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Nic Ladds 25th Jun 2010 - 16:36

World Cup Opta Facts: Second Round Matches

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Uruguay v South Korea

  • Uruguay are unbeaten against South Korea, winning four and drawing one of their five meetings, including a World Cup group stage victory in 1990 (1-0).
  • South Korea are the first Asian team to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup twice.
  • Uruguay are unbeaten in their last five World Cup games, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • More than 50% of South Korea's World Cup goals came after set-pieces.
  • South Korea have never beaten a South American opponent at the World Cup finals, they have lost three and drawn one of these four encounters, netting just two goals.
  • South Korea have only drawn two of their last 19 internationals.
  • Uruguay have failed to score in their two previous Round of 16 matches. In 1986 they lost 1-0 to Argentina and were beaten 2-0 by Italy four years later.
  • Only two of South Korea's last 10 World Cup goals have come from strikers.
  • Uruguay's Luis Suarez has scored 53 goals in 60 appearances for club and country this season.

Argentina v Mexico

  • Mexico have only won four of their previous 25 meetings with Argentina, losing 11 and drawing 10.
  • Argentina completed more passes in their last game against Greece than any other team in a World Cup game since 1966 (696).
  • These sides met in the 2nd Round of the last World Cup. Argentina won 2-1 AET courtesy of a Maxi Rodriguez wonder strike eight minutes into the first half of extra time.
  • El Tri have conceded inside the first ten minutes in three of their last four Round of 16 matches at the World Cup.
  • If they play against Argentina, Rafael Marquez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco will beat Antonio Carbajal's all-time record of 11 World Cup appearances for Mexico.
  • Argentina have failed to score with three of their last five penalties at World Cup finals.
  • The Albiceleste have won their last eight internationals, their best run since 1998.
  • Mexico have won just one of their 10 World Cup encounters against South American opposition, losing seven of these matches.
  • Argentina are undefeated in 9 World Cup games. Their longest ever spell without losing at the World Cup finals.
  • In their game against Greece, Argentina had 81.2% of the possession, more than any other team in a World Cup game since 1966.
  • Mexico have been eliminated in the second round in their last four World Cup finals appearances.

Germany v England

  • England have only won six of their last 20 meetings with Germany, losing ten and drawing four.
  • All four World Cup games between England and Germany were drawn after 90 minutes.
  • Frank Lampard has hit 33 shots (incl. blocked) at World Cups without scoring, the joint-most of any player since 1966 along with Jay-Jay Okocha of Nigeria.
  • Germany have only drawn one of their last 15 World Cup games keeping nine clean sheets in the process.
  • Neither England nor Germany have ever lost a Round of 16 match at the World Cup finals.
  • All four knockout matches between England and Germany in major international tournaments went into extra time.
  • 14 of the Three Lions' last 15 wins at the World Cup finals came when they kept a clean sheet.
  • The last time England won a World Cup game when the opponent opened the scoring was the 1966 World Cup final against Germany.
  • Only one of Germany's last 15 World Cup goals after come after a set-piece.
  • Jermain Defoe's goal against Slovenia was one of only two scored by English strikers in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup (so far).
  • Germany have failed to convert just three out of 30 World Cup penalties (incl. shootouts), with Lukas Podolski's miss against Serbia the Germans' first spot-kick failure in 18 attempts.
  • England, on the other hand have missed three of their last four spot-kicks (all shootout) in the World Cup, whilst since 1966, they have netted 12 out of 19 spot-kicks.
  • The last two knockout games between these two sides at major tournaments have ended in penalty shootout wins in the semi-final for Germany (1990 World Cup and Euro 1996)

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USA v Ghana

  • The only previous meeting between these two sides was won 2-1 by Ghana in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup.
  • Ghana are only the second African team to reach the knockout stages in two consecutive World Cups. Nigeria were the first team to achieve that feat in 1998.
  • The Black Stars' last three World Cup goals all came from the penalty spot.
  • If he plays, London Donovan will beat the USA's all-time record of 11 WC finals appearances, previously held by Cobi Jones and Earnest Stewart.
  • African sides have won two of their five games against CONCACAF teams, drawing two and losing on only once; when the USA beat Algeria to secure their place in the 2nd Round.
  • 50% of the goals the USA conceded in the last three World Cups have come after set-pieces.
  • Ghana's last five wins in international games have all seen the Africans beat their opponents 1-0.
  • The USA have lost three of their four knockout matches at the World Cup finals, conceding eight goals in the process.
  • Asamoah Gyan has netted 50% of Ghana's goals in World Cup finals so far (three out of six).
  • If the USA beat Ghana it would be the first time since 1930 that the US team has won two consecutive World Cup matches.

