Defending champions Spain were knocked out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup after losing 2-0 to Chile. Netherlands edged Australia 3-2 in a thrilling Group B clash in Porto Alegre. England were on the brink of elimination as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.
“We are more than disappointed, we believed we could do enough in this game to get a result."
Chile were too hot for Spain as the defending champions were knocked out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup after losing 2-0 in Rio de Janeiro. Netherlands completed an exciting 3-2 victory against Australia in Group B.
Chile and Netherlands became the first teams to qualify for round 16 of the World Cup.
Luis Suarez scored a fantastic brace in a 2-1 win for Uruguay against England. Colombia beat Ivory Coast to register their second win on the trot in Group C.
Brazil left the Samba fans frustrated as they were held 0-0 by Mexico in Fortaleza on 17 June, 2014.
Group A: Brazil 0 Mexico 0 – 8pm (BST) KO, Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza – Tuesday
Brazil dropped two crucial points in a 0-0 draw against Mexico in their second group match.
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was the hero for Mexico as he made a number of good saves to deny Brazil. In the 25th minute, a Dani Alves cross was met by Neymar whose powerful header was brilliantly tipped away by Ochoa.
In the 85th minute, Thiago Silva thought he’d won the game for Brazil as he rose unmarked in the centre of goal, but his header was brilliantly palmed away by Ochoa.
In the end both teams settled for a draw and lie on four points apiece from two games.
Commenting on the Brazilian team, Mohammed, a football fan on twitter said: “Amazing how a country like Brazil don’t have a decent striker in the squad”
Group B: Australia 2 Netherlands 3 – 5pm (BST) KO, Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre – Wednesday
Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben helped Netherlands to a hard fought 3-2 win over Australia. In the 19th minute, Arjen Robben powered into the Australian penalty box before unleashing a low drive into the corner to give the Dutch side a 1-0 lead.
Within a minute Tim Cahill produced a sensational left foot volley from the edge of the box that flew past Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen to level the score.
In the second half, the Socceroos went ahead after Crystal Palace striker Mile Jedinak converted a controversial penalty in the 52nd minute.
Robin van Persie levelled the score in the 63rd minute with a clinical ten yard finish. Australia squandered a glorious chance to take the lead, before Memphis Depay secured the victory for the Dutch in the 68th minute.
Netherlands secured their place in the last 16 as Australia bowed out of the World Cup with one more game to play.
Group B: Spain 0 Chile 2 – 8pm (BST) KO, Estadio do Marcana, Rio de Janeiro – Wednesday
Reigning world champions, Spain were knocked out of the tournament after a 2-0 defeat against Chile. Bollywood Actor, Amitabh Bachchan summed up the match on twitter saying:
“Not every technology used in the past shall work each time in the future. Spain have realised it, tikky takka is worn out!”
Chile took the lead in the 19th minute as Eduardo Vargas rounded Iker Casillas to slot home. Vicente del Bosque had made a statement by dropping Xavi and Gerard Pique, but Spain still lacked a cutting edge.
By half time Spain’s dominance of football came to an end as Charles Aranguiz doubled Chile’s lead after Casillas palmed a free kick straight into his path.
Chile claimed their first win in eleven matches against the former world champions.
After the match, Spain midfielder Xavi Alonso said: “This is a completely unexpected failure, but that’s sport. We have to take moments of great sadness the same way as we reacted at times of great joy.”
Group C: Colombia 2 Ivory Coast 0 – 5pm (BST) KO, Estadio Nacional, Brasilia – Thursday
Colombia qualified for the last 16 after beating Ivory Coast 2-1.
The game exploded with thirty minutes to go. First, James Rodriguez fired Colombia ahead in 64th minute with a powerful header from a Juan Cuadrado cross, before Juan Quintero doubled the lead six minutes later.
The Elephants scored a consolation goal on seventy-three minutes with a fine solo effort from Gervinho.
Group D: Uruguay 2 England 1 – 8pm (BST) KO, Arena de Sau Paulo, Sao Paulo, Thursday
England’s chances of qualifying from Group D were slowly diminishing after a 2-1 defeat against Uruguay. Luis Suarez started and scored twice for Uruguay, leaving England pointless.
Wayne Rooney had the first clear chance on ten minutes as his free kick from just outside the penalty area flew inches wide of the post.
Suarez put Uruguay ahead in the 39th minute after clinically heading in an inch perfect Edson Cavani cross.
With fifteen minutes to go, Rooney tapped in a Glen Johnson cross as he finally got his first World Cup goal.
The game was heading for a draw, before Suarez ran onto a flick by Steven Gerrard as he unleashed a fierce drive, which flew past Joe Hart to break the English hearts.
Speaking the media, a dejected England manager Roy Hodgson said: “We are more than disappointed, we believed we could do enough in this game to get a result.”
In Group H, Belgium came from a goal behind to beat Algeria 2-1 with goals from Maroune Fellani and Dries Mertens. In the other match Russia and South Korea shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Greece held Japan to a 0-0 draw in Group C.
Croatia comfortably beat Cameroon 4-0 in their Group A tie in Manaus. England’s hope of qualification now rests on Italy beating both Costa Rica and Uruguay and The Three Lions defeating Costa Rica. Miracles can happen!
Images courtesy of FIFA World Cup Facebook page
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