|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|
Inspite of the predictions, Columbia took to the heels and actually made the Greek team look incapacitated. It seemed to be a light work from the Columbian team with some effective scores from Rodriguez, Gutierrez and Armero. Now that they have been able to win a clean sheet, the Columbians are ranked on top of Group C charts. This initial boost of a win should certainly help them in later stages.
The match started with an audacious kick from Vasilis Torosidis. A similar attempt was made by Giannis Maniatis but both were easily saved before the line. Into the fifth minute, and Colombia’s Juan Quintero worked his trickery on the right hand side and worked it as a pass to Armero who deflects the ball for the quickest goal of tournament. Greece tried hard to get the reigns back but was struggling hard to get into a scoring position. In the 30th minute, Gutierrez was called off for treatment form a hit he suffered from Manolas. It was in the 44th minute that the Greeks seemed to gain some pace as Pangiotis Kone finds a shooting position. However, their hopes were sealed in the 57th minute when the lively Teofilo Gutierrez scored in a close range shot and zipped past the box. Greece turned down a chance in the 63rd minute when they could get as close to the bar but were unfortunate. The icing on the cake for Columbia came in the 90+2 minute as Juan Cuadrado passed a flick to Rodriguez and the score finally rest at 3-0.
Goals for Columbia: Pablo Armero (5’), James Rodriguez (90+2’), Teofilo Gutierrez (58’)
|C||Greece||0-3.||Colombia||Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
|Armero Goal 5'
Gutiérrez Goal 58'
Rodríguez Goal 90+3'
Man of the Match:
|1 OSPINA (GK)||1 KARNEZIS (GK)|
|2 C. ZAPATA||2 MANIATIS|
|3 YEPES (C)||4 MANOLAS|
|6 C. SANCHEZ (Yellow Card - 26')||7 SAMARAS|
|7 P. ARMERO (Goal - 5') (Out - 74')||8 KONE (Out - 78')|
|8 AGUILAR T. (Out - 69')||14 SALPINGIDIS (Yellow Card - 55') (Out - 57')|
|9 TEO (Goal - 58') (Out - 76')||15 TOROSIDIS|
|10 JAMES (Goal - 90'+3)||17 GEKAS (Out - 64')|
|11 CUADRADO||19 SOKRATIS (Yellow Card - 52')|
|14 IBARBO||20 CHOLEVAS|
|18 C. ZUÑIGA||21 KATSOURANIS (C)|
Deemed as underdogs, Costa Rica stunned Uruguay at the opening match of Group D. Costa Rica’s entry into the tournament had itself been a surprise but with some luck it made it to the group stages. However, that didn’t deter any spirits and they opened with 3 goals in the second half and denting the hopes of South Americans. Initially, Uruguay left striker Luis Suarez in the bench but was recalled when a penalty was awarded in the 24th minute. It was an effortless score but Costs Rica came back into the match in the 54th minute when Joel Campbell beat Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. After this, Oscar Duarte dodged the outstretched foot of Cristian Stuani to get Costa Rica a lead and with six minutes left to the match, Marcos Urena sealed the game with a third score.
This was the first victory for Costs Rica in the World Cup ever since 2002 against China. On the other hand, Uruguay had been the highest ranked team but entered the match with a man short. Pereira will in fact be suspended in the game against England.
