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Michael Taylor 14th Jun 2010 - 20:52

World Cup Opta Facts: second round of group games

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Group A

South Africa v Uruguay

  • Uruguay are unbeaten in their two international encounters against South Africa: a 4-3 win in the 1997 Confederation Cup and a 0-0 draw in a 2007 friendly encounter.
  • Uruguay's only World Cup encounter against an African team was in 2002, drawing 3-3 with Senegal.
  • Never in the history of the World Cup has a host been eliminated in the first round.
  • South Africa were eliminated in the first round in their last two World Cup participations.
  • Uruguay qualified to the knockout stage the last time they were managed by Oscar Tabarez at a World Cup (1990).
  • The Bafana Bafana have won just two of their 13 encounters against South American opposition.
  • South Africa have failed to score in six of their 13 games against South American teams.
  • Four of South Africa's last six World Cup finals games have been draws.
  • Uruguay have drawn their last three World Cup finals games.
  • The South Americans have also managed just one win in their last 17 finals matches.

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France v Mexico

  • France are unbeaten against Mexico, winning five times and drawing once.
  • Mexico have never won a World Cup match against any of the seven countries that have won the competition (11 defeats and five draws).
  • Mexico have scored at least one goal in each of their last nine World Cup games against European sides.
  • Mexico have made it to the knockout stage in their previous five World Cup participations.
  • The last goal Mexico scored against France was in the 1966 World Cup.
  • Nicolas Anelka has now failed to have a shot on target in 384 consecutive minutes for the French side.
  • Overall, the French have mustered a total of 99 shots (incl. Blocked) in their last five games, netting just two goals in that time (excl. own goals).
  • Mexico have managed just one win in their last seven finals games.
  • Les Bleus are unbeaten in their last eight finals games, although they have drawn half of those matches.

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Group B

Argentina v South Korea

  • Argentina have won both of their encounters against South Korea, including a 3-1 victory during the 1986 World Cup first round.
  • In that game, current Argentina boss Diego Maradona provided the assist for all three goals by the South Americans, despite being fouled 11 times - only Ariel Ortega (12 times vs Japan in 1998) has ever been fouled more often in a single World Cup match.
  • The South Koreans have yet to beat a team from the American continent in the World Cup (three defeats and two draws).
  • South Korea have never qualified to the knockout stage of a World Cup played abroad.
  • South Korea's clean sheet in their opening game against Greece was their first in their last six World Cup finals games.
  • Only two of South Korea's 24 World Cup finals goals have come before the 25th minute, with the second coming against Greece in the opening game (7th minute).
  • Argentina are now unbeaten in their last seven finals games, winning four and drawing two (not including results after penalty shoot-outs).
  • Three of Argentina's last four goals in World Cup finals have come from corners.
  • Only current manager Diego Maradona (9) has delivered more assists than Juan Sebastián Verón (5) for Argentina in the World Cup since 1966.

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Greece v Nigeria

  • Both encounters between these two sides have ended 2-0, once in Nigeria's favour (1994 World Cup), and once in Greece's.
  • Nigeria are the only team at the 2010 World Cup with every member of their squad playing in a foreign club.
  • The four wins managed by Nigeria in the World Cup have been against European sides.
  • Greece have still failed to score a goal in the World Cup, conceding a total of 12 goals in their four finals games so far.
  • The Super Eagles are now without a win in their last six finals games, losing five and drawing one and failing to find the net in three of those games.
  • Greece have conceded in the 7th minute or earlier in three of their four World Cup finals matches.
  • The Greeks have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last four games (in all competitions), losing three of those matches 2-0.
  • Substitute Obafemi Martins was the only Nigeria player to manage a shot on target against Argentina in their match last week.
  • If Greece fail to score against Nigeria, they will equal the all time record of most consecutive games without scoring in World Cup history (five, held by Bolivia).

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Group C

Slovenia v USA

  • This will be the first meeting between the two sides.
  • The three matches between Slovenia and teams from the CONCACAF zone have produced 13 goals.
  • In their last match against Algeria, Slovenia won their first-ever match at an international tournament.
  • The USA have kept just one clean sheet in 20 World Cup matches since keeping a shut out against England in 1950.
  • Only once in 15 post-war World Cup meetings with sides from Europe have the USA found the net more than once in a game.
  • The US have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 11 international games.
  • Slovenia have won seven of their last eight matches.
  • Eight of the USA's 10 goals in the last three World Cups have come in the first half.
  • Clint Dempsey has scored two goals in three World Cup appearances.
  • Landon Donovan was involved in six of the USA's 12 shots against England.

