Croatia's Luka Modric scores their second goal from a penalty REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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The possession football championed by coaches like Pep Guardiola is supposed to produce aesthetically pleasing goals.This World Cup has started with a spate of goals off of set pieces and penalty kicks, as many teams have struggled to score in the run of play.Ronaldo's goal was one of three free kicks scored in the opening four days in Russia.Aleksandar Kolarov scored on a free kick in Serbia's win over Costa Rica Sunday.Months before he failed to stop Ronaldo's free kick, Spain goalkeeper David de Gea was grumbling about the Adidas ball developed for the tournament.You still have to pick a space in the net, something Messi struggles to do from penalties lately.Eleven percent of all goals in Brazil came from corner kicks, while 18 of the 32 headed goals were from set pieces.Video assistant referees should ensure more free kicks, corners and penalties are awarded.Oghenekaro Etebo's own goal came from a Croatia corner and Luka Modric scored off a penalty.
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