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Stuart Dalgleish 21st Jun 2014 - 16:22

World Cup Opta Facts - Group A-D third matches


Group A

Cameroon - Brazil

o Cameroon won the last meeting involving these sides, running out 1-0 victors when Samuel Eto'o scored a late winner during the 2003 Confederations Cup.
o That game was the first time Brazil had lost to Cameroon; their record stands at three wins and just one defeat.
o Cameroon have only ever scored one goal against Brazil across those four previous fixtures.
o Brazil won the only previous fixture between these sides in a FIFA World Cup; 3-0 in San Francisco during the Group Stages of the 1994 tournament.
o Brazil's third group game against Cameroon will be their 100th at World Cup; they are the second team to reach that tally in the competition (Germany leads with 101 games).
o Cameroon have hit 30 shots in this World Cup but only three of them have been on target.
o Cameroon have kept only one clean sheet in their last 18 World Cup games.
o No team has lost seven World Cup games in a row since Mexico in the 1950s (nine games).
o Brazil haven't failed to top their World Cup group since the last tournament in South America (Argentina 1978).
o Brazil have hit 14 shots without scoring (since Oscar's goal v Croatia) at the World Cup.



Croatia - Mexico


o Croatia have won two of the three matches they have played against Mexico (L1).
o Mexico won the last meeting after Cuauhtemoc Blanco's goal from the penalty spot secured the victory in 2002. This was also the only other previous meeting involving these sides in a FIFA World Cup.
o Croatia have never conceded more than one goal against Mexico.
o Mexico have won only seven of their 30 World Cup games against European opposition.
o Mexico need a draw to progress to the Round of 16, but if Brazil take anything from their game with Cameroon then Croatia will need a victory to go through at the expense of the Mexicans.
o Mexico could progress to the Round of 16 having scored only once.
o Mario Mandzukic has scored with both of his shots on target so far.
o Croatia scored more goals last time out vs Cameroon as they had in their previous five World Cup games (3).
o Croatia have never won their final group game at a World Cup (D1 L2).
o Mexico haven't won their final group game at a World Cup since 1986.

Group B


Australia - Spain

o This will be the first ever meeting between Australia and Spain.
o Spain's third group game against Australia will be their first ever against an Oceanic team in a FIFA World Cup (albeit Australia play in the Asian section).
o Australia have only won one of their seven World Cup games against European opposition (2-1 v Serbia in 2010).
o Australia need a draw to finish above reigning champions Spain.
o Spain have never lost all three games in a World Cup group.
o Tim Cahill has scored five of Australia's 11 World Cup goals but is suspended for this game.
o In winning Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012, Spain conceded a total of six goals, one fewer than they have so far at World Cup 2014.
o Spain join Italy 1950, Brazil 1966, France 2002 and Italy 2010 as reigning World Cup champions to exit the following tournament in the group stages.
o In his 126 minutes of World Cup action so far, Diego Costa has failed to muster a single shot on target (only five shots in total).
o Spain have hit 10 shots per game in this World Cup, down from 14 per game in their triumphant 2010 campaign.



Netherlands - Chile


o This will be the second ever meeting between these sides. Netherlands won the last meeting by the drawing of lots after a 2-2 game during the 1928 Olympic tournament.
o The Netherlands have failed to win their two games against South American opposition when the World Cup has been held in South America (0-0 v Peru and 1-3 v Argentina in 1978).
o The Netherlands have lost only two of their 11 World Cup games against South American opposition: the 1978 final against Argentina (1-3 after extra-time) and the 1994 quarter-final against Brazil (2-3).
o The Dutch have won three of the last four World Cup games in which they've gone behind.
o Chile have won four of their last six World Cup games after failing to win any of their preceding 13.
o Chile have won only two of their last 11 World Cup clashes with European opposition.
o Netherlands are attempting to take nine points from the group stage for the second World Cup in a row.
o Netherlands have not lost a World Cup group game since 1994.
o Chile have never won three successive World Cup games within the same tournament.

