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Stuart Dalgleish 16th Jun 2014 - 15:10

World Cup Opta Facts - Groups A-D 2nd matches

Group A


Brazil v Mexico


o Brazil and Mexico are meeting for the fourth time at the World Cup. The Seleção have won their three previous meetings with a combined score of 11-0.
o Brazil and Mexico met the last time the World Cup was held in Brazil, in the opening game of the 1950 edition at the Maracanã. The Seleção won 4-0.
o Brazil and Mexico last met in the 2013 Confederations Cup, at the same venue as this game, the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Luiz Felipe Scolari's men won 2-0 thanks to goals from Neymar and Jô.
o Mexico have only beaten the Seleção once on Brazilian soil. It was on 31 October 1968 in a friendly (2-1).
o Mexico have only won one of their 11 games at the World Cup against South American sides (2-1 v Ecuador in 2002), drawing two and losing eight.
o Luiz Felipe Scolari has faced Mexico once before at the World Cup. It was in charge of Portugal in the 2006 edition. His side won 2-1 in the group stages.
o Neymar has scored 33 goals in only 50 appearances for Brazil and has six in his last four appearances for the Seleção.
o Brazil have lost just one of their 34 World Cup matches in the first round/group stages of the World Cup since 1970 (W27 D6) - this came in a 1-2 defeat to Norway in their final group game of 1998 (but they had already qualified for the next stage).
o The Seleção are now unbeaten in 38 successive matches in Brazil, with their last defeat coming against Paraguay (0-1in a friendly) in August 2002.
o Oribe Peralta has scored nine goals in his last seven competitive appearances for Mexico, including the winner in the opening group stage game of this tournament.

Cameroon v Croatia

o This will be the first ever game between Cameroon and Croatia.
o This is also Croatia's first ever World Cup game against an African side.
o Cameroon have won only one of their 13 World Cup games against European sides (2-1 v Romania in 1990), drawing five and losing seven.
o Cameroon have only won one of their last 14 World Cup games (1-0 v Saudi Arabia in 2002), drawing four and losing nine.
o Cameroon have lost their last five World Cup matches; the longest losing streak of any African nation at the tournament.
o The Indomitable Lions have scored just seven goals in their last 12 World cup matches, and never more than once during this run.
o Croatia will have Mario Mandzukic available for selection for the first time in this World Cup finals tournament. No player scored more headed goals than the Bayern Munich striker in the top five European leagues in 2013-14 (7).
o Cameroon only attempted one shot on target in the whole of their opening group stage game against Mexico and this came in the 91st minute.
o Cameroon have played 21 World Cup matches overall and their one shot on target tally against Mexico in the opening game was the fewest they've ever mustered in a WC finals match.
o Croatia have not won any of their last five World Cup matches (L3 D2), with their last WC finals victory coming in 2002 versus Italy (2-1).


Group B


Australia v Netherlands


o This is the first World Cup encounter between Australia and the Netherlands.
o Australia are unbeaten in their three previous meetings against the Netherlands (W1 D2). Their last encounter was on 10 October 2009 in a Sydney friendly (0-0).
o Australia have won one of their six World Cup encounters with European sides (2-1 v Serbia in 2010), drawing one and losing four. They have never kept a clean sheet in any of these games.
o Robin van Persie has scored 10 goals in his last nine appearances for Netherlands.
o Arjen Robben has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances for the Netherlands.
o Following their goals against Spain, both Robben and van Persie became the first Netherlands players to score in three different World Cup tournaments (2006, 2010, 2014).
o Tim Cahill has scored in three World Cups for Australia; no other Australian has done so in more than one tournament.
o Cahill (four goals, one assist) has now been involved in 56% of Australia's goals (9) in World Cup history.
o Australia have won just two of their previous 11 World Cup matches (L6 D3).
o Netherlands are unbeaten in their last 11 World Cup group stage matches, winning eight and drawing three. Their last group stage defeat came back in 1994 versus Belgium.


Spain v Chile


o Chile have never beaten Spain in their 10 previous encounters (D2 L8).
o Spain have won the two previous meetings with Chile at the World Cup: in 1950 (2-0) and in 2010 (2-1). The game in 1950 was played at the Maracanã; which is where this encounter is taking place.
o Chile have lost their two previous World Cup games against the defending champion, both against Brazil (in 1962 and 1998).
o In their group opener against the Netherlands, Spain conceded 5+ goals in an international for the first time since losing 6-2 to Scotland in June 1963.
o Only once before had Spain conceded 5+ goals in a World Cup game (1-6 vs Brazil in Brazil in 1950).
o Spain lost their opening game of the 2010 World Cup finals (0-1 v Switzerland) but became the first team to ever lift the World Cup trophy after having lost their opening game of the tournament.
o Spain's 1-5 defeat to the Netherlands was the heaviest margin of defeat by a reigning World Cup champion in the history of the tournament (four goals). The previous heaviest were Brazil losing 0-3 v France in 1998 and West Germany losing 3-6 v France in 1958.
o Alexis Sanchez has been involved in seven of the last eight goals that Chile have scored (six assists and one goal).
o Spain have not lost back to back internationals since October 2006 (2-3 v Northern Ireland and 0-2 v Sweden).
o The Spaniards conceded more goals in 90 minutes against Netherlands (5) than they had in their previous nine international matches combined (4).
o Spain have won just one of their last five internationals played at a neutral venue (L2 D2) and that victory was a 2-0 win over El Salvador (FIFA Ranked 68th) in Washington earlier this month.


