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Andrew Tibot 20th Jun 2016 - 9:43

Euro 2016 Opta Facts Final Group Games - Groups D - F

Italy - Republic of Ireland

o   This will be the 14th meeting between these sides; Italy have won eight of the previous 13 while the Republic of Ireland have won two (D3).

o   Italy defeated Ireland 2-0 at the last edition of the EURO in 2012, thanks to a goal apiece from Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli.

o   Italy and Ireland's meeting at the EURO in 2012 was the most recent of three games between the sides in major tournaments having met twice previously at the World Cup; Italy beat Ireland 1-0 in the 1990 quarter-final while Ireland won by the same score line in the Group Stage four years later.

o   Not since the first two meetings between the sides, both 3-0 victories for Italy, has either team managed to score more than two goals in fixtures between the sides.

o   Italy have reached the knockout stages of the EURO for the sixth time in eight participations since 1980.

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

o   Italy are unbeaten in their 12 competitive games under Antonio Conte (W9 D3). Their last defeat was against Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup.

o   Italy have never scored more than two goals in their 35 games at the European Championships.

o   Italy have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four games, their longest run since the 2006 World Cup, which they eventually won.

o   Italy have only lost two of their 23 games in the group stages of the European Championships (W12 D9).

o   If Gianluigi Buffon plays, it will be his 30th EURO/World Cup game. Only Paolo Maldini has made more appearances for Italy at a major tournament (36).

o   In their last game, Republic of Ireland failed to have a shot on target in a major tournament game for the first time since the 1994 World Cup (vs Norway).

o   The Green Army are winless in their last seven EURO fixtures (D2, L5), since winning their first ever game in the competition against England in 1988.

o   Ireland have never scored more than one goal in a EURO game, failing to find the net in four of their eight games in  the competition and scoring just four goals in total.




Sweden - Belgium

o   Sweden and Belgium have met 14 times previously, Sweden winning five and Belgium winning seven (D2).

o   Despite Belgium winning this fixture more often, Sweden (30) have scored eight goals more than the Belgians (22) in their 14 encounters.

o   These sides have met just once in a major tournament, with that fixture coming in the opening game of EURO 2000; Belgium, the hosts, won 2-1 thanks to goals from Bart Goor and Emile Mpenza.

o   In the last six meetings between the sides, the EURO 2000 clash was the only game in which both teams found the net; the other five games in that run saw four 2-0 wins and a scoreless draw.

o   Prior to that run, there had been an average of 5.1 goals per game between the two nations with 41 goals in eight matches.

o   Sweden have been knocked out in the group stages of the European Championships in three of their last four tournaments.

o   Sweden have lost five of their last seven games at the European Championships (W1 D1). They've also kept only one clean sheet in that run.

o   Since the group stages were introduced in 1980, Sweden are the first team who have failed to hit a shot on target in their first two games of a European Championship.

o   Zlatan Ibrahimovic has yet to hit a single shot on target or set up a single attempt for Sweden over the first two games of EURO 2016.

o   Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his last six games for Belgium.

o   Kevin De Bruyne has had a hand in 10 goals in his last 10 appearances for Belgium (five goals, five assists).

o   Belgium's three goal win against Ireland equaled their biggest victory at a major tournament (also 3-0 v El Salvador at the 1970 World Cup).

o   Belgium have not drawn any of their last nine European Championship games, winning three and losing six since their last stalemate - a 0-0 draw against Italy in 1980.

o   After winning their last game against Ireland, the Red Devils have the opportunity to win back to back games at the European Championships for the first time.



Czech Republic - Turkey

o   This will be the 20th meeting between the sides; Czech Republic (including Czechoslovakia) won 12 of the previous 19 while Turkey won four (D3).

o   This will be just the second meeting between the sides at a major tournament after the two met at EURO 2008 with Turkey winning 3-2, despite trailing 2-0 with less than 20 minutes of the match remaining thanks to goals from Arda Turan and Nihat (2).

o   That result meant Turkey qualified for the knockout stages of EURO 2008 at the expense of the Czech Republic who finished third in the group; Turkey were eventually knocked out at the semi-final stage.

o   Czech Republic and Turkey also met in qualifying for EURO 2016; Czech Republic finished top of Group A while Turkey qualified as the best third placed team.

o   The sides shared one win apiece in their 2016 qualifying clashes, with the away side on the day winning in each fixture.

o   There have been 31 goals in the last nine games between these two nations, with at least two goals being scored in each of those nine fixtures.

o   Since the formation of the Czech Republic in 1993, the country has reached the knockout stages in three of its five EURO participations (1996, 2004, 2012).

o   The Czech Republic have scored in 12 of their last 13 group games at the European Championships.

o   If Petr Cech plays, he will equal the Czech record for most games at major tournaments: 17, currently held by Karel Poborsky. Only Peter Schmeichel has conceded more goals (20) than Cech (19) in EURO history.

o   Czech striker Tomas Necid has scored twice as many goals as a substitute (8) than as a starter (4) for the national team.

o   Tomas Rosicky has only scored two goals and delivered one assist in 13 games at major tournaments with the Czech Republic.

o   Turkey have suffered defeat in each of their last three games at the EURO, their worst run in the competition since losing their first four games in the competition between 1996 and 2000.

o   Turkey have had a player booked in each of their last 17 games at major tournaments, last avoiding a booking against Italy at Euro 2000.

o   Turkey haven't kept a clean sheet at the Euros since a 2-0 win over Belgium at Euro 2000 - they've conceded 15 goals in eight games since then.

o   Against Spain, Turkey failed to have a shot on target in a major tournament game for the first time since Euro 1996 against Croatia.


