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Rupert Wyman 3rd Jul 2010 - 13:17

World Cup Opta Facts - Semi Final Matches

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Uruguay v Holland


  • The two sides have met on four occasions in total, with Uruguay winning three times and the Dutch one.
  • The winning side in matches between these two sides has always scored two goals, with three of those games ended in 2-0 scorelines, while the other match ended 2-1.
  • The two sides' only previous meeting in the World Cup came in 1974 when the Dutch won 2-0 in a group game, with Jonny Rep netting both goals.
  • Holland have won each of their last three matches 2-1.
  • Against Uruguay, the Dutch will be hoping to set a new record for wins in one World Cup tournament, after equaling the record from 1974 (five) by beating Brazil in the quarter-finals.
  • Wesley Sneijder has now bagged six goals in his last seven internationals.
  • The Dutch have lost just two of their 10 meetings with South American sides in World Cup finals (not including penalty shoot-outs).
  • Uruguay are without a win in their last 13 World Cup finals games against European opposition (six draws, seven losses) with their last success over a European side coming in 1970 when they beat the Soviet Union 1-0 in a quarter-final.
  • Diego Forlan may have scored four World Cup finals goals (2002-present), but he is yet to find the net against a non-African team.
  • Three of Diego Forlan's four goals in World Cup finals history have come from outside the box.

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Germany v Spain

  • These nations have met 20 times, Germany have won eight times, Spain six and there have been six draws.
  • Spain will be playing in their first ever World Cup semi final.
  • The last encounter between these two nations was in the Euro 2008 final that saw Spain win 1-0 thanks to a Fernando Torres strike.
  • Germany are unbeaten against Spain at the World Cup, winning twice and drawing once.
  • Germany have scored the most goals at the 2010 World Cup (13).
  • Germany have scored four goals in three games at the 2010 World Cup, the only nation to have bettered this in a single World Cup is Hungary, netting at least four goals in four different matches in 1954.
  • Thomas Müller has now scored four goals from four shots on target in this tournament.
  • All 14 of Miroslav Klose's World Cup goals have come in open play and from inside the box, and half of them have been headers.
  • Klose needs just one more goal to equal Ronaldo's record of 15 World Cup goals and is currently level with Gerd Müller (14).
  • David Villa has netted five goals at this summer's finals, equalling the all time Spanish record in a single World Cup (Basora in 1950 and Butragueno in 1986).
  • David Villa is Spain's top scorer in World Cup history with eight goals.
  • David Villa is just one goal away (43) from equalling Raul as Spain's all time top scorer (44).
  • There has never been a 0-0 draw in a World Cup semi final.
  • Xavi has completed more passes than any other World Cup 2010 player (404).

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