Match day preview for 25 June 2006
Match 51 - Stuttgart - England v. Ecuador*
England and Ecuador have only ever met in a friendly match on 25 May 1970 in Quito; England won 2-0.
In FIFA World Cup matches against CONMEBOL teams England have recorded 7 wins, 3 draws and 4 defeats.
England have been eliminated by South American teams in FIFA World Cup knock-out matches four times: 1962 quarter-finals v. Brazil (1-3); 1986 quarter-finals v. Argentina (1-2), 1998 round of 16 v. Argentina on penalties (2-2 AET); 2002 quarter-finals v. Brazil (1-2).
England have eliminated CONMEBOL teams in second-stage matches at the FIFA World Cup on two occasions: Argentina in the 1966 quarter-final (1-0) and Paraguay in the 1986 round of 16 (3-0).
On this day in 1950, England contested and won their first ever FIFA World Cup match in Rio de Janeiro against Chile (2-0). In another FIFA World Cup match on 25 June, England also claimed victory: they defeated Kuwait 1-0 in Bilbao in 1982.
This match sees Ecuador meet a former World Champion for the third time; they lost both previous matches without scoring: v. Italy in 2002 (0-2) and Germany in 2006 (0-3).
In an overview of all FIFA men's competitions, this is the third time that Ecuador advance to the second stage; they previously qualified for the second stage of the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup and the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup. However, on both occasions they were later eliminated: by Argentina in the quarter-finals in 1995 (FIFA U-17 World Cup) and by Ghana in the round of 16 in 2001 (FIFA U-20 World Cup).
Match 52 - Nuremberg - Portugal v. Netherlands*
This match sees Portugal and the Netherlands meet for the 10th time in "A" international matches. Portugal lead with five wins, three draws and one defeat.
The only time the Netherlands have defeated Portugal was on 16 October 1991 in Rotterdam (1-0). Since that match, Portugal have recorded four wins and three draws v. the Netherlands.
In four FIFA World Cup participations to date, Portugal have advanced to the second stage only in editions played in Europe: England in 1966 and Germany in 2006. At both Mexico 1986 and Korea/Japan 2002, they were eliminated at the group stage.
In 15 FIFA World Cup matches, Portugal have never drawn: ten wins and five defeats.
With Portugal's 2-1 defeat of Mexico in the final group match, Scolari extended his run of consecutive FIFA World Cup wins as coach to 10; Scolari remains unbeaten as a coach in FIFA World Cup matches.
Portugal are on run of 17 consecutive matches without defeat - their best ever positive run which began with a 4-1 win over Canada on 26 March 2005 (14 wins, 3 draws).
On this day in 1978, Netherlands were defeated by Argentina in the FIFA World Cup final in Buenos Aires (1-3 AET). Netherlands have never won a FIFA World Cup match on 25 June: 0-1 v. Belgium in 1994 and 2-2 v. Mexico in 1998.
Netherlands have failed to win a FIFA World Cup match in extra time: in 1938, they lost 0-3 to Czechoslovakia AET (0-0 after 90 mins); in 1978, they were defeated 1-3 by Argentina in the final (1-1 after 90 mins); in 1998, they lost out to Brazil in the semi-final on penalties (1-1 AET).
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Berlin, 23 June 2006