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Stuart Dalgleish 16th Nov 2013 - 21:45

International Opta Facts | 19 November

England v Germany


  • The Three Lions have won just three of their last 11 games against Germany since 1987 (including West Germany), drawing twice and losing six. All the wins came away from Wembley.
  • Since England's last win over Germany at Wembley in March 1975, the Three Lions have lost four of the last five encounters there (D1). England did beat East Germany 1-0 in 1984.
  • England have lost three of their previous four clashes with Germany at Wembley, scoring just twice. Both of England's goals came in the opening ten minutes.
  • Arsenal's Mesut Özil has found the net on eight occasions during the recent World Cup qualifying campaign (10 appearances).
  • Frank Lampard scored England's opener the last time the sides met at Wembley, though Germany won 2-1.
  • The Three Lions have failed to score on just two occasions (1991 and 2000) in their 12 games at Wembley against Germany (incl. West and East).
  • Nobody attempted (909) or completed more passes (838) than Mesut Özil in European World Cup qualifying. The Arsenal midfielder also created more chances from open play than anyone else (36).
  • On Friday night against Chile, England lost on home soil by a 2+ goal margin for the first time since February 2003 (1-3 v Australia at Upton Park) and for the first time at Wembley since February 1999 (0-2 v then-World Champions France).
  • England have not lost successive home internationals since the 1977 Home Nations tournament, when Don Revie's side lost to Wales and Scotland within a week.
  • Overall, the last England manager to lose consecutive games in charge of the Three Lions was Graham Taylor. His England side lost 2-0 to Norway in a World Cup qualifier before losing 2-0 in the USA in a friendly in June 1993.
  • Germany have scored at least three times in nine of their last 10 internationals, scoring at least once in each of their last 11.


Norway v Scotland


  • Scotland have only lost one of their seven previous friendlies against Norway (W3 D3), losing 4-3 away from home back in June 1963.
  • Overall, Scotland have only lost two of their nine previous trips to Norway (W4 D3), though their most recent trip, in August 2009, ended in a 4-0 defeat.
  • Gordon Strachan's side's last six away internationals have seen them alternate between victory and defeat. For this to continue, they must lose this clash.
  • Norway are without a win in four internationals, losing three and drawing one.
  • Following the 0-0 draw with USA on Friday, Scotland are now unbeaten in three games (W2 D1); they have not gone four without defeat since November 2011.
  • Since November 2008, Norway have played 27 international friendlies and only one has ended level. The Scandinavian side have won 15 and lost 11 of these games.



Poland v Republic of Ireland


  • Republic of Ireland are without a win in five trips to Poland in all competitions, losing three and drawing two. Their last victory came back in May 1976 (2-0).
  • Overall, however, Ireland have lost just one of their last six against Poland (W2 D3), winning the most recent game 2-0 on home soil back in February.
  • The Boys in Green are without a win in five away games in all competitions, drawing three, losing two and scoring just one goal in total.
  • After a run of six games without defeat between March and September, Poland have lost their last three internationals without scoring.
  • Robert Lewandowski has only scored three goals in his last 16 international appearances, with two of those coming against minnows San Marino.
  • On each of the last five occasions that Ireland have scored, Robbie Keane has been one of the scorers. He has scored eight times in these five games.



Romania v Greece


  • Greece scored three goals from five shots on target in the first leg against Romania.
  • Fernando Santos' side have now won their last seven international games, conceding just once in this run (Bogdan Stancu's goal on Friday night).
  • There have been six red cards shown in the last five international games involving Greece.
  • Greece scored three times in a game for the first time in World Cup 2014 qualification in the first-leg of the playoff; they scored just 12 goals in 10 group games.
  • Romania have won five and lost just one of their last seven home internationals (D1).
  • Greece have won two and drawn one of three previous World Cup play-off games, winning their only previous away game (1-0 in Ukraine in November 2009).
  • Romania, on the other hand, have never won a play-off game for a major tournament (D1 L2). They were eliminated by Slovenia in their only previous attempt (2002 World Cup).
  • Ciprian Marica has scored seven goals in his last seven home internationals for Romania.
  • Greece have won six of their last nine encounters with Romania (L3).
  • Pre-playoffs, Greece kept the most clean sheets of any nation in European World Cup qualifying (8). Only Spain (3) conceded fewer goals than Piratiko (4).
  • No European side has ever overturned a 2+ goal first-leg deficit to progress through a World Cup or European Championship play-off.



