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World Cup 2014 Second Stage - Round of 16 to Finals

The knockout round of the World Cup

  SECOND ROUND
  49. 28 June - (1A)  Brazil 1:1 (3-2 pso) Chile  (2B) at Belo Horizonte

An amazing first match of the Round of 16 as Brazil was pushed to penalties by Chile, needing a bit of help to secure the win for the host nation. To keep level in the fifth round of extra time Penalty Kicks and extend the kicks, Chile's Jara beat Brazilian keeper Júlio César by going high, but was unlucky as the ball hit the goalpost and then flew across the face of the goal and over the end line. Brazil are relieved with their victory; Chile are gutted. Chile should hold their head high, however, as they did not let an 18th minute goal credited to David Luiz rattle them. Luiz connected on a corner by Neymar flicked on by Silva. (it appeared to be a Jara own-goal). In the 32nd minute Chile equalized when a bad giveaway by Hulk was pounced on by Alexis Sánchez and put past Cesar. Chile almost scored in the dying seconds of extra time, but the crossbar was Brazil's best friend, and on to 'PKs' we went. Luiz Gustavo will miss the Colombia match after receiving his second yellow card of the tournament. -match detail -match video
  50. 28 June - (1C)  Colombia 2:0 Uruguay  (2D) at Rio de Janeiro

Twenty-two year old James Rodríguez took the Golden Boot lead when he notched his his fourth and fifth goals in four WC games as Colombia knocked Uruguay out of World Cup 2014 in the Round of 16 match in Rio. The young phenom put Colombia on the score sheet in the 28th minute with a pass first settled with his chest, then he turned and volleyed, the ball hitting first off the out-stretched hand of Uruguayan keeper Fernando Muslera and then off the bottom of the crossbar and into the grass of the goal. In the 50th minute, Rodríguez struck again as Armero struck a long cross past goal which Cuadrado headed back and James finished with his right foot. Today is moving day for Uruguay. With aging players, plus with Luis Suarez booted out of the tournament Friday for his biting escapades, it's out with the old and in with the new as Los Cafeteros took their fresh might to La Celeste. Colombia moves to the Quarterfinals for the first time ever, and earns Brazil for an opponent. -match detail -match video
  51. 29 June - (1B)  Netherlands 2:1 Mexico  (2A) at Fortaleza

Mexico find themselves unlucky for the sixth straight World Cup with yet another Round of 16 loss, this time to the Netherlands. After a scoreless first half in a hot and humid Fortaleza, Mexico went up 1-nil in the 48th minute when Giovani Dos Santos made some separation and slammed home a shot from 25 yards. But it was a five minute spell beginning at minute 88 that doomed the Mexicans. A Netherlands corner kick was headed back by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Wesley Sneijder ran onto the ball at the 18 and smoked it past Memo Ochoa to equalize. With new life, The Oranje turned up the pressure and early in stoppage time, they got their play. Arjen Robben went down in the penalty box after a very light tough from Rafa Marquez, but it was enough for the Portuguese referee to call a penalty. On the PK, Ochoa went to his left and Huntelaar went the other way and just like that, Holland advance to the Quarterfinals. They did lose De Jong after six minutes, so it's uncertain of his availability for the Costa Rica Quarterfinal matchup. -match detail -match video
  52. 29 June - (1D)  Costa Rica 1:1 (5-3 pso) Greece  (2C) at Recife

Costa Rica survive a penalty kick shootout against Greece to move on to the Quarterfinals, where Los Ticos will face the Netherlands. Bryan Ruiz scored a rather lackluster goal in the 52nd minute to give Coast Rica the lead, but they lost Oscar Duarte in the 66th minute when he picked up his second yellow card of the game and was sent off. Greece didn't seem to mount any sort of attack, and Costa Rica were trying to hold on, but in the first minute of extra time, Sokratis Papastathopoulos bounced a rebound past the goalie and to extra time we went. Nothing much happened in the extra thirty minutes as both teams were spent. Just before the shootout kicks began, Greece's coach was sent off. Everyone connected, until when in Greece's fourth attempt, 34-year old veteran Theofanis Gekas found his kick saved by Costa Rica keeper Navas. Michael Umaña connected on his penalty, and Costa Rica move on for their first ever Quarterfinal appearance. -match detail -match video
  53. 30 June - (1E)  France 2:0 Nigeria  (2F) at Brasília

France are through to the Quarterfinals with two late goals. First, in the 79th minute when a corner kick went off the hand of Nigerian keeper Enyeama's hand and found the head of Yogba. The second was an own goal by Nigeria just inside stoppage time when Greizmann's pressure in front of the goal saw the ball bounce off Yobo's shin when Valbuena passed into the box. The Super Eagles are super no more for 2014 and Les Bleus advance. match detail -match video
  54. 30 June - (1G)  Germany 2:1 (a.e.t) Algeria  (2H) at Porto Alegre

Algeria outplayed Germany in the first half and in the second, held off the re-grouped German attack to complete a scoreless ninety minutes.. Two minutes into extra time, however, an amazing heel-flick from André Schürrle put Germany ahead. Algeria kept battling, but Germany got their second at 120+ minutes on a pass, pass, rebound, then shot from Mesut Özil. Advance looked certain for Germany, but Algeria kept plugging away and pulled one back a minute later when Abdelmoumene Djabou connected on a long, Ronaldo-type cross from star Sofiane Feghouli. Final: Germany 2, Algeria 1. Excellent match. Germany get France next and Algeria go home dejected, but hopefully proud of their effort. -match detail -match video
  55. 1 July - (1F)  Argentina 1:0 (a.e.t.) Switzerland  (2E) at São Paulo

Argentina kept Switzerland's offense in check, but the Swiss returned the favor. The scoreless game went to extra time where in the 118th minute, Messi finally came through - he dribbled straight up the Swiss defense, then passed off to his right to Ángel di María, who one-timed it past the diving Swiss goalkeeper Benaglio. Switzerland were gutted, but one last main charge saw a header from Blerim Dzemaili hit the upright, then off his shin and just wide of goal. Argentina move on to the quarterfinals with the 1:0 victory. -match detail -match video
  56. 1 July - (1H)  Belgium 2:1 (a.e.t.) United States  (2G) at Salvador

