With a fresh chapter added to England's tale of woe against Germany, FIFA.com's latest statistical review reveals contrasting fortunes for Miroslav Klose and Wayne Rooney. Meanwhile, there is no holding Diego Maradona's Argentina.
days older were England's starting XI on average compared to their German counterparts. Put another way, Fabio Capello's men were on average 4 years and 70 days older than Joachim Low's side. With an average age of 29 years and 2 months England's eliminated squad were the second oldest at South Africa 2010 (only Brazil are older at 29 years and 3 months), while with an average age of 25 years and 5 months, Germany are the third youngest. The youngest group of all 32 competing teams are Ghana at 24 years and 9 months.
international goals have been scored by Miroslav Klose after his opening strike in the defeat of England. Only one other German has reached that mark – the great Gerd Muller who scored 68 goals in 62 appearances.
times Germany have reached the last eight of a FIFA World Cup in 18 participations.
matches have been played by Argentina at the FIFA World Cup without defeat. The run includes seven wins and three draws (one of which resulted in a penalty shoot-out defeat by Germany in the 2006 quarter-final).
knockout round matches have been played by Argentina since they beat Brazil 1-0 in a Round of 16 tie in Turin in 1990, but they had to wait until tonight's defeat of Mexico to clinch a victory in 90 minutes. Of the eight previous ties, they lost four, won three via a penalty shoot-out and won one in extra time.
games is the winning sequence of Diego Maradona's Argentina side. They last met defeat on 14 November 2009 when Spain beat them 2-1 in a Madrid friendly.
knock-out games have been played by England against former world champions in a FIFA World Cup on foreign soil and they have still to win. They lost to Brazil (1962), West Germany (1970), Argentina (1986), Brazil (2002) and Germany (2010). The games with West Germany (1990) and Argentina (1998) ended as draws with defeat for England on penalties.
times had England lost a FIFA World Cup game by a margin of more than two goals before today's encounter with Germany. Their previous worst defeats were 4-2 by Uruguay in 1954 and 3-1 by Brazil in 1962.