Group C


Colombia v Ivory Coast


o This will be the first ever game between Colombia and Ivory Coast.
o Colombia's record against African sides at the World Cup is balanced with one defeat (against Cameroon in 1990) and one win (against Tunisia in 1998).
o Ivory Coast's two previous World Cup games against South American sides both ended in defeats (1-2 v Argentina in 2006 and 1-3 v Brazil in 2010).
o José Pekerman's first game at the World Cup as manager was in charge of Argentina against Ivory Coast, back in 2006. His side won 2-1.
o Colombia registered their best result at the World Cup in their last game against Greece (3-0).
o Two of Ivory Coast's three wins at the World Cup have come after conceding the opening goal (3-2 v Serbia in 2006 and 2-1 v Japan in 2014).
o Seven of Ivory Coast's 11 goals at the World Cup have been scored after the 60th minute of games.
o Ivory Coast have failed to score once in their seven World Cup games (0-0 v Portugal in 2010).
o Didier Drogba has scored both of Ivory Coast's goals against South American sides at the World Cup (v Argentina in 2006 and v Brazil in 2010).
o Juan Cuadrado and Serge Aurier both delivered two assists in their first game at this World Cup.


Japan v Greece

o This is Japan and Greece's first World Cup encounter.
o Their only previous meeting was in the 2005 Confederations Cup with Japan securing a 1-0 win thanks to a goal by Masashi Oguro. Yasuhito Endo is the only current member of the Japan squad to have taken part in that game.
o Greece's only previous World Cup fixture against an Asian side was in 2010 when they lost 2-0 against South Korea in their opening game.
o Japan have won twice in their seven encounters against European sides at the World Cup (D2, L3).
o Greece have lost six of their seven World Cup games (W1).
o Greece have failed to score in six of their seven World Cup games. Only against Nigeria in 2010 did they manage to find the net (2-1 - Dimitris Salpingidis and Vasilis Torosidis).
o Greece have failed to keep a clean sheet in their seven World Cup encounters.
o Greece have conceded an average of 2.6 goals per game at the World Cup, the highest ratio amongst the 32 teams involved in this tournament.
o Keisuke Honda has been involved in four of Japan's last five goals at the World Cup (3 goals, 1 assist). He is Japan top-scorer in the competition (3 goals).
o Giorgios Samaras has attempted more shots without scoring at the World Cup than any other Greek player (9, including blocked shots).

Group D


Uruguay v England


o England are winless against Uruguay at the World Cup. They've met twice: in 1954 (Uruguay won 4-2 in the quarter-finals) and 1966 (0-0).
o Their last encounter dates back to 1 March 2006 in a friendly at Anfield. England won 2-1 thanks to goals from Peter Crouch and Joe Cole.
o England have scored in each of their last eight World Cup encounters with South American sides.
o Uruguay played twice in São Paulo the last time the World Cup was held in Brazil (1950), drawing 2-2 against Spain and winning 3-2 against Sweden.
o England recorded their highest ever World Cup pass completion rate (91%) in the opening match vs Italy (1966-2014).
o Daniel Sturridge has scored three goals in his last four appearances for England.
o Wayne Rooney is yet to score a World Cup goal. This will be his 10th game, if he plays.
o Rooney created more chances than any other player in the England vs Italy game (3, including one assist).
o Uruguay continued their run of not winning an opening group game since 1970 and they have won only once in their second game in their last six World Cup appearances.
o Uruguay have picked a red card in two of their last four games at the World Cup.
o England have never conceded 2+ goals in three successive World Cup games before.


Italy v Costa Rica


o This is Italy and Costa Rica's first World Cup encounter.
o Their only previous meeting was in a friendly on 11 June 1994 at New Haven in the United States before that year's World Cup. Italy won 1-0 thanks to a goal by Giuseppe Signori.
o Costa Rica have scored in each of their six World Cup games against teams from the UEFA confederation.
o Italy's pass completion of 93% vs England is the highest rate ever recorded in a World Cup game (1966-2014).
o Italy have scored in their last 15 World Cup games, a record run for them and the best current run of any side.
o Andrea Pirlo made 108 passes in Italy's first game but 59 of them were in his own half.
o Other than Mexico and the USA, no CONCACAF team has ever won consecutive games at the World Cup.
o Italy have not won their second game at a World Cup in any of the last three editions. (D2 L1).
o If England and Uruguay draw then a win for either side will see them through to the Round of 16.



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