Belgium earned their 2:1 victory over the USA with their speed and tactics, but it was the Estados Unidos that fought like hell to keep Belgium out of the net. Tim Howard was obviously man of the match, with his 16 saves the most for a keeper in 50 years of World Cup play. The USA defense weren't terrible, as all those saves might indicate, but the USA did seem on their heels the entire match. That said, the game was scoreless after ninety minutes. Belgium finally beat Howard three minutes into extra time when De Bruyne (a Prince Harry lookalike) ran around the box to his right and fired low to the far post. Belgium would add a second a dozen minutes later when sub Lukaku easily took a pass down the center next to an exhausted Besler and left-footed it past Howard. Down 0:2, Klinsmann decided to bring on 19-year old Julian Green only only scored on his first touch - a nice chip from Michael Bradley found Green's toes and past GK Courtois just 2 minutes into the second extra 15 minutes. The USA tried to pour it on, but it was too little, too late, and the USA head home. Belgium will face Argentina in the quarterfinal. -match detail -match video
  QUARTERFINALS
  58. 4 July -  France 0:1 Germany  at Rio de Janeiro

The Germans got an early goal – Hummels header connected on a free kick from Kroos in the 13th minute, and the ball that hit the underside of the crossbar was all the Germans needed in knocking out France. It was hot in Rio — there was a first half water break — but France didn't seem to play with any urgency, and their few shots were easily pushed aside by the hands of German keeper Manuel Neuer. Germany played very deliberate German football, and their victory seemed easily won. A bit of a head scratcher if you are a fan of Les Bleus. -match detail -match video
  57. 4 July -  Brazil 2:1 Colombia  at Fortaleza

Just the opposite of France-Germany, Brazil and Colombia played a spirited and wide match. Thiago Silva put Brazil on the board in the 7th minute on a long header from Neymar that found an unmarked Silva's knee. David Luiz then connected on a spectacular free kick to the upper corner in the 69th minute to put Brazil up 2:0. In the 78th, Brazil GK Júlio César fouled Carlos Bacca in the box and a few minutes later James Rodriguez converted a penalty to pull one back for Colombia and give the red-shirted Colombians a glimmer of hope, but Brazil held on for the 2:1 victory. In the second half, Silva collected his second yellow of the opening rounds and will miss the Semifinal against Germany. Today's caution was due to stupidly impeding the Colombian keeper on a kick. Also, Neymar was carted into the locker room in the 88th minute after a knee to the back, and afterwards it was determined that Neymar is out of the rest of World Cup 2014 with a fractured vertebra. A big blow to Brazil. -match detail -match video
  60. 5 July -  Argentina 1:0 Belgium  at Brasília

Argentina struck early, getting the only goal needed in the 8th minute against Belgium to win their quarterfinal matchup and move to the semifinals. Following a turnover at midfield, Messi ran circles around some defenders, passed to di María, whose pass was luckily deflected and bounced perfectly to Gonzalo Higuaín, who twisted and hit a volley past Belgian GK Courtois. Argentina took a hit at two-thirds through the first half, however, as di María walked off the pitch with an apparent thigh injury. Much of the second half was lackluster until Belgium turned up the heat with ten minutes remaining. This flurry allowed Argentina's Messi his own break, but his shot was easily saved by Courtois. Argentina advance to the semifinals for the first time since 1990. -match detail -match video
  59. 5 July -  Netherlands 0:0 (4-3 pso) Costa Rica  at Salvador

Costa Rica needed a Tim Howard-esque game from GK Keylor Navas and some help from the woodwork to keep The Ticos and Netherlands scoreless after regular time. The thirty minutes of extra time were very exciting, and Costa Rica took it to The Oranje a few times, but neither side could break through. To a penalty shootout, and the Netherlands had changed their GK at the last minute of extra time, bringing in the monster Tim Krul in place of Jasper Cillessen. Krul made two key saves while Dutch stars van Persie, Robben, Sneijder and Kuyt made their four shots for an insurmountable lead. The Netherlands advance to face Argentina in the second Semifinal. -match detail -match video
  SEMIFINALS
  61. 8 July -  Brazil 1:7 Germany  at Belo Horizonte

Precision German Engineering. That's the answer to what every Brazilian is asking following the 7:1 drubbing that Germany administered on a Tuesday evening in Belo Horizonte before a sea of host nation fans. Thomas Müller opened scoring in the 11th minute, shocking the fans. A dozen minutes later, the floodgates opened as Deustchland knocked in four goals in a six minute span. The first of the barrage, from Miroslav Klose, gave the striker the all-time World Cup scoring lead with sixteen goals and marked his fourth successive tournament scoring a goal, matching Pele and Uwe Seeler. Toni Kroos followed with two quick goals, and Sami Khedira put Germany up 5-nil before a half hour had elapsed. In the second half, Germany mostly played defense against the shocked Brazilians, and when they did have the ball, mostly played keep away, but still, added two goals, both from André Schürrle, the second at the 79th minute a sweet ball off the bottom of the crossbar. Brazil earned a goal late when Oscar scored before the full time whistle. Germany advance to the final, and Brazil must play in the third place game on Saturday. They'd rather be ANYWHERE else, I'm certain. -match detail -match video
  62. 9 July -  Netherlands 0:0 (2-4 pso) Argentina  at São Paulo

Following Tuesday's crazy blowout, Argentina and the Netherlands played a very cautious game. Netherlands didn't even have a shot on goal until the 99th minute - in extra time! After 120 scoreless minutes, the game went to a penalty shootout. Sergio Romero would save two Dutch penalty kicks in the shootout (Vlaar and Sneijder) to lead Argentina into the final. Netherlands, who used Krul in a shootout against Costa Rica, had no subs left and had to use starter Cillessen, who let all four goals pass. -match detail -match video
  THIRD PLACE MATCH
  63. 12 July -  Brazil 0:3 Netherlands  Third Place Match at Brasília

