Germany, appearing in a record fourth straight world cup semi-final, netted five goals in the opening 29 minutes. The whirlwind of goals silenced the overwhelmingly pro-Brazil crowd. After a brief and somewhat futile resurgence by Brazil early in the second half, Germany went on to net two more goals before Brazil scored a late consolation goal. The goal was described by one commentator as “the most useless goal in World Cup history.” (more…)
Goalkeeper Julio Cesar was the hero as Brazil secured a dramatic penalty shootout win against Chile to reach the last eight and set up an all-South American quarter-final against Colombia. Julio Cesar made two crucial spot-kick saves to deny the relentless Chile side victory. The host nation was on the brink of an unexpected exit in Belo Hrorizonte. (more…)
Just after two games Spain’s World Cup defence came to a crashing end, as they suffered a 2-0 to Chile at the Maracana. First half goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz were enough to hand Chile a deserved win, confirming the first two teams to exit the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Having earlier lost to the Netherlands, Australia joined Spain as the first of two teams to book their tickets back home. Six points each for the Dutch and Chile mean that neither Spain nor Australia could surpass their points tally. (more…)
Sao Paulo – We are all familiar with the saying ‘revenge is best served as a cold dish,’ we however did not expect Netherlands to execute so well, with a spectacular 5-1 demolition of defending world champions Spain.
Revenge of the 2014 World Cup Final
Lead by veteran’s Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben, the pair scored a brace each as they celebrated one of Holland’s most famous victories in the tournaments history. In a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final, majority of fans expected a cagey affair. What followed was described as ‘”inexplicable” by Holland’s captain, Van Persie. (more…)