Sunday June 15 2014
Italy set World Cup passing record

Italy set some extraordinary records in last night’s game against England, including the best passing accuracy in 48 years.

The most important statistic is that the Azzurri won 2-1 in Manaus, but there are other numbers that have impressed in this performance.

It has been calculated that the passing accuracy from the Italy players was 93.2 per cent.

Incredibly, this is the highest in a World Cup fixture since the 1966 tournament.

The Nazionale also completed more passes than any other team at the 2014 World Cup so far, ensuring 554 out of an attempted 595 reached their intended destination.

This is 21 more than the next team down, Chile in their 3-1 victory over Australia with 523.

It goes without saying that Andrea Pirlo was responsible for most of them, as his personal pass completion rate was 95 per cent.

Over the entire game he played 117 balls and 108 of them reached another teammate.

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