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Andrew Tibot 14th Jun 2016 - 7:39

Euro 2016 Opta Facts 2nd Group Games - Groups A - C


Romania - Switzerland

o   The record between Romania and Switzerland is perfectly balanced with five wins each and two draws (D2).

o   Romania have never scored more than one goal in their last eight matches against Switzerland. The last time they netted more than one was in November 1968 (2-0).

o   Switzerland's 4-1 win over Romania in the 1994 World Cup is the only previous instance of these teams facing off at the finals stage of a major competition. Anghel Iordanescu was the Romania manager.

o   Gheorghe Grozav's goal for Romania proved to be the difference between these sides when they last met in May 2012 (friendly).

o   Romania were knocked out in the group stages the last time the EURO was held in France (1984).

o   Romania have only won one of their 14 games at the European Championships. It came in June 2000 against England (3-2).

o   Romania have kept only one clean sheet in their 14 games at the European Championships (0-0 v France in June 2008).

o   In the opening game against France, Romania conceded as many goals as they did over the whole qualifying campaign for EURO 2016 (2).

o   They also had 35.6% possession at the Stade de France, their lowest ratio in any of their 14 games at the European Championships.

o   Bogdan Stancu was responsible for both of Romania's shots on target against France in the opening game, including the goal from the penalty spot.

o   After beating Albania in their opening game, Switzerland will be aiming to win two games in a EURO finals campaign for the first time.

o   Granit Xhaka created the joint-most goalscoring chances (3), made more passes (115) and had the most touches (129) of any player in Switzerland's opening game.

o   Xherdan Shaqiri has had a hand in nine goals in his last eight competitive appearances for Switzerland (4 goals, 5 assists).



France - Albania

o    France have won four of the six matches played against Albania but have failed to win either of the last two meetings (D1 L1).

o    Ergys Kace's free-kick effort helped Albania to a 1-0 victory over France when they last met in June 2015.

o    Albania have never scored more than once in a game against France (three goals scored in six matches).

o    Albania have never beaten Les Bleus in France; conceding nine goals across three games and have only scored once in return (D1 L2).

o    France have lost just once in their last 11 matches at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille (vs Argentina 2009 - W7 D3).

o    Les Bleus have played at this venue twice before in the European Championships; losing to Czechoslovakia in 1960 (0-2) but beating Portugal in 1984 (3-2), both games saw them concede twice.

o    France have won their last six games on home soil in the European Championships (5 in 1984, 1 in 2016).

o    France have only kept two clean sheets in their last 17 games at the EURO (against Romania in 2008 and Ukraine in 2012).

o    France's five shots on target (including their two goals) in the opening game against Romania all came in the second-half.

o    In fact, seven of France's last eight goals at the EURO have been scored after half-time.

o    N'Golo Kanté made more touches (101), more passes (86), more interceptions (5) and more tackles (3) than any other French player in the opening game against Romania.

o    Olivier Giroud has scored eight goals in his last six starts for France.

o    Against Romania, Dimitri Payet became the first French player to score and assist in the same EURO game since Thierry Henry in 2000 (v Czech R.).

o    Payet scored six goals and delivered nine assists in his last 17 league games at the Stade Vélodrome as a Marseille player.

o    Albania have lost their last two internationals - they've not lost three in a row since October 2013.


Russia - Slovakia

o   This will be the ninth time these sides have faced each other; Russia have claimed three wins to Slovakia's two (D3).

o   Neither of these teams have been able to score more than once across their last six meetings, with just seven goals scored in total in these matches.

o   This will be the first time Russia have taken on Slovakia in the European Championships, although they have met twice previously in qualifying for the tournament; each claiming a 1-0 away victory.

o   Slovakia are without a goal in 243 minutes against Russia. They have scored only one goal in their last four games versus Russia.

o   Russia have kept just two clean sheets in their last 16 games at the EURO finals.

o   Slovakia lost their EURO 2016 opener to Wales but they have not lost back-to-back matches since October 2013.

o   Russia come into this game having only claimed victory once in their last six matches (D2 L3).

o   Three of Russia's last four goals scored in the European Championships have come in the final 11 minutes of games.

o   Russia have only managed to score twice in their last four meetings with Slovakia, those two efforts were recorded by Alexander Kerzhakov (2014) and Alan Dzagoev (2011); both have been omitted from the Russian EURO 2016 squad.

o   Vasili Berezutski's late goal against England was Russia's first attempt on target since the 17th minute of the game.

o   In fact, Berezutski's goal was Russia's latest ever in normal time in a EURO finals game (91:15).

o   Ondrej Duda scored after just 52 just seconds after coming off the bench in Slovakia's 2016 opener v Wales; the fastest EURO finals goal by a substitute since Valeron on 12/06/04 v Russia (39 secs).

