10 interesting stats ahead of Argentina vs Switzerland

1 – Both of these countries only picked up 1 yellow card in the group stages. Only Germany picked up as few cards in their first three matches.

3 – Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Colombia’s James Rodríguez scored in all three of their group matches.

3 – There are more German head coaches in the last 16 than any other nation. Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland), Joachim Löw (Germany) and Jürgen Klinsmann (USA). Volker Finke (Cameroon) was the only one eliminated in the group stage.

6 – Switzerland conceded the most goals in the group stage amongst the 16 nations to reach the second round.

6 – Heading into the final two second round matches, the group winners all won the first six knock-out ties.

7 – Switzerland have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last 10 World Cup matches.

9 – Argentina were one of four nations to pick up maximum points in the group stage, along with the Netherlands, Colombia and Belgium

24 – Lionel Messi has scored 24 goals in his last 23 internationals.

50 – Xherdan Shaqiri scored the 50th hat-trick in World Cup history when Switzerland booked their place in the second round with a 3-0 win over Honduras.

65% – Argentina averaged the highest percentage of possession over three games, ahead of Germany (62%) and Spain (61%).

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