Groups A and B

We present all the games, standings, match reports and goal scorers so far in the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, along with scenarios for Groups A and B, which have both completed two rounds of games. Three teams are already out of the competition, one of which is plucky Australia, whose Cahill may have scored the goal of the tournament.


Group A: Second round

 Cameroon 0 Croatia 4

                   Olic 11, Perisic 48, Mandzukic 61, 73

Croatia started well, in a first half which was balanced. Both teams managed seven shots (Croatia had 4 on target to Cameroon's nil) Cameroon had 2 corners to Croatia's 3... Croatia scored...and Cameroon had a player sent off (Alexandre Song).In the second half, Croatia turned on the pressure, scored three more goals...and Cameroon is out of the World Cup.

Photo: Mandzukic

 Match statistics


Itandje,  Matip, Assou-Ekotto, Song, N'Koulou, Chedjou (Nounkeu), Moukandjo, Mbia, Aboubakar (Webó), Enoh, Choupo-Moting (Salli)

Coach: Volker FINKE

Yellow card: -

Red card: Song (Misses next match)


Pletikosa, Srna, Pranjic, Rakitic, Corluka, Lovren, Perisic (Rebic), Modric, Mandzukic, Cruz Campos (Kovacic), Olic (Eduardo)

Coach: Niko KOVAC

Yellow card: Eduardo


Ball possession: Cameroon 42% Croatia 58%

Shots/on target: Cameroon 17/2 Croatia 18/2

Corners: Cameroon 4 Croatia 7

Fouls committed: Cameroon 11 Croatia 9




Brazil 0 Mexico 0


Match statistics



Julio César, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Thiago Silva, David Luiz,  Ramires, (Bernard), Paulinho, Fred (Jô), Neymar, Oscar (Willian)

Coach: Luiz Felipe SCOLARI

Yellow cards: Thiago Silva, Ramires



Ochoa,  Aguilar, Layún,  Moreno, Márquez, Rodríguez, Herrera (Fabián), Vázquez, dos Santos (Jiménez), Peralta (Hernández), Guardado

Coach: Miguel HERRERA

Yellow card: Aguilar, Vázquez


Ball possession: Brazil 53% Mexico 47%

Shots/on target: Brazil 15/6 Mexico 13/2

Corners: Brazil 4 Mexico 3

Fouls committed: Brazil 13 Mexico 18




First round


Mexico 1 Cameroon 0

O. Peralta 61


Cameroon can say that they could have come away from this match with a point, and this is backed up by the match statistics: 10 shots for Cameroon, 4 on target, against nine shots from Mexico, 5 on. Cameroon had five corners to the Aztecs' two. Mexico, however, had two goals ruled out before Cameroon had a chance right at the end of the game when Ochoa somehow managed to save Benjamin Moukandjo's header in the top left corner of the goal.


Match statistics



Ochoa, F. Rodriguez, Marquez (Capt), Herrera (Salcido), Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado (Fabian), O. Peralta (Hernandez), Aguilar, Vazquez

Coach: Miguel HERRERA

Yellow card: Moreno



Itanjde, Assou Eketto, Nkoulou, Djeugoue (Mounkeu), Song (Webo), Moukandjo, Eto'o (Capt), Choupo-Moting, Chedjou, Mbia, Enoh

Coach: Volker FINKE

Yellow card: Nounkeu


Ball possession: Mexico 62% Cameroon 38%

Shots/on target: Mexico 9/5 Cameroon 10/4

Corners Mexico 2 Cameroon 5

Fouls committed Mexico 11 Cameroon 12



Brazil 3        Croatia 1

Neymar 29   Marcelo (own goal, o.g. 11)

Neymar 71 (pen)

Oscar 90


Hrvatska! This was the first roar the Arena Corinthians Stadium heard this evening as the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off with the Group A game between hosts Brazil and Croatia, when after ten minutes Marcelo poked a loose ball into his own net, the sequence of a Croatia counter-attack from Brazil's first corner of five on nine minutes.


Brazil kept pressing, despite the setback and after 29 minutes, the amazing Neymar equalized, three minutes after getting a yellow card for elbowing. His left-footed shot rebounded off the woodwork, leaving Croatia's solid keeper, Pletikosa, beaten.


In the second half, Neymar (penalty) and Oscar added two more goals for Brazil on 71 and 90 minutes, the last coming seconds after Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar made a crucial save.


Croatia will certainly prove a difficult opponent for Cameroon and Mexico in the same group but can hardly complain about this result, such was the dominance of Brazil's attacking display.


