10 Interesting Stats Ahead of Poland-Portugal

Poland vs Portugal

1 – Portugal were the only third-place team to win their second round tie.

2 – Robert Lewandowski has fired in only two efforts on target in 380 minutes at Euro 2016 and is yet to score.

3 – Portugal have collected the fewest yellow cards of the eight remaining teams.

4 – Portugal have drawn all four of their games in 90 minutes.

6 – Robert Lewandowski has not scored in his last six games at European Championship finals.

11 – Cristiano Ronaldo has been caught offside on more occasions than any other player.

16 – Robert Lewandowski has been fouled more times than any other player.

90 – Cristiano Ronaldo failed to register a single shot in 90 minutes versus Croatia. However, the superstar’s only effort on target, in the 117th minute, set up Ricardo Quaresma’s winner.

83% – Jakub Błaszczykowski has been involved in five of Poland’s six goals in European Championship finals history (3 goals, 2 assists).

351′ – Poland had gone 351 minutes without conceding at Euro 2016 before Xherdan Shaqiri’s equaliser for Switzerland. The second longest run in the tournament (after Germany’s 360 minutes).

Euro 2016 Power Rankings after Second Round

Toni Kroos

England fell far short of expectations once again as debutants Iceland and Wales reached the quarter-finals as Germany, Italy and Belgium made their mark in the second round.  Here’s how I rank the remaining eight nations:

1. Germany (4.1 to win Euro 2016)

I’ve tipped Germany from the start and their quarter-final is basically the final in my mind – if they beat Italy they will 100% win Euro 2016.  They are simply too good for France, Belgium and Portugal.  I also fancy them to beat Italy on Saturday but must admit Italy are a lot better than I thought heading into the second round.  However, they did seem to tire badly in the final 20 minutes versus Spain and have Thiago Motta suspended.  Realistically, if Germany keep a clean sheet in this match they may very well go through the entire tournament without conceding a single goal.

Toni Kroos has been the player of the tournament so far, Manuel Neuer has barely been tested and Mario Gómez looked much sharper versus Slovakia than in his first start against Northern Ireland, but he scored in both regardless.  Thomas Müller will eventually score and Julian Draxler is looking ace.  The full-backs bombing forward should cause Italy problems in the quarter-final with their back three.

2. Italy (8.0 to win Euro 2016)

If Germany aren’t going to win Euro 2016 then Italy will.  I’ve put the odds up in case you fancy them to beat Germany because they will be half that heading into the semi-finals.  Gianluigi Buffon has not conceded in his three games in France and remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world.  He’s well protected by his three Juventus teammates.  However, they are going to have a very tough game against this German attack which is the best attacking unit in world football right now.

Italy still look weak going forward for me – they’ve scored five goals in four games of which two have made it 2-0 in stoppage time on the counter-attack whilst their opponents have been in the opposition half.  Their opener versus Spain came through a David de Gea mistake, their opener versus Belgium came after a Toby Alderweireld mistake and it took them 88 minutes to open the score versus Sweden.  Will this efficient German side make mistakes for Italy?  I think not.

3. Belgium (2.3 to reach final)

With Croatia’s loss Belgium have a nice route to the final now with Wales and then Portugal/Poland.  Their odds aren’t bad to beat Wales in normal time but they weren’t as good as the 4-0 scoreline suggested versus Hungary.  It was 1-0 until the 78th minute and they had been hanging on for most of that second half before Michy Batshuayi scored.  Wales will stuff men behind the ball which is not what Hungary did – Belgium were very wasteful prior to their second goal.

Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne have more assists than any other players in the tournament but with five defenders to beat it will be interesting to see how much space and time on the ball they get.  Defensively they haven’t been as solid as their three consecutive clean sheets suggest – Sweden came close in the final group game and Hungary fired several shots narrowly wide.  It won’t be a breeze unless they improve their performance.

4. Portugal (3.3 to reach final)

I never expected Portugal to eliminate Croatia but credit them for doing so.  Admittedly I thought Ante Čačić’s side bottled it as much as anything else.  Cristiano Ronaldo has now been involved in their last three goals and is only one goal shy of tying Michel Platini’s European Championships goalscoring record.