Croatia - Spain

o   This will be the sixth meeting between Spain and Croatia; Spain have won three of the previous five meetings, while Croatia have won just once (D1).

o   Croatia's victory against Spain came in their first ever meeting in 1994 (2-0), since then they have managed just two goals in four games against La Roja (L3 D1).

o   Spain and Croatia met in the last edition of the EURO in 2012, their only clash in a major tournament, with Spain claiming a 1-0 victory thanks to an 88th minute winner from Jesus Navas.

o   Croatia have reached the knockout stages of the European Championships in 50% of their previous participations (2/4): in 1996 and 2008.

o   Croatia have lost only one of their last eight group games in the European Championships (W5 D2).

o   Croatia have only failed to score once in their last 11 games in the European Championships, it was against Spain in 2012.

o   Spain are unbeaten in 14 games at the Euros (W11 D3), and haven't conceded a goal in 690 minutes of action.

o   Spain have scored in each of their last eight group games at the EURO, last failing to find the net in 2004, in a 1-0 defeat to Portugal.

o   Croatia have had 20 more shots than their opponents over their first two games at EURO 2016 but have only scored one more goal.

o   Croatia played twice in Bordeaux in the 1998 World Cup, at the Parc Lescure stadium. They lost 1-0 against Argentina in the group stages and won 1-0 against Romania in the Last 16.

o   If Darijo Srna plays, it will be his 17th game at a major tournament with Croatia, a new record.

o   Alvaro Morata became the fifth player to score 2+ goals in a EURO game for Spain, following Alfonso Perez, David Villa (hat-trick vs Russia), Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso.


o   Andrés Iniesta has made 177 successful passes in the competition so far, more than any other Spain player, while no Croatian has made more than 100 (Luka Modric - 93).



Iceland - Austria

o   Iceland and Austria have met just three times previously; Austria won one of those games while the remaining two both ended in a draw.

o   There have been just five goals scored in those three games between the sides, with Austria netting three times to Iceland's two.

o   The most recent fixture between these two nations came in May 2014 as the sides shared a 1-1 draw, courtesy of a goal each from Austria's Marcel Sabitzer and Iceland's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

o   Austria have lost all three of their visits to the Stade de France (1-2 v Italy in the 1998 World Cup, 0-1 v France in 2007, 1-3 v France in 2009).

o   Iceland's only previous visit to the Stade de France ended in a 3-2 defeat against France in October 1999. Eidur Gudjohnsen came on as a second-half substitute in that game.

o   Austria have not progressed from the group stage of a major tournament since reaching the second round at the 1982 World Cup; they've since been eliminated at the group stage at the World Cup in 1990 and 1998 and at EURO 2008.

o   Iceland have only lost once across their last eight competitive matches (W3 D4).

o   In their last game Austria kept their first clean sheet at a major tournament since 1982 vs Algeria, they had conceded at least one goal in all 13 games since then.

o   None of Austria's last 32 shots at the European Championships have found the back of the net.

o   After two match days no side had faced more shots than Iceland (38) or Austria (37), the most and joint second most respectively.

o   Iceland have averaged just 28% possession and made just 298 successful passes so far in the competition, the lowest of any team after the first two match days.

o   Five of Gylfi Sigurdsson's last seven goals for Iceland have come from the penalty spot.

o   David Alaba has found a teammate with just 52 of 73 (71%) attempted passes so far for Austria. His passing accuracy in the Bundesliga in 2015/16 was 92%.


Hungary - Portugal


o   This will be the 11th meeting between these two sides; Portugal are yet to taste defeat against Hungary winning seven of the previous 10 (D3).

o   Hungary have failed to score in each of their last three matches against Portugal and haven't found the net in 328 minutes of action while Portugal have scored 10 goals in that time

o   These sides have met just once previously at a major tournament; Portugal beat Hungary 3-1 at the World Cup in 1966, in the only match that tournament top goal scorer Eusebio failed to find the net for Portugal.

o   Portugal are unbeaten in their last nine competitive fixtures (W7, D2), all seven of their wins in that run came by a single goal.

o   If Cristiano Ronaldo plays, it will be his 30th game at a major tournament with Portugal, more than any other player; he has scored nine goals in his previous 29 appearances.

o   It will also be Ronaldo's 17th game in EURO finals, more than any other player in the history of the tournament.

o   Against Austria Cristiano Ronaldo missed his first penalty at a major tournament in normal time (scored v Iran in 2006 World Cup). He's missed four of his last five for club and country.

o   Ronaldo became the first player to miss a penalty (excl. shootouts) for Portugal at a major tournament.

o   Ronaldo has now also attempted 36 direct free-kicks at major tournaments for Portugal but is yet to score with any of these efforts.

o   This is Hungary's first appearance in the EURO since the introduction of the group stage, however they have failed to progress to the knockouts in their last three World Cup appearances (1978, 1982 & 1986).

o   Portugal have never failed to make it out of their group at the European Championships, reaching the knockout stage in all six of their previous EURO finals participations.

o   No side has faced fewer shots (incl. blocks) than Portugal (8) at EURO 2016 so far; despite this they have conceded one goal.

o   In contrast Portugal have attempted 49 shots at goal so far, no other side had hit more than 36 after their opening two games.


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