The current French side are nothing like as good as the World Cup winners of 1998 and it would be a surprise if they win this game against a German side which is unbeaten in 15 internationals.
France v Germany stats:
There have been 17 goals in the 3 World Cup matches between France and GermanyGermany won the 1982 match on penalties after one of the most controversial incidents in world football history – the “tackle” by Harald Schumacher which Michel Platini thought at the time had killed his team-mate Patrick Battiston.If they win this game, Germany will become the only nation to have reached the semi-finals in four successive tournaments.Germany are unbeaten in 15 internationals (W10 D5 L0) and 15 World Cup matches (including qualifiers).Miroslav
Updated 4th July 2014 at 06:56 AM by 11v11
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Argentina have avoided losing in 16 of their last 17 World Cup matches but Switzerland have won 5 of their last 6 and have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 World Cup matches.
Argentina have won their last three Round of 16 ties; (v England in 1998 and v Mexico in 2006 and 2010.)Switzerland have lost their only two Round of 16 ties (v Spain in 1994 and v Ukraine in 2006).The Swiss have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 10 World Cup finals matches.Xherdan Shaqiri’s hat-trick v Honduras was the 50th hat-trick in World Cup history.
Head to Head games
19/06/66 Argentina v Switzerland 2-0 (World Cup)
16/12/80 Argentina v Switzerland 5-0 (International)
01/09/84 Switzerland v Argentina 0-2
Updated 4th July 2014 at 11:12 PM by Statisticus
After escaping from the Group of Death, USA fans have a new chant, "I believe that we will win." Although pundits might predict a 1-0 victory for the Belgium red devils, the USA beat Belgium 3-0 in the World Cup in 1930 – in a game which was the first game in the World Cup for both nations.
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.USA have failed to keep a clean sheet in every one of their last 16 World Cup games against European opposition.Belgium have won 10 of their last 11 matches in the World Cup.Belgium won all their group games – and all by a one goal margin.
Head to Head games
13/06/30 USA v Belgium 3-0
Updated 1st July 2014 at 12:25 PM by 11v11
At the time of writing, Algeria have a 100% win record against Germany. For Algeria to retain possession and keep that record intact will be, in the words of coach Vahid Halilhodzic, “very challenging.”
A victory for Algeria would redress the "non-aggression pact of Gijon" -a long-standing historical calumny, perpetrated by West Germany and Austria, who are widely believed to have effectively conspired to engineer a 1-0 win for Germany to allow both sides to progress at Algeria's expense in the 1982 World Cup first group stage.
Some pre-match statlets:
The Algeria 2-1 victory over West Germany in 1982 is their only victory over a European opponent at the World Cup to date (W1 D3 L4).Algeria's 6 goals in this tournament have been scored by
Updated 30th June 2014 at 02:59 PM by 11v11
Your author had the pleasure to attend the equivalent fixture for France in the 1998 World Cup, when France beat a stubborn Paraguay side with the first golden goal of the World Cup. France’s final victory in that tournament was heralded in the Mirror as “Arsenal Wins the World Cup!” due to the number of Gooners in the 1998 French squad.
In this year's French squad we find Sagna (admittedly off to Man City), Giroud and Koscielny. On the other hand they are captained by Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris. France also have three-player contingents from PSG and Newcastle. So, clearly Arsene Wenger needs to arrange for the speedy transfer of Debuchy, Loic Remy and Lucas Digne, before France win the World Cup again to ensure we get that headline again.
Updated 1st July 2014 at 12:32 PM by 11v11
This will be the first ever match between Costa Rica and Greece. Savvy fantasy football players will have loaded their teams loaded up with Costa Rican defenders – but the Greeks may spring a surprise and score their fifth ever World Cup goal.
This is the second time Costa Rica have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup (in 1990 they were knocked out at this stage by Czechoslovakia) – for Greece it is their first.Costa Rica have only let in one goal so far in this World Cup (a penalty) whilst Greece have only scored 2 (and only 4 in World Cup history).Greece have won just 2 out of their 9 World Cup games (v Nigeria and Ivory Coast).Greece are the only nation who made it through to the last 16 with a negative goal difference (-2).
The Netherlands have looked pretty impressive so far in this tournament, scoring more goals than any other team in the Group stage and slaughtering Champions Spain. Mexico managed to hold Brazil to a 0-0 draw but they will have their work cut out to avoid their usual fate at this point in the competition.
Out of 9 CONCACAF teams to reach the second round since 1990, only one has gone through to the quarter-finals – the USA in 2002.Mexico beat Bulgaria in 1986 to go through to the quarter-finals - where they were beaten by eventual finalists West Germany.Mexico have now reached the knockout stage in their last 7 World Cup appearances, but have been knocked out at the second round stage in all 5 editions since 1994.Netherlands have won 9 of their last 10 World Cup
Uruguay and Colombia are evenly matched, but Suarez has been suspended for well-documented reasons, and that may well tip the balance in Colombia’s favour.
Uruguay v Colombia stats
Uruguay won the only previous World Cup finals match between these teams 2-1 in 1962.Uruguay have won 2 out of the 3 World Cups in which they have played in South America (1930 and 1950).Uruguay have scored in each of their last 9 World Cup matches.Colombia have only once before reached the last 16 of the World Cup (in 1990 when Cameroon beat them 2-1)Rodriguez has scored in every one of his last 5 games for Colombia.Luis Suarez will not be playing in this match due to suspension. He also missed the 2010 semi-final in which Netherlands knocked Uruguay out and the
Updated 28th June 2014 at 03:43 PM by 11v11
Although magnificent Chile, perhaps inspired by the miners, have far surpassed expectations and Brazil (other than Neymar) are yet to impress, the historical and statistical omens for Saturday’s match heavily favour the Selecao:
Brazil have won all 3 previous World Cup matches versus Chile, (4-2 in the semi-final in 1962, 4-1 in Round 2 in 1998 and 3-0 in Round 2 in 2010).In their last 9 matches against Chile, Brazil have never scored less than 2 goals (and 32 goals in total.)Brazil have won their last 5 second round matches at the World Cup (since losing to Argentina in 1990.)In 20 attempts Chile have never beaten Brazil in Brazil (W0 D6 L20).Brazil are on an unbeaten run of 40 home matches (their last defeat being against Paraguay in August 2002.)