June 26, 2014 FIFA World Cup Day 15

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 Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup Day 15

United States vs. Germany (0-1)

In spite of a loss to the Germans yesterday, USA will move up the tournament. It was Portugal’s win against Ghana that allowed the Americans to stick to the second place in a Group that has so far been called the “Group of Death”. USA will be playing with the Belgians in their next match in the knockout stage.

The Americans were heavy legged in yesterday’s match and the ball was in the court of the Germans for 68 percent of the 90 minutes. Into the match, Germany was looking too dominating and was vigorously attacking the Howard’s. The goal in the 55th minute started as a corner kick which turned into a header by Per Mertesacker – bounced from the post – found Muller and finally raced into the nets. The American players were simultaneously following the Ghana-Portugal match and for a large part they were tensed while Ghana and Portugal were tied 1-1. Germany now leads the group G with two wins to their name and a draw. Yesterday’s match was more about looking forward than to make a difference with the match itself.

Goals for Germany: Thomas Muller (55’)

Score

Group Game Stadium Network Time
G Germany 1-0 United States Pernambuco, Recife ESPN 12:00 PM
Müller Goal 55'

Man of the Match:

  • Thomas M üller (Germany)

Assistant Referees:

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

Fourth Official:

  • Néant Alioum (Cameroon)

Fifth Official:

  • Djibril Camara (Senegal)

Line-ups

USA Germany
1 HOWARD (GK) 1 NEUER (GK)
3 GONZALEZ (Yellow Card - 37') 4 HÖWEDES (Yellow Card - 11')
4 BRADLEY 5 HUMMELS
5 BESLER 7 SCHWEINSTEIGER (Out - 76')
7 BEASLEY 8 ÖZIL (Out - 89')
8 DEMPSEY (C) 10 PODOLSKI (Out - 46')
13 JONES (Misses next match if booked) 13 MÜLLER (Goal - 55')
14 DAVIS (Out - 59') 16 LAHM (C)
15 BECKERMAN (Yellow Card - 62') 17 MERTESACKER
19 ZUSI (Out - 84') 18 KROOS
23 JOHNSON 20 BOATENG

Germany Vs United States Highlights

Portugal vs. Ghana (2-1)

Yesterday’s match between Portugal and Ghana was certainly a disappointment for the fans of Christiano Ronaldo. In spite of a win, Portugal will now have to sign off from the 2014 FIFA World cup. Before the match, it was obvious that this won’t be a high scoring encounter but both the teams needed big wins to get to the next round of the tournament. Portugal for long had been suffering from injury and for Ghana; there have been numerous off-field problems to deal with.

As both teams take to the field yesterday, they looked to push their limits but weren’t quite able to. It was in the 31st minute that John Boye was instrumental in scoring the first goal for the Portuguese. He misdirected a Miguel Veloso cross and shot past goaley Fatawu Dauda to find his own team nets. This was nothing less than a disaster. Fearing elimination, Ghana strengthened their attack in the second half and Kwadwo Asamoah sent in a fine cross which was received by Asamoah Gyan and turned into an equalizer. The goal certainly brought new hopes into the Ghana court but they were already running late to be able to make a worthy impression. It took Christiano Ronaldo an incredible strike in the 80th minute to seal the match 2-1 in favor of the Portuguese.

Goals for Portugal: John Boye (own goal – 31’), Christiano Ronaldo (80’)

Goals for Ghana: Asamoah Gyan (57’)

Score

Group Game Stadium Network Time
G Ghana 1-2 Portugal Mane Garrincha, Brasilia ESPN2 12:00 PM
Gyan Goal 57' Boye Goal 31' (o.g.)
Ronaldo Goal 80'

Man of the Match:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Assistant Referees:

  • Yaser Tulerat (Bahrain)
  • Ebrahim Saleh (Bahrain)

Fourth Official:

  • Wilmar Rold án (Colombia)

Fifth Official:

  • Eduardo Díaz (Colombia)

Line-ups

Portugal Ghana
22 BETO (GK) (Out - 89') 16 DAUDA (GK)
2 B. ALVES 3 A. GYAN (C) (Goal - 57'
3 PEPE 7 ATSU
4 MIGUEL 8 BADU
6 WILLIAM 10 A. AYEW (Out - 81')
7 RONALDO (C) (Goal - 80') 17 RABIU (Misses next match if booked) (Out - 76')
8 J. MOUTINHO (Yellow Card - 90'+4) 18 WARIS (Yellow Card - 55') (Out - 71')
11 ÉDER (Out - 69') 19 JONATHAN
17 NANI 20 K. ASAMOAH
20 R. AMORIM 21 BOYE (Own goal - 31')
21 J. PEREIR (Misses next match if booked) (Out - 61') 23 HARRISON (Yellow Card - 39')

Ghana Vs Portugal Highlights

Korea Republic vs. Belgium (0-1)

It was Belgium dominating the most of the match and especially before the half time during which the lone goal of the match was delivered. While Korea Republic didn’t quite have an eventful SWC, they also return from the 2014 FIFA World Cup with just a single point from an effective nine. Belgians however stuck to their strategies and by frequently changing their lineup are now into the second round of the tournament and will be playing against USA next.

