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Stuart Dalgleish 23rd Jun 2016 - 10:01

Euro 2016 Round of 16 Opta Facts

Switzerland v Poland

o Switzerland have won only one of their 10 games against Poland, it was in a friendly 40 years ago (2-1 in May 1976). Meanwhile, the Poles have won four and drawn five.
o Poland have only failed to score once in 10 encounters with Switzerland, in a goalless draw back in May 1972.
o All three games played in St Etienne at EURO 2016 have ended in a draw.
o Both Switzerland and Poland have made it to the knockout stages of the EURO for the first time in their history. The Swiss team haven't reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament since the 1954 World Cup, on home soil.
o Switzerland are unbeaten in their last four EURO games (2 wins followed by 2 draws), after having lost six of their previous eight matches in the competition.
o In 12 EURO games, Switzerland have scored more than one goal on only one occasion (2-0 v Portugal, 15 June 2008).
o Switzerland's two goals at EURO 2016 have both been scored from corners. Out of the 16 teams who have made it to the knockout stages, they are the only one yet to score from open play.
o Switzerland's last shot on target was 103 minutes ago, against Romania.
o Switzerland have conceded only one goal so far at EURO 2016, it was from the penalty spot against Romania.
o Poland have never scored more than one goal at the EURO (9 games). However, they haven't conceded a single goal in this year's group stages, the only team to do so alongside Germany.
o Switzerland strikers Haris Seferovic and Breel Embolo have so far had 11 shots combined at EURO 2016 but have failed to score.
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 523 minutes.
o Jakub Blaszczykowski has been directly involved in four of Poland's five goals in EURO history (2 goals, 2 assists).

 

Croatia v Portugal

o Portugal have won all three of their encounters with Croatia, scoring six goals and conceding none.
o Their only previous encounter in a major tournament ended in a 3-0 win for Portugal in the group stages at EURO 1996.
o Croatia are unbeaten in their last 10 internationals (W8 D2), the longest current run among all teams involved at EURO 2016.
o This is the second time Croatia have finished top of their group in a major tournament after EURO 2008 - they were then knocked out on penalties by Turkey in the quarter-finals.
o In the third round of group matches, Croatia were responsible for ending Spain's record EURO run of 14 games without a defeat.
o Croatia have lost only one of their last 10 games at the EURO (0-1 v Spain in June 2012), winning six and drawing three.
o However, World Cup 1998 is the only time Croatia have actually won a game in the knockout stages of a major tournament - they won three games to finish 3rd.
o Croatia have only failed to score once in their last 12 games at the European Championships, it was against Spain in 2012.
o Croatia's only previous game at Lens' Bollaert stadium was a 3-1 win v Jamaica in the 1998 World Cup group stages.
o Portugal, still winless at EURO 2016 (D3), have made it to the knockout stages in all seven of their European Championship participations.
o Portugal have played the most games in the history of the European Championships without ever winning the tournament: 31 games, 0 trophy.
o Portugal are unbeaten in their last 10 competitive fixtures (W7, D3), all seven of their wins in that run coming by a single goal.
o 75% of the goals conceded by Portugal at EURO 2016 have come from outside the box (3 out of 4).
o Only Davor Suker has scored/assisted more goals (9 goals, 1 assist) than Ivan Perisic for Croatia at major tournaments (4 goals, 3 assists).
o Portugal's last seven goals at the European Championships have been scored by Cristiano Ronaldo (5) or Nani (2).
o Ronaldo has now played in more games than any other player in EURO finals (17). He's become the first player to score in four different European Championships and is now only one goal short of Michel Platini's record of nine goals in the competition.
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.

