A total of 71 goals have been scored in the first 24 matches of the FIFA World Championship for the Coca-Cola Cup – an average of 2.96 per game.
This compares with 81 goals (average 3.37 per game) at the same stage of the 1995 Championship in Qatar.
Highest scorers so far with seven goals each are the Japanese, thanks to the six they scored in their second match against Costa Rica, and England, who scored five against the UAE. Uruguay and Mexico have each scored six goals in their two matches.
Group D is setting the pace with 16 goals in four games, while Group E has only produced 7 goals to date.
The leading goalscorers are Murphy (who scored a hat-trick for England against the UAE), Lillingston (Mexico) and Adailton (Brazil), with three goals each. Eight players have two goals each : Owen (England), Henry and Trezeguet (both France), Ono (Japan), Coelho (Uruguay), Riquelme and Romeo (both Argentina) and Park Jin Sup (Korea Rep.).
The top goalscorer at the end of the Championship wins the adidas Golden Shoe Award, with the next best scorers receiving the silver and bronze trophies.
There have been an unusually large number of own goals scored so far, with defenders turning the ball into their own net no less than five times in the 24 matches. In Qatar, there was only one own goal scored in all 32 games.