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Stuart Dalgleish 6th Jun 2016 - 13:54

Euro 2016 Opta Facts - Matches 19-21 June

Opta Facts EURO 2016

Romania - Albania

o Romania are unbeaten in their last 13 games against Albania (W10 D3). Albania's last win was in May 1948 (1-0 in Bucharest).
o Albania have never scored more than one goal in their 16 games against Romania.
o None of the last three games between Romania and Albania has produced more than two goals.
o Despite never meeting in the EURO, these sides have face each other six times in European Championship qualifying, with Romania winning four and drawing two, however those two draws both came in the most recent qualifiers between the teams (2010-11).
o Romania were knocked out in the group stages the last time the EURO was held in France (1984). They've only made it to the knockout stages of the competition once, back in 2000.
o Romania have only won one of their 15 games at the European Championships. It came in June 2000 against England (3-2).
o Romania have also kept only one clean sheet in their 15 games at the European Championships (0-0 v France in June 2008).
o Albania have lost their last three internationals - their worst run since October 2013.
o Albania have only had two shots on target over their first two games at this year's tournament, both in their opener against Switzerland.
o Only Turkey have failed to score in their first ever three games at EURO finals. Albania could join them if they fail to find the net against Romania.
o Bogdan Stancu has scored Romania's two goals at EURO 2016, both from the penalty spot. He's the third player to net two penalties in the same EURO tournament after Frank Arnesen (1984) and Gaizka Mendieta (2000).
o Romania's last goal from open play at the EURO was scored by Dorinel Munteanu against England in June 2000.

Switzerland - France

o This will be the 38th meeting between these sides; France have won 16 of the previous 37, with Switzerland winning 12 (D9).
o Switzerland's last victory against France was in May 1992 (2-1 in Lausanne). Since then, they have failed to win any of their six games against their neighbours (D3 L3).
o France and Switzerland are in the same group for the fourth time in the last seven major tournaments (EURO 2004, World Cup 2006, World Cup 2014, EURO 2016).
o France are unbeaten in their three previous meetings with Switzerland in major tournaments, winning against the Swiss at EURO 2004 and World Cup 2014, and drawing in the 2006 World Cup.
o There were seven goals between the teams in their last meeting at the 2014 World Cup (France 5-2 Switzerland), more than there had been in the four meetings prior (6 goals).
o The seven goals between France and Switzerland at the 2014 World Cup all came from different players.
o France's only previous game at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy ended in an 8-0 win against Jamaica back in June 2014.
o This is the third time France have opened up a EURO with two wins, after 1984 and 2000. They lifted the trophy on the two previous occasions.
o France have won their last seven games on home soil in the European Championships (5 in 1984, 2 in 2016).
o France are the only team among the 24 present at this year's EURO to have won all their games in 2016 (6 out of 6). A seventh win in a row against Switzerland would be their best run since their record 14-game winning streak from March 2003 to February 2004.
o France haven't had a single shot on target so far before half-time at EURO 2016.
o Nine of France's last 10 goals at the EURO have been scored after half-time. At EURO 2016, three of their four goals have come from the 89th minute onwards.
o Switzerland have never made it to the knockout stages of the European Championships.
o Switzerland's two goals at EURO 2016 have both been scored from corners. They were already the top scoring side from corners during the qualifiers (7 goals).
o This will be Didier Deschamps' 50th game in charge of France (W30 D8 L11). He's the fifth manager to reach the 50-game barrier with France after Michel Hidalgo, Aimé Jacquet, Roger Lemerre and Raymond Domenech.
o Hugo Lloris has captained France on 53 occasions. He's only one short of record holder Didier Deschamps (54).
o Dimitri Payet has scored (2) or assisted (1) three of France's four goals at this year's EURO.
o Stephan Lichtsteiner has played in more major tournament games for Switzerland than any other player (12).
o Granit Xhaka has made 67 more touches than any other Swiss player after their first two games at EURO 2016.
o Five of Haris Seferovic's seven shots have been on target. However, none of them have found the back of the net.

