10 interesting stats ahead of Germany vs Portugal

4 – This is Portugal’s fourth consecutive World Cup and only their sixth appearance in 20 tournaments.

4 – Portugal centre-back Bruno Alves scored 4 goals in qualifying.

5 – Portugal have been shut out in 5 of their last 7 World Cup matches. This sequence started with a 0-0 draw against England in 2006, lost to France 1-0, lost to Germany 3-1, drew 0-0 with Ivory Coast, beat North Korea 7-0, drew 0-0 with Brazil and lost 1-0 to Spain.

6 – Germany have won their last six opening games at World Cups. The last time they dropped points in their opener was a 1-1 draw with Uruguay in Mexico ’86.

10 – Cristiano Ronaldo has only scored twice in 10 previous World Cup matches. This is the Real Madrid stars third tournament, he previously scored a penalty in Portugal’s 2-0 win over Iran in 2006 and their final goal in their 7-0 thrashing of North Korea four years ago.

14 – Striker Miroslav Klose is one goal behind tying Ronaldo to be the all-time top scorer at the World Cup. The 36-year old scored 5 goals at South Korea/Japan 2002, 5 goals in Germany 2006 and 4 goals in South Africa four years ago. Only Pelé and Uwe Seeler have previously scored in four different World Cups.

18 – Germany have lost just one of their last 18 group stage matches at their last six World Cups (W13 D4). This was a 1-0 defeat to Serbia four years ago.

36 – Joachim Löw’s side were the highest-scoring nation in European qualifying with 36 goals.

100 – This will be Germany’s 100th match at a World Cup, making them the first nation to reach the Century mark.

117 – Germany have conceded the most goals in the history of the World Cup.

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