|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|
After an exciting math between Nigeria and Argentina, it was Bosnia & Herzegovina that made history with its first ever world cup win. Iran gets eliminated from the tournament and so do the Bosnians but they would be leaving on a high.
The game started with Iran looking to defend while waiting for their opponents to bring the ball to their court. In the initial minutes this strategy really worked in favor of the Iranians and Alizera Haghighi – Iran’s goaley hadn’t made any moves until the 20th minute. In the 23rd minute however, the Iranian defense was thoroughly ripped with a stunning goal from Edin Dzeko. Iran immediately came out of their defensive cocoon and came quite close to creating an equalizer. The Bosnians were lucky that Masoud Shojaei had found the post. The first half went on with a lot of action – tackle and attacks but didn’t bring out another goal. The next goal came in the 59th minute from Miralem Pjanic as a fast and smooth kick. This second goal was a huge blow for the Iranians and they weren’t successful in achieving a lifer until the 82nd minute of the game this time it was Reza Ghoochannejhad turning an unlikely cross into the Bosnian post. Bosnia however weren’t in a mood to sit back and Avdija Vrsajevic almost immediately produced the third goal for Bosnia and sealing the fate of their counterparts.
Goals for Bosnia & Herzegovina: Edin Dzeko (11’), Miralem Pjanic (59’), Avdija Vrsajevic (83’)
Goals for Iran: Reza Ghoochannejhad (82’)
|F||Iran||1-3||Bosnia-Herzegovina||Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador||12:00 PM|
|Ghoochannejhad Goal 82'||Džeko Goal 23'
Pjanić Goal 59'
Vršajević Goal 83'
Man of the Match:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Iran|
|1 BEGOVIĆ (GK)||12 A. HAGHIGHI (GK)|
|2 VRŠAJEVIĆ (Goal - 83')||3 HAJI SAFI (Out - 63')|
|4 SPAHIĆ (C)||4 J. HOSSEINI|
|5 KOLAŠINAC||5 AMIRHOSSEIN|
|7 BEŠIĆ (Yellow Card - 77')||6 J. NEKOUNAM (C)|
|8 PJANIĆ (Goal - 59')||7 MASOUD. SH (Out - 46')|
|9 IBIŠEVIĆ||14 ANDRANIK|
|11 DŽEKO (Goal - 23') (Out - 84')||15 MONTAZERI|
|14 SUŠIĆ (Out - 79')||16 REZA (Goal - 82')|
|15 ŠUNJIĆ||21 DEJAGAH (Out - 68')|
|21 HADŽIĆ (Out - 61')||23 MEHRDAD|
Yesterday’s match between Nigeria and Argentina was an exciting affair right from the beginning. Messi provides yet another amazing spell with two goals to his name and taking his team to the top of Group F charts. However, Nigeria too has made it through the group stage and claims the second spot. Equalizers were coming as soon the other team had been given an opportunity and until half time, the scoreboard was tied.
Into the match, Lionel Messi brings out the first goal in the 3rd minute itself with a rebound off the post. However, the Nigerians were as terrific and a minute later we see an incredible cut from Ahmed Musa finding the Argentinean nets. Messi and Argentina continue to attack and even came close to their second goal in the 25th minute. It was Enyeama who was creating most of the problems for Messi. However, just before half time, Argentina earns a free kick and Messi is unbelievable. He kicks over the top of Enyeama and finds the net. Coming back from the halftime, Musa presents another stunner to match Messi and creates the equalizer for Nigeria. This time around, the Argentineans weren’t as sober. Rojo creates a surprising opportunity and turns a corner into a goal right in the 49th minute. In the remainder of the match both Messi and Musa came close to their hat trick goals but the final scoreboard read 2-3 in favor of the Argentineans.