Holland v Slovakia

  • The Dutch were knocked out of the 2006 World Cup at this stage, when they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the infamous 'Battle of Nuremberg'.
  • The Netherlands have won their last three World Cup games, the only time they have bettered this was in 1974 when they reached the final (four wins in a row).
  • Having failed to score in nine games during qualifying for the World Cup, Robert Vittek has hit three in three games at the actual finals tournament.
  • The Dutch have not won back to back games against European sides at the World Cup since 1974 when they beat Bulgaria and East Germany (they beat Denmark this year).
  • The Netherlands have won their last seven international fixtures and are unbeaten in 22 games.
  • Slovakia, on the other hand, have won just two of their last seven international games.
  • The Netherlands have never faced Slovakia, but they did meet Czechoslovakia on 10 occasions, suffering six defeats.
  • Both of these sides have only scored one first half goal at this World Cup so far.
  • Klass Jan Huntelaar has netted two goals in just three appearances at international tournaments.
  • The former Czechoslovakia are one of only five teams who have managed to score three goals in a World Cup encounter against the Netherlands (3-0 in 1938).
  • Paraguay have lost all three of their second round matches in World Cup history, failing to score on each occasion.
  • All three of those meeting were against European opposition. However, they have only once met an Asian side in a World Cup, beating Iraq 1-0 in the 1986 group stages.
  • This is the second time that Japan have reached round two. In 2002 they lost to Turkey 1-0 in the World Cup they joint-hosted.
  • Japan have lost both of their World Cup matches against South American sides, losing 4-1 to Brazil in 2006 and 1-0 to Argentina in 1998.
  • Paraguay are unbeaten in their last six World Cup meetings against non-European sides (three wins and three draws).
  • Japan have won on the six occasions that Keisuke Honda has scored and on the 11 occasions that Shinji Okazaki has scored for them.
  • Three of the last five World Cup goals that Paraguay have scored have originated from free-kicks.
  • Japan have only ever scored one headed goal in a World Cup game, Hidetoshi Nakata scored it against Tunisia in 2002.
  • Paraguay are unbeaten in four World Cup matches, only once have they gone five matches unbeaten with that run straddling the 1958 and 1986 World Cups.

Brazil v Chile

  • This will be the 66th international meeting between Brazil and Chile, though the Chileans have won just seven times.
  • Brazil defeated Chile both home (4-2) and away (3-0) in qualification for the finals.
  • In their two previous World Cup Finals meetings, Brazil have won and scored four goals on both occasions.
  • Their last meeting at the World Cup came in a second round match in 1998, with Brazil knocking Chile out courtesy of a 4-1 victory.
  • Brazil have scored 25 goals in their last six meetings with Chile in all competitions, averaging over four per game.
  • Dunga's side come in to this match having won their group for the eighth successive time at the World Cup.
  • Chile made more fouls than any other side in the 2010 World Cup group stages (62).
  • No player attempted more dribbles than Chile attacker Alexis Sánchez in the group stages (20).
  • Brazil have won their last four second round knockout ties at the World Cup, conceding only one goal in the process.
  • Chile have lost all three of their meetings with fellow South American sides at the World Cup, two against Brazil.
  • Portugal have won only five of their previous 32 meetings with Spain in all competitions.
  • Despite this, Portugal won their last meeting with the Spaniards; winning 1-0 in their Euro 2004 group match.
  • Spain were the first team since Hungary in 1986 not to collect a single card in the group stages of a World Cup tournament.
  • Spain have kept clean sheets in only 26% of their World Cup games (9/34) since the start of the 1982 tournament.
  • David Villa has scored six goals in six starts in World Cups and is now the all-time top scorer for Spain at the tournament.
  • Portugal did not concede a goal in the group stage but drew two of those games 0-0.
  • Despite appearing for only 118 minutes in the group stages, Spanish winger Jesús Navas attempted 40 crosses from open play; 18 more than any other player.
  • Spain lost an all-European tie in the second round of the 2006 World Cup; losing 3-1 to eventual finalists France.
  • Portugal won their only previous World Cup second round match in 2006 against the Netherlands (1-0), in a game that saw four red cards; two for the Portuguese.
  • Portugal have conceded just one goal in their last 12 internationals.
  • Should the Portuguese avoid defeat in this match, they will set a new team record of 20 games unbeaten in all competitions.

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