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Nic Ladds 25th Jun 2012 - 11:12

Euro 2012 Opta Facts - Semi Finals

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Euro 2012 Opta Facts - Semi-finals

Portugal v Spain - Bet Now

  • Spain have met Portugal 34 times - more than any other side - winning 16 times and losing just six.
  • However, this will only be the third time that Spain and Portugal will have met outside of the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Their last encounter, in November 2010 in Lisbon, ended 4-0 in favor of Portugal, which remains Spain's heaviest defeat since 1963.
  • Spain have won just two of their last 12 games against Portugal.
  • Indeed, 14 of Spain's 16 wins against Portugal occurred before 1960.
  • Portugal and Spain have met three times in a major tournament, winning once each and drawing the other game.
  • Those three games have produced just four goals in total.
  • Portugal are making their fourth semi-final appearance at European Championship finals (1984, 2000, 2004), while they have only managed to reach the final once, on home soil in 2004.
  • Spain have won 31 out of 34 competitive games under Vicente Del Bosque.
  • Spain have kept a clean sheet in each of their last eight knockout games in major finals.
  • The Spaniards have been ahead in 18 games at the Euros so far and have never lost - W16 D2.
  • Spain have conceded just one goal so far at Euro 2012, fewer than any other side.
  • Five of Spain's eight goals at Euro 2012 have come in the last 30 minutes of play.
  • Portugal have hit the woodwork six times at EURO 2012, more than any other side at any European Championship finals (1980-2012).
  • Four of Portugal's six shots which have hit the woodwork have come courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored six goals overall in European Championship finals - only Michel Platini (nine) and Alan Shearer (seven) have netted more in the competition.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is the first ever player to attempt 30 shots (including blocked) in a single EURO tournament.
  • Spain have completed 2623 passes so far at Euro 2012, more than double as many as Portugal (1159).

Germany v Italy - Bet Now

  • These two sides have met 30 times in their history: Italy lead by 14 wins to seven, with nine draws completing the record.
  • Italy have never lost against the Germans in a competitive game: three wins and four draws (including two games played at the Euros, in 1988, 1-1 and 1996, 0-0).
  • The Azzurri are unbeaten in their last five games against Germany, winning three times and drawing twice.
  • Italy have failed to make it to the finals only in two of the 10 semi-final games they've played at major tournaments (a 0-2 loss v USSR at Euro 1988, and a 3-4 defeat on penalties v Argentina at the 1990 World Cup, after a 1-1 draw).
  • Germany have played in a semi-final in a major competition 17 times so far, making it to the final on 11 occasions.
  • Germany are the only side to have won each of their four games at Euro 2012. They have now won their last 15 competitive games - an all-time record in DFB history.
  • The Germans have scored in each of their last 20 games (51 goals in total).
  • Germany boast the best attack at Euro 2012 (nine goals scored) while Italy have the second-best defence (two goals conceded).
  • Italy have netted just four goals so far - no other side have reached the semi-finals scoring so few goals at the Euros since 1996.
  • Six of Italy's last seven goals at the Euros have come from set-pieces, whereas 11 of Germany's last 12 have come from open play.
  • Italy have attempted the most shots so far at Euro 2012 (59), and only Cristiano Ronaldo (22) has mustered more shots than Mario Balotelli (14).
  • Germany's last seven goals at Euro 2012 have been scored by seven different players, while no Italian player has scored more than one.
  • In the quarter-final match against Greece, Miroslav Klose has score his 64th goal in his 120th cap for Germany and he is now just four strikes away from Gerd Müller's record of 68 goals for the Mannschaft.
  • Germany have conceded, on average, only nine fouls per game, fewer than any other side at Euro 2012, while Hummels and Khedira are the only outfield players to have played four full games without conceding a single foul.
  • Italy have fired over the most accurate crosses from open play so far at Euro 2012 (17).

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