Goals for Nigeria: Musa (4’, 47’)
Goals for Argentina: Messi (3’, 45’), Rojo (49’)
|F||Argentina||3-2||Nigeria||Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre||ESPN||12:00 PM|
|Messi Goal 3', 45+1'
Rojo Goal 50'
|Musa Goal 4', 47'|
Man of the Match:
|1 ENYEAMA (GK)||1 ROMERO (GK)|
|2 YOBO (C)||2 GARAY|
|5 AMBROSE||4 ZABALETA|
|7 MUSA (Goal - 4') (Goal - 47')||5 GAGO|
|8 ODEMWINGIE (Out - 80')||7 DI MARIA|
|9 EMENIKE||9 HIGUAIN (Out - 90'+1)|
|10 MIKEL||10 MESSI (C) (Goal - 3') (Goal - 45'+1) (Out - 63')|
|13 OSHANIWA (Yellow Card - 51')||14 MASCHERANO|
|17 ONAZI||16 ROJO (Goal - 50')|
|18 BABATUNDE (Out - 66')||17 F. FERNANDEZ|
|22 OMERUO (Yellow Card - 49')||20 AGUERO (Out - 38')|
France unexpectedly ended yesterday’s game with a 0-0 scoreboard – their attacks were either tamely straight to the opponent goaley or too wide to find the nets. However, it was due to their previous performance that they move on to the next round to play Nigerians. For Equador, it wasn’t much of a show either, but they were able to defend the celebrated French attack. Antonio Valencia was shown a Red Card in the 50th minute of the match and they had to play with a man less for the rest of the 40 minutes.
The French had in fact entered this match with a completely different lineup that we had seen in the opening matches. They didn’t need to win this match to proceed to the next round and it appears they were trying to save all the energy and weren’t keen on risking injuries. However, the reinvented French team did make some impression and were in possession of the ball for 69% of the game. Equador have had a good run but will now be going back.
|E||France||0-0||Ecuador||Maracana, Rio de Janeiro||ESPN||4:00 PM|
Man of the Match:
|22 DOMINGUEZ (GK)||1 LLORIS (GK)(C)|
|2 GUAGUA||5 SAKHO (Out - 61')|
|3 ERAZO (Yellow Card - 83')||10 BENZEMA|
|4 PAREDES||11 GRIEZMANN (Out - 79')|
|6 NOBOA (Out - 89')||14 MATUIDI (Out - 67')|
|7 MONTERO (Out - 63')||15 SAGNA|
|10 W. AYOVI||17 DIGNE|
|13 E. VALENCIA||18 SISSOKO|
|14 MINDA||19 POGBA|
|15 ARROYO (Out - 82')||21 KOSCIELNY|
|16 A. VALENCIA (Red Card - 50')||22 SCHNEIDERLIN|
If the group F duels weren’t exciting enough, Xherdan Shaquri produces a stunning hat trick for the Swiss and taking his team to the knockout stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Honduras were perceives as formidable opponents and they showed quite of a resilience on the field. Despite the regular goals from the Swiss, they never flagged and in fact were in possession of the fall for 62 % of the match. The Swiss just seized the opportunity and proved to be smarter in some occasions but this match would be looked back as a fighting effort by the Honduras.
Into the match, the Swiss started off attacking and Xherdan Shaquri found his first goal of the match in the 4th minute. It was an incredible strike from 25 yards and Xherdan was able to curl the ball up in the corner of the nets. The Honduran keeper was as stunned. There wasn’t much going in the match except from strong defense shown by the Hondurans and the Swiss looking to attack. It was again in the 31st minute that Xherdan Shaquri was able to create an opportunity and received a lovely pass from Josip Drmic and beat the keeper for his second goal of the day. It was a great placement by Xherdan and the keeper was again just a mere audience to the bolt. The hat trick goal for Xherdan came in the 71st minute as Swiss gained position in front of the Honduran nets and a beautiful pass from Josip Drmic.
Goals for Switzerland: Xherdan Shaquri (4’, 31’, 71’)
|E||Switzerland||3-0||Honduras||Amazonia, Manaus||ESPN2||4:00 PM|
|Shaqiri Goal 6', 31', 71'|
Man of the Match:
|18 VALLADARES (GK)(C)||1 BENAGLIO (GK)|
|3 FIGUEROA||2 LICHTSTEINER|
|5 BERNARDEZ||8 INLER (C)|
|6 J.C. GARCIA||10 XHAKA (Out - 77')|
|8 W. PALACIOS||11 BEHRAMI|
|11 BENGTSON||13 RODRIGUEZ|
|13 COSTLY (Out - 40')||18 MEHMEDI|
|14 BONIEK (Out - 77')||19 DRMIC (Out - 73')|
|15 ESPINOZA (Out - 46')||20 DJOUROU|
|20 CLAROS||22 SCHÄR|
|21 BECKELES||23 SHAQIRI (Goal - 6') (Goal - 31') (Goal - 71') (Out - 87')|