|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|
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’)
|E||Ecuador||1-2||Switzerland||Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
|E. Valencia Goal 22'||Mehmedi Goal 48'
Seferović Goal 90+3'
Man of the Match:
|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|
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’)
|E||Honduras||0-3.||France||Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
|Benzema Goal 45' (pen.), 72'
Valladares Goal 48' (o.g.)
Man of the Match:
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
|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|
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.
|F||Bosnia-Herzegovina||1-2||Argentina||Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
|Ibišević Goal 84'||Kolašinac Goal 3' (o.g.)
Messi Goal 65'
Man of the Match:
|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')|