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Andrew Tibot 28th Jun 2016 - 12:24

Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Opta Facts

Poland - Portugal

o   This will be Poland and Portugal's third encounter at a major tournament, their first in the European Championships. They have so far won one each: 1-0 to Poland at the 1986 World Cup and 4-0 to Portugal at the 2002 World Cup.

o   Poland are unbeaten in their last three head-to-heads with Portugal (W1 D2).

o   Portugal's last six goals against Poland have all been scored in the second-half.

o   Poland have made it to the quarter-finals of the EURO for the first time in their history. The only previous time they reached the semis of a major tournament was in the 1982 World Cup.

o   Portugal are the only team to have reached the quarter-finals of the European Championships in every tournament since 1996 (6 in a row). They have the chance to reach the semis for the fifth time in seven EURO participations.

o   Poland have never scored more than one goal in a single game at the EURO (10 games). Actually, none of their 10 games in the competition has produced more than two goals (scored + conceded).

o   Poland are in fact the lowest scoring side amongst those to have made it to the quarter-finals (3 goals in 4 games).

o   Poland have yet to trail at any point in a game at this year's European Championships. They've only conceded one goal so far in four games.

o   Poland's last win in the knockout stages of a major tournament without resorting to penalty kicks was in 1982 against France (3-2, third place final).

o   Portugal have played the most games in the history of the European Championships without ever winning the tournament: 32 games, 0 trophy.

o   Portugal are unbeaten in their 11 competitive fixtures under Fernando Santos (W8, D3), all eight of their wins in that run being decided by a single goal (including extra time win against Croatia).

o   The last three goals conceded by Portugal at the EURO have all followed the same pattern: all have been scored from set-pieces and from outside the box.

o   Portugal have picked up the fewest cards at EURO 2016 among the teams to have made it to the quarter-finals (3 in four games).

o   This will be Portugal's third game at Marseille's Vélodrome stadium at a major tournament. Their previous two were at EURO 1984: they drew 1-1 with Spain in the group stages and lost 3-2 after extra-time against France in the semis.

o   Meanwhile, Poland's only previous game in Marseille was a 1-0 win against Ukraine in this year's group stages.

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 643 minutes.

o   Jakub Blaszczykowski has been directly involved in all five of Poland's goals in the last two EURO tournaments (3 goals, 2 assists).

o   Cristiano Ronaldo has played in more games than any other player in EURO finals (18). He's now only one goal short of Michel Platini's record of nine goals in the competition.

o   Ronaldo has only scored two goals in 12 knockout games at major tournaments (semi-final at EURO 2004; quarter-final at EURO 2012).

o   Ronaldo has now also attempted 40 direct free-kicks at major tournaments with Portugal but is yet to score with any of these efforts.

o   Ricardo Quaresma is the most prolific substitute so far at EURO 2016 with one assist (v Hungary) and one goal (v Croatia) after coming off the bench.

 

 

Wales - Belgium

o   Wales were unbeaten against Belgium in their EURO 2016 qualifiers, with Chris Coleman's men winning 1-0 in Cardiff after a goalless draw in Brussels.

o   This is the first time these teams have met in the finals of a major tournament.

o   Wales and Belgium's last three encounters have produced only three goals.

o   Wales have reached the knockout stages in their two major tournament participations (World Cup 1958, EURO 2016). In 1958, they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Brazil.

o   Wales have lost only two of their nine games at major tournaments, both by a one-goal difference: against Brazil in 1958 (0-1) and England in 2016 (1-2).

o   Wales only had one shot on target in their last game against Northern Ireland, it was from a Gareth Bale free-kick.

o   Injury time included, Wales have trailed for only 2 minutes and 31 seconds in total over their first four games at EURO 2016.

o   All three goals conceded by Wales at EURO 2016 have come from the 56th minute onwards. They've also all been scored by substitutes.

o   Wales have kept two consecutive clean sheets for the first time in their major tournament history.

o   Meanwhile, Belgium haven't conceded a single goal in their last three games, their longest run of clean sheets at major tournaments.

o   Belgium have made the quarter-finals for a second consecutive major tournament after World Cup 2014. The last time they made the semis of a major competition was 30 years ago, at the 1986 World Cup.

o   Belgium have won seven of their last nine games at major tournaments (L2), that's as many victories as in their previous 23 games.

o   Since Belgium's defeat to Italy in their opening game at EURO 2016, the Red Devils have scored eight goals and conceded none. They are the top scoring side after the Last 16.

o   Seven of Belgium's eight goals at EURO 2016 have been scored after half-time, including six in the last half hour.

o   Gareth Bale is Wales' top-scorer in major tournaments (3 goals), netting one more than Ivor Allchurch (2, all in the 1958 World Cup).

o   Aaron Ramsey has scored/assisted three of the last five goals netted by Welsh players.

o   Kevin De Bruyne is directly involved in 12 goals in his last 12 games with Belgium (5 goals, 7 assists). He's the last Belgian player to score against Wales, back in October 2013 (1-1).

o   The top European assist providers at the last two major tournaments combined (WC 2014, EURO 2016) are both Belgian: Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard (5 assists each in total).

o   Hazard has scored/assisted four of Belgium's last six goals at EURO 2016. He completed 12 dribbles against Hungary on Sunday night, the most in a EURO game (since 1980).

