|FIFA World Cup 2014 Day Wise Schedule|
|Day 1 - June 12||Day 2 - June 13||Round of 16|
|Day 3 - June 14||Day 4 - June 15||Quarter Finals|
|Day 5 - June 16||Day 6 - June 17||Semi Finals|
|Day 7 - June 18||Day 8 - June 19||Third Place|
|Day 9 - June 20||Day 10 - June 21||Final|
|Day 11 - June 22||Day 12 - June 23|
|Day 13 - June 24||Day 14 - June 25|
|Day 15 - June 26|
The second game of the tournament and in the Group-A schedule kicked off at the Estadio das Dunas, Natal stadium between Mexico and Cameroon. Both the teams were looking to put back their problems in the recent past but it was an odd game whatsoever. There were many poor decisions made in the first half and this also cost Mexico two important goals. As per Coach Herrera, “every player would be leaving their soul on the pitch to get a win”. Mexico started off the match with the ball in their court and Assou-Ekotto doing some nice clearings. Until the half time, Mexico should have scored two goals but apart from some strange offside decisions the ball was flicked all over but the goal. It was in the 62nd minute of the match that Mexico finally gets the break. Do Santos hits the edge of the post and we see an excellent save from Cameroon’s keeper but unluckily it was Peralta who slots it back home! The rest of the match was pretty the same, each side toggling hard to take the ball but failing to make an impression. Finally, even after an extra 4 minutes, Cameroon couldn’t capitalize and the second match went to Mexico.
Goals for Mexico: Oribe Peralta (61’)
|A||Cameroon||0-1||Mexico||Arena das Dunas, Natal
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
|Peralta Goal 61'|
Man of the Match:
This could be said to be a total one sided match, but nevertheless entertaining. Till the 72nd minute, Spain was looking comfortable with just one goal from Xabi Alonso in the 27th minute. However, come second half, and the defending World Cup champions were thrashed brutally and many suggested this to be the sweet revenge of 2010 World Cup’s loss to the team of Vicente Del Bosque.
Robin van Persie can now be aptly said to be the Flying Dutchman or his stunning header in the last minutes of the first half. Van Persie has received a long cross from Daley Blind and dodged Iker Casillas to level the scores. Next Arjen Robben put Netherlands ahead with another stunner, guiding a long ball through Casillas and into the post. Van Persie again did the finishing touches as he took advantage of the poor form of Casillas and put his team with a three goal lead over the two time European Champions. Things couldn’t have gone worse for Spain and La Furia Roja came with another stunner and put Netherlands 4 goals ahead of the champions!
This is the second time that Spain has lost heavily in an opening match. The last time they made a mark was at 1950 in Brazil. However, it was just last year that Spain had been beaten by Brazil (0-3) and adds to their downward run. Netherland, on the other hand, is the youngest squad into the tournament with an average player age of 28 years. Spain on the other hand has the oldest players. Further, it seems that Netherlands were able to reinvent themselves and we expect to see some good performances.
Goals for Spain: Xabi Alonso P (27”)
Goals for Netherlands: Robin van Persie (72”), Stefan de Vrij (65’), Arjen Robben (80’), Arjen Robben (53’), Robin van Persie (44’)
|B||Netherlands||5-1||Spain||Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
|Van Persie Goal 44', 72'
Robben Goal 53', 80'
De Vrij Goal 65'
|Alonso Goal 27' (pen.)|
Man of the Match:
In the second match of Group B, Chile beat Australia in a surprisingly close and entertaining match. With this win, the underdogs almost have a sensational comeback into the World Cup and look good to go further. The match saw Australia in a poor form right from the start and just into the 14th minute they were trailing 2-0 with goals from Jorge Valdivia and Alexis Sanchez. However, it required a score from Tim Cahill, playing his third World Cup to raise the Australian hopes. The Australians got lose several times in the second half but it was eventually Jean Beausejour who scores for Chile.
From the start of the match, it looked like Chile was into something. Their bizarre lineup worked and secured the game in the first 12 minutes. However, Australia also seemed to be in no mood to get them in a favorable position. The South Americans were looking bold on the field and it was just a matter of how many times they capitalized. Eventually, it was a good match and although Australia suffered a loss, they are ahead of Spain who lost (1-5) to Netherlands.
Goals for Chile: Jean Beausejour (90+2’), Alexis Sanchez (12’), Jorge Valdivia (14’)
Goals for Australia: Tim Cahill (35’)
|B||Australia||1-3||Chile||Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Referee: Noumandiez Doué (Ivory Coast)
|Cahill Goal 35'||Sánchez Goal 12'
Valdívia Goal 14'
Beausejour Goal 90+2'
Man of the Match:
Mexico Vs Cameroon
|13 G OCHOA (GK)||16 ITANJDE (GK)|
|2 F RODRIGUEZ||2 ASSOU EKOTTO|
|4< R MARQUEZ (C)||3< NKOULOU|
|6 H HERRERA (Out - 90'+1)||4 DJEUGOUE (Out - 46')|
|7 M LAYUN||6 SONG (Out - 79')|
|10 G DOS SANTOS||8 MOUKANDJO|
|15 H MORENO (Yellow Card - 57')||9 ETO'O (C)|
|18 A GUARDADO (Out - 69')||13 CHOUPO-MOTING|
|19 O PERALTA (Goal - 61') (Out - 74')||14 CHEDJOU|
|22 P AGUILAR||17 MBIA|
|23 J VAZQUEZ||18 ENOH|
Spain Vs Netherlands
|1 I. CASILLAS (GK)(C) (Yellow Card - 65')||1 CILLESSEN (GK)|
|3 PIQUÉ||2 VLAAR|
|6 A. INIESTA||3 DE VRIJ (Yellow Card - 41') (Goal - 65') (Out - 77')|
|8 XAVI||4 MARTINS INDI|
|14 ALONSO (Penalty - 27') (Out - 62')||5 BLIND|
|15 RAMOS||6 DE JONG|
|16 SERGIO||7 JANMAAT|
|18 JORDI ALBA||8 DE GUZMAN (Yellow Card - 25') (Out - 62')|
|19 DIEGO COSTA (Out - 62')||9 V. PERSIE (C) (Goal - 44') (Yellow Card - 66') (Goal - 72') (Out - 79')|
|21 SILVA (Out - 78')||10 SNEIJDER|
|22 AZPILICUETA||11 ROBBEN (Goal - 53') (Goal - 80')|
Chile Vs Australia
|1 C. BRAVO (GK)(C)||1 RYAN (GK)|
|2 MENA||2 FRANJIC (Out - 49')|
|4 ISLA||3 DAVIDSON|
|7 ALEXIS (Goal - 12')||4 CAHILL ("Goal - 35') (Yellow Card - 44'|
|8 VIDAL (Out - 60')||5 MILLIGAN (Yellow Card - 67')|
|10 VALDIVIA (Goal - 14') (Out - 68')||6 SPIRANOVIC|
|11 VARGAS (Out - 88')||7 LECKIE|
|17 MEDEL||11 OAR (Out - 68')|
|18 JARA||15 JEDINAK (C) (Yellow Card - 58')|
|20 CH. ARÁNGUIZ (Yellow Card - 86')||22 WILKINSON|
|21 DIAZ||23 BRESCIANO (Out - 78')|