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My World Cup of bore draws! Sportsmail's Rob Draper has reported on THREE 0-0s in a row

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My World Cup of bore draws! Sportsmail’s ROB DRAPER has gone from feast to famine in Qatar by reporting three 0-0s in a row – that’s almost FIVE HOURS without a goal – after witnessing England’s 6-2 bonanza

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Never make it about yourself they say. But I’m starting to think it’s just me.

Like Jonah, I need to be thrown off the boat – or at least off the race roster – to end this streak of boring scoreless draws in Qatar 2022.

Lucky for Gareth Southgate. My World Cup started well with an eight-goal bonanza, with England beating Iran 6-2.

The World Cup started well with England's 6-2 victory over Iran on Monday

The World Cup started well with England’s 6-2 victory over Iran on Monday

Since then I have played Denmark-Tunisia, Morocco-Croatia and Uruguay-Korea: all scoreless. That is four and a half hours of football without a goal to report. Plus all that extra time. I’ve never had a run like this in my career. I’m just starting to feel like Garry Birtles after his record £1.25 million move to Manchester United. (Look it up if you are under 50).

Thursday’s game was a goalscorer with Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Son Heung-min. And when all else fails, life is rarely dull with Suarez at the World Cup, whether he’s humiliating England, taking a bite out of Giorgio Chiellini or denying Ghana a World Cup semi-final with a last-minute handball on the line.

And yet it was really boring here.

His statistics? zero shots, zero chances created, three touches in the opponent’s penalty area and seven passes. One of them was the kickoff. He had 18 touches and won a single duel.

Denmark's encounter with Tunisia was a good goalless draw with plenty of attacking intent

Denmark's encounter with Tunisia was a good goalless draw with plenty of attacking intent

Denmark’s encounter with Tunisia was a good goalless draw with plenty of attacking intent

We had one 0-0 draw in Russia in 2018 as we hailed the return of attacking football as the standard in the world game. Here we have had four so far. (I only managed to avoid Mexico-Poland by being in Tunisia-Denmark.)

Frankly, the latter was a good game, full of incidents and with offensive intentions. It is the rule of any self-respecting European football fan to extol the virtue of a good 0-0 to incredulous non-football-loving Americans. This is a task I approach with evangelical zeal. And Denmark-Tunisia was a handsome 0-0. But the other two games I’ve seen haven’t been.

Some theories: in close groups, the law of least risk seems to apply. Don’t lose your opening game is the World Cup mantra ignored by Germany and Argentina, but deeply ingrained in the mid-ranking teams. Not making a mistake is more important than who dares to win.

Morocco and Croatia were content to start their World Cup campaigns with a 0-0 draw

Morocco and Croatia were content to start their World Cup campaigns with a 0-0 draw

Morocco and Croatia were content to start their World Cup campaigns with a 0-0 draw

The lack of preparation time may explain that. Teams are not yet confident in their game patterns or systems. The high scoring teams like England, Spain and France have established systems and tactics.

That said, so do Denmark and Uruguay. But many teams seem to be working it out on the hoof, the opening game replacing the traditional pre-World Cup friendly, happy to stay in the hunt and risk it all for the third game.

After all, there is a measure of national honor in valiant failure. No one likes a team that starts bad and gets worse and worse.

Uruguay and Korea drew with thSuarez, Darwin Nunez and Son Heung-min

Uruguay and Korea drew with thSuarez, Darwin Nunez and Son Heung-min

Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Son Heung-min were frustrated in another scoreless draw