Russia - Wales

o Russia have won each of the last three meetings with Wales, outscoring them by six goals to two in that run.
o Joe Ledley and James Collins scored those two goals for Wales, as John Toshack's side lost 2-1 and 3-1 in their World Cup 2010 qualifying matches against Guus Hiddink's Russia.
o In their last four games against Wales, Russia have successively scored 0 goal, 1 goal, 2 goals and finally 3 goals.
o Russia have qualified for the knockout stages of the EURO only once in their four participations since the breakup of the USSR. It was in 2008.
o Russia have won only one of their last seven internationals (D2 L4), a 3-0 victory against Lithuania back in March.
o Russia have kept two clean sheets in their last 17 games at the EURO finals.
o Four of Russia's last five goals scored in the European Championships have come in the final 11 minutes of games.
o Russia's last three goals at the EURO finals have all been headers.
o Wales have reached the knockout stages in their only previous major tournament participation, back in the 1958 World Cup. They were knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Brazil.
o Only nine of Russia's 21 shots over the first two games have been taken from inside the box.
o Wales have scored with their opening shot on target in each of their first two games at EURO 2016; both were direct free-kicks from Gareth Bale.
o Wales have conceded in each of their last six internationals, their longest run without a clean sheet since March 2013 (11).
o Since the start of the EURO 2016 qualifiers, Gareth Bale has scored or assisted 11 of Wales' 14 goals in competitive games (79%), the highest ratio among teams to have made it to this year's finals.
o Bale has scored two goals from direct free-kick in his first two games, only Michel Platini (1984) and Thomas Hässler (1992) have scored as many in a EURO tournament since 1980.

Slovakia - England

o England and Slovakia have met on three occasions previously, with the Three Lions winning all three.
o Seven of England's eight goals against Slovakia have been scored after the 60th minute.
o England won 4-0 the last time these sides met in a friendly in 2009, with England captain Wayne Rooney scoring a brace of goals - his 20th and 21st for England (Heskey and Lampard also scored one each).
o Slovakia have never kept a clean sheet in a major tournament (6 games).
o Only one of Slovakia's six games at a major tournament has ended in a draw (1-1 v New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup).
o England's only previous game at St Etienne's Geoffroy-Guichard stadium was against Argentina at World Cup 1998, in the last 16 (2-2, lost 4-3 on penalties).
o Since 1980, England have reached the knockout stages of the EURO only three times in seven participations (1996, 2004, 2012).
o England are unbeaten in their last nine games at the European Championships, shoot-outs excluded (W5 D4). Their last defeat dates back to 13 June 2004 against France.
o England scored two goals via their substitutes against Wales (Vardy and Sturridge). Their subs had only scored four goals in their 90 previous games at major tournaments.
o England have had 21 more shots than their opponents over their first two games at EURO 2016 but have only scored one more goal.
o Jamie Vardy is England's top scorer in 2016 (4 goals in 5 games).
o Marek Hamsik has been directly involved in four goals in his last three competitive games with Slovakia (3 goals, 1 assist).
o 20 of Slovakia's 22 attempts at EURO 2016 have seen Hamsik, Vladimir Weiss or Robert Mak involved, either as the shot taker or shot assister.
o If Wayne Rooney plays, it will be his 20th game at a major tournament. Only Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard have featured more times for England (22 games).

