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Croatia - 2014 World Cup

Croatia Routs Cameroon

This was going to be a tough match for Cameroon from the start, and it didn’t take long for Croatia to get on the board. Ivica Olić received a pass from Ivan Perisic and neatly placed it into the back of the net to put Croatia up 1-0.

 

Cameroon certainly didn’t make things easy on themselves as Alex Song decided it was a good idea to elbow a Croatian player in the back in the 40th minute. He received a red card for the act and put Cameroon down to 10 men.

 

The Cameroon keeper, Charles Itandje, made two mistakes which lead to Croatia’s second goal. Firstly, a poor kick giftwrapped the ball Ivan Perisic on the left side with only clear space between him and the goal. Secondly, Itandje anticipated a cross to the middle, but Perisic instead tucked the ball into the open space left behind by the keeper.

 

Mario Mandzukic scored the last two goals of the match. In the 61st minute, he sent home a powerful header off a corner kick and in the 73rd minute, a juicy rebound bounced right to him which he calmly just tapped in to make it a 4-0 game.

 

 

Netherlands - 2014 World Cup

Netherlands Wins Exciting Match Against Austrailia

Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the 20th minute. It started when he took a pass in the midfield, shook off a challenge in the process, ran the ball upfield all by himself and put a shot into the lower right corner past the keeper.

 

That goal was very short lived as right off the ensuing kickoff, a cross to Tim Cahill was perfectly struck in mid-air over the outstretched hands of Jasper Cillessen, off the crossbar and into the net. Brilliant efforts on both sides.

 

The score remained even until the 54th minute when Australia’s Mile Jedinak took advantage of a penalty kick. Australia couldn’t hold the lead for long though as Robin van Persie was able to even the score again in the 58th minute. He received a nifty little pass behind Australian defenders while staying onside and sent a laser of a shot into the top left corner.

 

A giveaway to the Aussies gave them a golden opportunity to take the lead, but couldn’t capitalize. Instead, the Dutch turned back the other way and Memphis Depay put a great amount of curl on the ball and found the back of the net, just out of reach of Mathew Ryan’s hands.

 

Tim Cahill and Robin van Persie both received yellow cards during the match and will miss their next game.

 

 

Upsets - 2014 World Cup

Top 10 Biggest Upsets In The World Cup (Part 1)

The World Cup comes once every four years and it brings out the best in all the teams. Most of the time, it’s the powerhouse teams who prevail, but there are always opportunities where the underdogs have surprised the world with shocking wins. Here are our top 10 biggest upsets in World Cup history.

 

10. USA defeats Portugal at the 2002 World Cup

 

USA finished last in the 1998 World Cup. Therefore, nobody expected them to cause any trouble with Portugal in 2002. The Portugal team was loaded with stars and they were expected to easily win over the United States. However, Team USA had other plans. USA scored first in the game with a goal from John O’Brien in the fourth minute. This lead was increased to 3 goals to nil by the 36th minute, with another goal from Brian McBride. Portugal was not just a spectator as they scored one goal in each of the two halves, but that was not enough, with USA winning the game 3 to 2.

 

9. South Korea defeats Italy at the 2002 World Cup

 

Even though South Korea was hosting the World Cup in 2002, nobody expected them to win against Italy. Italy scored first in the game and they managed to maintain the lead for quite some time, but South Korea scored in the 88th minute to tie the game at 1-1. In the extra time, South Korea stunned the world by scoring the golden goal and the Italians lost the match. South Korea went on to reach the quarter-finals, the furthest the country has ever advanced in World Cup history.

 

8. Northern Ireland defeats Spain at the 1982 World Cup

 

This was the last match for Spain in the group stage and they were easily expected to win against Northern Ireland. Spain had already qualified and they did not need a win to move to the next round whereas Northern Ireland needed to win to move to the next round. Spain were the favorites as they were not only the better team on paper, but they were also hosting the World Cup that year. However, Gerry Armstrong from Northern Ireland had other plans and he scored the lone goal of the game and Northern Ireland managed to beat Spain, 1-0.

 

7. Bulgaria defeats Germany at the 1994 World Cup

 

Germany was expected to win this game and though the Bulgarians were not expected to give up easily, nobody expected them to defeat the powerhouse of football at that time. Germany scored first in the game when they were awarded a penalty. However, Bulgaria managed to equalize the score later in the game with a beautiful free kick. Three minutes later, they extended the lead with a perfect header and then played out the rest of the game to beat Germany.

 

6. Senegal beats France in the 2002 World Cup

 

France had just won the World Cup in 1998 for the first time. Inspired by the maverick Zinedine Zidane, France was expected to put up a great show in the 2002 World Cup. However, Zidane suffered an injury before the World Cup even started and had to sit out for the first few matches. This proved to be crucial as they played Senegal in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup. France was stunned when Papa Bouba Diop of Senegal scored in the 30th minute to take the lead. France made some amazing attempts, but could not score a goal for the remainder of the game. They also failed to move beyond the first round. Senegal finished 7th in their one and only appearance in the World Cup tournament.

 

 

Move on to Part 2 HERE!

 

 

Mexico - 2014 World Cup

June 17 – Recap

Belgium snatches victory from Algeria, 2-1

 

The game started out well for Algeria as Jan Vertonghen pulled down Sofiane Feghouli in the penalty area to give Algeria a chance to score the game’s first goal.
Feghouli made no mistake on the penalty and scored Algeria’s first goal in 28 years!

 

As Algeria led into the halftime, Belgium finally started to press the issue midway through the 2nd half. A cross by Kevin De Bruyne was headed home by Marouane Fellaini to tie the match at one in the 70th minute.