Match statistics



Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, T. Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Hulk (Bernard), Paulinho (Hernanes), Fred, Neymar (Ramires), Oscar, L. Gustavo 

Coach: Luiz Felipe SCOLARI


Yellow cards: Neymar, L. Gustavo



Pletikosa, Vrsaljko, Perisic, Corluka, Lovren, Rakitic, Jelavic (Rebic), Modric, Srna, Olic, Kovacic (Brozovic)

Coach: Niko KOVAC

Yellow cards: Corluka, Lovren


Ball possession: Brazil 61% Croatia 39%

Shots/on target: Brazil 14/6 Croatia   11/3

Corners Brazil 7 Croatia 3

Fouls committed Brazil 5 Croatia 20




Country Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Goal difference Points


Group A After two games                                                 

Brazil Cameroon Croatia Mexico                 


Brazil 1 1 0 3 1 + 2 4

Mexico 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4

Croatia 1 0 1 5 3 +2 3

Cameroon 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0



Goal scorers:

Brazil: Neymar (2)  Oscar 1 

Mexico: O.Peralta

Own goals: Marcelo 1 Brazil (for Croatia)

Croatia: Olic, Perisic, Mandzukic (2)



Mexico v. Croatia. A draw or a win is enough to put Mexico through, a Croatia win is enough to put Croatia through. A draw or a win against Cameroon puts Brazil through. The complication is if Brazil loses and Mexico draws or wins, in which case, in which case goal difference kicks in.


Group B After 2 games

Australia Chile Netherlands Spain


Spain 0 Chile 2

              Vargas 19, Aránguiz, 43


Spain's Vicente del Bosque and his tiki-taka pupils had no answer for Chile today. The result is two games, seven goals against, one for (penalty), and an early exit from the World Cup. Spain has some serious introspection to do and one good idea would be to contract Portugal's José Mourinho to coach the side to their former glory. This would begin by retiring Iker Casillas.


Match statistics



Casillas, Azpilicueta, Alba, Alonso (Koke), Javi Martínez, Ramos, Pedro (Cazorla), Busquets, Diego Costa (Torres), Silva, Iniesta

Coach: Vicente DEL BOSQUE

Yellow card: Alonso



Bravo,  Isla, Mena, Jara, Medel, Silva, Aránguiz (Gutierrez), Díaz,Vidal (Carmona), Sánchez, Vargas (Valdívia)

Coach: Jorge SAMPAOLI

Yellow card: Mena, Vidal



Ball possession: Spain 63% Chile 37%

Shots/on target: Spain 16/6 Chile 8/4

Corners: Spain 7 Chile 1

Fouls committed: Spain 14 Chile 15


Australia 2 Netherlands 3

Cahill 21     Robben 20

Jedinak 54  Van Persie 58, Depay 68



Group B

Australia had a fantastic first half, playing as equals with the Netherlands and blocking the Dutch midfield. It was the Netherlands however that opened the score when Robben latched on to a ball that was intercepted from the left, ran from the halfway line and fired with his left foot to the left of the keeper.

Australia's reaction was as immediate as it was amazing. Cahill made contact with his left foot, volleying home a cross from the right near the half-way line leaving Cillesen no chance. On 30' and 31' Bresciano and Spiranovic could have put Australia ahead with good chances but the first half ended badly, with Bruno Martins (Netherlands) behind stretchered off after a foul from Cahill, which earns him a one-match band for round 3.


In the second half, Australia went ahead, through a penalty from Jedinak on 54' but the Netherlands came back, with an equalizer from Van Persie on 58' and the winner, ten minutes later (Depay). Australia has lost two games but leaves a very positive impression for the future after this game, which it was unlucky to lose.


For the Netherlands, 2 games, 6 points, 8 goals scored... what more could one ask for? Is this the Year of the Orange?



Match statistics



Ryan, McGowan, Davidson, McKay, Wilkinson, Spiranovic, Leckie, Jedinak, Cahill (Halloran), Bresciano (Bozanic), Oar (Taggart)


Yellow cards: Cahill (Misses next match)




Cillessen, Janmaat, Blind, Martins Indi (Depay), Vlaar, de Vrij, de Guzmán (Vijnaldum), de Jong, Sneijder, van Persie (Lens), Robben

Coach: Louis VAN GAAL

Yellow card: Van Persie


Ball possession: Australia 50% Netherlands 50%

Shots/on target: Australia 10/4 Netherlands 14/9

Corners: Australia 3 Netherlands 2

Fouls committed: Australia 18 Netherlands 25




First round

Spain 1                     Netherlands 5

Xavi Alonso             Van Persie 44, 72; Robben 53, 80; de Vrij 64

(pen) 27  


The Netherlands has the first candidate for the goal of the tournament: Van Persie's equalizing header from the middle of the area, following an inch-perfect pass from the left (Daley Blind). Spain had edged ahead, through a penalty (Xabi Alonso) after Diego Costa was brought down in the area by de Vrij, after a wonderful move from Iniesta, David Silva and Xavi Alonso.


