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Nic Ladds 13th Nov 2009 - 12:33

International Opta Facts

International Opta Facts - 14 November

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Brazil v England

  • England have won just three of their 22 meetings with Brazil.
  • However all of these victories came in their 18 friendly encounters.
  • The Three Lions have lost five of their seven matches against the Brazilians on neutral soil, drawing the other two.
  • Brazil are unbeaten in seven matches against England, their last defeat coming at Wembley in March 1990 (0-1).
  • Fabio Capello's men have managed only one win in their last four matches away from home, losing twice (vs Ukraine and Spain).
  • Following a run of 11 straight wins, Brazil failed to win their last two (one draw, one defeat).
  • The 0-0 draw for Dunga's men with Venezuela in their last match also brought to an end a run of scoring in 15 consecutive matches.
  • Nilmar has bagged four goals in Brazil's last three matches.
  • Peter Crouch has scored 16 goals in his 17 starts in an England shirt, but just two in 18 games when he has come on as a substitute.
    Crouch has scored a goal in each of his last six starts for England.
  • England have not kept a clean sheet in any of the last six matches in which Glen Johnson has not played.

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Wales v Scotland

  • The two teams have met on 94 occasions in friendlies (including home nations matches), with Scotland winning 56 times and Wales just 18.
  • However, two of Wales' wins came in their last two meetings - 4-0 (Rob Earnshaw bagged a hat-trick) in Cardiff in February 2004 and 1-0 in Kilmarnock in May 1997.
  • None of the last eight friendly matches between the two nations has ended in stalemate.
  • Scotland have managed only one win on their last five trips to play in Wales, losing three times.
  • None of Wales' last 19 matches have ended in a draw.
  • Wales have scored just two goals in their last five matches on home soil, losing four times.
  • Over the last nine games, no Welsh player has a tally of more than one goal.
  • Scotland have failed to score in five of their last seven matches, losing each time.
  • Craig Burley's men have lost six of their seven away games.

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Northern Ireland v Serbia

  • Northern Ireland have never played an independent Serbia before.
  • Northern Ireland did lose 2-1 at home to Serbia & Montenegro in August 2000.
  • The Northern Irish played the former Yugoslavia seven times between 1975 and 1991, losing five of those games and scoring just three goals overall.
  • Northern Ireland have failed to score in their last two games.
  • The Northern Irish are without a win in five international matches.
  • Serbia have scored at least once in their last 10 away games.

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European World Cup Qualifiers - Playoffs

Republic of Ireland v France

  • Ireland have hosted France on seven occasions, winning three times and losing twice.
  • The last three meetings between the two teams have produced only one goal in total.
  • France have managed only two win in their last six trips to play in Dublin, however one of these came in their last match there - 1-0 in a September 2005 World Cup Qualifier.
  • "Les Bleus" have not failed to qualify for a major tournament since 1994, reaching the finals stages of seven tournaments since then.
  • Ireland on the other hand have qualified for only one of seven major tournaments since 1994 (2002 World Cup).
  • Six of Ireland's last nine matches have ended in draws.
  • Giovanni Trapattoni's men have lost only one of their last 20 World Cup Qualifying matches - 1-0 at home to France in September 2005.
  • The Irish have won only one of their last six matches on home soil, drawing four times and winning once.

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Greece v Ukraine

  • The four previous matches between Greece and Ukraine have produced a total of only six goals.
  • None of the previous clashes saw a goal in the first half.
  • The last time Greece hosted Ukraine, in June 2005, the Ukrainians ran out 1-0 winners.
  • The Greeks have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 matches.
  • Otto Rehhagel's men have won their last three competitive matches on home soil.
  • Ukraine have kept four consecutive clean sheets in international fixtures.
  • Andriy Shevchenko has scored in four of Ukraine's last five competitive away ties.
  • Theofanis Gekas was the top scorer during the group stages of 2010 World Cup Qualifying, finding the net on 10 occasions, bagging six in the last three.
  • No side was awarded more penalties during the group stages of qualification than Ukraine (five).

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Portugal v Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
  • Portugal are unbeaten in 10 consecutive matches, winning seven.
  • The Portuguese have conceded only one goal in their last six matches, and only two in their last 10.
  • Simão has scored three goals in Portugal's last two matches.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, injured for this match, did not score once in seven matches for Portugal during the group stages of qualifying.
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina have won four of their last five away matches, drawing the other.
  • The Bosnians have kept a clean sheet in their last four matches on the road.
  • Only Theofanis Gekas (10) scored more goals than Edin Dzeko (9) during the group stages of 2010 World Cup Qualifying.
  • Spain's Xavi was the only player to create more shooting opportunities for his team-mates (36) during the group stages of qualification than Deco (33).

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Russia v Slovenia

  • The only previous competitive meeting between the two sides in Russia ended in a 1-1 draw (March 2001).
  • Russia have lost two of their last three matches on home soil.
  • Both sides have scored in each of the three previous meetings between Russia and Slovenia.
  • Guus Hiddink's men have only failed to score only once in their last 12 matches.
  • Slovenia have won their last three matches, keeping a clean sheet each time.
  • The Slovenians have found the net 14 times in their last five matches.
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko has scored three penalties in Russia's last five competitive matches on home soil.
  • Only Belgium (67) managed more successful crosses in the group stages of World Cup qualifying than Slovenia (66).

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