|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|
Costa Rica humbly consolidated its place at the top spot of the Group D table with a 0-0 game against England, yesterday at Belo Horizonte stadium. Neither of the teams looked to attack suiting the Ticos perfectly. In many occasions, Daniel Sturridge came close to a chance, but never quite made it into the nets.
With seven points to its name, Costa Rica stands as the winner from a group of champions including teams like England, Uruguay and Italy. The team will now be travelling to Recife to play the runner up from Group C. Looking into the match; the morale in the English team hasn’t been quite upto the mark. They had lost badly two times and have been criticized about everything. Yesterday was an odd atmosphere with no goals on the scoreboard – something that is rightly described as a disheartening. There were some good chances for the English but Costa Rica had a strong defense on their side. With this draw, England will be going home along with Italy.
|D||England||0-0||Costa Rica||Mineirao, Belo Horizonte||ESPN2||12:00 PM|
Man of the Match:
|1 NAVAS K (GK)||13 FOSTER (GK)|
|3 GONZALEZ G. (Yellow Card - 60')||5 CAHILL|
|5 BORGES C. (Out - 78')||7 WILSHERE (Out - 73')|
|6 DUARTE O.||8 LAMPARD (C)|
|9 CAMPBELL J. (Out - 65')||9 STURRIDGE|
|10 RUIZ B. (C)||12 SMALLING|
|14 BRENES R. (Out - 59')||16 JONES|
|15 DIAZ J.||17 MILNER (Out - 76')|
|16 GAMBOA C.||20 LALLANA (Yellow Card - 57') (Out - 62')|
|17 TEJEDA Y.||21 BARKLEY (Yellow Card - 53')|
|19 MILLER R.||23 SHAW|
With a 1-0 win against Italy, Uruguay now advances to the second round of the FIFA World Cup while Italy packs its backs for a second time consecutively after losing in the group stages. Though there wasn’t much to yesterday’s match, it did bring up some controversies. Claudio Marchisio got a Red Card in the second half forcing Italy to play with one less player for more than 30 minutes. For Uruguay, the only goal was all about capitalizing upon the loss of Italy and it took about 20 minutes for Captain Diego Godin to direct a corner past Gianluigi Buffon who skirmishes helped the Uruguay cause.
In another event in yesterday’s match, Luis Suarez, the star player for Uruguay was cautioned for tussling hard with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Suarez’s head went down onto the shoulders of Chiellini and he fell down pointing to the referee that he had been bit! Suarez has a stint for biting opponents and has been penalized twice in his career. Yesterday, the camera angles weren’t able to show any conclusive evidence of the same, and twitter was flooded with Chiellini exposing his shoulder with faint marks. This World Cup has certainly been of flesh and blood!
Goals for Uruguay: Diego Godin (81’)
|D||Uruguay||1-0||Italy||Dunas, Natal||ESPN||12:00 PM|
|Godín Goal 81'|
Man of the Match:
|1 BUFFON (GK)(C)||1 F. MUSLERA (GK) (Yellow Card - 90'+1)|
|2 DE SCIGLIO (Yellow Card - 77')||3 D. GODIN (C) (Goal - 81')|
|3 CHIELLINI||6 A. PEREIRA (Out - 63')|
|4 DARMIAN||7 C. RODRIGUEZ (Out - 78')|
|8 MARCHISIO (Red Card - 59')||9 L. SUAREZ|
|9 BALOTELLI (Yellow Card - 22') (Out - 46')||13 J.M. GIMENEZ|
|15 BARZAGLI||14 N. LODEIRO (Out - 46')|
|17 IMMOBILE (Out - 71')||17 E. AREVALO RIOS (Yellow Card - 46')|
|19 BONUCCI||20 A. GONZALEZ|
|21 PIRLO||21 E. CAVANI|
|23 VERRATTI (Out - 75')||22 M. CACERES|
Finally, we see some scores yester in this match between Greece and Ivory Coast as Greece emerge winners with a lucky penalty in the stoppage time. The hero of yesterday’s match would undoubtedly be Wilfred Bony for his equalizer in the 74th minute.