Group C


Greece - Ivory Coast

o This will be the first ever meeting between Greece and Ivory Coast.
o Greece's previous World Cup games against African opposition were both against Nigeria, losing in 1994 (0-2) and winning in 2010 (2-1).
o Greece have only won one of their 8 games at World Cup (L6).
o Greece have failed to score in seven of their eight World Cup games while their clean sheet last time out against Japan was their first ever at a World Cup.
o Ivory Coast have conceded two or more goals in five of their eight World Cup matches.
o Gervinho is the first Ivory Coast player to score in consecutive World Cup matches.
o Eight of Ivory Coast's 12 goals at the World Cup have been scored after the 60th minute of games.
o The Ivorians have scored in seven of their eight World Cup games.
o Five of Ivory Coast's last nine World Cup goals have been headers.



Japan - Colombia

o This will be the third ever meeting between these sides.
o Japan are winless against South American opposition at the World Cup (D1 L2).
o Japan have never scored against Colombia across those two previous fixtures.
o Colombia won their only game against an Asian team at a World Cup (2-0 v United Arab Emirates in 1990).
o Juan Cuadrado (3) has now provided more assists at a single World Cup since 1966 than any other Colombian player.
o James Rodriguez has scored in each of his last four appearances for Colombia.
o Rodriguez is the second Colombian player to score in consecutive World Cup games (after Adolfo Valencia in 1994).
o 2014 is the first World Cup in which Colombia have won more than once.
o Japan have scored only one goal in their last three World Cup games.
o Colombia have only won one of their four final group games at previous World Cups.



Group D


Costa Rica - England

o This will be the first ever meeting between Costa Rica and England.
o If Costa Rica avoid defeat, they will finish as the top team in Group D.
o Costa Rica have scored in all seven of their previous World Cup meetings with teams from Europe.
o England have not lost all three group games at a major tournament since the 1988 European Championships.
o England have never recorded zero points in a World Cup group.
o Victory over Italy meant that Costa Rica have won successive World Cup matches for the first time.
o England have been eliminated at the first group stage of a World Cup for the first time since 1958.
o Wayne Rooney has scored one and assisted the other of England's two goals at this World Cup.
o Roy Hodgson has lost his last four games at the World Cup, two with Switzerland and two with England.
o England have conceded eight goals in their last three World Cup games, as many as the previous 14 games combined.
o Costa Rica have already qualified for the last 16. The last time they reached the knock-out stages was 1990.
o Wayne Rooney, Glen Johnson & Leighton Baines have created 15 of England's 26 goalscoring chances at World Cup 2014 (five each).
o Danny Welbeck has had one shot and created no chances in two appearances at the 2014 World Cup.



Italy - Uruguay

o A draw is good enough for Italy to qualify as they have a superior goal different to Uruguay. The Uruguayans need to win to reach the knock-out stages.
o Italy have managed just two wins in nine previous attempts against Uruguay (incl. 1980 Copo d'Oro, D4 L3).
o Uruguay last faced Italy in the 2013 Confederations Cup; they were beaten for the third place, by way of a penalty shootout.
o Italy have lost only three of their 19 World Cup games against South American opposition - round 1 game against Chile in 1962, the 1970 final and the 1978 third place game against Brazil.
o Uruguay have faced Italy twice in the FIFA World Cup; they failed to score in both matches (D1 L1).
o Uruguay's third group game against Italy will be their 50th at the World Cup.
o Italy have been caught offside 18 times in their opening two group games; twice as many times as Uruguay (9).
o Uruguay have scored three goals from just five shots on target so far.
o Luis Suarez has netted five times in his seven World Cup appearances.
o Edinson Cavani has played a hand in three of Uruguay's last five goals at the World Cup (two goals and one assist).
o Mario Balotelli (6) and Antonio Candreva (4) have had 50% of Italy's shots on goal so far (20; excluded blocked).
o Daniele De Rossi has attempted 212 passes for Italy so far in the World Cup.




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