If Greece suffer a third defeat against Mexico in Frankfurt tonight and again fail to score it will be the worst-ever showing by a team in the history of the FIFA Confederations Cup. No country has left for home with no points and no goals after their three group games although Saudi Arabia posted a similar sequence in their two games at the six-team 1995 tournament when it was known as the King Fahd Cup.
Since the number of teams competing in the FIFA Confederations Cup was increased to eight in 1997, New Zealand, twice, and Mexico in 2001 have gone home with zero points and just one goal scored. In 2001 Canada gained a single point but failed to find the back of the net in any of their games.
Previously the worst record by a European team in the FIFA Confederations Cup was Germany in 1999 with one win and two defeats, two goals scored and six against.
Contrastingly ..should Mexico win or draw the final Group B fixture they will reach a famous milestone in their footballing history, 20 games unbeaten. Nineteen matches without defeat is a record in itself for the national team - before coach Ricardo Lavolpe took charge the best they could manage was eleven games between July and December 1993.
Now Mexico are within a month of lasting a whole year unbeaten. Their most recent loss was against Brazil on 18 July 2004 the same opponent they overcame on Sunday to guarantee their qualification for the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup. The match with the European champions could be notable for another reason: in all their years of participation, El Tri have never taken a 100 per cent record from the group stage of any FIFA tournament.