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Michael Taylor 20th Jun 2012 - 13:00

Euro 2012 Opta Facts - Quarter Finals

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Czech Republic v Portugal

  • Czech Republic defeated Portugal 1-0 at the quarter final stage of Euro 96, thanks to the now-famous Karel Poborský scoop goal.
  • In the other of their two previous Euro Finals meetings, Portugal defeated the Czech Republic 3-1 in the group stages in 2008 - a game that Cristiano Ronaldo scored in.
  • Portugal have kept a clean sheet in only one of their last 10 matches at a Euro finals tournament.
    The Czech Republic have scored a goal in 12 of their last 13 European Championship finals matches.
  • On the previous two occasions that the Czech Republic have played a quarter finals match at the European Championships, they have won without conceding a goal.
  • Portugal have now made it to the knockout stages of the European Championship Finals every time they have been present (six times).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo attempted a total of 12 shots against the Netherlands, the most by a single player in a single game in Euro Finals (1980-2012).
  • Ronaldo became the first Portuguese player to score at five different major tournaments (Euro 2004, WC 2006, Euro 2008, WC 2010 and Euro 2012).
  • The Czech Republic won their group, becoming the first side to win a group stage at a Euro finals tournament with a negative goal difference (-1).
  • Only Peter Schmeichel (20) has conceded more goals at European Championship finals tournaments than Petr Cech (15).
  • Portugal have already hit the woodwork four times at Euro 2012, only three sides have ever hit it five times at the European Championships.

Germany v Greece

  • Greece have met Germany eight times before this meeting, but are yet to win (D3 L5).
  • Their last meeting came back in March 2001, when Germany defeated the Greeks 4-2 in a World Cup qualifier.
  • Greece's only previous match against (West) Germany at a Euro Finals was back in 1980, when they drew 0-0 in the group stages.
  • On the three occasions that either Germany (2) or Greece (1) have reached the quarter final stage of a Euro Finals (this round was introduced in 1996), they have gone on to reach the final.
  • Germany have progressed to the semi finals on five of the last six occasions that they have contested a quarter final match at a major international tournament.
  • Germany have won their last 14 competitive games - an all-time record in DFB history.
  • Germany won all three of their group matches. Only two of the eight teams to previously win all of their Euro group games have gone onto win the tournament (France 84 & Spain 08).
  • Germany have scored in each of their last 19 games, their longest run since 1989-1991 (20 games).
  • None of Greece's last 10 goals at European Championship finals have arrived before the 42nd minute.
  • Greece have attempted only 17 shots (excl. blocked) in their three games at Euro 2012 so far, one every 16 minutes on average and the fewest of all sides to have qualified for the knockout stages.

Spain v France

  • The only previous time Spain picked up at least seven points in the group stages of the Euros saw them crowned champions (9 points at Euro 2008).
  • Since losing 0-1 vs Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup, Spain have won 16 of 17 competitive games (one draw vs Italy).
  • Spain have won just one of their nine previous European Championship or World Cup quarter-finals outright (v Paraguay in World Cup 2010) - four of those ended in penalty shootouts, with Spain winning just once this way (Euro 2008).
  • Over their last 25 fixtures at Euros and World Cups, the only side able to score more than a single goal against Spain were France (3-1 in the 2006 World Cup).
  • Spain have never won a competitive game against France (L5 D1).
  • France have beaten Spain at two European Championship finals (one draw) and have gone on to win the title on both occasions (1984 2-0 in the final, 2000 2-1 in the quarter-final).
  • The 2-0 defeat against Sweden brought France's unbeaten run of 23 games (W16 D7) to an end.
  • Iker Casillas already has six clean sheets at European Championship finals to his name (level with Italy's Dino Zoff); only Edwin van der Sar (nine) has more.
  • Karim Benzema has attempted 17 shots without scoring, the most of all players at EURO 2012 who are still waiting for their first strike.
  • Franck Ribery was involved in more duels than any other player in the group stages (75) and won 45% of them.

England v Italy

  • Italy have only been knocked out at the quarter finals of a major tournament on two of the nine occasions that they have reached this stage - both times on penalty kicks (Euro 2008 v Spain and World Cup 1998 v France).
  • In 10 quarter final matches at the European Championships or World Cup finals (including one replay), Italy have conceded only four goals - and never more than one in a game.
  • England have lost seven out of ten quarter-final games at major tournaments, with 1966, 1990 and 1996 the only exceptions.
  • England and Italy have met at European Championship finals once before, with Italy winning a group game in 1980 1-0.
  • The last clash between the nations saw England lose a friendly in Leeds 2-1 in March 2002.
  • England have managed just one win from their last nine games against Italy (D2, L6).
  • On the last occasion England qualified for a European Championship tournament (2004), the Three Lions exited at the quarter-final stage after losing a penalty shoot-out against hosts Portugal.
  • Italy, too, exited at the quarter-final stage last time around. In 2008, they held Spain to a goalless draw before losing the penalty shoot-out.
  • England had the best shot conversion rate in the group stages (21.7%).
  • Italy and England scored three goals each from set-pieces, the joint-most in the group stages of Euro 2012.
  • Both Italy and England scored the opening goal in each of their first three games, with Germany the only other team to have managed to do so.
  • Italy's Mario Balotelli will play against his Manchester City team-mates Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner.
  • England Manager Roy Hodgson managed Italian sides Internazionale (1995-97 and 99) and Udinese (2001) and led Internazionale to the finals of the 1996/97 UEFA Cup (where they were defeated by Schalke 04 on penalties).
  • The Azzurri remain unbeaten in competitive games under Cesare Prandelli: 13 games, nine wins and four draws.


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