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England v Algeria

  • This will be the first meeting between England and Algeria.
  • England have never lost against an African team: 11 wins and four draws.
  • England kept a clean sheet in four of their five World Cup encounters against African sides.
  • 17 of the 23 Algerian players were born in France.
  • Algeria have never kept a clean sheet in seven World Cup matches.
  • England's last five goals at World Cups have been scored by midfielders, three by Gerrard.
  • England have drawn their opening World Cup game five times (including 1966), progressing to the knockout stage on four occasions.
  • The Three Lions have kept a clean sheet in only 28% of matches under Capello, compared to 61% under McLaren.
  • Wayne Rooney has failed to score in back-to-back competitive matches for England for the first time since March 2007.

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Group D

Germany v Serbia

  • Germany have conceded seven goals in their last three World Cup matches against teams from the Balkans( 1-2 v Bulgaria in 1994, 2-2 v Yugoslavia and 0-3 v Croatia in 1998).
  • Germany have won more games against the former Yugoslavia than any other side (four).
  • Germany have won both of their matches against Serbia and Serbia & Montenegro (1-0, 2-1).
  • Serbia have lost all four of their matches at the World Cup to date.
  • Serbia have conceded three goals to penalties in their last two World cup matches.
  • Five of the last seven goals Serbia have conceded at the World Cup have come in the last 15 minutes of games.
  • Serbia have received three red cards in four World Cup games.
  • Following his goal against Australia, Miroslav Klose (11) is now only four goals behind Ronaldo's all-time record of 15 goals in finals tournaments.
  • Klose's goal was his seventh header in the World Cup, no other player has scored as many goals in this manner.

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Ghana v Australia

  • Ghana and Australia have met six times so far, each time in friendlies: the Socceroos lead the head-to-head by four wins to one, and are unbeaten in the last three meetings.
  • Australia beat Ghana 2-0 in their previous meeting in South Africa (Durban, 1996).
  • Asamoah Gyan was the first striker to score at this World Cup.
  • Five players have been sent off in the last three World Cup matches involving Australia.
  • Asamoah Gyan has netted four goals in his six appearances at international tournaments this year (three goals at the African Cup of Nations and one at the World Cup).
  • Ghana have been awarded three penalties in just five World Cup finals games; their last two goals came form the penalty spot (v USA in 2006 and v Serbia in their 2010 opener).
  • Ghana are yet to draw after five games at World Cup finals, winning three so far.
  • Australia have won only one of their eight matches at World Cup finals.
  • The Aussies have failed to score in six of these fixtures, and have kept only one clean sheet in the process.

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Group E

Netherlands v Japan

  • These two sides have only met once, with the Netherlands winning in a friendly international back in September 2009 (3-0).
  • Holland have won their three World Cup games against Asian sides, scoring 10 goals in the process.
  • The Oranje have conceded only two goals in their last five games in World Cup finals.
  • Japan had only three shots in their win against Cameroon; the fewest by a winning side in the World Cup finals since 1966.
  • Japan's victory over Cameroon was their first World Cup finals victory outside of their own country.
  • Japan have faced a European side in the World Cup finals on five previous occasions, winning only once and failing to score in three of those matches.
  • Six of Japan's last seven goals in World Cup finals have been netted by midfielders, including Keisuke Honda's in the opening game against Cameroon.
  • Against Denmark, Wesley Sneijder completed 61 of his 65 passes (94%), creating five goalscoring chances for his teammates.

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Cameroon v Denmark

  • Both encounters between Cameroon and Denmark have ended 2-1 with each team winning once.
  • Denmark are unbeaten against African sides in the World Cup (one win and two draws).
  • Cameroon have won just one of their 11 World Cup encounters against European sides.
  • Denmark have always qualified to the knockout stages in their previous World Cup participations (1986, 1998 and 2002).
  • Despite this the Danes have won only one of their last four games in the World Cup, losing the last two without scoring.
  • Cameroon have won just one of their last 11 matches at World Cup finals, and have lost the last two without scoring.
  • Denmark's opening game defeat against the Netherlands was the first time in 10 World Cup group stage matches that they have failed to find the net.
  • None of Cameroon's 15 goals in the World Cup have been scored from outside the penalty area.

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Group F

Slovakia v Paraguay

  • Slovakia have lost six of their 10 encounters against South American sides.
  • Six of the last 10 goals Paraguay have conceded at the World Cup finals have come from set-pieces.
  • Robert Vittek scored in his first appearance in the 2010 Finals, this after failing to score in any of his nine appearances for Slovakia during qualification.
  • Vittek has now scored in back-to-back matches for the Slovakians, each time in the five minutes after the break.
  • Paraguay have won just one of their last 12 World Cup games against European sides, losing six and drawing five.
  • Paraguay lost their second group stage games in 2002 and 2006, both times against European opposition.
  • None of Slovakia's last 47 international fixtures have ended goalless, a record dating back to 2005.
  • Slovakia have won just one of their last five matches.
  • Paraguay have lost just one of their last seven international matches, although four of these have ended in a draw.

