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Brazil celebrate winning the 2002 World Cup
They think it's all over. Yep - it's samba-time!

All the football pundits say it don't they? "It only takes a second to score."

Just imagine, that means there could be 5,400 goals in a game. Nonsense I know but the magic number is 90 - at senior level anyway.

There are 90 magical minutes to score all those goals, which are split between two halves of 45 minutes.

Then there's a break of up to 15 minutes at half-time for a breather and a chance for the manager to throw the tea cups about.

England enjoyed a 5-1 victory over Germany
Stop the clock. A fine night for England

Additional time is allowed at the end of each half by the referee to make up for time lost through substitutions and treatment of injured players.

In cup competitions extra-time is often played if the score is still level.

Depending on the competition this can be two full 15-minute periods or the silver-goal rule that will be at this year's European Champs.

Here, if one of the teams are ahead after the first period of extra-time, the match ends. If the score is still level, the second 15-minute period is played.

Still no goals after 30 minutes? Then it's down to the dreaded penalty shoot-out!






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