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Confederations Cup Finalists: Side-by-Side Comparison

The Confederations Cup’s small, four-team final stage is a great opportunity for teams to compare themselves with the other finalists.  Here are a couple tables that show head-to-head statistics for the four final-round matches.

Each column represents what the named team did against the opponent noted on the left side of the table.  So, the U.S. had 9 shots (4 on goal) against Brazil and South Africa had 14 shots (3 on goal) against Brazil.

But you can also use the tables to find out how many goals/passes a team allowed to its opponents by reading across the rows.  So, Brazil allowed the U.S. 9 shots (4 on goal), South Africa 14 shots (3 on goal), and a total of 23 shots (7 on goal).

    United States South Africa Opps. Totals
Brazil Shots (On Goal) 9(4) 14(3) 23(7)
  Goals 2 0 2
  Passes 337 458 795
  PCR 59% 77% 69%
Spain Shots (On Goal) 8(2) 11(7) 19(9)
  Goals 2 2 4
  Passes 371 568 939
  PCR 55% 71% 65%
Totals Shots (On Goal) 17(6) 25(10)  
  Goals 4 2  
  Passes 708 1026  
  PCR 57% 74%  
         
         
         
    Brazil Spain Opps. Totals
U.S. Shots (On Goal) 31(13) 19(8) 50(21)
  Goals 3 0 3
  Passes 608 680 1288
  PCR 79% 78% 78%
S. Africa Shots (On Goal) 12(6) 15(8) 27(14)
  Goals 1 3 4
  Passes 515 793 1308
  PCR 79% 80% 80%
Totals Shots (On Goal) 43(19) 34(16)  
  Goals 4 3  
  Passes 1123 1473  
  PCR 79% 79%  

Now that we have those numbers in front of us, let’s rank the teams and see how the U.S. compared to its ‘peers.’

Shots (on goal) Brazil 43(19)
  Spain 34(16)
  S. Africa 25(10)
  U.S. 17(6)
     
Goals U.S. 4
  Brazil 4
  S. Africa 3
  Spain 3
     
Passes Spain 1473
  Brazil 1123
  S. Africa 939
  U.S. 795
     
PCR Brazil 79%
  Spain 79%
  S. Africa 74%
  U.S. 57%
     
Opps. Shots (On Goal) Spain 19(9)
  Brazil 23(7)
  S. Africa 27(14)
  U.S. 50(21)
     
Opps. Goals Brazil 2
  U.S. 3
  Spain 4
  S. Africa 4
     
Opps. Passes Brazil 795
  Spain 939
  U.S. 1288
  S. Africa 1308
     
Opps. PCR Spain 65%
  Brazil 69%
  U.S. 78%
  S. Africa 80%

It is more than luck that earned the U.S. second place, but we cannot expect the U.S. team can continue to score goals on 67% of our shots on goal and 24% of our total shots.   Not if Brazil scored on only 21% of its shots on goal (9% of its total shots) and Spain scored on only 19% of its shots on goal (9% of its total shots).

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