Croatia v Iceland


  • Iceland failed to muster a single shot on target in the first leg against Croatia; they were the only team in the European play-offs yet to test the opposition 'keeper.
  • Croatia are unbeaten in seven previous major tournament play-off games (W3 D4) and have kept four consecutive clean sheets.
  • The Blazers qualified for the 1998 World Cup by defeating Ukraine in the play-offs; they also qualified for Euro 2004 and Euro 2012 via the play-offs.
  • Croatia have won two and drawn one of their three previous international meetings with Iceland.
  • There have been three previous 0-0 draws in first legs of European play-offs for either the World Cup or European Championships; the side to draw 0-0 away from home has qualified once (Portugal Euro 2012) and been eliminated twice (Wales Euro 2004 and Ukraine World Cup 2010).
  • Croatia have lost their last three home international games, though this clash will be new manager Niko Kovac's first home game in charge of the Southern European side.
  • Lars Lagerback's side are unbeaten in five away internationals, winning three. Johann Gudmundsson has scored four times in this run.
  • Iceland are unbeaten in six international fixtures (W3 D3), after alternating between victory and defeat in the previous eight (W4 L4).
  • The Blazers have won just two of their last eight internationals (D2 L4), and haven't won in five competitive games (D2 L3).
  • Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has scored in five of his last six games for Iceland.



France v Ukraine


  • No team has ever qualified for a major tournament (World Cup or European Championship) having lost the first leg 2-0 away from home.
  • France have not failed to qualify for a major tournament since the 1994 World Cup, when they finished third in a qualifying group behind Sweden and Bulgaria.
  • Ukraine have only ever qualified for a major tournament once before (excluding Euro 2012, which they co-hosted); the 2006 World Cup, where they reached the quarter-final.
  • Ukraine have won their last four away games, their joint-best run ever (after September 2004-June 2005).
  • France are unbeaten against Ukraine at home (W2, D1) without conceding a single goal.
  • France have only lost once in their last eight competitive home games (W6, D1), against Spain (0-1) in the WC 2014 qualifiers back in March.
  • Only Spain have conceded fewer goals (3) than Ukraine (4) in the European WC 2014 qualifiers.
  • Ukraine have conceded 174 fouls in the European World Cup 2014 qualifiers, the most of all sides.
  • Karim Benzema has assisted France's last three goals against Ukraine.
  • Ukraine are unbeaten with Mykhailo Fomenko as manager (W9, D2).



Sweden v Portugal


  • Portugal attempted 15 shots in the first leg of this play-off against Sweden, but only three of them hit the target.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic only mustered one shot against Portugal in Lisbon, while Cristiano Ronaldo fired in seven.
  • Sweden talisman Ibrahimovic failed to touch the ball in the opposition box in the first leg of this play-off.
  • Portugal are unbeaten in major tournaments playoffs (World Cup or European Championship), winning four and drawing one.
  • 75% of European teams have qualified for a major tournament (World Cup or European Championship) having won the first leg 1-0 at home.
  • Sweden have won none of their last eight encounters against Portugal (D5, L3).
  • Portugal have only lost once in their last 10 games (W6, D3), against Brazil (1-3) in September.
  • Sweden have failed to score in their last three games against Portugal (2-2 in April 2004).
  • Portugal have not failed to qualify for a major tournament (World Cup or European Championship) since 1998, while Sweden have missed World Cup 2010.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has only won one of his seven games against Cristiano Ronaldo, when both players have been on the pitch at the same time (D3, L3).




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