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SNAPSHOT: International Break


Welcome to SNAPSHOT, a weekly series from Stats Perform where we dissect the latest trends in global football, because pictures speak louder than words. This week we focus on some of the key storylines from the International Break. 

By: Matt Furniss

Maguire Mire

It was a bad night for England and in particular Harry Maguire, on Wednesday evening. The Three Lions lost 0-1 to Denmark at Wembley Stadium and saw the Manchester United defender sent off after just 31 minutes.

Harry Maguire's Touch Map for England, including his two bookings.

Harry Maguire’s Touch Map for England, including his two bookings.

Maguire’s red card meant he became the third player to be sent off for England at Wembley, after Paul Scholes (1999 vs. Sweden) and Steven Gerrard (2012 vs Ukraine). It was the second earliest by an England player in an international, after Rob Green vs. Ukraine in October 2009 (14 minutes).

No Luck For The Irish

It has been a miserable four-game run for the Republic of Ireland, with two defeats and two draws – one of those seeing them exit the European Championship playoffs via a penalty shootout.

The last time they failed to score in four consecutive international games was back in March 1989. Despite attempting a total of 47 shots in their last four matches, they’ve not managed to score a single goal.

Based on the quality of their chances (5.1 xG), you would expect the average team to have scored five goals from these 47 shots. Stephen Kenny will hope that the luck will even out and be with the Irish in their next two UEFA Nations League games in November.

Just Like Watching Brazil…

…okay, maybe not. But still, San Marino won’t care – their 0-0 draw away in Liechtenstein on Tuesday night saw them pick up their first-ever point away from home in 30 years of competitive history.

San Marino didn’t manage to find that elusive goal to seal a historic victory, but they peppered the Liechtenstein goal with 16 shots, which is the most on record for the Sammarinese in any of their last 74 competitive fixtures.

San Marino have attempted more shots in their three UEFA Nations matches this season (29) than they posted in 10 Euro 2020 qualifiers (28), proving the argument that the competition has a place in the calendar by putting national teams against others on a similar level to themselves.

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