10 interesting stats ahead of Portugal vs USA

1 – USA won the only previous World Cup match meeting between these two, 3-2 back in 2002. Current Portugal head coach Paulo Bento played in that match.

1 – USA head coach Jürgen Klinsmann was in charge of Germany when they beat 3-1 in the third-place playoff in the 2006 World Cup.

1 – Portugal have won exactly 1 match in each of their 3 World Cup campaigns outside of Europe. These came in Mexico ’86, South Korea/Japan 2002 and 2010 South Africa. They have finished 3rd and 4th in the two tournaments they have qualified for in Europe.

2 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 2 goals in 10 previous matches at the World Cup. This was a penalty in a 2-0 win over Iran and the last in their 7-0 thrashing of North Korea four years ago.

2 – USA have kept only 2 clean sheets in their last 24 matches at World Cups.

4 – Portugal’s 4-0 thrashing by Germany in their opening game at this World Cup was the first time they’ve conceded so many in this competition.

6 – Portugal are unbeaten in their last 6 World Cup matches against non-European sides, winning 4 and drawing 2.

7 – Portugal have kept clean sheets in 7 of their last 12 World Cup matches.

8 – Portugal has won only 1 of their last 8 matches at the World Cup. This was their 7-0 demolition of North Korea four years ago. They have drawn 3 and lost 4.