Goals Galore in Club Championship
The inaugural FIFA Club World Championship is certainly not short of football's most precious commodity: goals.
The first ten matches have produced 36 goals, at a healthy average of 3.6 per match. And the figure could have been higher if the penalty-takers had been more successful, five spot-kicks having failed so far (all of them saved by the goalkeeper) with only one successful.
Madrid's Nicolas Anelka (even he missed a penalty against Corinthians) leads the goal-scorers with three goals, but his further participation in the tournament was cast into doubt when he limped out of the match against Raja Casablanca with a knee injury.
The glut of red cards in the Real Madrid-Raja game, plus another in that between Corinthians and Al-Nassr, took the total number of dismissals so far to seven.
The Championship has proved a big hit with the public in Brazil and elsewhere. "We're delighted with the way the tournament is going," said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. "It's not finished yet, but there are already reasons to be satisfied. But even when it's all over, we shall need to sit down and analyse it closely, to decide how to plan the future of this new event."