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   June 7, 2002 | 2015 IST



France get the blues

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The French shoot but can't score

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One of the most curious statistics thrown up by the World Cup is that the most prolifically accurate marksmen so far are the holders French.

What the statistics fail to explain is -- why can't they score goals?

After 23 matches of the World Cup, French players have had 18 shots on target, more than any of the other 31 teams.

Their all-too-well-known problem is that they have failed to score a single goal and teeter on the brink of elimination after a defeat by Senegal and a goalless draw with unfancied Uruguay.

By contrast, Germany, who have also played twice, have had 17 shots on target and have netted nine times already.

Soccer statistics often throw up more questions than answers. The most dominant team of the World Cup so far has been Argentina, who had 65 percent of possession against England.

Unfortunately for them, they lost 1-0.

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