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goal differencenoun [U]

/ˈɡəʊl ˌdɪf.ər.əns/  us /ˈɡoʊl ˌdɪf.ɚ.əns/
mainly UK the ​amount by which the ​totalnumber of ​goals a ​footballteamscores is ​greater than the ​totalnumber of ​goalsscored against it, used as a way of ​deciding the ​position of ​teams with the same ​number of ​points: After ​their 2-0 ​win on ​Saturday, City ​lead the ​titlerace on ​goaldifference.
(Definition of goal difference from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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