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Andrew Tibot 15th Jun 2016 - 12:32

Euro 2016 Opta Facts 2nd Group Games - Groups D - F

Czech Republic - Croatia

o   Czech Republic have played Croatia twice before and are yet to claim victory against them (D1 L1).

o   Nikola Kalinic's brace helped Croatia secure a 4-2 win over Czech Republic when these teams last met in 2011.

o   This is the first time Czech Republic and Croatia have met in a game that wasn't a friendly.

o   Six of the eight goals in matches between these countries have come in the first half.

o   The Czech Republic have lost six of their last nine EURO games (W3).

o   None of the Czech Republic's last 20 games at a major tournament has ended in a draw (W9 L11). Their last draw was in the semi-finals of EURO 1996 against France (0-0, 6-5 on pens).

o   The Czech Republic have never failed to score in two consecutive games at the European Championships.

o   Croatia have won five of their last eight group games in the European Championships (D2 L1).

o   Croatia have only failed to score once in their last 10 games in the European Championships, it was against Spain in 2012. They've also never conceded more than one goal in their last eight games in the competition.

o   Croatia struck the woodwork three times against Turkey, only the fourth time this had happened in a EURO game since 1980.

o   Croatia tied their record for most shots in a 90-minute EURO game with their 19 attempts against Turkey. 15 of those came from inside the box.

o   Luka Modric scored with his only shot against Turkey. He also had more touches (79) and completed more passes (52) than any other player in that game.

o   Czech striker Tomas Necid has scored more goals as a substitute (7) than as a starter (4) for the national team.




Spain - Turkey

o   Turkey have only registered one win in 10 games against Spain (D4 L5). That sole win came in Istanbul on 14th March 1954; 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

o   Spain have conceded only one goal in their last six matches versus Turkey, however that goal did come in their last meeting (2009 - 2-1)

o   This will be the first time that Spain have faced Turkey in the finals of a major tournament.

o   Spain have won the last two Euros (2008, 2012), which had never happened before in the history of the tournament. They reached the final the last time the EURO was held in France (1984). They were beaten by the hosts (0-2).

o   Spain are unbeaten in their last 13 games at the European Championships (W10 D3), the longest run in the history of the competition. Their last defeat in the tournament dates back to June 2004 against Portugal (0-1).

o   Spain have only conceded one goal in their last 10 games in the tournament, it was scored by Italy's Antonio Di Natale on 10 June 2012 (1-1).

o   Spain haven't conceded a single goal in their last 600 minutes at the European Championships, the longest run in the history of the tournament.

o   Turkey have won only three of their 13 games at the European Championships (D2 L8). They've also only kept two clean sheets in those 13 games.

o   Turkey have improved on their position each time they have qualified for the European Championships; they were knocked out in the group stages in 1996 before reaching the quarter-finals in 2000 and the semis in 2008.

o   Only one of Turkey's 11 goals at the European Championships has been scored before the 45th minute.

o   Andres Iniesta delivered his fourth assist in the EURO by setting up Gerard Pique against the Czech Republic, the joint-most for Spain alongside Cesc Fabregas and David Silva.

o   Gerard Piqué's first international goal for Spain was against Turkey in March 2009. His goal against the Czech Republic last Monday was his first in a major tournament with La Roja.

o   David De Gea hasn't conceded a goal in four competitive games with Spain.

o   Turkey striker Cenk Tosun didn't have a shot or set up an attempt in his 69 minutes against Croatia. He completed only two passes in the opposition half.


Italy - Sweden

o   Italy are currently on a four game unbeaten run against Sweden (W3 D1). The Scandinavians' last victory dates back to June 1998, in a friendly (1-0).

o   However, Italy have gone six competitive matches against Sweden without keeping a clean sheet (W2 D1 L3).

o   Sweden have never scored more than once in their last eight matches versus Italy, a run dating back to 1984.

o   This will be the third time Italy have met Sweden in the European Championships; the Azzurri claiming victory in the 2000 edition (2-1) whilst the meeting four years later ended as a draw (1-1).

o   Seven of the last nine Italy goals against Sweden have come in the first-half.

o   Italy are unbeaten in their 11 competitive games under Antonio Conte (W8 D3). Their last defeat dates back to June 2014 against Uruguay.

o   Italy have never scored more than two goals in their 34 games at the European Championships.

o   The only previous time Italy won their first two EURO games was in 2000, when they eventually reached the final.

o   Italy have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three games, their longest run since 2013. A fourth clean sheet in a row against Sweden would be their best streak since the 2006 World Cup, which they eventually won.

o   Italy have only lost two of their 22 games in the group stages of the European Championships (W11 D9).

o   Sweden have only won three of their last 15 games at the European Championships (D5 L7).

o   Sweden scored despite not having a single shot on target in their opening game against Republic of Ireland.

o   Giorgio Chiellini's first half headed goal helped Italy to a 1-0 win versus Sweden when these sides last met in a 2009 friendly.

o   Antonio Candreva has been directly involved in three goals in his last two appearances with Italy (one goal, two assists).

o   Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the last Swedish player to score against Italy, back in June 2004 at the Euros (1-1). None of his four shots against the Republic of Ireland were on target.


