Lagos - Following the conclusion of the group stage matches of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa, a total of 49 goals were scored in 24 matches, according to CAF.
The record fell short of the previous Gabon-Equatorial Guinea edition of the AFCON in 2012, where a total of 61 goals were scored at the group stage.
The 49 goals averaged two goals per game, a drop from the tournament in 2012 that produced an average of 2.5 goals per.
Group D amassed the highest number of goals with 15, Group C had 12, while Groups A and B produced 11 goals each.
Records showed 19 goals were scored in the first half while 30 were netted in the second half, with one-third of the goals coming in the last 15 minutes of the games.
Dieumerci Mbokani scored the fastest goal of the group stage from the penalty spot in the third minute of a Group B encounter between the DR Congo and Mali.
Four goals were scored in added time, with two coming from Burkina Faso’s duo of Alain Traoré and Jonathan Pitroipa in their Group C encounters against Nigeria and Ethiopia respectively.
The other added time goals scored during the group stage were from Tunisia's Youssef M’Sakni and Dove Wome of Togo, all coming against Algeria in a Group D encounter.
A total of 12 penalties were awarded in the group stage with eight scored, including one from Zambia’s goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene and four were off target.
Mweene became the first goalkeeper to score in a Nations Cup match when he scored from the spot, to earn his team a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in a group C encounter.
Burkina Faso's Traoré leads the goal scorers chat with three goals, followed by Nigeria’s duo of Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses who have scored two goals each.
Other players on the two goals mark are Cote D’ Ivoire’s Gervinho and Yaya Touré, South Africa's Siyabonga Sangweni and DR Congo's Dieumerci Mbokani.
The tournament’s only own goal so far was scored by Cape Verde’s Nando in a Group A encounter against Angola.