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Italy v New Zealand

  • These teams have only met once, when Italy won 4-3 despite having trailed three times during the game (10/06/2009).
  • There were three braces scored in this match: Alberto Gilardino and Vincenzo Iaquinta for Italy and Chris Killen for New Zealand.
  • In their opening game of the World Cup against Paraguay, neither Gilardino nor Iaquinta managed a single shot on target in the whole 90 minutes.
  • The Azzurri are still without a win in four games in 2010 (three draws and a defeat), and have managed only one win in their last six games.
  • 10 of Italy's last 15 goals in World Cup finals have come from set-pieces, including Daniele De Rossi's equaliser in their debut against Paraguay last Monday.
  • Italy have lost only one of their last 21 meetings against non-European sides in World Cup finals (2-1 vs South Korea in 2002).
  • Winston Reid's stoppage time goal against Slovakia ended New Zealand's streak of three straight defeats in the World Cup.
  • New Zealand have conceded an average of 3.25 goals per game in World Cup finals, and scored only one in their last three.
  • The Azzurri's second choice keeper Federico Marchetti, who replaced injured Buffon against Paraguay, has kept four clean sheets in six caps so far.

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Group G

Brazil v Ivory Coast

  • Brazil have won all of their five World Cup matches against African teams, keeping a clean sheet each time in the process.
  • Overall, Brazil have won 23 of their 24 encounters against African opposition, scoring 65 goals and conceding just seven.
  • Maicon made more touches during the first round of matches than any other player (129).
  • Ivory Coast scored an average of 3.2 goals per game with Didier Drogba in the qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, compared to 1.9 without him.
  • Ivory Coast's goalless draw with Portugal marked the first time they had failed to score in a World Cup game, though it was also the first time they had kept a clean sheet.
  • Brazil have never been defeated at the World Cup finals by a side outside Europe or South America.
  • Moreover, the South American giants have won all 16 World Cup meetings with sides not from these two continents, keeping 13 clean sheets.
  • Robinho created the most goalscoring chances in the first round of matches (7).
  • Brazil have lost just one of their last 27 internationals.
  • The Ivory Coast have kept eight clean sheets in their last 16 competitive matches.

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Portugal v North Korea

  • These teams met in the 1966 FIFA World Cup quarter finals, Portugal won 5-3 despite going three goals down, with Eusebio scoring four goals in the process.
  • Portugal have won seven of their nine encounters against AFC opponents, losing just once: in the 2002 FIFA World Cup against South Korea.
  • The Portuguese have conceded just two goals in their last 10 internationals.
  • Portugal have kept a clean sheet in 78.3% of matches under Carlos Queiroz, a higher % than any other manager.
  • Portugal are on a run of four games without a win at the World Cup, their worst ever drought in the competition.
  • There have been 46 yellow cards and eight reds in Portugal's last nine games at the World Cup.
  • North Korea became only third side from outside of Europe or South America to score against Brazil at the World Cup.
  • North Korea have not won any of their last eight games, losing five of those.

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Group H

Chile v Switzerland

  • These sides have met three times before, Switzerland winning twice and Chile claiming one victory, with these encounters producing 13 goals.
  • Switzerland have failed to win their four matches against South American sides in the World Cup (three defeats and one draw).
  • Chile have failed to win their last eight World Cup fixtures against European sides (five defeats and three draws).
  • Switzerland had only 26.7% of the possession of the ball against Spain. No other team has won a World Cup game with so little possession since 1966.
  • Chile have kept six clean sheets in their last seven matches but their clean sheet against Honduras was their first World Cup finals clean sheet since drawing 0-0 with Australia in 1974.
  • Switzerland haven't conceded a goal in seven hours and 34 minutes of World Cup action.
  • The Swiss only managed 132 touches in the opposition half in their victory over Spain, fewer than any other side in the first round.
  • Chile's win over Honduras ended a 13 game winless run in the World Cup for the South American side.

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Spain v Honduras

  • These teams have only met once previously: in the Group stage during the 1982 World Cup, the Catrachos held the hosts Spain to a 1-1 draw.
  • There has been a Colombian manager at the last six World Cups, so far, none of Reinaldo Rueda's predecessors have made it past the last 16.
  • Spain's defeat against Switzerland was the first time they lost with Andres Iniesta in the starting line-up.
  • Honduras' pass completion in the first round of only 63% is the lowest seen at the World Cup in the first round.
  • Honduras have conceded exactly one goal in each of their four World Cup finals games.
  • Spain have kept only five clean sheets in their last 21 World Cup finals games.
  • Xavi (102) and Xabi Alonso (101) were the only two players to attempt over 100 passes (including crosses and corners) in the opening round of the World Cup.
  • Honduras only managed to touch the ball once in the opposition's box against Chile, fewer times than any other side in the opening round.
  • Spain have only met a Central American side twice in the World Cup, drawing 1-1 with Honduras in 1982 and beating Mexico 1-0 in 1962.
  • If Honduras score against Spain it will be exactly 28 years to the day since their last World Cup goal, when they netted against Northern Ireland.
  • No side has ever won the World Cup after losing their opening group game, Spain will be hoping to buck this trend.

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