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5 – South Korea are yet to beat a South American side at the World Cup in five attempts.
4 – Uruguay have had less than 45% of ball possession in all four of their games so far in this World Cup, but have nonetheless won three and drawn the other.
22 – Luis Suarez has been on the winning side in the last 22 games for club and country in which he has scored.
390 – Total minutes Uruguay had gone without conceding a World Cup goal until Lee Chung-Yong scored in Port Elizabeth. Before that, the last goal they had conceded was scored by Senegal‘s Papa Bouba Diop in 2002.
USA v Ghana
0 – Neither the USA nor Ghana had ever played extra time in a World Cup game before this match.
433 – Kevin Prince Boateng‘s fifth-minute goal brought to an end Ghana’s run of 433 minutes without a goal from open play at the World Cup. Their previous four goals in four games before that had come via the penalty spot.
3 – Ghana became only the third African side ever to reach the quarter-finals after Cameroon (1990) and Senegal (2002).
4 – Asamoah Gyan is only the second African player to score four goals at the World Cup after Cameroon’s Roger Milla (five).
206 – Despite winning Group C, the USA only led in games for a total of 206 seconds at this World Cup.
5 – Landon Donovan is now the all-time leading goalscorer for the USA at the World Cup, with five.
3 – Donovan had three shots on target at this World Cup – and scored from all three.
England v Germany
12 – Miroslav Klose scored his 12th World Cup goal, equalling Pelé.
3 – Germany ensured that David James‘s streak of never having kept three consecutive clean sheets for England continued.
2 – Matthew Upson’s two England goals have both come against Germany.
9 – Wayne Rooney has now failed to score in any of his last nine England games.
3 – England scored just three goals in South Africa, their lowest-scoring World Cup since 1950 (two).
43 – Yet again, on his 43rd cap, Jermain Defoe maintained the unenviable record of never having completed a full 90 minutes for England.
1966 – The last World Cup in which Germany failed to progress further in the competition than England.
1966 – The last time England won a game in which their opponent scored first was the 1966 World Cup final – against West Germany.
1990 – England have not come from behind to win a World Cup game since the 1990 quarter-final against Cameroon.
Argentina v Mexico
1 – Carlos Tevez scored Argentina‘s first goal from outside the box at the World Cup since Maxi Rodriguez‘s strike in 2006. That goal also came against Mexico.
24 – Mexico have lost a total of 24 World Cup games, more than any other country.
0 – Argentina have yet to draw a game under Diego Maradona.
8 – This game broke a run of eight World Cup knockout games in which Argentina had not won in the regulation 90 minutes (previously round-of-16 against Brazil, 1990).
10 – Argentina are currently on a run of 10 World Cup games without defeat, excluding penalty shootouts (seven wins, three draws).
Holland v Slovakia
4 – Holland have won four games in a row at the World Cup, equalling their best ever streak (in 1974).
23 – Holland are now unbeaten in 23 games, the longest run in their history.
4 – With four goals, Slovakia‘s Robert Vittek is tied for the lead in the Golden Boot competition.
Brazil v Chile
4.00 – Brazil’s 3-0 win means they have scored 28 goals in their last seven games against Chile in all competitions, an average of exactly four per game.
8 – Robinho has scored eight goals in six games against Chile.
Paraguay v Japan
0 – Before this game, neither Paraguay nor Japan had ever reached the quarter-finals.
0 – No Asian team has ever beaten a South American team at the World Cup.
750 – Roque Santa Cruz has now gone 750 minutes without scoring at the World Cup. His last goal was against South Africa in 2002.
7 – Paraguay are now unbeaten in their last seven World Cup games against non-European sides.
4 – Paraguay have failed to score on all four occasions they have reached the second round of the World Cup.
6 – Paraguay are the sixth successive team who have taken the first penalty in a World Cup shootout and gone on to win.
1 – This was the first time a World Cup game going to penalties had not involved at least one European team.
Spain v Portugal
51 – Tonight was Iker Casillas‘ 51st game as captain of his country, a Spanish record.
80% – Prior to tonight’s game, Portugal had kept 20 clean sheets in 25 games since the return of coach Carlos Queiroz.
8 – Xavi created eight goalscoring chances for Spain, the joint-highest single game total in the tournament.
16 – It took 16 shots on target before Eduardo was finally beaten to concede Portugal’s first goal of the competition.
7 – Seven of the eight group winners have qualified for the quarter-finals. The USA were the only ones to miss out.
3 – There are only three European teams in the last eight, the fewest ever.
2 – Number of teams who have won all four games so far during this tournament (Argentina, Holland).
2 – Number of knockout games (out of eight played so far) which have gone to extra time.
10 – Argentina are currently the top goalscorers in the competition, with 10 goals in four games.
75 – Argentina have recorded the most shots on target (75), one more than Brazil.
31 – Shots on target by England, more than any team other than Argentina (36).
67 – Of the eight quarter-finalists, Ghana have committed the most fouls, with 67.
113 – Total goals in the 48 matches comprising the group phase (an average of 2.35 per game). The tournament has picked up pace distinctly since the cagey opening round of games: a meagre 25 goals were scored in the first round, 42 in the second, and 46 in the final round.
13 – Lionel Messi has had 13 shots on target, more than any other player.