June 18, 2014 FIFA World Cup Day 7

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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
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FIFA World Cup Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup Day 7

Australia vs. Netherlands (2-3)

Netherlands is probably the most confident team into this World Cup. After demolishing the Spanish with a decisive 5-1, they also emerged victorious in yesterday’s very important match against Australia with a 2-3 on the scoreboard. Into the match, the Australians looked quite formidable but Netherlands came from behind to claim their second win in the group stage. It wasn’t an easy match for the Dutch and the Socceroos did look in the best of their form.

The game started in Porto Alegre with Australia taking control of the ball and was defending compact and deep. However, with the form that Arjen Robben was, it was just a mere wait when they got dismantled. It was in the 20th minute that Robben spun the ball away from Alex Wilkinson and shot it past Mathew Ryan bringing the first click on the scoreboard. The Australians were not looking to lay back and with the next 13 seconds Tim Cahill scored the equalizer. The attack didn’t end and Mathew Leckie fired from the midfielder only to hit the post. A similar golden opportunity was missed by Mathew Spiranovic. Till halftime, it was all Australians and the Dutch were lucky to have kept the score card level. Just 10 minutes into the half time and the Socceroos surprised with another shocking goal from Mile Jedinak. 4 minutes later Robin van Persie slotted the ball into the Dutch court to level the game up! In the last 20 minutes to the game, Netherlands were desperately looking to score the lead and a rapid counter attack by Memphis Depay took the score to 3-2 in favor of Netherlands. The Dutch hung on till the end but it was a very exciting match, probably the best in this World Cup so far.

Goals for Australia: Tim Cahill (21’), Mile Jedinak (54’)

Goals for Netherlands: Arjen Robben (20’), Robin van Persie (58’), Memphis Depay (68’)

Score

Group Game Stadium Network Time
B Netherlands 3-2 Australia Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre ESPN 12:00 PM

Man of the Match:

  • Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Assistant Referees:

  • Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
  • Redouane Achik (Morocco)

Fourth Official:

  • Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

Fifth Official:

  • Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)

Line-ups

Australia Netherlands
1 RYAN (GK) 1 CILLESSEN (GK)
3 DAVIDSON 2 VLAAR
4 CAHILL (Goal - 21') (Yellow Card - 43') (Out - 69') 3 DE VRIJ
6 SPIRANOVIC 4 MARTINS INDI (Out - 45'+3)
7 LECKIE 5 BLIND
11 OAR (Out - 77') 6 DE JONG
15 >JEDINAK (C) (Penalty - 54') 7 JANMAAT
17 MCKAY 8 DE GUZMAN (Out - 78')
19 MCGOWAN 9 V. PERSIE (Yellow Card - 47') (Goal - 58') (Out - 87')
22 WILKINSON 10 SNEIJDER
23 >BRESCIANO (Out - 51') 11 ROBBEN (Goal - 20')

Netherlands Vs Australia Highlights

Spain vs. Chile (0-2)

It was a brutal attack by Chile in yesterday’s Group B match against Spain. Everyone had envisioned the end of the Spanish era, but this was surprising and the champions actually looked tame. With this loss, Spain is now out of the World Cup!

It was a hostile atmosphere in Maracana with Spain being thoroughly outplayed and the crowd cheering for their opponent. Right in the 20th minute, an excellent tackle from Alexis Sanchez and subsequent display of footwork by Eduardo Vargas opened up the scoreboard. Throughout the first half, the ball was largely in the control of Chile players and in the 43rd minute, some poor goalkeeping by Iker Casilas and a beautiful drill by Charles Aranguiz made sure Chile were on top of the champions. Chile had mainly focused on counter attacking whereas; the Spanish looked poor even in the defense. With the first half over, Spain was in serious trouble and frustration led to more chances for Chile. A disorganized formation and urgency in the moves, Spanish had it coming. While they were able to stop Chile from having another go, they also failed score something for themselves.

