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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

Group F – Boring and Brilliant

With no goals to remember the Iran vs Nigeria match in Curitiba was a game that most people will quickly forget; perhaps even an argument that the World Cup has grown too large and only the best teams need apply.

Among the best are Argentina, who with a touch of Messi Magic did enough to defeat first-timers, Bosnia-Herzegovina in Rio de Janeiro.

While the target for the winner of Group F is a place in the 2014 World Cup Final, the runner-up (if they beat the winner of Group E) would be playing a quarter-final match in the Maracana.

Let’s just hope it’s neither Iran nor Nigeria.

June 17, 2014 Posted by | Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil 2014, Iran, Match Reports, Nigeria | , , | Leave a comment

2014 World Cup Preview – Group F

It’s hard to see anyone in Group F getting the better of Argentina but football’s a funny old game and first-timers Bosnia might not be ready to tango.

To truly be the best in the world, Lionel Messi needs to help Argentina win the World Cup. If other teams try to shackle him, Argentina have Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero; who can all be world beaters on their day.

Bosnia-Herzegovina will have no need to panic if they lose their first World Cup Finals game, as Nigeria and Iran have to play Argentina too.

Argentina aside, Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko offer the Bosnians a chance to celebrate victory against the other teams in their group; Nigeria and Iran.

They could also get a touch of the first time luckies and put one of the tournament’s favourites in a bit of a swirl.

June 12, 2014 Posted by | Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil 2014, Iran, Nigeria | , | Leave a comment

   

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