Australia's Tim Cahill, right, scores his side's first goal past Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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After a steadily diminishing goals-per-game ratio at recent World Cups, the 2014 tournament has bucked the trend in spectacular fashion.A week into the competition, the average number of goals scored per game is just under 2.9, leaving the tournament on course to become the most high-scoring World Cup since the 1958 event in Sweden (3.6).The example set by players such as Xavi and Andres Iniesta means that players have become accustomed to taking more risks in possession, which leads to more turnovers, and in turn, more goals.There were 25 first-half strikes in the tournament's first 20 matches, and nothing opens a game up like an early goal.After a seemingly ineluctable slide towards single-striker systems in recent years, more and more teams are playing with two central forwards, and more forwards often means more goals.
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