Goals for Chile: Eduardo Vargas (20’), Charles Aranguiz (43’)

Score

Group Game Stadium Network Time
B Chile 2-0 Spain Maracana, Rio de Janeiro ESPN 3:00 PM

Man of the Match:

  • Eduardo Vargas (Chile)

Assistant Referees:

  • Mark Hurd (United States)
  • Joe Fletcher (Canada)

Fourth Official:

  • Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

Fifth Official:

  • Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)

Line-ups

Spain Chile
1 I. CASILLAS (GK)(C) 1 C. BRAVO (GK)(C)
4 JAVI MARTÍNEZ 2 MENA (Yellow Card - 61')
6 A. INIESTA 4 ISLA
11 PEDRO (Out - 76') 5 SILVA
14 ALONSO (Yellow Card - 41') (Out - 46') 7 ALEXIS
15 RAMOS 8 VIDAL (Yellow Card - 26') (Out - 88')
16 SERGIO 11 VARGAS (Goal - 20') (Out - 85')
18 JORDI ALBA 17 MEDEL
19 DIEGO COSTA (Out - 64') 18 JARA
21 SILVA 20 CH. ARÁNGUIZ (Goal - 43') (Out - 64')
22 AZPILICUETA 21 DIAZ

Chile Vs Spain Highlights

Cameroon vs. Croatia (0-4)

The first ever match between the two teams, this was also the first World Cup match for Croatia against any African side. Cameroon had lost in their opening match against Mexico and this match was important to take them forward in the tournament.

Into the first minute of the match and the Cameroon’s are already attacking and win a free kick, though nothing comes out of it. Vincent Aboubaker was in a good touch with excellent delivery and is awarded another free kick right in the third minute. This continues for long and in the 10th minute we saw an amazing pass from Ivan Perisic from a seven yard distance and into the nets. The scoreboard starts to tick. The free kicks and corners became a regular thing in the match with both teams bringing down the war onto their opponents. Luka Modric in fact sustained a bloody nose and stumped down in the midfield. He returns soon and the aggression continues. Cameroon receives a Red Card as Mandzukic gets elbowed. Till half time, it was all meat but the score board remains stagnant with just one goal. The second half however turned things for Croatia and in the 47th minute, they score another goal. Ivan Perisic takes possession and makes an incredible diagonal turn to dodge the goalkeeper for the second time in the match. Just when the Cameroons were looking to recover, another blinding header from Mandzukic ensures that the ball passes Charles Itandje. No wonder, the Cameroons were getting frustrated but their hapless footwork didn’t bring them any good. To make things worse, Mario Mandzukic scores for the second time – an easy goal from three yards taking his team to a win. Cameroon now joins Spain and Australia to be eliminated from this year’s World Cup!

Score

Group Game Stadium Network Time
A Croatia 4-0 Cameroon Amazonia, Manaus ESPN 6:00 PM

Man of the Match:

  • Mario Mand žukić (Croatia)

Assistant Referees:

  • Bertino Cunha (Portugal)
  • Tiago Trigo (Portugal)

Fourth Official:

  • Walter López (Guatemala)

Fifth Official:

  • Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)

Line-ups

Cameroon Croatia
16 ITANJDE (GK) 1 PLETIKOSA (GK)
2 ASSOU EKOTTO 3 PRANJIĆ
3 NKOULOU (C) 4 PERIŠIĆ (Goal - 48') (Out - 78')
6 SONG (Red Card - 40') 5 CORLUKA
8 MOUKANDJO <6 >LOVREN
10 ABOUBAKAR (Out - 70') 7 RAKITIĆ
3 CHOUPO-MOTING (Out - 75') 10 MODRIĆ
14 CHEDJOU (Out - 46') 11 SRNA (C)
17 MBIA 17 MANDŽUKIĆ (Goal - 61') (Goal - 73')
18 ENOH 18 OLIĆ (Goal - 11') (Out - 69')
21 MATIP 19 SAMMIR (Out - 72')

Croatia Vs Cameroon Highlights