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Stuart Dalgleish 26th Jun 2014 - 12:01

World Cup Opta Facts - Round of 16 Matches


Brazil v Chile

  • Brazil have won all three previous World Cup fixtures against Chile, all of which have been in the knockout stages of the tournament (Round 2 in 2010, Round 2 in 1998, and the semi final in 1962).
  • Chile have conceded 11 goals in their three meetings with Brazil at the World Cup finals, an average of 3.7 per game.
  • Eduardo Vargas has scored in each of his last two appearances for Chile against Brazil, including a goal in Belo Horizonte in April 2013.
  • Brazil have scored two or more goals in each of their last nine matches against Chile, netting 32 in the process (3.6 per game).
  • Neymar scored the 100th goal of the 2014 World Cup (his first goal versus Cameroon), in Brazil's 100th game in the competition.
  • The Barcelona forward has now scored four times in three matches at the 2014 World Cup and eight times in his last six for Brazil.
  • Four of Chile's five goals so far at the 2014 World Cup have arrived before half-time, with the other coming in the 90th minute.
  • Chile have lost each of their previous second round fixtures, both of which were against Brazil (0-3 in 2010 & 1-4 in 1998).
  • Brazil have won their last five second round matches at the World Cup, scoring 13 and keeping four clean sheets.
  • The last time that Brazil lost a World Cup match in the second round of the competition was back in 1990; losing 0-1 to eventual finalists and South American side Argentina.
  • Overall, Brazil have lost only one of their last 10 World Cup matches against South American opposition (W8 D1).
  • Chile have lost all four of their World Cup matches against fellow South American opposition, although three of those games were against opponents Brazil.
  • Chile have never beaten the Seleção on Brazilian soil, losing 20 and drawing six.
  • The Seleção are now unbeaten in 40 successive matches in Brazil, with their last defeat coming against Paraguay (0-1 in a friendly) in August 2002.



Netherlands v Mexico

  • Mexico have lost three and drawn one of their last four encounters with the Netherlands, conceding at least two goals on each of these occasions.
  • The only previous World Cup meeting between these two sides came in 1998 (group stage), when Mexico came from 0-2 down with 15 minutes remaining to draw 2-2.
  • Mexico have been knocked out of the World Cup finals at the second round stage in all five editions since 1994.
  • Netherlands have won nine of their last 10 World Cup matches, with the only blip in this run being their 2010 final defeat against Spain.
  • Mexico have scored a goal in each of their last 11 World Cup matches against European nations, losing just two of these games (W4 D5 L2).
  • Just one European nation has been eliminated by a CONCACAF representative in a World Cup knockout tie in the post-war era (W4 D2 L1); this was Bulgaria v Mexico in 1986.
  • Since 1990, nine previous sides from the CONCACAF region have reached round two of the World Cup, but only one has progressed to the quarter finals (USA in 2002).
  • 10 of the last 12 World Cup goals scored by Mexico have come after half time, while the Netherlands have scored eight of their last nine World Cup goals in the second half.
  • The Dutch attempted 23 shots on target in the group stages; nine more than any other side in Group B managed.
  • Mexico attempted 28 shots in their opening three games at the 2014 World Cup, fewer than any other Group A side.
  • Arjen Robben has scored eight goals in his last nine appearances for the Netherlands.
  • Robben has scored or assisted seven goals (five goals, two assists) in his last seven World Cup appearances.
  • Robin van Persie has scored 21 goals in his last 25 appearances for the Oranje.
  • Johnny Rep (7) is the Netherlands' leading goalscorer at World Cup finals. Robben (6) and van Persie (5) are within reach of that record.


Colombia v Uruguay

  • Colombia and Uruguay's only previous World Cup encounter was in the group stages of the 1962 tournament; the Celeste won 2-1 despite Colombia opening the scoring. It is Colombia's only previous game against a fellow South American team at the World Cup.
  • Uruguay have won six of their last eight encounters with Colombia (D1 L1).
  • Uruguay won their first five World Cup games against South American teams but have lost their last two (v Brazil in 1970 and Argentina in 1986).
  • The last nine encounters between Colombia and Uruguay have produced 32 goals; an average of 3.6 per game.
  • Colombia have reached the last 16 of the World Cup for the second time in their history after 1990 when they were knocked out by Cameroon (1-2 after extra-time).
  • It's also the first time that Colombia have finished top of their group at the World Cup.
  • Colombia have won as many games at this year's World Cup (3) as they did in their previous 13 games in the competition (3).
  • This is already Colombia's most prolific World Cup in terms of goals scored (9 after 3 games).
  • Nine of Colombia's last 11 goals at the World Cup have been scored in the second-half.
  • This is the second time in a row that Uruguay have reached the last 16 of the World Cup (2010, 2014), the first time they have achieved this in consecutive tournaments since 1986-1990.
  • Uruguay have won two of the three World Cups that they've played on South American soil (1930, 1950).
  • Uruguay have scored in each of their last nine World Cup games - the last time they failed to find the net was against France on 11 June 2010.
  • James Rodriguez has scored three goals and delivered two assists in 225 minutes at this World Cup, an average of a goal / assist every 45 minutes. He's already been involved in more goals than any other Colombian in World Cup history (5).
  • Rodriguez has scored in each of his last five games for Colombia.
  • Diego Godin's last three goals have come in the Spanish title decider against Barcelona, the Champions League final against Real Madrid and the clash against Italy that saw Uruguay qualify for the last 16.
  • Luis Suarez has missed two games at the World Cup since 2010. Both were defeats for Uruguay (Netherlands in the 2010 semi-final and Costa Rica in the 2014 group stages).



Costa Rica v Greece

  • This will be the first ever meeting between Costa Rica and Greece.
  • Costa Rica have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time in their history; the first was in 1990 when they eventually lost 4-1 against Czechoslovakia in the last 16.
  • The last team from CONCACAF to go further than the last 16 at the World Cup are the USA in 2002.
  • This is the first time that Greece have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup.
  • Greece's seven wins at major tournaments have never been by more than one clear goal (four 1-0 and three 2-1 wins).
  • Greece have only won two of their nine World Cup games, both against African sides (v Nigeria in 2010 & Ivory Coast in 2014).
  • Greece have scored in only two of their nine games at the World Cup (the two 2-1 wins v Nigeria & Ivory Coast).
  • Greece have only kept one clean sheet in nine World Cup games, against Japan in 2014 (0-0).
  • Costa Rica are yet to concede a goal from open play at this World Cup, the only one they have let in being Edinson Cavani's penalty.
  • None of Costa Rica's four goals at this World Cup have been scored before the 44th minute.
  • Meanwhile, each of Greece's four goals in World Cup history have been scored from the 42nd minute onwards.
  • Costa Rica have surrendered possession in each of their three games so far at this World Cup, their highest ratio being 44.4% against Uruguay.
  • Georgios Samaras' goal against Ivory Coast in Greece's last game ended his personal goalscoring drought of 1478 minutes with the national team.
  • Samaras' penalty against Ivory Coast is his only shot on target so far at this World Cup (270 minutes played).
  • Joel Campbell was involved in two of Costa Rica's four goals at this World Cup (1 goal, 1 assist).
  • Keylor Navas has saved seven of the eight shots on target he's faced in this World Cup.




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