June 15, 2014 FIFA World Cup Day 4

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    

FIFA World Cup Sunday, June 15, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup Day 4

Switzerland vs. Equador (2-1)

For Switzerland, it took Haris Seferovic, a dramatic stop time goal to get a win in its opening Group E match. The Swiss had got control of the ball early on in the match and were easily dodging across the Equador’s scattered defense. They were actually able to get quite close to the post more than a few times. However, to everyone’s surprise, the first goal came from Equador. A perfect free kick followed by a beautiful header by Enner Valencia glided into the nets. For some time, the Swiss defenders were having fits and then came a barrage of counter attacks. The Swiss efforts won them many corner kicks and fouls and in the 47th minute, Admir Mehmedi was able to guide a corner comfortably into the nets. He was totally unchecked and with Maximo Banguera, the Equadorian goalkeeper trailing far, it was a cheese. After the equalizer, the game became more dramatic and we saw a series of creative passes and offensive attacks. Equador had a chance in the stoppage time but only managed to over the Swiss net. After that, it was an open field and out-of-position defenders for the Swiss. The deciding goal came with just 20 seconds to 90 minutes.

Equador had emerged as a daunting team from the South American qualifiers and cannot be easily counted off. Similarly, Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will be looking to make a mark and now that they have the first win, we are sure to see some nerves it its next match against France.

Goals for Switzerland: Admir Mehmedi (48’), Haris Seferovic (90+3’)

Goals for Equador: Enner Valencia (22’)

Score

Group Game     Stadium Network Time
E Ecuador 1-2 Switzerland Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
Attendance: 68,351
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
ABC 12:00 PM
E. Valencia Goal 22' Mehmedi Goal 48'
Seferović Goal 90+3'

Man of the Match:

  • Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)

Assistant Referees:

  • Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
  • Bahadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)

Fourth Official:

  • Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)

Fifth Official:

  • Kim Haglund (Norway)

Line-ups

Switzerland Ecuador
1 BENAGLIO (GK) 22 DOMINGUEZ (GK)
2 LICHTSTEINER 2 GUAGUA
5 VON BERGEN 3 ERAZO
8 INLER (C) 4 PAREDES (Yellow Card - 53')
10 XHAKA 6 NOBOA
11 BEHRAMI 7 MONTERO (Out - 77')
13 RODRIGUEZ 10 W. AYOVI
14 STOCKER (Out - 46') 11 CAICEDO (Out - 70')
19 DRMIC (Out - 75') 13 E. VALENCIA (Goal - 22')
20 DJOUROU (Yellow Card - 84') 16 A. VALENCIA (C)
23 SHAQIRI 23 GRUEZO

Switzerland vs. Equador Highlights

France vs. Honduras (3-0)

France had been stuttering in all the previous three World Cup Finals and their brutal approach to every match couldn’t go unnoticed by any team. Honduras on the other hand doesn’t mind going physical. However, France has also manager to win just one match in the last nine games. As former cup winners, they will be looking to make a mark early on in the tournament and Honduras seems to be an easy start. In fact, France was able to open its 2014 FIFA books with a 3-0 win over Honduras.

The French made a haphazard start to the game and were struggling to get past the Honduras defense. Luis Fernando Suarez’s team was in fact looking to bridge technical quality with brutal force and they were able to commit many tactical fouls. This did hamper the attacking flow of the Les Bleus’ team. Mid-time to first half and Antoine Greizmann was able to rattle the Honduras woodwork. Blaise Matuidi too had a chance early on and came close to the goals. Two missed chances and the French were getting restless. Paul Pogba and Palacios were in fact lucky to get just a Yellow Card. On the stroke of halftime, the French however managed to make a lead with Karim Benzema stepping up and guiding the ball through the top corner of the net. Surprisingly, within three minutes of the second half and we have the goalline technology awarding its first ever decision in favor of France! With the last twenty minutes to go, France was able to add another nail. Now that they had been able to secure the match, it was all about being able to finish off the match unscathed and un-injured.

Goals for France: Karim Benzema (45’), Noel Valladares (48’), Karim Benzema (72’)

Group Game     Stadium Network Time
E Honduras 0-3. France Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 43,012
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
ABC 3:00 PM
Benzema Goal 45' (pen.), 72'
Valladares Goal 48' (o.g.)

Man of the Match:

  • Karim Benzema (France)

Assistant Referees:

  • Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)

Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)

Fourth Official:

  • Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)

Fifth Official:

  • Jan-Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)

Line-ups

France Honduras
1 LLORIS (GK)(C) 18 VALLADARES (GK)(C)(Own goal - 48')
2 DEBUCHY 3 FIGUEROA
3 EVRA (Yellow Card - 7') 5 BERNARDEZ (Out - 46')
4 VARANE 7 EMILIO
5 SAKHO 8 W. PALACIOS (Yellow Card - 28') (Red Card - 43')
6 CABAYE (Yellow Card - 45'+2) (Out - 65') 11 BENGTSON (Out - 46')
8 VALBUENA (Out - 78') 13 COSTLY
10 BENZEMA (Penalty - 45') (Goal - 72') 15 >ESPINOZA
11 GRIEZMANN 17 NAJAR (Out - 58')
14 MATUIDI 19 GARRIDO (Yellow Card - 83')
19 POGBA (Yellow Card - 28') (Out - 57') 21 BECKELES

France vs. Honduras Highlights

Argentina vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina (2-1)

The Argentinean performance in the first Group F match cannot be said to be vintage but they certainly were able to secure the much needed “three” points and have a comfortable room to move forward. Argentina comes as a favorite into the World Cup and the opening match against Bosnia-Herzegovina showed that they are followed by millions. The first goal of the match was a foolish own-goal from Bosnia-Herzegovina as Argentina wasn’t in its full flow even with 45 minutes on the board. In fact Bosnia missed some good chances to be able to score. It was easy for Senad Lulic and his team to find crosses and openings in the Argentinean defense. However, we did get to see certain adjustments been done by the likes of Lionel Messi and taking a defender off, they were able to nail the ball into the Bosnian nets. Messi, with his famed style got past a defender, laid it off, got back, dodged another defender and after getting past Asmir Begovic, went for the post. Bosnia got back into the attack and before it was too late, Vedad Ibisevic was able to make a point. Argentina however managed to get all the three points from the game.

Score

Group Game     Stadium Network Time
F Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-2 Argentina Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 74,738
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
ESPN 6:00 PM
Ibišević Goal 84' Kolašinac Goal 3' (o.g.)
Messi Goal 65'

Man of the Match:

  • Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Assistant Referees:

  • William Torres (El Salvador)
  • Juan Zumba (El Salvador)

Fourth Official:

  • Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

Fifth Official:

  • Abdelhalk Etchiali (Algeria)

Line-ups

Argentina Bosnia and Herzegovina
1 ROMERO (GK) 1 BEGOVIĆ (GK)
2 GARAY 3 BIČAKČIĆ
3 CAMPAGNARO (Out - 46') 4 SPAHIĆ (Yellow Card - 63')
4 ZABALETA 5 KOLAŠINAC (Own goal - 3')
7 DI MARIA 7 BEŠIĆ
10 MESSI (C) (Goal - 65') 8 PJANIĆ
11 M. RODRIGUEZ (Out - 46') 10 MISIMOVIĆ (Out - 74')
14 MASCHERANO 11 DŽEKO/td>
16 ROJO (Yellow Card - 25') 13 >MUJDŽA (Out - 69')
17 F. FERNANDEZ 16 ">LULIĆ
20 AGUERO (Out - 87') 20 HAJROVIĆ (Out - 71')

Argentina vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina Highlights