Poland won’t be a rollover for Portugal but I am edging them to overcome them to set up a potential semi-final with Belgium.  I give them more chance of progressing to the final than France beating either Germany or Italy.  They didn’t allow Croatia a single shot on target in 90 minutes with José Fonte replacing Ricardo Carvalho at centre-back.

5. France

The hosts had to come from behind to beat a tired Republic of Ireland in the second half and despite playing the final 25 minutes against 10 men they couldn’t add to the 2-1 scoreline.  Antoine Griezmann has come good though – scoring both goals to take him equal top scorer at the tournament.  It must be nice for the French fans to be able to rely on someone more than just Dimitri Payet.  I can’t believe they’re the tournament favourites once again but this is because they face Iceland in the quarter-finals whilst Germany and Italy meet each other.

N’Golo Kanté and Adel Rami get a rest as they are suspended but I can’t see France being eliminated by Iceland, but I thought that about England too!  France are better than England and Iceland have now started the same XI for four consecutive games, have had a few days less rest than their opponents for a second consecutive game and have spent the majority of their matches chasing the ball.  Fatigue anyone?

6. Poland

Xherdan Shaqiri is the only player to have scored versus Poland in their four games which includes a 0-0 draw against Germany.  I wouldn’t rule out their quarter-final against Portugal being a 0-0 after 90 minutes but they have to deal with Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani who has found some form in France.

Robert Lewandowski has not found the net yet and not looked like doing so as one of the biggest flops of the tournament.  Arkadiusz Milik has not scored since their opener versus Northern Ireland either with the Ajax striker looking wasteful.  Jakub Błaszczykowski is looking good at least.

7. Wales

Wales got a 1-0 win and 0-0 draw versus Belgium in their qualifying group with the two teams meeting in the quarter-finals on Friday.  However, their goal came via a defensive howler.  I expect Belgium to win this time around but I respect Chris Coleman’s tactics.  They’ve kept back-to-back clean sheets though but have not faced a good team in the tournament so far – the only team to lose to England too.

Gareth Bale has been very overrated so far but I think he’ll find space versus this Belgium defence and midfield which has left space open for opposition attackers.  Aaron Ramsey is similar – he’s played well to this point though but I can see him finding holes in the Belgium defence.  How much possession Wales will see remains to be seen though as they hardly dominated Northern Ireland.  It could work a treat though as Belgium have looked best on the counter-attack.  I still fancy the Red Devils though!

8. Iceland

Congratulations to Iceland beating a terrible England side but they have a tough draw now.  Facing the hosts on Sunday will be their toughest task yet.  For a team that hasn’t tested the opposition goalkeeper too often – France have only allowed three shots on target in this tournament – two of them from the penalty spot.  Adel Rami is missing but Laurent Koscielny is good enough to make Eliaquim Mangala look adequate in this match.

Goalkeeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson has been tested more than any other goalkeeper in this tournament and with Antoine Griezmann showing form and Dimitri Payet a constant threat, France are going to end the Nordic nation’s dream at the Stade de France.

80+ Stats from Euro 2016 Second Round

Graziano Pelle

0 – France have failed to score in the first half of any of their four games.

0 – Iceland are the only nation remaining that have yet to keep a clean sheet.

0 – Switzerland were eliminated without losing a single game (W1 D3).

0 – There were no shots on target in 90 minutes in the Croatia-Portugal second round tie.

1 – England have only ever progressed from one tie in the knockout stages at European Championship finals (vs Spain at Euro 96).

1 – Italy have been caught offside only once in their four games.

1 – Iceland have won more knockout games in 90 minutes at European Championships than England ever have.

1 – England are the only nation to have both won a game from behind (vs Wales) and lose a game after taking the lead (vs Iceland).

1 – Kolbeinn Sigþórsson has scored with his only shot on target at Euro 2016.

2 – Wales have reached the quarter-finals in both major tournaments they have participated in (also 1958 World Cup).

2 – Spain lost back-to-back games at a Euros for the first time since 1988.

2 – Robbie Brady is the Republic of Ireland’s all-time top scorer in European Championship finals (2 goals).

2 – Robbie Brady’s penalty after 1:58 versus France is the quickest goal so far at Euro 2016.

