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World Cup Recap 16-06-14

Published June 19, 2014

Published In: Football News, International

The World Cup kicked off with some controversial decisions with Brazil becoming victorious over Croatia but over the weekend more matches took place with some great displays from some great players.

Kicking off the weekend was Mexico who faced up against Cameroon in a match that saw the conditions take a massive part in the game. The rain was lashing down on the pitch making it the match harder for the players. But Mexico earned all three points with a 1 – 0 victory placing them under Brazil in the Group A table. It was unlucky that Mexico only won the game by one goal as Giovani dos Santos had two goals disallowed, but with another amazing bit of skill from Dos Santos helped Oribe Peralta slot home the only goal of the game in the 61st minute.
Final Score: Mexico 1 – 0 Cameroon

The next game to kick off after Mexico and Cameroon was the first game in Group B. Possibly one of the best game from a group stage was at hand as Spain were up against Holland. It was magnificent as the Netherlands outclassed the world champions and smashed five past them. It didn’t start off to great however for Holland as a penalty from Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso gave Spain the lead, but the Netherlands bounced back and produced a goal of the tournament contender. Van Persie displayed amazing skill as he executed an amazing diving header which lobbed the Spanish keeper Iker Casillas leaving the Spanish fans shocked. It wasn’t till the second half that the game started to get interesting as Arjen Robben latched on a ball played from Daley Blind to take the ball past the Spanish defence and put his side into the lead. It was 10 minutes later the Holland increased their lead to 3 – 1 as De Vrij met a Sneijder free-kick at the back post. Not seeing this amount of goals it was a surprise when Van Persie grabbed his second goal in the 72nd minute followed by another with a solo effort from Robben in the 80th minute. It was an amazing game to watch and has defiantly piled a lot of pressure on the Spanish side coming into their next group match.
Final Score: Spain 1 – 5 Netherlands

The second game of Group B was Chile facing up against Australia in a late kick off, but this didn’t stop Chile as two first half goals and a late second half goal saw the cruse to a 3 – 1 victory. Alexis Sanchez was the first goal scorer as he opened the scoring from close range with only 12 minutes gone from the game. It was only two minutes later that Chile’s second came as a cross from Sanchez found unmarked Valdivia to slot the ball into the net. Australia did pull one back on the 35 minute as Tim Cahill’s well placed header found the right side of the net nut it wasn’t till the dying seconds of the game when a great strike from Beausejour sealed all three points for his country.
Final Score: Chile 3 – 1 Australia

Colombia kicked off their world cup campaign with a storming 3 – 0 victory over Greece as they top the Group C table in the first week of the tournament. An early first half goal put them into the lead as Armero’s shot bobbled and deflected in the net. It wasn’t till the second half that Colombia increased their lead by two goals as an easy tap in effort from Gutierrez doubled the lead, but Rodriguez made sure his side came out victorious as a late stoppage time goal seal the three points.
Final Score: Colombia 3 – 0 Greece

Costa Rica shocked all football fans across the world as they outplayed Uruguay with three second half goals. Uruguay started off bright as they played some great football and took a deserving lead after 23 minutes with a well-placed penalty from Edinson Cavani, but Costa Rica found some form and in the second half came back to shock everyone. A goal in the Campbell in the 54th minute leveled the South Americans with Duarte putting them into the lead with a well-placed diving header. It wasn’t till the 84th minute that Costa Rica sealed the victory when Urena put his country two goals in front. This now puts Costa Rica on the top of the table of Group C.
Final Score: Uruguay 1 – 3 Costa Rica

The late night match saw England take on Italy which proved to be a tough game for both sides. England started off strong by playing some great football and had a great chance to lead the game when Sterling hit the side of the netting with a long range effort. But Italy came back and proved to be the dominant side in the first half with a goal from Marchisio. England didn’t take long get one back to level the game going into the second half with a close range goal from Daniel Sturridge following an excellent through ball to Rooney  but the way Italy were playing the first half it looked to be a game dominated with Italian possession. England did come out the blocks in the second half but some bad defending lead to Balotelli reaching the back post and nodding the ball into the net past Joe Hart to put his side into the lead. Despite all efforts England could not respond and sadly lost the match 2 – 1.
Final Score: England 2 – 1 Italy

Ivory Coast kicked off their campaign with a late match facing up against Japan, both sides look strong with some world class players but Ivory Coast impressed with a second half display to earn the three points needed in the Group. Japan’s star man put his side into the lead in the first half with only 16 minutes being played; Keisuke Honda was the star man whose strike found the net. But as mentioned it was a second half display and the involvement of Didier Drogba that saw Ivory Coast bounce back. Wilfred Bony was the first to make an impact when his headed attempt found the net in the 64th minute, but when Drogba came on it was his involvement that saw Gervinho head his attempt at goal into the net only 98 seconds after the first goal.
Final Score: Ivory Coast 2 – 1 Japan

Switzerland left it to the dying minutes of the game to seal all three points as they came from behind to beat Ecuador 2 – 1. Ecuador looked to be strong as not much happened in the first half, but Valencia was able to put Ecuador into the lead after 22 minutes as Switzerland’s defense was poor. But the second half saw Switzerland come back into the game as a goal within the first 3 minutes of the half came from Mehmedi. It wasn’t till stoppage time in the 93rd minute that Switzerland were able to force enough pressure onto Ecuador to grab the goal they needed to gain all three points, it was Seferovic who converted the chance from the late counter-attack.
Final Score: Switzerland 2 – 1 Ecuador

France strolled to a comfortable win over 10 men Honduras as they smashed in three goals to put them top of their group. Honduras produced some horrible challenges that resulted into a challenge on Pogba lashing out on Palacios, due to his challenge. Palacios later received a second Yellow card and was sent off the pitch. It wasn’t till the last minute of the first half that France converted a chance and this was due to a spot kick from Benzema. The second half was exciting as we was introduced to goal-line technology and the technology itself ruled that Benzema’s second half strike in the 48th minute was actually over the line, sadly it was classed as an own goal from the Honduras goalkeeper. The final goal of the match again came from Benzema as he blasted the ball in from close range to make it three goals and guarantee all the points to France.
Final Score: France 3 – 0 Honduras

The final game of the weekend’s action was down to Argentina and Bosnia & Herzegovina. This match pushed a lot of pressure on just one player as he was expected to produce great things from the game, but Bosnia looked strong and held their ground. It was unlucky that Bosnia fell to the dreaded own goal as Kolasinac turned the ball into his own net with only 3 minutes being played. Argentina’s Lionel Messi did produce something special as he doubled his country’s lead by gliding past a few of Bosnia’s defenders and finishing his chance with style. But Bosnia did come back and with 84 minutes being played, Ibisevic clipped the ball past the Argentina goalkeeper but sadly it wasn’t they couldn’t create any more chances.
Final Score: Argentina 2 – 1 Bosnia & Herzegovina



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