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Euro 2012 scoring average plummets
by Paul Kennedy, June 28th, 2012 12:26AM
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[BY THE NUMBERS] After the first two dates of group play, Euro 2012 was on course to break the record for goalscoring since the current format that included group play was adopted in 1980. But scoring has plummeted in the knockout phase, leaving the Euro 2012 scoring average at 2.38 goals per game, the second lowest since the tournament expanded to 16 teams in 1996.

The first 16 games produced an average of 2.88 goals per game, half a goal more per game than was scored during the group stage four years ago in Switzerland and Austria and more than three-quarters a goal more than was scored in the group stage at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

But instead of opening up for the final group matches, play became more conservative with an average of just 1.88 goals per game scored in the final eight group games. And the first five knockout games produced only 1.80 goals per game.

The Italy-England and Spain-Portugal games were the first scoreless draws of Euro 2012. It marked the first time since Euro 1988 that no group matches ended in 0-0 ties.

Euro 1988 is the only tournament in the current format that did not have any scoreless ties.

EURO SCORING
Year Avg.
1980 1.93
1984 2.73
1988 2.27
1992 2.13
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1996 2.06
2000 2.74
2004 2.48
2008 2.48
2012 2.38
Note: 8 teams until 1996.



1 comment
  1. Carlos Thys
    commented on: June 29, 2012 at 5:19 a.m.
    Without even seeing these numbers, I had thought about this the other day. Yes, the co-hosted Euro 2000, co-hosted by both Belgium and the Netherlands was indeed, I do believe, the best Euro in modern times. More competitive and open than what we are seeing now. Match by match, these games have been a serious set of real let-downs. England-Italy should have been a classic, but England did not show up. France-Spain same, but France was imploding once more. And the recent Spain-Portugal match was the rock bottom loser of them all. It is not just about goals scored per match, it is also about true shots, true shots actually on target. And this number is also a horrid stat for this tournament. Have the GKs ever had it so easy?

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