Nil-nil never before
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England's stalemate with Germany was the first time, in 96 games, that a FIFA Women's World Cup group fixture had ended goalless. It had only happened on two previous occasions in the tournament as a whole and, strangely, they came in successive fixtures, the Match for Third place and the Final, at USA 1999.

• After the first 12 matches at China 2007, 44 goals have been scored at an average of 3.66 per game. Without Germany's goalfest against Argentina, however, the total comes down to 33 from 11 games, an average of 3.0. The highest-scoring tournament was USA 1999 with 123 goals from 32 games (average 3.84) while with 107 goals from 32 games, USA 2003 produced the lowest average (3.34).

• Although Argentina were left disappointed by the single-goal defeat against Japan which meant they would be travelling home after the group stage, it was in fact their best-ever FIFA Women's World Cup result. They have lost all five matches with scores of 6-0, 3-0, 6-1 (2003) and now 11-0 and 1-0.

• With Germany failing to win yesterday, only Australia, Norway, Brazil and China will be able to complete a 100 per cent record in the group stage - a feat that has been achieved eight times: USA (1991, 1999, 2003), Germany (1991, 2003), Norway (1995, 1999) and China (1999).

• If England score four or more in Monday's game then Argentina will set a new record for conceding goals in the group stage. They currently share with Mexico the highest goals-against record for the first three games - 15. Mexico's total came in 1999, Argentina's in 2003.

• A clean sheet for Germany against Japan would mean they had survived the group stage without conceding a single goal for a second time. That was their record in 1991 as well, while Norway managed it in 1995.

• With another defeat on Friday against Korea DPR, Nigeria are struggling to shed their reputation as the most ineffective nation at FIFA Women's World Cups. It took their tally of defeats in 15 games to 11 with two wins and two draws. They have scored 14 goals and conceded 47.

• German captain Birgit Prinz needs one more goal to become the outright all-time highest FIFA Women's World Cup scorer. She currently has 12 - the same as Michelle Akers who set the mark for USA between 1991 and 1999.