After the break, an avalanche buried Spain and their tiki-taka short-passing game (Brazil had already shown how to play against this system in the Confederations Cup, which they won 3-0. The answer is the application of the WM formation, massing the midfield).


The second Dutch goal came on 52'. Arjen Robben shot past Casillas in the centre of the area (assist from Daley Blind) after holding the ball, skipping past two defenders and finding a shooting position. Goal 3 came after a foul by Robben on Casillas and shines a light on what the media has started calling bad refereeing (dubiously, because Brazil's penalty was legitimate, and Cameroon gave Mexico a scare). De Vrij converted the goal from a set piece.


After this, Spain pressed and the Netherlands acted like poisoned arrows in a classic counter-attack game. On 72', Casillas went out of his goal to counter Van Persie, who controlled the ball, skipped past the fallen keeper and rifled the shot between two desperate Spanish defenders. Spain's miserable night was compounded on 80', when Arjen Robben fired his shot past Casillas' left hand into the right-hand corner of the goal, after a perfect assist from Wesley Sneijder.


Match statistics


Casillas, Azpilicueta, Alba, Alonso (Pedro), Piqué, Ramos, Silva (Fabregas), Busquets, Diego Costa (Torres), Xavi, Iniesta

Coach: Vicente DEL BOSQUE

Yellow card: Casillas



Cillessen, Janmaat, Blind, Martins Indi, Vlaar, de Vrij (Veltman), de Guzman (Wijnaldum), de Jong, Sneijder, van Persie (Lens) Robben

Coach:  Louis VAN GAAL

Yellow cards: De Vrij, de Guzman, Van Persie


Ball possession: Spain 64% Netherlands 36%

Shots/on target: Spain 10/4; Netherlands 14/10

Corners: Spain 4 Netherlands 1

Fouls committed: Spain 5 Netherlands 18


Chile 3           Australia 1

Sanchez 12    Tim Cahill 35

Valdivia 14

Beausejour 90



Match statistics



Bravo, Isla, Mena, Diaz, Medel, Jara, Aránguiz, Valdívia (Beausejour), Vargas (Pinilla), Sánchez, Vidal (Gutierrez)

Coach: Jorge SAMPAOLI

Yellow card: Aránguiz




Ryan, Franjic (McGowan), Davidson, Milligan, Wilkinson, Spiranovic, Leckie, Jedinak, Cahill, Bresciano (Troisi), Oar (Halloran)


Yellow cards: Cahill, Milligan, Jedinak



Ball possession: Chile 65% Australia 35%

Shots/on target: Chile 10/5 Australia 13/4

Corners: Chile 3 Australia 1

Fouls committed: Chile 9 Australia 18


Group B

Netherlands 2 0 0 8 3 +5 6

Chile 2 0 0 5 1 +4 6

Australia 0 0 2 3 6 -3 0

Spain 0 0 2 1 7 -6 0


Goal scorers:


Spain: Xabi Alonso

Netherlands: Van Persie (3), Robben (3), de Vrij, Depay

Chile: Alexis Sanchez, Valdivia, Beausejour, Vargas, Aránguiz

Australia: Cahill (2), Jedinak



There aren't any. Australia and Spain are out of the World Cup. Netherlands and Chile will play against either Brazil, Mexico or Croatia.



Group C                                                      

Colombia Greece Ivory Coast Japan


Colombia 3 Greece 0

Armero 5

Gutiérrez 58

James Rodríguez 90


Colombia got off to the best start possible, putting the ball away on 5 minutes, when Armero shot through a crowded area, blinding Greek goalkeeper Karnezis to the shot. When he saw it, it was in his net. 1-0 to Colombia, which then sat back and gave possession to Greece.


On 6', Kone shot just wide, Torosidis headed just wide on 28', two corners ensued on 34' and 39' and on 44', Kone forced Ospina to make a great save, conceding another corner.