Brazil's long national nightmare continued with a listless 0:3 loss to the Netherlands. In a match neither team wanted to lose, let alone play, it was the Dutch who decided to give a hoot. Just two minutes in, Robben was taken down at the edge of the penalty box by Thiago Silva, who earned a yellow card. The spot kick was awarded and it was Robbie van Persie who beat Julio César to the upper corner. The Orange added a second goal at the 16th minute when a cross from the goal line was poorly cleared by David Luiz and Daley Blind had plenty of time to make two touches to collect the ball, then struck the ball for his first international goal. Brazil had precious few chances in the match, but the Netherlands weren't done. In the first minute of extra time, Georginio Wijnaldum connects on the end of a Janmaat pass and easily nets the ball past César. The Netherlands earn third place medals; their coach moves on to Manchester United; and Brazil are booed off the pitch, suffering consecutive defeats on home soil for the first time in 74 years. -match detail -match video
  GRAND FINAL
  64. 13 July -  Germany 1:0 (a.e.t.) Argentina  WORLD CUP FINAL at Rio de Janeiro

GERMANY! GÖTZE! Deutschland claim their fourth World Cup trophy with Mario Götze's 113th minute goal to defeat Argentina and Lionel Messi. After scoreless regular time, André Schürrle's cross from the right side was perfectly played to an unmarked Götze, who controlled the ball with his chest then volleyed the ball into the side net past Argentinian keeper Sergio Romero. Messi took a free kick with seconds remaining, but it was a poor solo attempt, rather than use his players to challenge German keeper Neuer. Germany's goal was the first allowed by Argentina in 455 minutes, and marked the first time in the tournament they trailed, but it was the most costly time to trail. Overall, this was a great World Cup. Loads of fun, and it ties with France 1998 with the most-ever goals scored. Also note that Germany came out of USA's group, Group G, aka The Group of Death. -match detail -match video

 Round of 16  Quarterfinals  Semifinals  Grand Final  2014 Champion
         
 1A  BRA 1*        
  June 28 - 49.        
  Belo Horizonte   BRA 2      
 2B  CHI 1        
    July 4 - 57.      
    Fortaleza   BRA 1    
 1C  COL 2        
  June 28 - 50.   COL 1      
  Rio de Janeiro        
 2D  URU 0        
      July 8 - 61.    
      Belo Horizonte   GER 1  
 1E  FRA 2        
  June 30 - 53.        
  Brasília   FRA 0      
 2F  NGA 0        
    July 4 - 58.   GER 7  
    Rio de Janeiro    
 1G  GER 2        
  June 30 - 54.   GER 1      
  Porto Alegre        
 2H  ALG 1        
        July 13 - 64.
  GERMANY
        Rio de Janeiro  
 1B  NED 2       
  June 29 - 51.        
  Fortaleza   NED 0*      
 2A  MEX 1        
    July 5 - 59.      
    Salvador   NED 0    
 1D  CRC 1*        
  June 29 - 52.   CRC 0      
  Recife        
 2C  GRE 1        
      July 9 - 62.   ARG 0  
      São Paulo    
 1F  ARG 1         
  July 1 - 55.        
  São Paulo   ARG 1      
 2E  SUI 0         BRA 0
    July 5 - 60.   ARG 0*     July 12 - 63.
    Brasília    
3rd  NED
 1H  BEL 2         Brasília
  July 1 - 56.   BEL 0       NED 3
  Salvador        
 2G  USA 1        


World Cup 2014 Group Tables

 
GROUP A

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1A  Brazil
2
0
1
7
2
+5
7
 2A  Mexico
2
0
1
4
1
+3
7
 3A  Croatia
1
2
0
6
6
0
3
 4A  Cameroon
0
3
0
1
9
-8
0
 1. June 12 @ São Paulo
Brazil 3:1 Croatia

 2. June 13 @ Natal
Mexico 1:0 Cameroon

17. June 17 @ Fortaleza
Brazil 0:0 Mexico

18. June 18 @ Manaus
Cameroon 0:4 Croatia

33. June 23 @ Brasília
Cameroon 1:4 Brazil

34. June 23 @ Recife
Croatia 1:3 Mexico
 
GROUP E

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1E  France
2
0
1
8
2
+6
7
 2E  Switzerland
2
1
0
7
6
+1
6
 3E  Ecuador
1
1
1
3
3
0
4
 4E  Honduras
0
3
0
1
8
-7
0
 9. June 15 @ Brasília
Switzerland 2:1 Ecuador

10. June 15 @ Porto Alegre
France 3:0 Honduras

25. June 20 @ Salvador
Switzerland 2:5 France

26. June 20 @ Curitiba
Honduras 1:2 Ecuador

41. June 25 @ Manaus
Honduras 0:3 Switzerland

42. June 25 @ Rio De Janeiro
Ecuador 0:0 France
 
GROUP B

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1B  Netherlands
3
0
0
10
3
+7
9
 2B  Chile
2
1
0
5
3
+2
6
 3B  Spain
1
2
0
4
7
-3
3
 4B  Australia
0
3
0
3
9
-6
0
 3. June 13 @ Salvador
Spain 1:5 Netherlands

 4. June 13 @ Cuiabá
Chile 3:1 Australia

20. June 18 @ Porto Alegre
Australia 2:3 Netherlands

19. June 18 @ Rio De Janeiro
Spain 0:2 Chile

36. June 23 @ São Paulo
Netherlands 2:0 Chile

35. June 23 @ Curitiba
Australia 0:3 Spain
 
GROUP F

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1F  Argentina
3
0
0
6
3
+3
9
 2F  Nigeria
1
1
1
3
3
0
4
 3F  Bosnia-Herz
1
2
0
4
4
0
3
 4F  Iran
0
2
1
1
4
-3
1
11. June 15 @ Rio de Janeiro
Argentina 2:1 Bosnia-Herzegovina

12. June 16 @ Curitiba
Iran 0:0 Nigeria

27. June 21 @ Belo Horizonte
Argentina 1:0 Iran

28. June 21 @ Cuiabá
Nigeria 1:0 Bosnia-Herzegovina

43. June 25 @ Porto Alegre
Nigeria 2:3 Argentina

44. June 25 @ Salvador
Bosnia-Herzegovina 3:1 Iran
 
GROUP C

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1C  Colombia
3
0
0
9
2
+7
9
 2C  Greece
1
1
1
2
4
-2
4
 3C  Côte d'Ivoire
1
2
0
4
5
-1
3
 4C  Japan
0
2
1
2
6
-4
1
 5. June 14 @ Belo Horizonte
Colombia 3:0 Greece

