A header by Paul Pogba in the 79th minute did more than give France a one-goal lead over Nigeria in Monday's 2-0 win in the round of 16. It also went for the 146th goal of the World Cup, surpassing the entire total scored in 2010 with 11 matches still left to be played.
An own goal by Nigeria 11 minutes later would pull 2014 even with 2006's total of 147 and brought 1998's record of 171 into sight. The remaining teams need to score a combined average of 2.27 goals per game to notch the record, a number that is a half-goal drop from 2014's current average of 2.77 goals per game.
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One match that could go far in helping 2014 reach 1998's record is Tuesday's meeting between the United States and Belgium in Salvador. As our own Martin Rogers writes, that venue has already seen 21 goals in four matches — the most for any stadium in more than half a century.
Here are the total goals for each tournament since the field expanded to 32 teams in 1998:
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