However, after 45 minutes, the score remained at 1-0 to Colombia. After the break, James Rodriguez tested Karnezis. Greece did noit take advantage of the ball possession, and things got worse after 58' when Gutiérrez fired home his shot after a corner. Greece's misery and ineffective attack, which made the team look as miserable as its coach, the Portuguese Fernando Santos looking on as if he was attending a tragedy, was compounded as the game ended, when James Rodríguez fired in the third.


Greece distributed the ball around the park but has to do far better in the remaining games.



Match statistics



Ospina, Zapata, Yepes (Capt), C. Sanchez, Armero (Arias), Aguilar T. (Mejia), Teo (Jackson Martínez), James Rodríguez, Cuadrado, Ibarbo, Zuñiga

Coach: Jose PEKERMAN

Yellow cards: Sanchez



Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone (Karagounis), Salpingidis (Fetfatzidis), Torosidis, Gekas (Mitroglou), Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Cholevas, Katsouranis (Capt)


Coach: Fernando SANTOS

Yellow card: Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Salpingidis


Ball possession: Colombia 48% Greece 52%

Shots/on target: Colombia 13/6 Greece 11/2

Corners: Colombia 4 Greece 4

Fouls committed: Colombia 19 Greece 14


Ivory Coast 2 Japan 1

Bony 64         Honda 16

Gervinho 66



Ivory Coast

Barry, Aurier , Boka (Djakpa), Gonzaroua Die (Drogba), Zokora, Bamba, Kalou,

Tioté, Bony (Ya Konan), Y Touré, Gervinho

Coach: Sabri LAMOUCHI

Yellow cards: Zokora, Bamba



Kawashima, Uchida, Nagatomo, Hasebe (Endo), Morishige, Yoshida, Okazaki, Yamaguchi, Osako (Okubo), Honda,  Kagawa (Kakitani)

Coach: Alberto ZACCHERONI

Yellow card: Morishige, Yoshida


Ball possession: Ivory Coast 58% Japan 42%
Shots/on target: Ivory Coast 21/5  Japan 7/2

Corners: Ivory Coast 8 Japan 5

Fouls committed: Ivory Coast 12 Japan 13





Goal scorers

Colombia: Armero, Gutiérrez, James Rodríguez

Ivory Coast: Bony, Gervinho

Japan: Honda



Group C


Colombia 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3

Ivory Coast 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3

Japan 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Greece 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0


Group D

Costa Rica England Italy Uruguay


Group D


Uruguay 1 Costa Rica 3

Cavani 24 Campbell 54, Duarte 57 Ureña 84



Match statistics



Muslera, Maxi Pereira, Cáceres, Gargano (González), Lugano, Godín, Stuani, Arévalo Rios, Forlán (Lodeiro), Cavani, Rodríguez (Hernández)


Coach: Oscar Washington TABAREZ

Yellow cards: Gargano, Lugano, Cáceres

Red Card: Maxi Pereira


Costa Rica

Navas, Gamboa, Díaz Campbell, Umaña, Gonzalez, Duarte, Ruiz (Ureña), Tejeda Valverde (Cubero), Campbell, Borges, Bolaños (Barrantes)

Coach: Jorge Luis PINTO


Ball possession: Uruguay 56% Costa Rica 44%

Shots/on target: Uruguay 9/3 Costa Rica 13/4

Corners: Uruguay 5 Costa Rica 6

Fouls committed: Uruguay 20 Costa Rica 18


England 1      Italy 2

Sturridge 37   Marchisio 35, Balotelli 50


Despite losing the match and despite the fact that Italy looked like a team of men playing against boys, a team which if necessary would put another ball in the net, there can be no doubt that the experience and intelligence of team coach Roy Hodgson has taken England to another dimension.


It is a pity for England that key players, such as Wayne Rooney, despite being an excellent supporting strike force, whose passing and vision is second to none when he is on form, fail to put the ball away in situations which would see any boy in any park celebrate a goal. This underlines the notion that football players can systematically fail to display what would be basic skills in any other profession and yet still keep their jobs, the notion that football players can commit massive mistakes and go unpunished, when any executive, for ten times less, would lose his job.


For those who state that a footballer's lot is not an easy one, then when one takes into account that the players have been practicing their art daily since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, the argument falls flat.


That said, England showed too much skill and collective will to leave the competition in the group phase and should prove too hot to handle for the Group C rivals in the last 16. Hodgson seems to have booked his team's place in the last 8, together inevitably with Italy, Brazil, Netherlands, probably Croatia and Spain if they can pick themselves up and learn how to play tiki without taka.



