Euro 2016

9 statistical Euro 2016 firsts

2016-06-23 19:18
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Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal (Getty)

Cape Town - The Euro 2016 group rounds are done and dusted, and looking back at the first round the tournament has been filled with record breaking statistics.

Five countries appeared in their inaugural Euro campaign, namely Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales - with three advancing to the final 16.

Coupled with some upsets, this tournament has already garnered more appeal, as the England and Wales game was one of the most watched games streamed online with over 2.3 million views.

Here are nine other Euro 2016 firsts:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in four European Championship tournaments when he scored two goals against Hungary on Wednesday (June 22).

2. The Republic of Ireland have reached the knockout stages for the first time ever.

3. Poland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 to secure their first ever win in the European Championships.

4. Croatia upset defending champions Spain and gave them their first defeat at Euros since 2004 tournament in Greece.

5. No team at Euro 2016 has won all their group games, this making it the first time it has happened at a major tournament since the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

6. Gareth Bale became the first Wales player to score three goals and counting at a major tournament.

7. Bale also became the first player since Milan Baros and Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2004 to score in each of his team’s first three matches at a European Championship.

8. Hungarian goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly became the first 40-year-old player to participate in the continental championship, surpassing the record by almost a year, which was set by Germany's Lothar Matthaus.

9. Unlucky Czech Republic goalkeeper, Petr Cech has conceded 21 Euro goals, more than any other goalkeeper in history.

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