Wales v Northern Ireland

 

o Northern Ireland have won none of their last eight games against Wales (D4 L4). Their last victory dates back to May 1980 (1-0 in Cardiff, goal by Noel Brotherston). It's the first encounter between two British teams in the knockout stages of a major tournament.
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 eight games at major tournaments, both by a one-goal difference: against Brazil in 1958 (0-1) and England in 2016 (1-2).
o Injury time included, Wales have trailed for only 2 minutes and 31 seconds in total over their first three games at EURO 2016.
o Wales were the joint-top scorers in the EURO 2016 group stages along with Hungary (6 goals). Four of their goals came in the first-half.
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 This is the first time Northern Ireland have made it to the knockout stages of a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, where they were eliminated by France in the quarter-finals.
o Northern Ireland did also make it out of the first round of group stages in the 1982 World Cup by finishing top but they then failed to make it out of a second round of group stages.
o Northern Ireland have only lost two of their last 15 internationals (W7 D6). However, these two defeats have come in their last three games (v Poland and Germany at EURO 2016).
o Northern Ireland have never conceded more than one goal in their last 16 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 only had a grand total of four shots (one on target) in their two games against Germany and Poland in the EURO 2016 group stages.
o Northern Ireland have recorded the lowest possession average so far at EURO 2016 (28.5%). They've also had the fewest shots (17 in three games).
o Gareth Bale became the first player to score in all three group games at EURO finals since Milan Baros and Ruud van Nistelrooy did it in 2004.
o Bale is also now 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 (1) or assisted (2) three of Wales' last five goals.

 

Hungary v Belgium

o Belgium have won six of their last eight encounters with Hungary (including the last four) whilst drawing the other two. Hungary's last victory dates back to November 1958, in a friendly (3-1).
o None of the 12 encounters between Hungary and Belgium has ended 0-0.
o Belgium have scored in each of their last 10 games against Hungary, including at least two goals in each of the last five encounters.
o Hungary have made it out of the group stages at a major tournament for the first time since the 1966 World Cup - they were eventually knocked out in the quarter-finals by the USSR.
o It's also the first time Hungary have remained unbeaten in the group stages at a major tournament since the 1962 World Cup.
o Hungary were the joint-top scorers in the group stages alongside Wales (6 goals each). 50% of their goals came from outside the box (3 out of 6).
o Belgium have made it to the knockout stages of the European Championships for the first time since 1980, when they reached the final (1-2 v West Germany).
o Belgium have not drawn any of their last 10 European Championship games, winning four and losing six since their last stalemate - a 0-0 draw against Italy in 1980.
o Belgium have actually just won back-to-back games for the first time at the European Championships.
o Belgium have also kept clean sheets in each of their last two games, which hadn't happened since March 2015.
o Belgium's last five EURO goals have all been scored in the second-half.
o Only Spain (83%) and Germany (82%) have recorded a better passing accuracy in the final third of the pitch than Belgium (80%) at EURO 2016.
o Zoltan Gera became the second oldest goalscorer in the history of the EURO (37 years and 61 days old) behind Ivica Vastic (38 years and 256 days old).
o Thomas Vermaelen's only international goal with Belgium was against Hungary, in November 2009. He's made the most interceptions at EURO 2016 alongside James Chester (13 each).
o Eden Hazard has assisted Belgium's last two goals. However, he's still goalless in 637 minutes at major tournaments with the Red Devils.