 

Germany - Italy

o   Germany have never beaten Italy at a major tournament (D4 L4). Worse still, they have lost all four of their games against Italy in the knockout stages: three times at the World Cup (semi-final in 1970, final in 1982, semi-final in 2006) and once at the European Championships (semi-final in 2012).

o   Germany and Italy's last encounter was earlier this year on 29 March: Joachim Low's men won 4-1 in Munich.

o   15 of the 18 goals scored in Germany and Italy's previous eight encounters at major tournaments have come after half-time, including seven in extra-time (39%).

o   Italy's next goal will be their 50th against Germany.

o   Germany have reached the semi-finals in their last five major tournaments (WC 2006, EURO 2008, WC 2010, EURO 2012, WC 2014).

o   Germany have won 14 of their last 17 games at major tournaments, drawing two and losing one (1-2 v Italy in the EURO 2012 semi-finals).

o   Germany are the only team yet to concede a single goal so far at EURO 2016. The only previous time they kept clean sheets in their first four games at a major tournament was in the 1978 World Cup.

o   In major tournaments (WC + EURO), Germany haven't conceded a goal in the last 480 minutes. The last player to score past Manuel Neuer was Oscar in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.

o   Germany have averaged 69% possession over their first four games, the highest ratio so far at EURO 2016.

o   Italy have kept 19 clean sheets in 37 EURO games, more than any other team in the history of the tournament and just ahead of Germany (18 clean sheets in 47 games). They've only conceded one goal at EURO 2016.

o   Italy have picked up more cards than any other team at EURO 2016 (13 in four games).

o   Italy have already won three games at EURO 2016 (shoot-outs excluded), their highest tally in a EURO tournament since the 2000 edition (4 wins).

o   Italy are still in contention to reach the final of the EURO in consecutive tournaments for the first time in their history.

o   Italy's only previous game in Bordeaux in a major tournament was a 2-2 draw against Chile in the 1998 World Cup group stages.

o   Thomas Müller hasn't scored a single goal in nine games at the EURO. He has 10 goals in 13 World Cup games.

o   Mario Gomez has scored the joint-most goals for Germany at the EURO alongside Jürgen Klinsmann (5).

o   Gomez has scored 21 goals in his last 27 starts for Germany, including one goal in each of his four starts in 2016.

o   Bastian Schweinsteiger has played in 36 games at major tournaments. Only Miroslav Klose (37) has featured more times for any nation at the World Cup and European Championships.

o   Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci are the only players to have started all four of Italy's games at EURO 2016.

o   Graziano Pellè's two goals at EURO 2016 have come in the 92nd and 91st minute.

 

France - Iceland

o   Iceland have never beaten France in their 11 encounters (D3 L8). Their last head-to-head dates back to May 2012, a game France won 3-2 after having been 2-0 behind.

o   The last two encounters between France and Iceland have produced 10 goals, both finishing 3-2 to the French.

o   France have reached the quarter-finals for the third consecutive major tournament (EURO 2012, World Cup 2014, EURO 2016), their best run since 1996-2000. The last time they made the semis was 10 years ago, at the 2006 World Cup.

o   France are unbeaten in their last 16 major tournament games played on home soil, winning 14 and drawing two. Their last defeat dates back to July 1960 in the inaugural European Championships against Czechoslovakia (0-2).

o   The two goals France have conceded at EURO 2016 have been from the penalty spot (v Romania and Republic of Ireland).

o   France have conceded fewer shots on target than any other team at this year's European Championships (3 in 4 games).

o   11 of France's last 12 goals at the EURO have been scored after half-time.

o   50% of France's goals at EURO 2016 have been headers (3 out of 6).

o   France have attempted 44 more shots than Iceland at EURO 2016 but have scored the same number of goals (6).

o   Iceland - taking part in their first ever major tournament - are still unbeaten at EURO 2016, drawing their first two games and winning the next two. In fact, they have only lost once across their last 10 competitive matches (W5 D4).

o   Iceland are one of two teams, alongside Wales, to have scored in all of their games at EURO 2016.

o   All four of Iceland's games at EURO 2016 have seen both teams score.

o   Iceland's six goals at EURO 2016 have been scored by six different players (Bjarnason, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bödvarsson, Traustason, Ragnar Sigurdsson & Sigthorsson).

o   The two goals scored from throw-ins at EURO 2016 have both come from Iceland. Kari Arnason has been the assist provider both times.

o   Iceland have averaged the lowest possession at EURO 2016 so far (29.7%).

o   Iceland have started with the same lineup in all four of their games at EURO 2016.

o   None of France's last 16 games at the Stade de France has ended in a draw (W11 L5). No team has ever beaten them there in a major tournament (W4 D1 at World Cup 1998 and EURO 2016).

o   Meanwhile, Iceland's two previous games at the Stade de France have ended 3-2 to the French in October 1999 and 2-1 to Iceland against Austria in this year's European Championships.

o   Paul Pogba has attempted 20 shots in major tournaments (10 at World Cup 2014, 10 at EURO 2016) but only one of them has found the back of the net.

o   Antoine Griezmann has scored three of France's last four goals. However he's never found the net for the French national team at the Stade de France (603 minutes).

o   Griezmann is the first French player to score three goals in a EURO since Zinedine Zidane in 2004.

o   Birkir Bjarnason's first goal for Iceland was against France in May 2012. He scored his country's first goal at EURO 2016, against Portugal.

 

 
 
 

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