 6. June 14 @ Recife
Côte d'Ivoire 2:1 Japan

21. June 19 @ Brasília
Colombia 2:1 Côte d'Ivoire

22. June 19 @ Natal
Japan 0:0 Greece

37. June 24 @ Cuiabá
Japan 1:4 Colombia

38. June 24 @ Fortaleza
Greece 2:1 Côte d'Ivoire
 
GROUP G

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1G  Germany
1
0
1
7
2
+5
7
 2G  United States
1
1
1
4
4
0
4
 4G  Portugal
1
1
1
4
7
-3
4
 3G  Ghana
0
2
1
4
6
-2
1
13. June 16 @ Salvador
Germany 4:0 Portugal

14. June 16 @ Natal
Ghana 1:2 United States

29. June 21 @ Fortaleza
Germany 2:2 Ghana

30. June 22 @ Manaus
United States 2:2 Portugal

46. June 26 @ Brasília
Portugal 2:1 Ghana

45. June 26 @ Recife
United States 0:1 Germany
 
GROUP D

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1D  Costa Rica
2
0
1
4
1
+3
7
 2D  Uruguay
2
1
0
4
4
0
6
 3D  Italy
1
2
0
2
3
-1
3
 4D  England
0
2
1
2
4
-2
1
 7. June 14 @ Fortaleza
Uruguay 1:3 Costa Rica

 8. June 14 @ Manaus
England 1:2 Italy

23. June 19 @ São Paulo
Uruguay 2:1 England

24. June 20 @ Recife
Italy 0:1 Costa Rica

39. June 24 @ Natal
Italy 0:1 Uruguay

40. June 24 @ Belo Horizonte
Costa Rica 0:0 England
 
GROUP H

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1H  Belgium
3
0
0
4
1
+3
9
 2H  Algeria
1
1
1
6
4
+2
4
 3H  Russia
0
1
2
2
3
-1
2
 4H  Korea Rep.
0
2
1
3
6
-3
1
15. June 17 @ Belo Horizonte
Belgium 2:1 Algeria

16. June 17 @ Cuiabá
Russia 1:1 Korea Republic

31. June 22 @ Rio De Janeiro
Belgium 1:0 Russia

32. June 22 @ Porto Alegre
Korea Republic 2:4 Algeria

47. June 26 @ São Paulo
Korea Republic 0:1 Belgium

48. June 26 @ Curitiba
Algeria 1:1 Russia



World Cup 2014 Group Matches


  Thursday, June 12
  1. June 12 - a:  Brazil 3:1 Croatia  at São Paulo

The 2014 FIFA World Cup commenced in São Paulo Thursday with host Brazil battling against Group A opponent Croatia. It was the Croats who took the fight to the Auriverde and forced an own goal off the boot of Marcelo in the 11th minute. Neymar would then score Brazil's first two goals, the first of a weakly hit ball that found the post and crossed the line in the 29th minute, and the second in the 71st from the penalty spot that went off the Croatian keeper's hands, found net. The PK was made possible due to Fred's flop that the Japanese referee Nichimura bought. Croatia fought back and had plenty of chances to tie, but in the end, it was Brazil that instead found their third goal as Oscar scored thirty seconds into extra time with a nice right foot toe poke from twenty yards. -match detail -match video
  Friday, June 13
  2. June 13 - a:  Mexico 1:0 Cameroon  at Natal

In a steady rain in Natal, where it hadn't rained in months, Mexico and Cameroon played a scoreless first-half. While the pitch caused no issues, Mexico took issue with the Colombian referees, however, as they erred on at least one call, as a Mexican player appeared to be onside. Oribe Peralta scored the game's only goal in the 61st minute, as he collected a rebound of a Gio Dos Santos strike and put to give El Tri three points. Cameroon never seemed to offer a threat until a nice header in extra time, but Ochoa easily saved. -match detail -match video
  3. June 13 - b:  Spain 1:5 Netherlands  at Salvador

Spain may have scored the first goal when Xabi Alonso converted a penalty in the 27th minute, but by the time the match was over, the theme of the day was Worst Loss by a Defending Champion, as Netherlands answered with five goals to embarrass the Spanish side. Robin Van Persie started the Netherlands push with on an acrobatic header volley before halftime to equalise. In the second half, Arjen Robben controlled a pass then easily beat Spain for his first goal of the tournament. De Vrij scored next for the Orange as he found himself unmarked on the far side of the box on a free kick. Van Persie scored again after a mis-hit by Spanish keeper Casillas in the 72nd minute. Robben then got his brace in the 80th minute, with some fancy ball control catching Spain in disarray. Spain lost their first match of 2010 and went on to win it all, but this might be too much to overcome. Time will tell. -match detail -match video
  4. June 13 - b:  Chile 3:1 Australia  at Cuiabá

Chile got off to a fast start with two goals in the first fifteen minutes; Alexis in the 12th and Valdivia in the 14th. New York Red Bull Tim Cahill pulled one back for the Socceroos with a sweet header at minute 35. La Roja padded the score with a stoppage time goal from Beausejour as Australia could not save the rebound. -match detail -match video
  Saturday, June 14
  5. June 14 - c:  Colombia 3:0 Greece  at Belo Horizonte

In front of the Belo Horizonte stadium full of their yellow-shirted fans, Colombia had no issue dispatching Greece in the first Group C match, with Los Cafeteros winning easily 3-nil. Scoring opened in the fifth minute when Armero's took a lucky deflection to find net. Goal number two was off a corner kick as the ball was flicked across the goal mouth by Aguilar and Gutierrez stepped in to tap it in. The final goal came near the end of stoppage time as Rodrigues found net from 15 yards out. Greece looked out-manned today. -match detail -match video
  8. June 14 - d:  Uruguay 1:3 Costa Rica  at Fortaleza

