Asia, Russia continue to struggle at World Cup 

RIO DE JANEIRO — At the midway point, the World Cup went from bad to worse for Asia and the tournament’s next host, Russia. But it went from great to even better for spectators hankering for goals.

South Korea teeters on the verge of elimination after losing 4-2 to Algeria on Sunday. Asia is now at real risk of having no team in the next knockout round of football’s showcase. Korea’s loss worsened Asian teams’ already dismal record to no wins after eight games and 11 days of competition.

Russia’s hopes of moving to the knockout stages were also diminished by its 1-0 loss Sunday to Belgium in Rio de Janeiro. Russia will host the 2018 World Cup.

Midway through the World Cup — 32 of 64 total matches have been played — the statistics are proving what spectators are fathoming out for themselves: many more goals are bing scored.

The goal total for the tournament has now climbed to 94. In South Africa, the first 32 matches produced 67 goals.

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