Goals for Uruguay: Edinson Cavani (P) (24’)
Goals for Costa Rica: Joel Campbell (54’), Oscar Duarte (57’), Marco Urena (84’)
|D||Costa Rica||3-1.||Uruguay||Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
|Campbell Goal 54'
Duarte Goal 57'
Ureña Goal 84'
|Cavani Goal 24' (pen.)|
Man of the Match:
|1 F. MUSLERA (GK)||1 NAVAS K. (GK)|
|2 D. LUGANO (C) (Yellow Card - 50')||3 GONZALEZ G.|
|3 D. GODIN||4 UMAÑA M.|
|5 W. GARGANO (Yellow Card - 56') (Out - 60')||5 BORGES C.|
|7 C. RODRIGUEZ (Out - 76')||6 DUARTE O. (Goal - 57')|
|10 D. FORLAN (Out - 60')||7 BOLAÑOS C. (Out - 89')|
|11 C. STUANI||9 CAMPBELL J. (Goal - 54')|
|16 M. PEREIRA (Red Card - 90'+4)||10 >RUIZ B. (C) (Out - 83')|
|17 E. AREVALO RIOS||15 DIAZ J.|
|21 E. CAVANI (Penalty - 24')||16< GAMBOA C.|
|22 >M. CACERES (Yellow Card - 81')||17 TEJEDA Y. (Out - 74')|
Italy had been too overpowering for England in the hot Manaus Stadium. The newly formed side for England had been quite affected by the heat. While it was predicted that the game would be more on the defensive side, both the teams went on attacking, but it was Italy who scored the first goal. England’s Daniel Sturridge labeled the score card almost immediately but after that it was all about building boundaries. Both Candreva and Mario Balotelli got close to scoring but the Italian defense was really steely. The game was lively with initial goals for both sides and at one time, English fans were reveling when they thought that the 30 yard kick of Raheem Sterling had found the net when it fact it went over the crossbar. Despite the humidity, both sides were looking to make a point and in the 50th minute, Balotelli headed a wonderful cross coming from Candreva and made England fall behind again – and that was the final scores too.
Goals for England: Daniel Sturridge (37’)
Goals for Italy: Claudio Marchisio (35’), Mario Balotelli (50’)
|D||Italy||2-1||England||Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
|Marchisio Goal 35'
Balotelli Goal 50'
|Sturridge Goal 37'|
Man of the Match:
|1 HART (GK)||12 SIRIGU (GK)|
|2 JOHNSON||3 CHIELLINI|
|3 BAINES||4 DARMIAN|
|4 GERRARD (C)||6 CANDREVA (Out - 79')|
|5 CAHILL||8 MARCHISIO (Goal - 35')|
|6 JAGIELKA||9 BALOTELLI (Goal - 50') (Out - 73')|
|9 STURRIDGE (Goal - 37') (Out - 80')||15 BARZAGLI|
|10 ROONEY||16 DE ROSSI|
|11 WELBECK (Out - 61')||20 PALETTA|
|14 HENDERSON (Out - 73')||21 PIRLO (C)|
|19 STERLING (Yellow Card - 90'+2)||23 VERRATTI (Out - 57'|
After Columbia’s win over Greece, this was the second match in the day in Group C. both sides came into the match with high spirits are an exciting encounter was already predicted. Japan has the support of Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa, the best known players for the team but all eyes were on Van Persie, Oscar and Neymar. The game started with spearheading attack by Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure. Into the 16th minute and we had the first goal of the match coming from Keisuke Honda from Japan. The score was out of nowhere and stunned everyone following the match. The AC Milan player takes a touch and guides the ball with his left foot into the net. Till half time, both the teams were still dueling hard to get past the defense. However, two back to back goals for Ivory Coast in the 64th and 65th minute brought in the turnaround for Ivory Coast. The first was a mesmerizing equalizer from Bony and a similar cross was successfully placed by Gervinho a minute later. Japan tries to get back but with no luck.
Goals for Ivory Coast: Wilfried Bony (64’), Gervinho (65’)
Goals for Japan: Keisuke Honda (16’)
|C||Japan||1-2||Ivory Coast||Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)
|Honda Goal 16'||Bony Goal 64'
Gervinho Goal 66'
Man of the Match:
|1 BARRY COPA (GK)||1 KAWASHIMA (GK)|
|3 BOKA (Out - 75')||2 UCHIDA|
|5 ZOKORA (Yellow Card - 58')||4 HONDA (Goal - 16')|
|8 KALOU||5 NAGATOMO|
|9 TIOTE||6 MORISHIGE (Yellow Card - 64')|
|10 GERVINHO (Goal - 66'||9 OKAZAKI|
|12 B. WILFRIED (Goal - 64') (Out - 78')||10 KAGAWA (Out - 86')|
|17 S. AURIER||16 YAMAGUCHI|
|19 TOURE YAYA||17 HASEBE (C) (Out - 54')|
|20 SEREY DIE (Out - 62')||18 OSAKO (Out - 67')|
|22 BAMBA (Yellow Card - 54')||22 YOSHIDA (Yellow Card - 23')|