Belgium - Republic of Ireland


o   Belgium are unbeaten in their last six matches versus the Republic of Ireland (W2 D4). They haven't faced each other since November 1997, when Belgium beat the Republic 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier.

o   The Republic of Ireland have not beaten Belgium since May 1966 (3-2 win in a friendly).

o   This will be the first time that these teams have faced off in the finals of a major tournament.

o   The Republic of Ireland have lined up against Belgium seven times before in competitive matches; failing to win any of them (D5 L2).

o   In fact, the Republic of Ireland have only been able to record one clean sheet in their seven competitive matches played versus Belgium.

o   Belgium have lost six of their last eight games at the EURO (W2), including the last three by the same 0-2 scoreline.

o   Belgium have conceded a goal in each of their last eight games, their longest run without a clean sheet for 30 years (9 games, May to September 1986).

o   The Republic of Ireland have never gone past the group stages of the EURO in their two previous participations (1988, 2012).

o   The Republic of Ireland won their first game at the EURO finals (1-0 v England in 1988) but have failed to win any of their subsequent six games (D2 L4).

o   The Republic of Ireland have never scored more than one goal in a game at the European Championships. However, they had four shots on target against Sweden in their opening game; their best ever tally in a EURO game.

o   Only five of Belgium's 18 shots in their opener against Italy were struck from inside the box.

o   Emile Mpenza was the last player to score for Belgium at the EURO; it was back in June 2000 against Sweden.

o   Eden Hazard has yet to score in 458 minutes at major tournaments (World Cup + EURO).

o   Robbie Keane has scored 11 goals in his last 13 starts with the Republic of Ireland.


Iceland - Hungary

o   Hungary have beaten Iceland in five successive matches coming into this fixture. Iceland's last victory was in June 1995 (2-1 in a Euro qualifier).

o   Iceland have conceded at least three goals in each of their last three games played versus Hungary.

o   There have been 14 goals in the last three encounters between Iceland and Hungary, an average of 4.7 per game.

o   Iceland and Hungary have faced each other 10 times previously, but none of these games has ended as a draw (3 wins for Iceland, 7 for Hungary).

o   Iceland have either scored exactly twice (five games) or not at all (also five games) across their 10 previous meetings with Hungary.

o   Iceland have only lost once across their last seven competitive matches (W3 D3).

o   The last seven goals recorded by Iceland have all been scored by different players (including friendlies).

o   Iceland had the lowest possession of any side during the first round of group games (27.8% v Portugal).

o   Hungary come into this game having only lost twice in their last 13 matches (including friendlies, W6 D5).

o   Hungary's opponents have seen red cards in two of their last three games at a major tournament; Austria's Aleksandar Dragović as well as Mike Sweeney for Canada at the 1986 World Cup.

o   Hannes Thór Halldórsson (Iceland) made eight saves in the match against Portugal; the most of any player in a EURO finals match since Joe Hart v Italy in 2012.

o   Zoltán Gera has scored three goals in two appearances against Iceland.

o   Gera made more tackles than any other player over the first round of group matches (seven against Austria).



Portugal - Austria

o   Portugal are currently unbeaten in four matches against Austria (W1 D3). Their last meeting was back in October 1995 (1-1 in a Euro qualifier) whilst Austria's last victory was in November 1979 (2-1 in Lisbon, Euro qualifier).

o   Three of the last four meetings between these sides have ended in a 1-1 draw (1-0 Portugal in 1994); neither team has managed to score more than once during this time.

o   Austria have conceded exactly once to Portugal in each of their last five matches against them.

o   Portugal and Austria are playing each other in the finals of a major tournament for the very first time.

o   Austria registered a 9-1 win over Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in September 1953; they have never managed to score more in a single game (also 9-0 vs Malta 1977).

o   Austria come into this game having lost three of their last four matches (including friendlies, W1 L3). That win came against Malta.

o   Portugal have only claimed one victory in their last five games (D3 L1) played at major tournaments (World Cup and European Championships).

o   Austria have never kept a clean sheet at the European Championships; conceding at least once each of their four games.

o   In fact, Austria have gone 13 games without a clean sheet at a major tournament, last keeping one against Algeria at the 1982 World Cup.

o   Portugal had 26 shots in their opening game; the most of any nation across the first round Euro 2016 matches.

o   None of Austria's last 28 shots at the European Championships have found the back of the net.

o   Cristiano Ronaldo will become Portugal's outright most capped player if he features in this match; he's currently level with Luis Figo (127).

o   Cristiano Ronaldo has now had 34 direct free-kick shots in major tournaments for Portugal (World Cup and European Championships); he hasn't scored with any of them.

o   Ronaldo attempted 10 shots versus Iceland; four more than anybody else across the opening round of group games. However, only one of those efforts were on target.



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