In hot and humid Fortaleza, Uruguay scored first in the 24th minute when El Matador (Cavani) took a penalty shot after Lugano was physically tackled in the box. Los Ticos equalized in the 54th minute when a cross by Gamboa was collected by Campbell who left-footed the ball into the net with force. Just three minutes later Durate netted Costa Rica's second goal with a header to the far post on a free kick by Bolaños. In the 84th, Costa Rica made it 3:1 when Ureña took a beautiful pass down the right side from Campbell and put a nice touch on the ball, sliding it past the keeper. With England and Italy also in Group D, this just may be the most exciting group, and Uruguay look to be in serious trouble. To make matters worse for Uruguay, Maxi Pereira was shown a straight red card in stoppage time for a needless whack across Campbell's shins. -match detail -match video
  7. June 14 - d:  England 1:2 Italy  at Manaus

In what was often a slow and deliberate game in the Amazon city of Manaus, Italy scored first and last in a 2:1 victory over England. Marchisio scored first in the 35th minute with a shot from 25 yards following a short corner and dummy step over from Pirlo. Daniel Sturridge hit the equalizer for England just two minutes later on a nice cross from Wayne Rooney. In the 50th minute, Mario Balotelli headed a long cross from Candreva to give the Azzurri three points, and make England's next match against Uruguay one great importance to both sides. -match detail -match video
  6. June 14 - c:  Côte d'Ivoire 2:1 Japan  at Recife

In wet Recife, the first hour belonged to Japan, include a 16th minute goal by Keisuke Honda, who settled a pass with his right foot, then hit a blistering left footed shot into the net. Just after the hour mark veteran player Didier Drogba came on for Ivory Coast, and while he didn't directly impact the game, his presence seemed to ignite The Elephants, who quickly created two very similar goals - headers on whipped crosses by Aurier - Bony in the 64th minute and Gervinho in the 66th minute. Japan had no answer and Côte d'Ivoire earns the three points. -match detail -match video
  Sunday, June 15
  9. June 15 - e:  Switzerland 2:1 Ecuador  at Brasília

Enner Valencia put Ecuador ahead of Switzerland in the Group E 'Group of Life' match in Brasília with a 22nd minute header off an excellent free kick taken by Ayovi, who happens to be his teammate at Pachuca in Mexico. Just after halftime, a corner from Swizterland's Ricardo Rogriguez found halftime sub Admir Mehmedi, who out-jumped his marker and headed home the equalizer from three yards out. In the 72nd, the linesman called offsides incorrectly on the Swiss on a play that would have led to a goal. However, in extra time with seconds to spare, Rodriguez delivered a pass to the near post and Seferovic steals the victory for the Swiss! Wow! Best finish so far, and we have yet to see a draw in 2014. -match detail -match video
  10. June 15 - e:  France 3:0 Honduras  at Porto Alegre

A rather physical matchup between France and Honduras in Group E saw tempers heated early and five yellow cards handed out by halftime. France controlled possession had some opportunities early but were unlucky, hitting the crossbar twice. The first major break in the game came at the 43rd minute when Wilson Palacios charged into the back of Pogba inside the box, earning the Honduran his second yellow card of the match and expulsion. The resulting penalty was converted by Benzema and France took a 1-nil lead into the half. A few minutes into the second half, we saw our first necessary test of 'Goal Line Technology' when Benzema took a cross from Cabaye and bounced the ball off the far post, then the keeper mishandled the ball and the ball snuck over the line. Honduran keeper Valladares was tagged with an Own Goal on the play. In the 72nd minute Benzema earned his brace, picking up a rebound and firing into the near upper conrner, and proving that France is back after their recent national team debacles. -match detail -match video
  11. June 15 - f:  Argentina 2:1 Bosnia-Herzegovina  at Rio de Janeiro

Lionel Messi played a part in both of Argentina's goals over Bosnia-Herzegovina. The first was the fastest Own Goal in World Cup history as Messi's cross was flicked on and then off the back of BIH defender Sead Kolašinac and into the Bosnian goal in the third minute. In minute sixty-five, we saw a glimpse of vintage Messi, where he engaged in a give and go, then beautifully dribbled across the box and through traffic before striking a left-footed shot that bounced off the left upright and across the goal face and into the net. The Dragons did score in their World Cup debut, however, with Ibišević sneaking the ball through the legs of Argentina GK Romergo in the 84th minute. But the points belong to Argentina and Messi in this Group F matchup. -match detail -match video
  Monday, June 16
  13. June 16 - g:  Germany 4:0 Portugal  at Salvador

Germany played like the world-class team they are and Portugal left one wondering how they could be ranked #4 in FIFA's ratings after a 4:0 drubbing in Salvador. World Cup 2014 saw its first hat-trick, as 24-year old Thomas Müller scored in the 12th (Pen.), 45th+, and 78th minutes. Hummels got a nice, tall header in the 32nd. Portugal's Pepe was sent off in the 37th minute for a head-butt on Müller, so he will be unavailable against the USA on Sunday. Almeida and Coentrão both were subbed off for injuries, so their status is uncertain. CR7 didn't look like a team leader, either, for what it's worth; seven shots, 2 on goal, 4 blocked. This match was pure German Engineering. -match detail -match video
  12. June 16 - f:  Iran 0:0 Nigeria  at Curitiba

Well, we finally saw our first draw of World Cup 2014 and it was scoreless at that as Nigeria and Iran met in Group F play in Curitiba. While Nigeria controlled possession throughout of the match, they couldn't convert and on the few chances Iran had, they came up empty as well. Easily the first bummer game of the tourney. But hey, each team has more points that Spain or Portugal at this point! -match detail -match video
  14. June 16 - g:  Ghana 1:2 United States  at Natal