Germany v Slovakia

o Germany have won seven of their 10 encounters with Slovakia (L3) including their two competitive head-to-heads back in the EURO 2008 qualifiers (6 goals scored, 2 conceded).
o However, their most recent fixture ended in a 3-1 victory for Slovakia last month. Slovakia scored with three of their four shots on target in that game.
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 13 of their last 16 games at major tournaments, drawing two and losing one (1-2 v Italy in the EURO 2012 semi-finals).
o Only one of Germany's 44 shots in their last two games has found the back of the net.
o Germany haven't conceded a single goal so far at EURO 2016, the only team to do so alongside Poland. The last time they kept three clean sheets in all their group games at a major tournament was at EURO 1996, a tournament they eventually won.
o This will be Germany's second game at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in this year's tournament. The first one was a 2-0 win against Ukraine. Similarly, Slovakia's only previous game at Pierre-Mauroy saw them beat Russia 2-1 in this year's group stages.
o Germany have averaged 71.9% possession over their first three games, the highest ratio so far at EURO 2016.
o Slovakia have reached the knockout stages of a major tournament for the second time in as many participations (World Cup 2010, EURO 2016). In 2010, they were eliminated in the Last 16 by the Netherlands (1-2).
o Slovakia have won only two of their seven games at major tournaments (3-2 v Italy at World Cup 2010, 2-1 v Russia at EURO 2016).
o Slovakia have only kept one clean sheet in seven games at major tournaments, it was in their last outing against England (0-0).
o Thomas Müller hasn't scored a single goal in eight games at the EURO. He has 10 goals in 13 World Cup games.
o Only Jürgen Klinsmann has scored more goals (5) than Mario Gomez (4) for Germany at the EURO.
o Bastian Schweinsteiger has played in 35 games at major tournaments. Only Miroslav Klose (37) and Lothar Matthäus (36) have featured more times at the World Cup and European Championships for Germany.
o Marek Hamsik is directly involved in four goals in his last four competitive games with Slovakia (3 goals, 1 assist). He's the only player along with Martin Skrtel and Jan Durica to have featured in all seven of Slovakia's games at major tournaments.
o 23 of Slovakia's 26 attempts at EURO 2016 have seen Hamsik, Vladimir Weiss or Robert Mak involved, either as the shot taker or shot assister.


Italy v Spain

 

o This will be the 35th encounter between Italy and Spain. The record is perfectly balanced so far with 10 wins each and 14 draws.
o It will also be the sixth encounter between Italy and Spain in the European Championships (including four in the last three editions), making this the most played fixture in the history of the tournament.
o Spain have eliminated Italy in their two previous encounters in the knockout stages of the EURO: 0-0 (4-2 after penalties) in 2008; 4-0 in the 2012 final.
o Italy's last victory against Spain in a major tournament was in the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup (2-1 thanks to goals from Dino and Roberto Baggio).
o Italy have reached the knockout stages of the EURO for the sixth time in eight participations since 1980. It's only the second time they've topped their group in the competition after 2000, when they reached the final.
o Italy's only outright victory in their last six EURO knockout games (ie without going to penalties) was in the 2012 semi-final against Germany (2-1).
o Italy have failed to score in three of their last four knockout games at the EURO.
o Italy have used more players than any other team at EURO 2016 (22).
o Italy's only previous game at the Stade de France in the knockout stages of a major tournament was in World Cup 1998: they lost 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw against France in the quarter-finals.
o Meanwhile, Spain's record at the Stade de France reads two wins and two defeats, all against France. They played, and were defeated, in the inaugural game in the stadium back in January 1998 (0-1).
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 have lost three of their last six games at the World Cup and EURO, as many defeats as in their previous 31 major tournament games.
o Spain's starting line-up was the same in all three of their group games at EURO 2016.
o Youri Djorkaeff is the last player to score against Spain in the EURO knockout stages, it was in June 2000. Since then, they haven't conceded a goal in 646 minutes.
o Cesc Fabregas has delivered at least one assist in each of his six major tournaments with Spain. Since 1980, only Karel Poborksy has amassed more assists (6) at the EURO than Fabregas (5).
o Only Fernando Torres (5) and David Villa (4) have scored more goals at the EURO for Spain than 23-year-old Alvaro Morata (3).
o Sergio Ramos has featured in 27 games at major tournaments, the joint-record for a Spanish outfield player alongside Fernando Torres. None of his 48 shots in the World Cup and EURO have found the back of the net.
o Aritz Aduriz has scored only one goal in eight caps for Spain, it was against Italy last March.
o Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci are the only players to have started all three of Italy's games at EURO 2016.


