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2014 World Cup – Second Round Previews

Saturday, 28th June

Brazil vs Chile in Belo Horizonte.

Brazil and Chile have met three times at the World Cup Finals.

The first meeting was in the semi-final at Chile 1962. Brazil won (4:2) with Garrincha and Vava both scoring twice.

At France 1998, Brazil beat Chile (4:1), in Paris; where goals from two free-kicks and a penalty, in the first-half, gave Brazil a comfortable lead before the break.

At South Africa 2010, Brazil disposed of Chile (3:0) in Ellis Park, Johannesburg.

Colombia vs Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro.

Colombia and Uruguay have only met once at the World Cup Finals.

Although Uruguay won the Arica group game (2:1) at Chile 1962, both teams went out to USSR and Yugoslavia.

Sunday, 29th June

Netherlands vs Mexico in Fortaleza.

Holland and Mexico have only met once in a World Cup Finals; at France 1998.

The St. Etienne group game, on 25th June, ended in a (2:2) draw; meaning both teams qualified for the Second Round.

Holland went on to reach the semi-finals; where they lost to Brazil on penalties.

 

Costa Rica vs Greece in Recife.

Costa Rica and Greece have never met each other before in world football.

Costa Rica’s best World Cup performance was reaching the last 16 at Italia 1990; where they lost to Czechoslovakia (1:4) in Bari.

Greece have made it through to the Second Round, at the third attempt.

Monday, 30th June

France vs Nigeria  in Brasilia.

France and Nigeria have never met at a World Cup Finals although they did play a friendly match in 2009. Nigeria won the game (1:0) in Saint-Etienne.

 

Germany vs Algeria in Porto Alegre.

Algeria and West Germany met in the group stage of Spain 1982. Algeria won the match (2:1) in Gijon.

The two teams also played a friendly in Algiers, back in 1964. Algeria won that game too (2:0).

 

Tuesday, 1st July

Argentina vs Switzerland in Sao Paulo.

Argentina and Switzerland have only met once at a World Cup Finals, in the England 1966 group stage.

Argentina beat Switzerland (2:0) in Sheffield; then lost to eventual winners, England (0:1) in the quarter-final.

 

Belgium vs USA in Salvador.

Belgium and USA played each other in a group game at the first World Cup, in Uruguay 1930.

United States won that game (3:0) and qualifed for the semi-finals; where they lost miserably to Argentina (1:6).

If USA were to win this game, they could meet Argentina again.

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June 27, 2014 Posted by | Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Brazil 2014, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Mexico, Nigeria, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA | , , | Leave a comment

2014 World Cup – Deciding Group Games

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Group ACameroon vs Brazil and Croatia vs Mexico.
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If Cameroon beat Brazil, and Croatia draw with Mexico, the hosts are out.

Cameroon are already eliminated.

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Group BAustralia vs Spain and Netherlands vs Chile.
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Netherlands and Chile will be playing to see who will top the group.

Spain and Australia are out.

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Group CGreece vs Ivory Coast and Japan vs Colombia.
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Colombia qualified for the knockout stage after Japan and Greece failed to score.

Ivory Coast are in the best position and will only need a point to qualify, if Japan fail to beat Colombia by two goals.

Greece need to beat Cote d’Ivoire and hope that Japan can’t get the better of the South Americans.

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Group DCosta Rica vs England and Italy vs Uruguay.
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England needed Italy to beat Costa Rica and Uruguay, while beating Costa Rica themselves.

The tired-looking Italians weren’t up to the job but England can only blame themselves for not being good enough in the first place.

Costa Rica now go into the final group games assured of progress to the Second Round, while England are out and Italy could join them if they get beaten by Luis Suarez and Uruguay.

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Group EEcuador vs France and Honduras vs Switzerland.
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France destroyed Switzerland with an avalanche of goals in Salvador but the French aren’t through and the Swiss aren’t out.

Even Honduras, who have yet to register a point, can progress, with a win against Switzerland; if France beat Ecuador and there’s a two goal advantage swing.

Ecuador need to win by four goals to challenge France; and the Swiss would then have to beat Honduras by five. Ecuador have a two-goal advantage over Switzerland, with both teams on three points.

Switzerland need to win, if Ecuador draw with France; although a draw with Honduras would be enough for the Swiss, if France win.

A loss for Switzerland, would see Honduras overtake them.

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Group FBosnia-Herzegovina vs Iran and Nigeria vs Argentina.
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Argentina have already qualified, after an injury-time Messi Masterclass against Iran.

Nigeria’s win against Bosnia means a point against Argentina, who are already qualified, would be enough for the West Africans to join the South Americans. A win, and Nigeria would top the group.

If Nigeria lose and Bosnia earn at least a point against Iran, the World Cup first-timers can take the Iranians home with them.

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Group GPortugal vs Ghana and USA vs Germany.
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Ghana’s well-earned draw against Germany means the Europeans have to wait until the final group games to know their fate.

Losing to USA as the game went into injury time, Portugal were on their way out; until substitute Silvestre Varela headed in an equaliser in the final seconds.

USA and Germany will both progress if their match ends in a draw.

USA may miss out if they lose to Germany and Ghana beat Portugal; with either game having a two goal difference.

Portugal could win against Ghana and still not qualify, if they can’t get a big enough goal diference swing.

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Group HAlgeria vs Russia and South Korea vs Belgium.
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An 88th minute goal against Russia means Belgium, the ‘surprise package’, sneak through.

Algeria could join them, with a draw against Russia; as long as South Korea don’t win in Sao Paulo, by five goals.

A win for Russia would work for Fabio Capello, as long as Hong Myung-Bo’s team dont beat Belgium by two goals more.

South Korea are not out, but they are a little down.

June 23, 2014 Posted by | Brazil 2014, Match Reports, Teams | | Leave a comment

Group H – Still Wide Open

Belgium’s narrow victory over Algeria and Russia’s draw with South Korea mean that it’s still all to play for in Group H.

So Belgium became the surprise team of the tournamnet as most people thought they would be; surprised at themselves though, for trailing Algeria at the end of the first half of their opening game in Belo Horizonte.

Algeria might feel disappointed after being in front for so long but in all honesty, they can’t be surprised they lost.

After an uneventful first-half, the game between Russia and South Korea in Cuiaba looked like it was heading for a nil-nil draw.

Thanks to the substitutes, Russia and South Korea managed to score a goal each in the second-half and share the points.

June 19, 2014 Posted by | Algeria, Belgium, Brazil 2014, Match Reports, Russia, South Korea | , , , , | Leave a comment

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