2014 World Cup Roundup: Groups A, B, C & D
Cameroon who had nothing to play for were thumped by a strong and energetic Brazil side. Neymar scored two second half goals whilst The Indomitable Lions managed to pull one back thanks to Joel Matip. Just after the restart Fred scored his second goal in the past 12 months for Brazil. Brazil continued to pile on the pressure and half time substitute Fernandinho gave Brazil their fourth in the 84th minute.
Croatia 1-3 Mexico
Mexico booked their place in the round of 16 with a 3-1 win over Croatia. The goalscoring was opened in the 72nd minute when captain Rafael Márquez headed in a corner. Three minutes later Andres Guardado cooly finished to make the scoreline 2-0. In the 82nd minute Javier Hernandez headed in another corner to make it 3-0 and Ivan Perisic scored a conciliation goal for Mexico three minutes before time.
Netherlands 2-0 Chile
Two late goals from the dutch put them into first position in the group and it meant they would avoid host nation Brazil in the round of 16. Norwich’s Leroy Fer put them in the 77th minute when headed home with his first touch of the ball. Depay finished the game in the 90th minute when Robben sprinted down the left wing and produced a perfect cross for Depay to tap in.
Australia 0-3 Spain
Both teams were already eliminated from the World Cup and were playing for pride. Three goals from Villa, Torres and Mata gave the reigning World Champions their first points of the tournament to regain some pride.
A last minute penalty from Georgios Samaras put the greek into the Round of 16 and eliminated Ivory Coast. Samaris had given Greece the lead just before half time and it wasn’t until the 74th minute when Bony equalised. Samaras then converted his 92nd minute penalty to break the Ivorian hearts.
Japan 1-4 Colombia
Colombia who had already qualified and were playing for group position managed to comfortably beat Japan. Cuadrado gave Colombia the lead in the 17th minute when he slotted home a penalty. On the half time mark Okazaki equalised for Japan meaning Colombia came out of the half time break pumped. Martinez scored in the 55th minute and then the 82nd minute with James Rodríguez putting the scoreline to bed in the 89th minute with an excellent solo goal.
In a very tight game Luis Suarez stole the headlines again after he appeared to have bitten Italian centre back Giorgio Chiellini. In a game with many chances neither team could take the advantage until Diego Godin’s 81st minute header put Uruguay through behind Costa Rica and sent the Italians home early for the second consecutive tournament.
Costa Rica 0-0 England
England put out a weakened squad out against Costa Rica as they were already eliminated from the World Cup. England’s youngsters put on a respectable performance and Daniel Sturridge could have had 3 or 4 goals to his name on another day.
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