THREE POINTS. That's all that matters, right? The USA victory over previous thorn-in-our-paw Ghana was bookended by two great plays. Just twenty-nine seconds in, captain Clint Dempsey's unmarked run through the box and instant goal; and halftime-sub John Brooks' game-winning nodded header past the keeper off a corner kick from Graham Zusi in the 86th minute. In between it wasn't great football, however, as the US struggled to mount a serious challenge and Ghana controlled possession. Ghana eventually found the net with the 82nd minute equalizer when a backheel from Asamoah Gyan found André Ayew, who struck the ball with his outside left-foot and past USA keeper Howard. Fortunately, the USA found a way to respond with the newly cap-tied Brooks, and hopefully that resillience will suit them well against Portugal on Sunday. Both Portugal and the USA look to be a bit depleted. The USA lost Altidore in the 23rd minute with a hamstring injury. Also very important to note that the USA received no yellow card cautions. Very well disciplined. -match detail -match video
  Tuesday, June 17
  15. June 17 - h:  Belgium 2:1 Algeria  at Belo Horizonte

Belgium were expected to lead Group H and it took them seventy minutes to assert themselves against Alergia in the first Group H match. Algeria took the lead when Feghouli converted a penalty in the 25th minute, but it was the second half subs who eventually gave Belgium the victory. Man U's Marouane Fellaini headed in a goal at the 70th minute and 10 minutes later saw a textbook counter as Hazard, near the end line, delivered the ball to Dries Mertens who netted the game winner. -match detail -match video
  17. June 17 - a:  Brazil 0:0 Mexico  at Fortaleza

What a difference a day makes... While Monday's Nigeria-Iran game turned out to be a languid scoreless draw, the same could not be said of the Group A match for Mexico and Brazil. As @WhataHowler noted: "This entire game has been played in the 89th minute #BRAvMEX" and they weren't wrong. A physical game for sure, and amazing goalkeeping by Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa, who kept a pressuring Brazil out of the net time after time. A point for each side and they remain the top two in Group A. -match detail -match video
  16. June 17 - h:  Russia 1:1 Korea Republic  at Cuiabá

Korea and Russia were the final two teams to play their first match and neither side could get the upper hand as we have our third draw of the tournament. The hand analogy is apt, as poor goalkeeping played a role in both goals. In the 68th minute, Korea scored first when K H Lee hit a blast straight into Russian GK Akinfeev's hands, and the ball magically pushed those hands back and continued just over his head and into the goal. Not pretty if you are a Russia fan. Six minutes later Korean GK S R Jung couldn't collect a shot and the resulting rebound scrambled around the box until it found the foot of Kerzhakov, giving Russia the equalizer and giving us an otherwise uninspiring draw. -match detail -match video
  Wednesday, June 18
  20. June 18 - b:  Australia 2:3 Netherlands  at Porto Alegre

Netherlands defeated Australia 3:2 to put Oranje on the cusp of the next round. It wasn't an easy victory, however, as Australia had a 2:1 lead early in the second half before Netherlands netted two for the victory. The goal of the tournament may have been the Socceroos' first, however, when a long ball found the foot of Tim Cahill who played the volley perfectly and equalized just a minute after Robben scored for Netherlands. Australia were not pushovers today, but will not advance. Of note, both Cahill and van Persie will not be available for their respective team's third games, due to yellow card accumulation. -match detail -match video
  19. June 18 - b:  Spain 0:2 Chile  at Rio de Janeiro

Oh Spain. Chile got the clean sheet over Spain and knocked the defending Champions out of the tournament. Chile's first dagger came in the 20th minute when a series of nifty passing found Vargas, who then got GK Casillas to commit, allowing Vargas an easy chance. Just before half, a free kick by Sanchez was punched out by Casillas, but directly to Aranguiz, and the second dagger was in Spain's heart. Spain will go no further after their game Tuesday against Australia. It's been a good run La Furia Roja -match detail -match video
  18. June 18 - a:  Cameroon 0:4 Croatia  at Manaus

Plucky Croatia made their stand for survival in Group B with a 4:0 thrashing over Cameroon. Down 1-nil, Cameroon's Song was sent off for a elbow to the back, and that allowed Croatia the space they needed to create three more goals in the second half. One was particularly nice: The Indomitable Lions' GK Itandje had a poor clearance that was collected near midfield by Perišić, who promptly went straight back to the keeper and calmly scored. A nice play, all by one's self. Cameroon crash out of World Cup 2014. -match detail -match video
  Thursday, June 19
  21. June 19 - c:  Colombia 2:1 Côte d'Ivoire  at Brasília

Colombia jump to the top of Group C with a 2:1 victory over Côte d'Ivoire. After a scoreless hour, James Rodriguez connects on a header off a corner kick to put Colombia ahead. Los Cafeteros goes up 2 goals about 6 minutes later when Juan Quintero takes an upfield pass from Gutierrez and finishes to the lower corner. Just three minutes later, Les Elephants pull one back when Gervinho makes a great solo run across the box and puts the ball next to the near post. With the later draw between Japan and Greece, Colombia have secured a spot in the Round of 16. -match detail -match video
  23. June 19 - d:  Uruguay 2:1 England  at São Paulo

Uruguay, and specifically Luis Suárez, put a world of hurt on England in Group D play on Thursday. The Liverpool forward saw his first WC 2014 action and took home a brace; His first goal came before halftime and on a short cross into the box and over Joe Hart. In the 85th, a goal kick from the Uruguayan keeper Muslera flies past midfield and slides off of Steven Gerrard's head and straight to Suárez, who settles the ball with one touch and then right past helpless Joe Hart. For his part, Wayne Rooney scored his first ever World Cup goal after Glen Johnson drove to the box in the 75th minute and pushed the ball across the goal mouth. That wouldn't be enough for the Three Lions, however, and they are in a serious pickle. -match detail -match video
  22. June 19 - c:  Japan 0:0 Greece  at Natal

Japan could not capitalize on a 38th minute red card shown to Konstantinos Katsouranis, after the Greek captain received his second caution of the match. As a result, each team get a point and are still alive in Group C. Japan did have 11 shots on goal to Greece's 5, but the teams combined for 41 fouls, which largely distrupted any flow of the game. Japan has Colombia next, and that will be difficult. Greece have Côte d'Ivoire, and based on what I saw today, it doesn't bode well for their future in Brazil. -match detail -match video
  Friday, June 20
  24. June 20 - d:  Italy 0:1 Costa Rica  at Recife

