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Substitutes have been lighting up the scoreboards at the World Cup with dazzling performances that have sparked their teams back to life and secured wins or draws that have made their coaches look like geniuses.The record-breaking 24th goal was scored Tuesday, and 18 percent of the total 133 goals scored after the last group stage match Thursday were by substitutes.The previous World Cup record for goals scored by players off the bench was 23 in 2006 – or 16 percent of 147 goals. By comparison, in 2010 in South Africa, 15 of the 145 goals (10 percent) were scored by substitutes. On top of that, using all three substitutes strategically is becoming a part of modern football.The Netherlands got both their late goals in the 2-0 victory over Chile from substitutes – Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay, who now has two goals off the bench after scoring the winner in the 3-2 victory over Australia.
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