3 – Belgium have won three consecutive matches

3 – England and Portugal collected the fewest yellow cards in the tournament of teams to reach the second round (3 each).

3 – There have been three own goals scored at Euro 2016 – more than any previous European Championship finals.

3 – Mesut Özil has now missed his last three penalties for club and country.

3 – Eden Hazard has provided as many assists for Belgium at Euro 2016 as he did for Chelsea during the entire 2015-16 Premier League season.

3 – Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne are the only players to assist as many as three goals.

Eden Hazard

4 – Germany have kept four clean sheets at Euro 2016 – more than they have recorded in any other edition of the European Championships.

4 – Belgium’s 4-0 win over Hungary is their biggest win at a major tournament.

4 – Portugal have drawn all four of their games in 90 minutes.

4 – Iceland and Spain have named the same starting XI for all four of their games.

4 – Spain (4) conceded more goals than Northern Ireland (3).

4 – Iceland and Wales are the only nations to score in all four games.

4 – Eden Hazard has been involved in more goals than any other player (1 goal, 3 assists).

5 – Mario Gómez is now Germany’s all-time joint-top scorer at the European Championships with Jürgen Klinsmann (5 goals).

6 – Robert Lewandowski has not scored in his last six games at European Championship finals.

6 – England’s Mark Clattenburg has averaged six yellow cards per game (12 yellow cards in 2 games) – the highest average among the referees.

7 – Hungary 0-4 Belgium saw seven yellow cards, the joint-most in the tournament so far (along with Albania 0-1 Switzerland, though this game also saw a red card).

8 – Belgium have scored the most goals after four games.

8 – Hungary have conceded the most goals after four games.

9 – Republic of Ireland have had the fewest shots on target of teams who have played four games.

9 – Thomas Müller has now played nine games at European Championships and is yet to score a single goal.  He was 10 goals in 13 World Cup games.

11 – Cristiano Ronaldo has been caught offside on more occasions than any other player.

12 – Álvaro Morata and Aron Gunnarsson have committed the most fouls (12 each).

13 – Italy have collected the most cards (13 yellow cards).

13 – Harry Kane has had the most shots at Euro 2016 of players not to score.

Harry Kane

13 – Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli and Serbian Milorad Mažić have both dished out 13 yellow cards in three games – the most among referees (Rizzoli has also shown 1 red card).

15 – The quarter-final between Wales and Belgium will be contested between the two highest-scoring nations at Euro 2016 (Belgium – 8, Wales – 7 goals).

16 – Robert Lewandowski has won the most free kicks.

17 – Switzerland have been caught offside the most times.

17 – Croatia had 17 efforts on goal in their 1-0 defeat to Portugal but none of them were on target.

20% – England have progressed in only two of their last 10 knockout matches at major finals tournaments (vs Denmark at the 2002 World Cup and Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup).

20 – Hannes Þór Halldórsson has made the most saves.

21 – Germany have allowed the fewest attempts on goal.

22 – Northern Ireland have the fewest attempts on goal of teams to play four games.

22% – Wales have now lost only two of their nine games at major tournaments (W4 D3).

22 – Italy have used 22 players – more than any other nation.  Only third-choice goalkeeper Federico Marchetti is yet to feature.

22 – Kevin De Bruyne has created more chances than any other player.

25% – Portugal were the only third-place team to win their second round tie.

27% – Roy Hodgson won only three of his 11 games in charge of England at major tournaments (D5 L3).

31 – Cristiano Ronaldo has had the most shots on goal.

32 – Belgium have had the most shots on target.

33 – At 32.8km/h Kingsley Coman is the quickest player clocked at Euro 2016.

33% – Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in 33 of the 100 goals Belgium have scored under Marc Wilmots (13 goals, 20 assists).

36 – Only Miroslav Klose (37) has made more appearances for Germany at major tournaments than Bastian Schweinsteiger (36).

38 – England committed the fewest fouls of teams to play four games.

38 – Northern Ireland won the fewest fouls of teams who have played four games.

50% – Joe Hart has saved only half of the shots he has faced in the last two major international tournaments combined (1/5 in Brazil and 7/11 in France).