Costa Rica continue to surprise in Group D with a 1-0 victory over Italy and they continue to lead the group going into the final first round matches. Ruiz's ball hit off the crossbar and down just behind the goal line in the 44th minute to stun the Italians, who had no answer. The Azzurri looked off their game, and were called offside eleven times. With the win by Los Ticos, they'll advance, England are out, and next Tuesday's Italy-Uruguay match will see one team advance to the knockout round. -match detail -match video
  25. June 20 - e:  Switzerland 2:5 France  at Salvador

France reign supreme in Group E with a 5-2 thrasing over Switzerland. It wasn't even close as France saw their five goals come from five different players before Switzerland were able to grab their two goals during the last ten minutes of play. France are on fire! -match detail -match video
  26. June 20 - e:  Honduras 1:2 Ecuador  at Curitiba

Honduras scored first against Ecuador, but it was a brace from Enner Valencia that give Ecuador a 2:1 victory and moved them into second place in Group E. Honduras' goal by Costly was a nice volley, and was the team's first in 510 minutes of play, but Valencia would equalize just minutes later. Valencia would add the winner in the 65th minute when he headed a free-kick from Ayovi. -match detail -match video
  Saturday, June 21
  27. June 21 - f:  Argentina 1:0 Iran  at Belo Horizonte

Argentina get a stoppage-time goal by Lionel Messi and escape Belo Horizonte with a 1:0 victory over Iran. The underdog Iranians played very well, keeping Argentina off their game through ninety minutes. At the end, though it was unlucky Iran as Messi struck a beautiful shot to advance the Argentine side to the Round of 16. -match detail -match video
  29. June 21 - g:  Germany 2:2 Ghana  at Fortaleza

After a scoreless first half, Ghana and Germany played a spirited second half, with each team scoring two goals for a draw and a point apiece. Götze put Germany ahead in the 51st minute with a ball from Müller that he nodded off his own knee and past the keeper. Ghana would equalize just three minutes later when Andre Ayew put his head on a cross from Afful. The Ghanians would take the surprise lead when Asamoah Gyan would take a pass up the middle from Muntari and put it past the German keeper's right shoulder. The Germans were caught flat footed, but they would respond with a goal from just subbed-in Miroslav Klose, who connected on a flicked-on corner kick. Germany will have to wait until next week to attempt to qualify. -match detail -match video
  28. June 21 - f:  Nigeria 1:0 Bosnia-Herzegovina  at Cuiabá

A controversial victory for Nigeria eliminates Bosnia-Herzegovina from World Cup 2014. The first issue was a mistaken offsides call against BIH on a goal in the 21st minute cost the Dragons a goal. In the 29th minute, an uncalled possible foul on a run by Emenike allowed him to continue and pass to Odemwingie, who netted what would be the game winner. In stoppage time, Džeko for BIH almost scored but the Nigerian keeper made a great save. Džeko may have used his arm on the ball, but there was no call so the keeper had to make the play. -match detail -match video
  Sunday, June 22
  31. June 22 - h:  Belgium 1:0 Russia  at Rio de Janeiro

In a largely lackluster match that had the Rio de Janeiro crowd whistling and booing, Belgium needed an 88th minute from 19 year old Divock Origi to grab the victory and advance to the knockout round. Eden Hazard took the ball down to the end line, then passed back to Origi, who one-timed it past the keeper. Russia, under expensive head coach Fabio Capello, find themselves in need of a good result next week. -match detail -match video
  32. June 22 - h:  Korea Republic 2:4 Algeria  at Porto Alegre

Algeria shock in Group H with a 4:2 drubbing of Korea Republic. Slimani and Halliche struck minutes apart, and Djabou hit ten minutes later, and Korea found themselves dejected and down three goals at half. Son would pull one back for Korea at the 50th minute, but The Desert Foxes would get that back a dozen minutes later when Brahimi stuck. Koo would get Korea's second goal in the 72nd minute but that would end the scoring. Korea find themselves at the bottom of the Group H table and are on the outside looking in going into the final group stage matches. -match detail -match video
  30. June 22 - g:  United States 2:2 Portugal  at Manaus

In hot and humid Manaus, USA went down early to Portugal, then scored two to lead until the 5th minute of stoppage time when Varela headed a cross from Ronaldo past Howard to draw Portugal level and keep their World Cup hopes alive. Portugal opened the game with a goal in the 5th minute when a botched clear by Jeff Cameron found its way to Nani, who scored easily. The USA wouldn't answer until the 64th minute when Jermaine Jones blasted a scorcher from 25 yards past a flat-footed Beto. The USA then took the improbable lead in the 81st minute when sub Yedlin took to the endline, passed to Bradley, who's shot was deflected to Zusi. He found Dempsey just onside at the 6 yard line and Captain America used his belly to direct the ball past Beto. With the draw, Portugal is still alive, but will need help, as USA and Germany each only need to draw in their final match to both move on to the knockout round. -match detail -match video
  Monday, June 23
  36. June 23 - b:  Netherlands 2:0 Chile  at São Paulo

Netherlands put two goals in the net late against Chile to cement The Oranje's place atop Group B. Fer in the 77th minute and Memphis in stoppage time. Both teams advance to the knockout round. -match detail -match video
  35. June 23 - b:  Australia 0:3 Spain  at Curitiba

In a game for pride - as neither team were advancing in World Cup 2014 - Spain scored three on Australia to ruin the Socceroos' tournament. David Villa struck first in the 36th minute with a great back-heel for a goal, and second half goals followed from Torres (69') and Mata (82'). Spain salvage a win at the tournament and are left to ponder what went wrong in Brazil. -match detail -match video
  33. June 23 - a:  Cameroon 1:4 Brazil  at Brasília

Brazil take Group A with a 4:1 victory over Cameroon. Neymar scored two goals to take the WC lead with four goals total. Cameroon are bounced out of the tourney. Brazil's third goal, by Fred, should not have been allowed as we was visibly offside. -match detail -match video
  34. June 23 - a:  Croatia 1:3 Mexico  at Recife

