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World Cup logs more than half the record of scoreless draws

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DOHA, Qatar — The 0-0 draw between Uruguay and South Korea on Thursday was the fourth scoreless game of this year's World Cup — already more than half the tournament record through the first set of matches.

The record for scoreless draws in the World Cup is seven, done four times, in 1982, 2006, 2010 and 2014. The 2018 tournament in Russia had only one 0-0 draw, between Denmark and France.

Through the 16 games completed Thursday, the Mexico-Poland, Denmark-Tunisia, Croatia-Morocco and South Korea-Uruguay matches all went scoreless.

There were no scoreless draws in 1930, 1934, 1938, 1950 or 1954. Before the start in Qatar, the World Cup averaged more than two goals per game. The highest average came in 1954, when 140 goals were scored in 26 games at 5.38 per game.

The least prolific scoring World Cup was the 1990 tournament when 115 goals were scored at only 2.21 goals per game.

Record streaming viewers

The World Cup is drawing record viewership to Spanish-language broadcasts on Telemundo and Peacock, with Mexico’s match against Poland giving the digital streaming platforms their biggest weekday in total consumption.

Mexico's win on Tuesday was the most-streamed World Cup game in U.S. history with a total audience delivery of 4.6 million viewers.

The tournament-opening match between Ecuador and Qatar drew 832,000 viewers, a record for most-streamed Spanish-language match that was broken one day later when 1 million streamed the United States-Wales game.

Streaming has comprised 29% of Telemundo’s viewership for the World Cup. Telemundo said Thursday it was averaging 2.5 million viewers across all broadcast and streaming platforms through the first eight matches. The total is up 44% from 2018, when the United States failed to make the World Cup in Russia, which was held in June and July.

Peacock held the top spot on the App Store for free iOS applications from Sunday-Wednesday, and the Telemundo Deportes app was in the Top 5 for most of the week.

Additionally, the United States’ opening 1-1 draw with Wales was viewed by 11.7 million for its English- and Spanish-language broadcasts. The Monday game was seen by 8,306,000 for Fox’s English-language telecast and 3.4 million for the Spanish-language offering on Telemundo, Telemundo digital and Peacock.

Telemundo and Peacock are both part of Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal. Telemundo is the exclusive U.S. Spanish-language TV rights holder to this year's World Cup in the United States.

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