10 interesting stats ahead of Croatia vs Cameroon

1 – This is Croatia’s first ever game against an African nation at a World Cup.

1 – Cameroon mustered just 1 shot on target in their opening group game defeat to Mexico. This came in the 91st minute.

3 – By scoring in this tournament, Samuel Eto’o would join Sami Al-Jaber, Roberto Baggio, Gabriel Batistuta, David Beckham, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Fernando Hierro, Park Ji-Sung, Joe Jordan, Jürgen Klinsmann, Miroslav Klose, Henrik Larsson, Grzegorz Lato, Diego Maradona, Lothar Matthäus, Michel Platini, Raúl, Dominique Rocheteau, Ronaldo, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Julio Salinas, Andrzej Szarmach and Rudi Völler to score in 3 different World Cups. Pelé and Uwe Seeler hold the record by scoring in four different tournaments.

5 – Croatia are winless in their last five World Cup matches following their 3-1 defeat to Brazil. Their last win came in 2002 against Italy.

7 – Cameroon have scored just 7 goals in their last 12 World Cup matches.

13 – Cameroon have won only one of their 13 World Cup games against European nations. This was a 2-1 win versus Romania in 1990. They have drawn 5 and lost the remaining 7.

14 – Cameroon have won only 1 of their last 14 games at the World Cup. That was a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in 2002, drawing four and losing nine. They lost their opener and all three games in South Africa four years ago and head into this match on a five-game losing streak in World Cups.

16 – Cameroon have only won one of their 16 World Cup matches excluding their quarter-final run at Italia ’90. This was a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in 2002.

31st – Only North Korea finished below Cameroon in the official post-tournament team ranking. Both nations picked up 0 points whilst North Korea had the inferior goal difference.

75% – Croatia have lost 3 of their 4 World Cup matches outside of Europe following their 3-1 loss to Brazil.