Knockout Round in Euro 2012 Portugal Vs. Spain — Consider the facts—
By: Val Fulton
Game Date: Wednesday, June 27
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
TV Coverage: ESPN
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Before you make your decision about this intense Iberian Rivalry consider the Facts.
Facts courtesy of Yahoo Sports-
*Spain has met Portugal 34 times – more than any other side – winning 16 times and losing just six.
*However, this will only be the third time that Spain and Portugal will have met outside of the Iberian Peninsula.
*Their last encounter, in November 2010 in Lisbon, ended 4-0 in favour of Portugal, which remains Spain’s heaviest defeat since 1963.
*Spain has won just two of their last 12 games against Portugal.
*Fourteen of Spain’s 16 wins against Portugal occurred before 1960.
*Portugal and Spain have met three times in a major tournament, winning once each and drawing the other game.
*Those three games have produced just four goals in total.
*Portugal is making their fourth semi-final appearance at European Championship finals (1984, 2000, 2004), while they have only managed to reach the final once, on home soil in 2004.
*Spain has won 31 out of 34 competitive games under Vicente Del Bosque.
*Spain has kept a clean sheet in each of their last eight knockout games in major finals.
*The Spaniards have been ahead in 18 games at the Euros so far and have never lost – W16 D2.
*Spain have conceded just one goal so far at Euro 2012, fewer than any other side.
*Five of Spain’s eight goals at Euro 2012 have come in the last 30 minutes of play.
*Portugal has hit the woodwork six times at Euro 2012, more than any other side at any European Championship finals (1980-2012).
*Four of Portugal’s six shots which have hit the woodwork have come courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo.
*Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored six goals overall in European Championship finals – only Michel Platini (nine) and Alan Shearer (seven) have netted more in the competition.
*Cristiano Ronaldo is the first ever player to attempt 30 shots (including blocked) in a single Euro tournament.
*Spain have completed 2623 passes so far at Euro 2012, more than double as many as Portugal (1159).
Expected starting lineup to include the Real Mardid teammates to make for an exciting match.