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|2018 World Cup: Five trends of the tournament in Russia
| maxbet An entertaining group stage at the 2018 World Cup has come to an end and it is almost time for the knockout matches to begin out in Russia.With three quarters of the matches now played and half of the teams eliminated, we have already seen great goals, late drama and the shock elimination of the holders.
VAR TAKES CENTRE STAGEThe introduction of VAR was always going to be a key talking point at this World Cup and it has certainly added to the drama and controversy throughout. The delays have frustrated some and the decisions have baffled others - with the penalty calls against Denmark and Portugal, in particular, leading some to conclude that the system has disappointed.
PENALTIES GALORE IN RUSSIAOne of the features of the tournament has been the number of penalties awarded so far. Bryan Ruiz's spot-kick for Costa Rica that found the back of the net via the back of Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer was the 24th at the 2018 World Cup. That is already more penalties than were awarded in total at any previous tournament.
NUMBER OF RED CARDS DOWNmaxbet While the chance to take a second look at decisions has increased the number of penalties, red cards are trending in the opposite direction as the number of players who have been sent off at this World Cup has decreased. During the group stages in Russia, only three players received a red card - Carlos Sanchez, Jerome Boateng and Igor Smolnikov.
TIGHT GAMES AND LATE GOALSAlthough the total number of goals scored per game at this World Cup is slightly down on the final average for the last tournament in Brazil, there has still been great entertainment. After all, it is better to watch a game with all outcomes still in play as the contest reaches its climax - particularly when there has been only one nil-nil draw due to so many late twists.
FAMILIAR CONTINENTAL DOMINANCEmaxbet One of those late winners came for already eliminated South Korea against Germany - but while the gap between the best and the rest is closing, the defending champions were an anomaly when it came to the traditional powers. Every one of the other seven countries to have already have won the World Cup succeeded in advancing to the knockout stages.