56 – Despite attempting 56 more shots than their opponents, England scored as many goals as they conceded (4).

56′ – France have trailed for more minutes (56) than they have led (41) during the tournament.

64% – Germany have averaged the most possession through four games (64.1%).

Toni Kroos

66 – Croatia have been fouled the most times.

67% – Hugo Lloris has conceded two of the three shots he has faced so far (both penalties).

67% – Four of the six group winners won their second round tie.

68 – Italy have committed the most fouls.

79 – Iceland have allowed the most attempts on goal through four games.

82% – Germany have won 14 of their last 17 games at major tournaments (D2 L1).

83 – Germany have had the most attempts on goal.

83% – Jakub Błaszczykowski has been involved in five of Poland’s six goals in European Championship finals history (3 goals, 2 assists).

88 – There have been 88 goals in the 44 matches so far.

90 – Cristiano Ronaldo failed to register a single shot in 90 minutes versus Croatia.

92% – 11 of France’s last 12 goals at European Championships have come in the second half.

117 – Ricardo Quaresma’s goal in the 117th minute versus Croatia is the latest goal scored so far at Euro 2016.

174 – There have been 174 yellow cards, averaging 3.73 per game.

351′ – Poland had gone 351 minutes without conceding at Euro 2016 before Xherdan Shaqiri’s equaliser for Switzerland.

356′ – Hugo Lloris has gone 356 minutes since his last save at Euro 2016.

360′ – Germany have not conceded a single goal so far at Euro 2016.

444 – Toni Kroos has attempted the most passes.

480′ – Germany have not conceded a goal in major tournaments since Oscar’s last-minute consolation for Brazil in their 1-7 semi-final defeat at the 2014 World Cup (5 games).

678′ – Spain had gone 678 minutes without conceding a goal at European Championship knockout games until Giorgio Chiellini’s opener for Italy.

2008 – Ricardo Quaresma scored the first goal in extra-time at a European Championship since Andrey Arshavin in 2008 (Russia vs Netherlands).

76,165 – Italy 2-0 Spain recorded the highest attendance of any match so far at Euro 2016.

10 Interesting Stats Ahead of England-Iceland

England vs Iceland

0 – England have not won a European Championship knockout tie abroad.

2 – This is the first time England have reached the knockout stages in two consecutive European Championship finals.

3 – Iceland and Spain were the only nations to name the same starting XIs in all three of their group games.

4 – England’s last four knockout matches in the Euros have all gone to penalties. They won the first shoot-out (vs Spain in 1996) before losing the next three (vs Germany in 1996, vs Portugal in 2004 and vs Italy in 2012).

10 – England are unbeaten in their last 10 games at European Championship finals (W5 D5).

19 – Hannes Thór Halldórsson made more saves than any other goalkeeper during the group stage.

30% – Roy Hodgson has won only 3 of 10 matches at tournament finals as England manager (vs Sweden, Ukraine & Wales).

46 – England had 46 more shots than Russia, Wales and Slovakia but only scored one more goal.

56′ – England’s earliest goal so far at Euro 2016 has been in the 56th minute.

61 – Iceland and Northern Ireland faced the most efforts on their goals in the group stage (61 each).

10 Interesting Stats Ahead of Italy-Spain

Italy vs Spain

1 – Italy have only been caught offside once in their three games.

1 – Spain collected the fewest cards during the group stage (1 yellow card).

3 – Spain and Iceland were the only nations to name the same starting XIs in all three of their group games.

6 – This will be the sixth meeting between these two in European Championship history – more than any other pairing.

6 – Italy’s defeat to the Republic of Ireland in their last outing was only their sixth-ever defeat at the European Championships.

8% – Republic of Ireland’s win over Italy was Antonio Conte’s first competitive defeat as the Azzurri‘s manager (W9 D3).

10 – Italy and Romania collected the most cards in the group stage (10 yellow cards each).

22 – Italy have used the most players at Euro 2016 – only third-choice goalkeeper Federico Marchetti yet to feature.

34 – Italy and Spain have met 34 times in the past with each nation winning 10 each (D14).

733 – Nikola Kalinić ended Spain’s record run of 733 minutes without conceding a goal at a European Championship in their last outing.