 

Algeria looked to attack late in the match, but a no call by the referee for Algeria led to a dangerous counter-attack for Belgium. Dries Mertens took a pass from Eden Hazard in the 80th minute and was all alone on the right side when he sniped a shot past the goalkeeper to put Belgium ahead for good.

 

 

Mexico puts on a fine effort to draw with Brazil 0-0

 

This match was very exciting despite it being a goal-less draw!

 

Brazil should have scored multiple times had it not been for the stellar play of Mexico’s goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa.

 

With saves like this, Mexico deserved the tie at the very least.

 

 

 

Russia and Korea play to a 1-1 draw

 

It was a pretty even first half with both teams playing patient and waiting for the best opportunities to present themselves.

 

Lee Keunho of Korea opened the scoring in the 68th minute with a long shot that was rather poorly handled by Russia’s Igor Akinfeev. The shot was directed straight at Akinfeev from outside the box, but the keeper couldn’t stop the ball properly. It bounced off his hands, over his head, and into the net.

 

The Russians answered very quickly as they scored the equalizer just 6 minutes later. Alan Dzagoev first fired a shot on goal, which was initially stopped by Jung Sung-Ryong, but the resulting rebound was not cleared by the defence and Aleksandr Kerzhakov capitalized on the mistake.

 

Both teams should be satisfied with one point for the draw since Algeria lost to Belgium earlier in the day.

 

 

Netherlands - 2014 World Cup

Netherlands Win Big

If you’re a fan of the Dutch, this was certainly a game to watch! The Oranje scored 5 unanswered goals to defeat Spain in shocking fashion, avenging their World Cup loss from the previous tournament.

 

Actually, fan or not, these goals by Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben just need to be admired.

 

 

 

 

Germany - 2014 World Cup

Germany Dominates Portugal

Portugal fans were definitely disappointed to see their team fall 4-0 to start their World Cup campaign. For German fans, though, what they saw was nothing short of a brilliant performance defensively and offensively.

 

Things started out poorly for Portugal as Joao Pereira received a yellow card in the penalty area only 11 minutes in. Thomas Muller scored on the ensuing penalty kick to get things rolling for Germany. Mats Hummels made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute.

 

It only got worse for Portugal when Pepe was sent off with a red card for a headbutt on Muller. Pepe’s temper certainly got the best of him and this just made things harder for Portugal.

 

Muller added his second of the match after a poor clearing attempt by Portugal with just minutes to go in the first half. He completed his hat-trick in the 78th minute of the second half.

 

Only four teams have failed to score at the World Cup so far: Greece, Honduras, Cameroon, and now Portugal.

 

 

Recife - 2014 World Cup

2014 World Cup Cities: Recife

Recife is a large city with 3.8 million people in the metropolitan area and located in the North-East part of Brazil. There is a lot to like in Recife; it’s really a “place of the people” and is rich in culture. The city is super festive, the fans are very spirited and patriotic, and there’s no denying that it’s a really exciting experience to be in the midst of people who are so passionate about their sports. This is one of the most active football fan bases in the country.

 

 

Recife is almost equally passionate about its music scene, so be sure to take in some of the local talent while you are there. The most popular type of music is forro, a traditional Brazilian music and accompanying dance. It’s especially popular at the June Festivals, which take place across the country throughout the last half of June. Recife is a terrific destination for enjoying those parties and taking in the culture.

 

 

The city is situated right on the beach, so the other main thing to do here is enjoy the coast. Eating oysters on Boa Viagem beach is a must. This is the most popular tourist beach, with a long sandy stretch that offers lots of beach activities including volleyball and football. Other top Recife beaches are Piedade for surfing, Candeias for reef photography and the urban low-wave beach of Pina. Pernambuco, which is the Brazilian state that Recife is the capital of, has lots of other amazing beaches all up and down the Pernambuco coast. Recife is also considered South America’s shipwreck capital so it’s a haven for scuba divers.

 

Recife - 2014 World Cup

 

 

While in Recife, other places to check out include the historic architecture of the old town section (Recife Antigo), Saint Peter Cathedral, Malakoff Tower Cultural Centre and Museu do Estado de Pernambuco at Five Points Fort are a few of the other historic places that should be put on the itinerary. It’s also a good idea to visit Dois Irmaos Park for a day to check out the zoo, natural science museum, and botanical gardens that cover a large portion of the city.

 

 

Good to know: Unlike many of the other cities hosting World Cup 2014, Recife is expected to be rainy. Plan accordingly!

 

 

The local stadium for the Recife World Cup Games is a new stadium called, Arena Pernambuco. It’s located in the city of Sao Lourenco da Mata, which is about a forty-minute drive from downtown Recife. Arena Pernambuco is like a small town itself. It has 42 bars as well as restaurants, shopping, a cinema and even residential units. It is built with sustainability in mind and features some of the best solar power details of any World Cup stadium. It is located right next to the Capibaribe River.

 

Arena Pernambuco - 2014 World Cup

By Portal da Copa/ME [CC-BY-3.0-br (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/br/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

This stadium seats more than 46,000 people. It is recognized as offering a really close proximity between the public and the field, closer than most of the other World Cup 2014 host stadiums. That should make games especially fun to watch here! The stadium opened last year and was one of the stadiums to host the 2013 Confederations Cup.

 

 

Iran - 2014 World Cup

Iran And Nigeria Draw

The Iran/Nigeria matchup produced the World Cup’s first draw, and first game without a goal as well.

 

Although it finished in a 0-0 draw, each side produced some chances to score. Iran had the best chance in the 34th minute where a great header off a corner kick by Reza Ghoochannejhad was equally matched with a great save by Vincent Enyeama.

 

While no team was able to muster much of an offence, they each get a point which currently puts them in second place in the group.