Ukraine - Poland

o Ukraine and Poland have met seven times previously, with Ukraine winning three games to Poland's two (D2).
o Ukraine are unbeaten in the last five meetings between the two sides (W3, D2), winning the last two. Poland's last victory was in September 2000 when they won 3-1 in Kiev in a World Cup qualifier.
o This will be the first meeting between the two sides in a major tournament however.
o Just once in the last five games between Ukraine and Poland has either team managed to score more than once (Poland 1-3 Ukraine, March 2013); the remaining four games in that run have seen just six goals scored in total.
o Ukraine will not make it to the knockout stages for the second time in two EURO participations (2012, 2016). They are certain of finishing bottom of Group C.
o Since winning their first game at the EURO finals (2-1 v Sweden in 2012), Ukraine have lost their last four games in the tournament without scoring a single goal (7 goals conceded).
o Ukraine failing to score in their last four games at the EURO is a joint-record in the history of the tournament.
o Poland have never scored more than one goal at the EURO (8 games). Their last shot on target at this year's EURO was 98 minutes ago, in their opener against Northern Ireland.
o Poland can reach the knockout stages of the EURO for the first time in their history, after two fruitless attempts (2008, 2012).
o Andriy Shevchenko, currently part of the coaching staff, is the only player to have scored for Ukraine at the EURO (2 goals in 2012).
o Andriy Yarmolenko, Ukraine's top scorer in qualifying, scored in each of the last two meetings between these sides during 2014 World Cup qualifying (2 goals, 1 assist).
o Robert Lewandowski scored in the 17th minute of his first game at the EURO (v Greece in 2012). Since then, he's failed to find the net or deliver an assist in the competition in 433 minutes.
o Jakub Blaszczykowski has been directly involved in Poland's last three goals at the EURO (1 goal, 2 assist).

Northern Ireland - Germany

o These two nations have met 14 times previously, with Germany winning eight to Northern Ireland's two (D4).
o Germany have won the last four meetings between the sides, scoring 14 goals and conceding just two in that run; prior to that run Germany were winless in five against Northern Ireland (D3, L2).
o Germany beat Northern Ireland 4-1 in Belfast in their last encounter, a friendly back in June 2005. David Healy was the lone scorer for the Green and Whites, whilst the last German to get on the scoresheet was Lukas Podolski.
o Northern Ireland's last victory against Germany dates back to 16 November 1983. They won 1-0 in Hamburg thanks to a goal by Norman Whiteside.
o This will be the second meeting between Germany and Northern Ireland in a major international tournament; the sides drew 2-2 in the group stage at the 1958 World Cup.
o Although this is Northern Ireland's first EURO, the two sides have met four times previously in qualifying for the tournament, winning twice each.
o Northern Ireland's two wins over West Germany in qualifying for the 1984 EURO remains the only occasion that a team has beaten Die Mannschaft home and away in a qualifying campaign.
o Northern Ireland have only lost one of their last 14 internationals (0-1 v Poland in their EURO 2016 opener), winning seven and drawing six along the way.
o Northern Ireland have never conceded more than one goal in their last 15 internationals. The last time their nets were rattled more than once was in November 2014 against Romania (0-2).
o Seven of Northern Ireland's last 10 goals in competitive games have come from set-pieces (4 from corners, 3 from indirect free-kicks).
o Northern Ireland went from two shots (0 on target) in their EURO 2016 opener against Poland to 13 shots (7 on target) in their second outing against Ukraine.
o The last time Germany failed to make it out of the group stages of a major tournament was at EURO 2004. Since then, they've made the last four at every single major competition.
o Germany have won 12 of their last 15 games at major tournaments, drawing two and losing one (1-2 v Italy in the EURO 2012 semi-finals).
o However Germany have only won one of their four competitive games at the Parc des Princes (D1 L2), it was against USA at World Cup 1998. Their only previous EURO game in PSG's home stadium ended in a 1-0 defeat against Spain on 20 June 1984.
o Meanwhile, Northern Ireland's last visit to the Parc des Princes ended in a goalless draw against France in February 1986.
o Central defender Gareth McAuley has had the most shots for Northern Ireland over the first two games at EURO 2016 (3 attempts, 1 goal).
o Thomas Müller hasn't scored or assisted a single goal in seven games at the EURO (he's only had one shot on target in 180 minutes at EURO 2016). He has 10 goals and six assists in 13 World Cup games.




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