In a must-win for Croatia, it was Mexico who seemed to control the game and took the lion's share of shots. El Tri didn't score until deep in the second half from a Marquez header, but got a second goal just minutes later when Guardado found a great pass right in his lane for the one-timer. Chicharito added some insurance before Croatia pulled one back. Mexico advances in the 2A slot. -match detail -match video
  Tuesday, June 24
  39. June 24 - d:  Italy 0:1 Uruguay  at Natal

This was not the beautiful game. Italy just needed a draw to advance, while Uruguay needed a win. But neither team seemed to care or play very hard. Italy's Balotelli seemed to flop around a lot, but it was Marchisio sent off for cleats to the shin/knee of Arevalo at the hour mark. Uruguay should have pounced, but appeared listless, until a corner kick found its way to the head of Diego Godín in the 81st minute, who struck the ball past Gigi Buffon. Just minutes before, Uruguay's Suarez was not called for an obvious bite to the shoulder of Chiellini. This was not the beautiful game, but Uruguay advance, and Italy go home! -match detail -match video
  40. June 24 - d:  Costa Rica 0:0 England  at Belo Horizonte

England finally got a point at World Cup 2014 by playing to a draw with the already advancing Costa Rica - who are the suprise winner of Group D. There didn't seem to be much action in this game, as the point was all Costa Rica needed to claim top spot. -match detail -match video
  37. June 24 - c:  Japan 1:4 Colombia  at Cuiabá

Japan needed a win in their match over Colombia and a draw between Greece-Ivory Coast if they were to advance to the knockout round. Unfortunately, Japan gave up a penalty in the 17th minute and had to battle back against a strong Colombian side. Japan were able to equalizer just before the break on an Okazaki header, but gave up three second half goals and their World Cup run is over. Colombia end up with three victories in the group. -match detail -match video
  38. June 24 - c:  Greece 2:1 Côte d'Ivoire  at Fortaleza

Ivory Coast could simply play to a draw against Greece and secure advancement to the knockout round of 16, but pesky Greece had other ideas. Greece needed a win and Japan loss to advance, and guess what? That's exactly what happened. Just before the half the Greeks got their first goal at World Cup 2014 when a takeaway by Samaris near midfield was put past the keeper seconds later. In the second half, Ivory Coast equalized on a goal by Wilfried Bony in the 74th minute, and it was looking like a draw would be the result, but Greece's Samaras was fouled in the box by Sio in stoppage time and then converted the penalty to give Greece a 2:1 victory and advancement to the Round of 16 for the 'pretty boys'! -match detail -match video
  Wednesday, June 25
  43. June 25 - f:  Nigeria 2:3 Argentina  at Porto Alegre

Thanks to Bosnia-Herzegovina's defeat of Iran, Nigeria made it through to the second round despite their loss to Argentina in the last of the Group F matches. Messi and Musa traded goals twice and Rojo broke the 2-2 tie in the 50th minute to give Argentina the victory and make them top of the group. -match detail -match video
  44. June 25 - f:  Bosnia-Herzegovina 3:1 Iran  at Salvador

Iran need to score to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in order to advance, but that would mean scoring a goal, something they did not do in their first two matches. But it was BIH that struck first when Džeko scored in the 23rd minute. Pjanić would add one in the 59th to make it even tougher for Iran, who evenutally got a goal from Reza in the 82nd minute, only to see BIH's Avdija Vršajević score a minute later and Bosnia-Herzegovina steal the three points and end Iran's World Cup 2014 run. Iran were a pesky bunch, but they offered little today. -match detail -match video
  41. June 25 - e:  Honduras 0:3 Switzerland  at Manaus

Xherdan Shaqiri made mince-meat out of Honduras with his hat-trick in leading Switzerland to the Round of 16, and in part thanks to France's draw with Ecuador. -match detail -match video
  42. June 25 - e:  Ecuador 0:0 France  at Rio de Janeiro

France win Group E with their scoreless draw over Ecuador. Had Ecuador won, and they had chances despite going down a man in the 48th minute - they could have placed second in the group, but instead, they are the first South American team to exit the tournament. The red card came after an unsafe challenge by captain Antonio Valencia, and even at ten men, France could not take advantage of the Ecuadorians. -match detail -match video
  Thursday, June 26
  46. June 26 - g:  Portugal 2:1 Ghana  at Brasília

Portugal beat Ghana 2:1 and thanks to Portugal's steep negative goal differential, their three points wouldn't be enough to advance and Portugal crashes out of World Cup 2014, and Ghana are right there with them. Ghana did not help their cause with an own goal by Boye in the 30th minute. Ronaldo collected a poor clear by GK Dauda in the 80th minute and buried it for what be the game winner, and Asamoah Gyan headed in one for Ghana in the 57th minute. -match detail -match video
  45. June 26 - g:  United States 0:1 Germany  at Recife

The USA's best chances came in stoppage time, but nonetheless, the Yanks lost to Germany 0:1 on a second half goal (55th minute, Thomas Müller, his fourth of the tournament - tying Neymar and Messi, so far...), but the narrow result means that the USA will advance to the Round of 16 to play the winner of Group H, which would turn out to be Belgium. USA are the third team out of CONCACAF to advance, with Honduras the only side to exit early. USA also move the the Round of 16 for consecutive tournaments for the first time in their history. -match detail -match video
  47. June 26 - h:  Korea Republic 0:1 Belgium  at São Paulo

Belgium went down to ten men when Defour was sent off just before halftime. The Belgians only needed a draw to win the group, so they played conservatively, until late in the game when they put a string of passes together that led to a shot, rebound and goal - and victory. Korea bow out of at World Cup 2014 without winning a game. As a matter of fact, none of the Asian Football Confederation teams (Korea, Japan, Australia, Iran) won a game, and only mustered three draws. Pretty sad. -match detail -match video
  48. June 26 - h:  Algeria 1:1 Russia  at Curitiba

Russia got a 6th minute goal by Kokorin on a sweet header and if the result held, the win would put them 2nd in the group. However, Algeria answered with a 60th minute equalizer by Slimani on a header from a free kick and it is the Desert Foxes who surprise in the group and move on to the knockout round, giving Africa two teams in the Round of 16 for the first time ever. It's reported that Fabio Capello was paid $12 million by the Russian Federation, and what a bust he turned out to be. -match detail -match video


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