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The time when the largest number of goals are scored


A study shows that most of the goals of the Brazilian championship happened in the second half of the matchRELEASE

A study by researchers from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) analyzed when and under what circumstances the 1,034 goals scored by the 20 teams that played the 380 first division matches of the Brazilian soccer championship of 2008 were achieved. The survey shows that most goals (579, or about 56% of the total) occurred in the second half of the match (Revista Brasileira de Ciência do Esporte, April-June 2012). The number of goals scored in the last 15 minutes of the match was quite high: 221, or 21% of the total. The first 15 minutes were the period of the matches when the goalposts were shaken the least. Over all the periods, most of the goals took place with the ball rolling and were scored by a player that was in the scoring area. Physical tiredness may be one explanation for why more goals happen in the second half of the match, particularly in its final moments. Another possibility is that, as the game approaches its end, the teams try harder and end up scoring more goals.