France v Republic of Ireland

 

o France are unbeaten in their last five games against the Republic of Ireland (W2 D3). The Republic's last win dates back to October 1981 in a World Cup qualifier (3-2).
o The last five encounters between France and the Republic of Ireland have produced only four goals (3 for France, 1 for R.O.I.).
o The last encounter between France and the Republic of Ireland was in November 2009 in a two legged World Cup play-off. Raymond Domenech's men won 1-0 in Dublin whilst the return match ended 1-1 after extra-time.
o The last time France finished top of their group in a EURO tournament was in 2004. They were then knocked out in the quarter-finals by Greece.
o France are unbeaten in their last 15 major tournament games played on home soil, winning 13 and drawing two. Their last defeat dates back to July 1960 in the inaugural European Championships against Czechoslovakia (0-2).
o The last time France won a game in the knockout stages of a EURO was the 2000 final against Italy (2-1 in extra-time, after golden goal). Since then, they have lost against Greece in 2004 and Spain in 2012.
o France have kept two clean sheets in a row, which hadn't happened in a EURO tournament since 1996 (over 120 minutes v both Netherlands & Czech Republic). The only goal they've conceded so far was from the penalty spot against Romania in the opening game.
o In fact, France last conceded a shot on target 205 minutes ago. It was Romania's penalty in the opening game.
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 France have hit the woodwork more times (5) than they've scored goals (4) at EURO 2016.
o The Republic of Ireland are in the knockout stages of the European Championships for the first time in their history. Their victory against Italy on Wednesday night was only their second in the tournament after the one against England in 1988.
o Hugo Lloris has captained France on 54 occasions, a joint-record alongside current head-coach Didier Deschamps (54).
o Dimitri Payet has scored (2) or assisted (1) three of France's four goals at this year's EURO.
o Paul Pogba has attempted 18 shots in major tournaments (10 at World Cup 2014, 8 at EURO 2016) but only one of them has found the back of the net.
o Wes Hoolahan is involved in both of the Republic's goals at EURO 2016: goalscorer against Sweden and assist provider against Italy.

England v Iceland

o This will be the third encounter between England and Iceland. So far, England are unbeaten, having drawn 1-1 in June 1982 and won 6-1 in June 2004.
o England and Iceland's two previous encounters have produced nine goals.
o This is the first time England have reached the knockout stages in two consecutive EURO tournaments (2012, 2016).
o England are unbeaten in their last 10 games at the European Championships, shoot-outs excluded (W5 D5). Their last defeat dates back to 13 June 2004 against France.
o However, England's last four knockout games at the EURO have all gone to penalties. They won the first shoot-out (v Spain in 1996) but have since then lost the last three (v Germany in 1996, v Portugal in 2004, v Italy in 2012).
o England have had 46 more shots than their direct opponents (Russia, Wales, Slovakia) over their first three games at EURO 2016 but have only scored one more goal.
o England's three goals at EURO 2016 have all been scored from the 56th minute onwards.
o Iceland are unbeaten at EURO 2016 so far (W1 D2). In fact, they have only lost once across their last nine competitive matches (W4 D4).
o All three of Iceland's group games at EURO 2016 have seen both teams score.
o Iceland were the only team, along with Spain, to start with the same lineup in all three of their group games.
o If Wayne Rooney plays, it will be his 115th cap which would equal David Beckham's record for most games by an outfield player for England. He scored a brace against Iceland in his only previous game versus the Nordic island, back in June 2004.
o Rooney scored four goals in his first three games at a major tournament with England (all at EURO 2004). Since then, he's netted two goals in 17 games.
o Iceland striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has only has two shots in 245 minutes at EURO 2016. None of them have been on target.
o Iceland's Hannes Thór Halldórsson has made more saves than any other goalkeeper at this year's EURO (18).
o Halldórsson has found Sigthorsson with 30 passes/long kicks, the most prolific route from a goalkeeper to a striker at EURO 2016.

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