goals per game so far in Qatar than in Russia or in Brazil in 2014.

jc/rcw

COMMENTS

More Related News

Ancer wraps up wire-to-wire Saudi International success
Ancer wraps up wire-to-wire Saudi International success

Mexico's Abraham Ancer held off American Cameron Yong to secure a wire-to-wire win in the Saudi International on Sunday.He added: "It's the first time that I've been able to win wire-to-wire, so that was a lot of fun, and so was being able to play good golf every single day".

Housebound Jordanian football fan a social media star
Housebound Jordanian football fan a social media star

Having spent most of his life housebound due to a medical condition, Jordanian Amer Abu Nawas's love of football has propelled him to social media stardom.Abu Nawas's own family do their best to provide him with a comfortable life.

Neuer dismisses calls to step down from Germany duty
Neuer dismisses calls to step down from Germany duty

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has brushed off calls to step down from the national side, saying he's "sure" he will return from a serious leg injury to play international football again.Former West Germany goalkeeper Toni Schumacher has called for Neuer to step down and focus on club football, but the Bayern 'keeper said "everyone can make recommendations".

Ten Hag silent on Greenwood after charges against Man Utd player dropped
Ten Hag silent on Greenwood after charges against Man Utd player dropped

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag declined to comment on Mason Greenwood on Friday, 24 hours after criminal charges against the 21-year-old forward were dropped.England forward Greenwood, who has two and a half years left on his contract, has been suspended from both training and playing for United since his arrest in January 2022.

Saudi Arabia captures cycling in sports charm offensive
Saudi Arabia captures cycling in sports charm offensive

Cycling is the newest gem in Saudi Arabia's expanding collection of sporting jewels as the conservative Gulf monarchy and its neighbours invest hugely in sport to burnish their international image and diversify their economies.The tour in Al-Ula adds to Saudi Arabia and its regional neighbours' long-term quest to wield soft power through sport and wean economies off the huge revenues generated for decades by fossil fuels exports.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Soccer