Into the match, the Belgians looked to attack and every time the ball lands around Fellani, it seems to be an audition for the new Manchester United coach position! Though the Koreans were showing better promise than the other matches they have been into this World Cup, they are still falling short of a performance that could make any differences. In the 19th minute, we even see Mirallas streaking towards the nets but that’s all he could manage. Enough credit should also be given to the Koreans for holding the scoreboard to a 0-0 draw. It was in the 78th minute that Jan Vertonghen provides the lead to Belgium on the rebound and in spite being a player short makes it to the nets impressively. Right after, the Koreans had a shot at an equalizer but it just went over the keeper and even the goal post. There wasn’t much into the match and the only goals scored by Jan Vertonghen makes Belgians the winner.

Goals for Belgium: Jan Vertonghen (78’)

Score

Group Game Stadium Network Time
H Belgium 1-0 South Korea Corinthians, Sao Paulo ESPN 4:00 PM
Vertonghen Goal 78'

Man of the Match:

  • Jan Vertonghen (Belgium)

Assistant Referees:

  • Matthew Cream (Australia)
  • Hakan Anaz (Australia)

Fourth Official:

  • V íctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)

Fifth Official:

  • Rodney Aquino (Paraguay)

Line-ups

Korea Republic Belgium
21 S G KIM (GK) 1 COURTOIS (GK)
3 S Y YUN 5 VERTONGHEN (Misses next match if booked) (Goal - 78')
5 Y G KIM 8 FELLAINI
9 H M SON (Misses next match if booked) (Out - 73') 11 MIRALLAS (Out - 88')
12 Y LEE (Misses next match if booked) 14 MERTENS (Out - 60')
13 J C KOO (C) (Misses next match if booked) 15 VAN BUYTEN
14 K Y HAN (Misses next match if booked) (Out - 46') 16 DEFOUR (Red Card - 45')
16 S Y KI (Misses next match if booked) 18 LOMBAERTS
17 C Y LEE 19 DEMBELE (Yellow Card - 50')
18 S W KIM (Out - 66') 20 JANUZAJ (Out - 60')
20 J H HONG (Yellow Card - 35') 21 VANDEN BORRE

Belgium Vs South Korea Highlights

Algeria vs. Russia (1-1)

It wasn’t an easy taking for Algeria and despite a 1-1 draw against Russia yesterday, they move on to the second round of the tournament to face the Germans. After their shameful elimination in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, this should look like a chance to reinstate the honors. It is the first time that the Algerians have entered the second round of the tournament and fans expect them to show the same verve they have been bringing into the field lately.

Into the game, Russia took on an early lead with Aleksandr Kokorin turning a Dmitry Kombarov cross into a beautiful header and into the Algerian nets. Meanwhile midfielder Sofiane Feghouli had sustained a cut injury to his forehead and was treated. The Russian attack looked more aggressive and decisive and they were more likely to make it home as winners. For Algerians, Feghouli, one of their strongest chances but he was bleeding through the bandage in the middle of the field and didn’t have a choice. This gave Russia advantage and they were nearly able to score another goal in Feghouli’s absence. Until halftime, it was a match for the Russians and thanks to some good saves from Rais M’Bohli and his mates that the scoreboard was still reading 1-0. It was in the 59th minute that Algeria was able to score an equalizer off a free kick by Islam Slimani. Now that things are tied up, both the teams look for opportunities but none was being served. The match ended 1-1.

Goals for Algeria: Islam Slimani (59’)

Goals for Russia: Aleksandr Kokorin (5’)

Score

Group Game Stadium Network Time
H Russia 1-1 Algeria Baixada, Curitiba ESPN2 4:00 PM
Slimani Goal 60' Kokorin Goal 6'

Man of the Match:

  • Islam Slimani (Algeria)

Assistant Referees:

  • Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
  • Tarik Ongun (Turkey)

Fourth Official:

  • Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

Fifth Official:

  • Juan Zumba (El Salvador)

Line-ups

Algeria Russia
23 RAIS (GK) 1 AKINFEEV (GK)
4 BELKALEM 2 KOZLOV (Yellow Card - 59')
5 HALLICHE (C) 4 IGNASHEVICH
6 MESBAH (Yellow Card - 39') 8 GLUSHAKOV (Misses next match if booked) (Out - 46')
10 FEGHOULI 9 KOKORIN (Goal - 6')
11 BRAHIMI (Out - 71') 11 KERZHAKOV (Out - 81')
12 MEDJANI 14 V. BEREZUTSKIY (C)
13 SLIMANI (Goal - 60') (Out - 90') 17 SHATOV (Misses next match if booked) (Out - 67')
14 BENTALEB (Misses next match if booked) 19 SAMEDOV
18 DJABOU (Out - 77') 20 FAYZULIN
20 MANDI 23 D. KOMBAROV (Yellow Card - 57')

Russia Vs Algeria Highlights