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  1. Italy v Uruguay preview stats

    A draw is enough for Italy to qualify as they have a superior goal difference to Uruguay.
    The Uruguayans need to win to reach the knock-out stages. Either winning team could top the group if England beat Costa Rica, depending on goal difference.

    Italy v Uruguay stats
    • Italy have lost just 3 of 19 World Cup games against South American teams – including the 1970 final against Brazil.
    • This will be Uruguay's 50th World Cup game (W19, D12, L18)
    • Uruguay have met Italy twice in the World Cup drawing 0-0 in 1970 and losing 0-2 in 1990.
    • Uruguay have missed out on the World Cup knockout stages only three times in 11 previous attempts. The last time was back in 2002.
    • Uruguay's win over England ended a run of 15 World Cup games in which they had failed to beat a European
  2. Costa Rica v England preview stats

    England have, of course, been eliminated at the first group stage of a World Cup for the first time since 1958.
    Costa Rica are already through to the next round. If Costa Rica draw they will definitely top group D. If they lose they could still top the group, depending on goal difference.


    • This will be the first ever match between Costa Rica and England.
    • Costa Rica have scored in all 7 previous World Cup matches v teams from Europe.
    • England have not lost all 3 group games at a major tournament since the 1988 European Championships.
    • Should England lose this would be the first time they have ever ended with zero points in a World Cup group.
    • Roy Hodgson has lost his last 4 games at the World Cup, (including 2 with Switzerland).
    • This is the first
  3. USA v Portugal preview stats

    So far everything has been going well for the USMNT – they could reach the next round but will be looking for a draw, at least, against a possibly demoralised Portugal.
    Portugal have the great Ronaldo, but the historical record looks quite promising for the USA:

    • The USA have won their last 2 games against Portugal, including in the group stage of the 2002 World Cup (3-2).
    • Current US coach Jürgen Klinsmann defeated Portugal as Germany coach at the 2006 World Cup.
    • Portugal's 4-0 defeat against Germany their heaviest World Cup defeat.
    • Current Portugal head-coach Paulo Bento came on as a substitute in the 2002 USA win.
    • The USA has only kept 2 clean sheets in their last 24 World Cup games
    • There were 2 own goals in the USA win against Portugal at the 2002
  4. Italy v Costa Rica – Forza Italia

    Italians and England fans will be cheering for an Italian win which is a statistical likelihood.
    England just need a decent win against Costa Rica and for Italy to win this game and against Uruguay to go through to the next round. We find this a perfectly reasonable scenario and worth a punt at the bookies.


    • Italy and Costa Rica's have never before met in the World Cup
    • Costa Rica have scored in each of their 6 World Cup games against teams from Europe.
    • Italy have scored in their last 15 World Cup game, the best current run of any side.
    • Other than Mexico and the USA, no CONCACAF team has ever won consecutive games at the World Cup.

    Head to Head games

    11/06/94 Costa Rica v Italy 0-1 (International) ...
  5. Chilean fans rampage through Maracana media centre (video)

    Chilean fans burst into the Maracana, before their team’s famous victory against World Cup holders Spain on Wednesday protesting against extortionate ticket prices and chanting “FIFA is a mafia.” Over 100 fans surged through the media centre, providing instant copy and photos for the press regarding the manifest failure of stadium security. FIFA and the Brazilian organisers issued a press release saying, they "condemn these acts of violence." "Ahead of the Spain versus Chile match at the Maracana a group of individuals without tickets violently forced entry into the stadium, breaking fences and overrunning security," the statement continued. "They were contained by the security and did not make it to the seats.” "A group of individuals without tickets violently forced entry ...

    Updated 19th June 2014 at 12:02 PM by 11v11

    World Cup , National Teams
  6. Spain out of World Cup as spirit of the miners carries Chile through

    Spain, the World Cup holders, went out of the World Cup on Wednesday in as the spirit of the Chilean miners proved more powerful than the £500,000 bonus promised to Spanish players for winning the World Cup.

    The video below, featuring the Chilean miners, may have played a role in motivating the Chilean footballers to beat the champions 2-0, and is also persuading many to adopt Chile as their second team:

    Chile v Spain match report
  7. Uruguay v England preview stats

    Uruguay v England

    England played well against Italy but lost the game. Against Uruguay they need to get a decent result or they will be following Spain out of the competition.

    The stats omens are mixed:

    • England have scored in every one of their last 8 World Cup encounters with South American sides.
    • Daniel Sturridge has scored 3 goals in his last 4 appearances for England.
    • Wayne Rooney has not yet scored a World Cup goal. If he plays, this will be his 10th game.
    • They last met in a friendly in March 2006 at Anfield. England won 2-1 with goals by Peter Crouch and Joe Cole.
    • Only 4 teams have progressed to the last 16 after losing their opening game since the current World Cup format was introduced in 1998.

  8. Cameroon v Croatia preview stats

    Cameroon and Croatia have never played before and Croatia have never played a World Cup game against an African side.

    So there are no Head-to-Head stats and the omens are mixed:

    • Cameroon’s World Cup record against European sides is W1 D4 L9
    • Cameroon have only won 1 of their last 14 World Cup games (1-0 v Saudi Arabia in 2002), drawing 4 and losing 9.
    • Cameroon are on a run of 12 World Cup games without scoring more than 1 goal.
    • Samuel Eto'o has scored Cameroon's last three World Cup goals.
    • Croatia have failed to win any of their last 5 World Cup matches.

    Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)

    Cameroon: Rank: 56 Points: 558
    Croatia: Rank: 18 Points: 903

    World Cup 2014 Qualifying ...

    Updated 18th June 2014 at 07:23 PM by 11v11

    World Cup , National Teams
  9. Spain v Chile – The end of the World Cup for Spain?

    Spain v Chile stats

    It is hard to believe, but Spain could effectively go out of the World Cup if they lose this game against Chile.

    However, the stats aren’t in Chile's favour:

    1. Chile have failed to beat Spain in their 10 previous matches (W0 D2 L8).
    2. In 1950 Spain beat Chile in the World Cup 2-0 - also in the Maracanã
    3. Spain won the 2010 World Cup despite losing their opening game (against Switzerland.)
    4. Spain's 1-5 defeat to the Netherlands was the heaviest margin of defeat by a reigning World Cup champion.
    5. Spain haven’t lost back-to-back internationals since 2006 (3-2 v Northern Ireland and 2-0 v Sweden).
    6. The 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands was the first time Spain had conceded 5 goals since losing 6-2 to
  10. Australia v Netherlands

    This is the first World Cup match between Australia and the Netherlands and although before this game, Australia has never lost against the Netherlands (W1 D2 L0). A draw would be considered a minor miracle.

    The stats omens aren't great for the Socceroos:

    • Australia’s record against European sides in the World Cup is W1 D1 L4
    • Tim Cahill has now scored in 3 World Cups for Australia; he is the only Australian to score in more than 1 tournament
    • Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano have now both played in 7 World Cup matches, a joint-record for Australia.
    • Robin van Persie has scored 10 goals in his last 9 appearances for the Netherlands.
    • Arjen Robben has scored 7 goals in his last 7 appearances for the Netherlands.
    • After scoring against Spain, Robben
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