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Eden Jon 27th Jun 2014 - 11:04

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.

Holland 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.

Argentina v Switzerland

  • This will be the seventh international meeting between Argentina and Switzerland. Argentina are unbeaten in their previous six (W4 D2).
  • The only previous World Cup meeting between these two sides came back in 1966, when Argentina defeated Switzerland 2-0.
  • After failing to score in seven successive World Cup appearances, Lionel Messi has netted four goals in his three appearances at the 2014 finals.
  • Argentina have won their last three World Cup second round ties; winning on penalties versus England in 1998 and beating Mexico in both 2006 and 2010.
  • Argentina have been knocked out only once in their six previous appearances at this stage (versus Romania in 1994).
  • Argentina have won only 3 of their last 10 World Cup matches against a European team (D4, L3).
  • Switzerland have been knocked out in the second round in their two previous appearances at this stage (versus Spain in 1994 and versus Ukraine in 2006).
  • The Swiss have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last 10 World Cup finals matches.
  • Switzerland have won just one of their previous six World Cup matches against South American nations (W1 D1 L4), but this victory came earlier in this tournament v Ecuador.
  • Xherdan Shaqiri scored a hat-trick in Switzerland's final group game against Honduras - the 50th hat-trick in World Cup history.
  • Argentina have had an average possession figure of 65% so far at this tournament - the highest in this finals and their highest average at a World Cup finals since 1966.
  • Four of Argentina's last seven World Cup goals have come from outside the box, including half of their six goals (3) at this tournament.

France v Nigeria

  • This will be only the second international meeting between France and Nigeria. The Super Eagles won the previous meeting 1-0 in Saint-Etienne back in June 2009.
  • Les Blues have lost two of their last three World Cup matches against African nations (2002 v Senegal and 2010 v South Africa). They beat Togo between these two defeats, in 2006.
  • Nigeria have scored a goal in all but one of their previous 10 World Cup finals matches against European sides.
  • The Super Eagles are aiming to become just the fourth African side to make the quarter finals of a World Cup tournament (after Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010).
  • Nigeria have only won one of their last 11 World Cup matches.
  • Nigeria have lost both of their previous World Cup second round ties - 1-2 v Italy in 1994 and 1-4 v Denmark in 1998.
  • All of France's goals during this World Cup have come from inside the box.
  • France have won all three of their previous second round ties at the World Cup (2-0 v Italy in 1986, 1-0 v Paraguay in 1998 and 3-1 v Spain in 2006).
  • Les Blues attempted more shots at goal (50; excl. blocked) than any other side during the 2014 World Cup group stages.
  • Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper during the 2013-14 French Ligue 1 season for Lille.
  • On the last five occasions that France have progressed past round 1 in the World Cup, they have reached the semi-final stage (1958, 1982, 1986, 1998 and 2006).
  • Karim Benzema has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances for France, including three goals in his three appearances at this World Cup.

Belgium v USA

  • Belgium have progressed from the group stage in six of their last seven appearances at the World Cup.
  • The US have qualified for the knockout stage in three of their previous four World Cups and are aiming to reach the Quarter Final for the first time since 2002.
  • Belgium and USA have met just once before in the World Cup, in what was for both their first World Cup game in 1930. The US ran out 3-0 winners in Montevideo.
  • Belgium have won each of their four games since that clash, keeping a clean sheet on three occasions.
  • In their last meeting in May 2013, the Rode Duivels won 4-2 in Cleveland. Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini both scored for Belgium, while Clint Dempsey and Geoff Cameron were on the score sheet for the US.
  • Belgium won all three of their group games at a World Cup for the first time. It was also the first time they had won three successive games in the competition.
  • Only Iran (30%) had a lower average possession figure in the group stage than Jurgen Klinsmann's side (39%).
  • The US managed just nine shots on target in their three group games. They are the only side to have qualified without reaching double figures in this regard.
  • The last six Belgian goals at World Cups have come in the closing 20 minutes of games.
  • USA have conceded in each of their last 16 World Cup games against European opposition.
  • Only three players (Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Angel Di Maria) completed more dribbles than Eden Hazard in the group stage (13).
  • No player made more blocks than Daniel van Buyten in the group stage (5).

Germany v Algeria

  • Germany have lost both of their previous meetings with Algeria in all competitions, scoring once and conceding four times.
  • Their most notable meeting came in the 1982 World Cup Group Stage when Algeria beat West Germany 2-1. However, the African team were eliminated by West Germany's mutually beneficial 1-0 win over Austria that saw both teams advance to the next round.
  • That remains Algeria's only victory over a European opponent at the World Cup, drawing three and losing four since then.
  • Algeria are the sixth African team to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup (after Morocco, Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana).
  • Germany have reached the semi-finals of the last three World Cups. No nation has ever made the last four in four successive tournaments.
  • Joachim Löw's side attempted 1999 passes (incl. crosses and corners) in the group stage, more than any other side.
  • Thomas Müller has scored nine goals in nine World Cup appearances, including four in three so far in 2014.
  • Müller has a shot conversion rate of 66.7% so far in the tournament, having scored four times from six shots.
  • Algeria's six goals have been scored by five different players. Only Colombia (6) had more scorers during the group stages of the World Cup than Algeria.
  • Germany have scored the opening goal in all three of their games so far in the competition. Algeria opened the scoring twice in Group H.
  • Miroslav Klose needs one more goal to be the World Cup's highest scorer. He is currently joint-top with Ronaldo (15 goals).
  • No team has scored more headed goals than Algeria at the tournament so far (2).

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