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Nic Ladds 28th Jun 2010 - 16:33

World Cup Opta Facts: Quarter Final Matches

Statistics and facts to help your football betting are available every week at William Hill courtesy of Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading provider of sports performance statistics.

Holland v Brazil

  • Holland have only scored more than twice in one of their last 27 World Cup games.
  • The last two times Holland have made it past the second round of the World Cup, they have faced Brazil (1994 quarter-final and 1998 semi-final). They were eliminated both times.
  • Wesley Sneijder has bagged four goals in his last six internationals.
  • 20 of the last 23 Dutch World Cup finals goals have been from open play.
  • Brazil have conceded just four goals in their last 11 World Cup matches.
  • Luis Fabiano has hit 13 goals in his last 13 competitive appearances for Brazil.
  • Brazil have won the last 19 matches that they have been leading at half-time.
  • Juan's goal against Chile was Brazil's first goal from a set piece at the World Cup since Ronaldinho's free kick v England in 2002.
  • These two sides have met three times before in the World Cup, Brazil have won twice and Holland just once.
  • Brazil have conceded only two goals in their last eight World Cup games against European teams.

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Uruguay v Ghana

  • Uruguay are unbeaten in their last six World Cup games, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • After winning three consecutive World Cup matches for the first time since 1954 Uruguay have made it to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1970.
  • Luis Suarez has now scored as many World Cup goals as Diego Forlan (3).
  • Uruguay have won the last nine games in which they have been leading at half-time.
  • On the last 22 occasions that Suarez has found the net in all competitions for club and country, he has finished on the winning side.
  • Luis Suarez has scored 55 goals in 61 appearances for club and country this season.
  • Asamoah Gyan is only the second African player to score four goals at the World Cup after Roger Milla (5).
  • Ghana are only the third African side to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup after Senegal in 2002 and Cameroon in 1990.
  • All three of Diego Forlan's World Cup goals have come against African nations.
  • Uruguay have scored three goals in both of their two World Cup encounters against African sides.

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Argentina v Germany

  • In their last meeting, Argentina defeated Germany 1-0 in a friendly in March 2010 thanks to a Gonzalo Higuain strike.
  • Germany beat Argentina on penalties following a 1-1 draw in their 2006 World Cup quarter final tie.
  • Germany have scored only four goals in their last six World Cup quarter final ties.
  • Argentina have won only four of their last 16 World Cup meetings with European sides (penalty shootouts constitute a draw).
  • Gonzalo Higuain has scored five goals in his last five appearances for Diego Maradona's side.
  • Argentina have won all nine matches that they have played in 2010 so far.
  • Diego Maradona has never seen Argentina draw a match under his 23-game tenure as manager of the side.
  • Lionel Messi has attempted more shots (17) without scoring in the World Cup than any other player so far.
  • Germany have only ever failed to score with one of their 18 shots in penalty shoot-outs at the World Cup.
  • Germany have hit three goals or more in five matches at the last two World Cups, more than any other side.

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Paraguay v Spain

  • These two sides have met on three previous occasions, with two of them ending in goalless draws and Spain winning the other.
  • Two of those meetings have come at the World Cup, with Spain winning on the most recent occasion (2002) 3-1, despite being a goal down at half time after Carlos Puyol netted an own goal.
  • Paraguay will be playing in their first-ever World Cup quarter final tie.
  • Spain have never won a quarter final tie at the World Cup, losing two of their four quarter-final ties on penalties including their most recent against South Korea.
  • The Spaniards are unbeaten in their last five World Cup encounters with South American sides, conceding only three goals in the process.
  • Paraguay have won just two of their last 13 World Cup meetings with European teams.
  • Roque Santa Cruz is now without a goal in 799 minutes at the World Cup. His last and only goal was eight years ago in the 2-2 draw with South Africa.
  • David Villa has scored five of Spain's last six goals at the World Cup. He assisted the other.
  • Xavi created eight goalscoring chances in his last match against Portugal, no player has created more in a single game at this World Cup.

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