England - Wales

o   This will be the 102nd time that England and Wales have played each other, although this is the first instance of them facing off in the finals of a major tournament.

o   Wales have failed to beat England in seven of their last eight attempts (W1, D1, L6); their most recent win against their neighbours came back in May 1984, a 1-0 victory in Wrexham.

o   This is only the second time England are facing another country from the United Kingdom in a major tournament, after beating Scotland 2-0 at Euro 1996.

o   The Three Lions have played in Lens once before, securing a 2-0 victory over Colombia in the Stade Bollaert-Delelis during the 1998 World Cup.

o   Wales have only scored twice across their last eight meetings with England; failing to get on the scoresheet in the last four matches played against their neighbours.

o   Mark Hughes is the last Welsh player to score against England; it was in May 1984 (1-0).

o   England have scored at least once in six of their last seven attempts versus the Dragons, but never more than twice in this run, the last time they scored three or more was in 1978 (3-1 in Cardiff).

o   Wales have conceded in each of their last five games (including friendlies), their worst run of conceding since March 2013 (11).

o   England have failed to score more than once in 13 of their last 14 matches at a major tournament (World Cup and EURO finals).

o   England mustered nine shots against Russia in the first-half, their most in a EURO finals match in the opening 45 minutes since 2004 (11 v Croatia).

o   At 25y 293d, England's starting 11 against Russia was their second-youngest ever at a major finals after the 2002 World Cup clash with Sweden (25y 206d).

o   Ramsey has had a hand in three goals in his last three games for Wales (two goals, one assist).

o   Jamie Vardy has scored in three of his last four appearances for the Three Lions.

o   Gareth Bale has scored 14 of the 31 Wales goals under Chris Coleman since he took charge of his first game in February 2012 (45%).

o   Wayne Rooney has scored in seven of his last eight competitive appearances for England.


Ukraine - Northern Ireland

o   Northern Ireland have never beaten Ukraine (D2 L2). However the last two meetings have ended in goalless draws.

o   Northern Ireland have only ever managed to score one goal against Ukraine in their four meetings; that goal being scored by Iain Dowie in April 1997 (World Cup Qualifier, lost 2-1).

o   This is the first time these sides have met in a major tournament; the previous meetings have been in World Cup (two) and EURO (two) qualifiers.

o   Ukraine were knocked out in the group stages in their only previous EURO  appearance (2012). Andriy Shevchenko, currently part of the coaching staff, is the only player to have scored for Ukraine at the finals (2 goals).

o   Since winning their first game at the EURO finals (2-1 v Sweden in 2012), Ukraine have lost their last three games in the tournament without scoring a single goal (5 goals conceded).

o   However, friendlies included, Ukraine have only lost three of their last 19 games: against the defending EURO champions Spain (twice) and World Cup champions Germany (once).

o   Northern Ireland have won only one of their last 10 games at a major tournament (D4 L5), that was against Spain in the 1982 World Cup.

o   Northern Ireland only had two shots against Poland in their opening outing, both in the last half hour of the game. None of them were on target.

o   Northern Ireland are taking part in the European Championships for the first time in their history. It's also their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup - they didn't make it past the group stages.

o   56% of Northern Ireland's goals in the qualifying campaign came from set-pieces (6 from corners, 3 from indirect free-kicks), the highest ratio among the 24 sides who made it to the 2016 edition.

o   Kyle Lafferty was involved in half of Northern Ireland's goals in qualifying (8 out of 16), scoring seven and assisting one. In the opening game against Poland, he had more touches in his own box (3) than in the opposition's (1).

o   Only Yaroslav Rakitskiy had more touches (59) than goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov (52) in Ukraine's opening game against Germany.



Germany - Poland

o   Poland have only won one of their 20 games against Germany (D6 L13), it was in October 2014 (Euro qualifiers).

o   However, Poland have only lost once in their last four matches versus Germany (W1 D2).

o   Poland have never beaten Germany at a major tournament (D1 L3 at World Cup/EURO). They've also never scored against them in those tournaments.

o   Lukas Podolski's brace saw Germany claim a 2-0 win over Poland in EURO 2008; the only other instance of these teams meeting in the competition. It's also the only time Poland have conceded more than one goal in the competition.

o   Germany have kept eight clean sheets in their last 12 games against Poland.

o   Germany have won eight of their last 10 games in the European Championships, losing twice (2008 final v Spain & 2012 semi-final v Italy).

o   Germany have only failed to score once in their last 13 games at the EURO, it was in the 2008 final against Spain (1-0 defeat).

o   However, Germany haven't found the net in three of their last four matches at the Stade de France (all vs France - W1 D1 L2).

o   Poland won their opening game against Northern Ireland, putting to an end their run of six games without a victory in the European Championships. It was also the first time they kept a clean sheet in the tournament.

o   Poland have never scored more than one goal at the EURO (7 games).

o   Robert Lewandowski has scored in two of his three appearances for Poland against Germany. He didn't have a single shot in his first game at this year's tournament against Northern Ireland.

o   Jakub Blaszczykowski has been directly involved in Poland's last three goals at the EURO (1 goal, 2 assist).

o   Mesut Özil has delivered eight assists in the World Cup and EURO since 2010 (4 in each competition), more than any other player.

o   Thomas Müller hasn't scored or assisted a single goal in six games at the EURO. On the other hand, he has 10 goals and six assists in 13 World Cup games.

o   Joachim Löw has taken charge of 12 games as manager at the EURO, the most in the history of the tournament.



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