The Group Stage in Numbers1st Jul 2016 |
A surprisingly big number of records have been broken in this championship. This is not so strange, as we have seen more teams and more games than ever.
Cristiano Ronaldo has actually set two different records in the group stages. His 17th Euro Championship match came against Hungary, meaning that he passed both Edwin Van der Sar and Lillian Thuram. He also scored a goal in this match, and this meant that he has now scored in four European Championships in a row, making a new record.
Another player who set a new record in the same group was Hungary’s goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly. This time it was an age record – the oldest player in the Euros. When he played against Austria in his grey sweatpants, he was 40 years and 74 days old.
When we look at the statistics we can easily understand why many people held Spain to be favourites for the title. Before their games against Croatia they had been on a roll of 15 games without losing. That came to an end in this match against Croatia, where they lost 2-1.
It is very rare for a team to not concede a goal during the group stages. Germany did it in 1996 and Italy did it in 1980. But in this championship, both Poland and Germany did it. They were actually in the same group, so the game between them ended 0-0.
A not so impressive statistic was provided by Ukraine. They did not manage to score a single goal in the group stage. This poor performance has only been matched by Turkey in 1996 and Denmark in 2000.
More teams and more games will also give us more goals. In this tournament we saw four free kicks going straight into the net. Balazs Dzsudzsak’s free kick goal against Portugal became the fourth of the group stages, creating a new record.