It wasn’t a great start for the Greeks and they had to make a substation as Panagiotis was suspected to tweak a hamstring. Andreas Samaris replaced him in the 12th minute. In the 24th minute, Ivory Coast had a great opportunity with Yaya splitting the Greek defenders and passing the ball onto Didier Drogba who failed to send it home. In another interesting event in the match, Orestis Karnezis, the Greek goaley had to leave the match due to an injury to the back. Even before the second half, Greek was in a very bad position. It was in the 42nd minute that the Greeks finally made the scoreboard tick. This time, it was Cheick Tiote who was easily intercepted by Andreas Samaris who eventually froze the defender and raced the ball into the Ivory Coast nets. In the 68th minute, Georgios Karagounis came close to increasing the lead for the Greeks but found the crossbar. It was in the 74th minute that Ivory Coast was able to find an equalizer helped by Bony. As both the teams were desperate for a win, the game became more interesting. Finally, it was the Greeks who emerged victorious with a 93rd minute goal from Samaras.
Goals for Greece: Samaris (42’), Samaras (93’)
Goals for Ivory Coast: Bony (74’)
|C||Ivory Coast||1-2||Greece||Castelao, Fortaleza||ESPN2||4:00 PM|
|Bony Goal 74'||Samaris Goal 42'
Samaras Goal 90+3' (pen.)
Man of the Match:
|1 KARNEZIS (GK) (Out - 24')||1 BARRY COPA (GK)|
|2 MANIATIS||3 BOKA|
|4 MANOLAS||4 T. KOLO|
|7 SAMARAS (Penalty - 90'+3)||8 KALOU (Yellow Card - 62')|
|8 KONE (Out - 12')||9 TIOTE (Out - 61')|
|10 KARAGOUNIS (C) (Out - 78')||10 GERVINHO (Out - 83')|
|14 SALPINGIDIS||11 DROGBA (C) (Yellow Card - 37') (Out - 78')|
|15 TOROSIDIS||17 S. AURIER|
|16 LAZAROS||19 TOURE YAYA|
|19 SOKRATIS||20 SEREY DIE (Yellow Card - 70')|
|20 CHOLEVAS||22 BAMBA|
The most exciting match of the day, five goals were score in these 90 minutes as Columbia ends the Japanese hopes to advance into the next leg of the tournament. Columbia however seals the top spot for itself in Group C standings and will now be playing against Uruguay.
Into the match, it was Juan Cuadrado who opened the scoreboard in favor of Columbia. In the 17th minute, he was able to take advantage of a penalty and rushed past Yasuyiko Konno to find the nets. For Japan, the equalizer came just seconds before the referee called for half time. It was marked by a stunning header by Shinji Okazaki. Into the second half, Columbia took no chances and in an effort to strengthen the attack, they called in James Rodriguez into the field. Right in the 55th minute, Rodriguez shows why he is celebrated by the Columbians. It was a smart finish by Jackson Martinez but the buildup was all due to the hard work done by Rodriguez. The Japanese defenders looked like dummies as Rodriguez dodges past from the mid field and passes onto Jackson. The Japanese were looking desperate for an equalizer but it just wasn’t their day. In the 82nd minute, the Columbians increase their lead and the duo Rodriguez and Martinez dodge past the midfield again. The Japanese just couldn’t keep up with the pace. If that wasn’t enough, with just second to the full time, James Rodriguez produces another stunner, and this time to mark a sweet goal to his name.
Goals for Japan: Shinji Okazaki (46’)
Goals for Columbia: Juan Guilermo Cuadrado (17’), Jackson Martinez (55’), Jackson Martinez (82’), James Rodriguez (90’)
|C||Colombia||4-1||Japan||Pantanal, Cuiaba||ESPN||4:00 PM|
|Cuadrado Goal 17' (pen.)
Martínez Goal 55', 82'
Rodríguez Goal 90'
|Okazaki Goal 45+1'|
Man of the Match:
|1 KAWASHIMA (GK)||1 OSPINA (GK)(C) (Out - 85')|
|2 UCHIDA||4 ARIAS|
|4 HONDA||7 P. ARMERO|
|5 NAGATOMO||11 CUADRADO (Penalty - 17') (Out - 46')|
|9 OKAZAKI (Goal - 45'+1) (Out - 69')||13 GUARIN (Yellow Card - 63')|
|10 KAGAWA (Out - 85')||15 A. MEJIA|
|13 OKUBO||16 A. BALANTA|
|14 AOYAMA (Out - 62')||19 RAMOS|
|15 KONNO (Yellow Card - 16')||20 QUINTERO (Out - 46')|
|17 HASEBE (C)||21 JACKSON M. (Goal - 55') (Goal - 82')|
|22 YOSHIDA||23 VALDES|