Match statistics


Hart, Johnson, Baines, Henderson (Wilshere), Cahill, Jagielka, Welbeck (Barkley), Gerrard (Capt), Sturridge (Lallana), Sterling, Rooney


Coach: Roy HODGSON

Yellow card: Sterling



Sirigu, Darmian, Chiellini, De Rossi, Barzagli, Paletta, Candreva (Parolo), Verratti (Motta), Balotelli (Immobile), Pirlo, Marchisio,

Coach: Cesare PRANDELLI

Yellow card: -


Ball possession: England 44% Italy 56%

Shots/on target: England 18/5 Italy 13/4

Corners: England 9 Italy 2

Fouls committed: England 8 Italy 11



Group D

Costa Rica 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3

Italy 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3

England 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Uruguay 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0


Goal scorers

Costa Rica: Campbell, Duarte, Ureña

Uruguay: Cavani (pen)

England: Sturridge

Italy: Marchisio, Balotelli


Group E                                                        

Ecuador France Honduras Switzerland       


Switzerland 2 Ecuador 1

Mehmedi 48    Valencia 22

Seferovic 90



It was Ecuador that scored the first goal against the run of play. Valencia, 22 minutes. Following a free kick from the left, the Swiss defence allowed three Ecuadorian players into the penalty area, outnumbering the defending team and Valencia fired home. 1-0. Switzerland had far more of the ball in the first half, but the result remained at the interval.


In the second half, Mehmedi scored the equalizer, heading into the goal in front of Domínguez, after a corner. Switzerland, well organized, soaked up attacks from Ecuador and had the ball in the net on 69', but it was clearly offside. However, Ecuador did enough to deserve the draw and Switzerland's winner (Seferovic, 90) seemed to be a little flattering for a good, organized European side, but equalled by Ecuador, 20 places below at 26 in the FIFA ranking, on the field.





Match statistics



Benaglio, Lichtsteiner,  Rodriguez,  Inler,  Djourou,  Von Bergen,  Shaqiri,  Behrami,  Drmic (Seferovic),  Xhaka,  Stocker (Mehmedi)

Coach: Ottmar HITZFELD

Yellow card: Djourou




Domínguez, Paredes,  Ayoví,  Gruezo,  Guagua,  Erazo,  A. Valencia,  Noboa,  Caicedo (Arroyo),  E. Valencia, Montero (Rojas)

Coach: Reinaldo RUEDA

Yellow card: Paredes


Ball possession: Switzerland 62% Ecuador 38%

Shots/on target: Switzerland 17/6 Ecuador 10/4

Corners: Switzerland 8 Ecuador 5

Fouls committed: Switzerland 9 Ecuador 15


France 3 Honduras 0

Benzema 45′ (pen),


Valladares 48′ (og)



Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Cabaye (Mavuba), Varane,  Sakho, Pogba, (Sissoko), Matuidi, Benzema, Valbuena (Giroud), Griezmann

Coach: Didier DESCHAMPS

Yellow card: Cabaye, Pogba



Valladares, Beckeles, Izaguirre, Palacios, Bernárdez (Chávez), Figueroa, Najar (Claros), Garrido, Costly, Bengtson (García), Espinoza,

Coach: Luis SUAREZ

Yellow card: Palacios, Garrido, Garcia

Red card: Palacios



Match statistics

Ball possession: France 71% Honduras 29%

Shots/on target: France 20/5 Honduras 4/1

Corners: France 8 Honduras 0

Fouls committed: France 13 Honduras 14





Group E

France 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3

Switzerland 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3

Ecuador 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Honduras 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0





Goal scorers

Ecuador: Valencia

Switzerland: Mehmedi, Seferovic

France: Benzema (2) Valladares (og)






Group F

Argentina Bosnia-Herzegovina Iran Nigeria


Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1

Kolasinac 3 (og)    Ibisevic 85

Messi 65


Match statistics



Romero, Garay, Campagnaro (Gago), Zabaleta, Di Maria, Messi (Capt), M. Rodríguez (Higuain), Mascherano, Rojo, F. Fernandez, Aguero (Biglia)


Coach: Alejandro SABELLA

Yellow card: Rojo



Begovic, Bicakcic, Spahic (Capt), Kolasinac, Besic, Pjanic, Misimovic (Medunjanin), Dzeko, Mujdza (Ibisevic), Lulic, Hajrovic (Visca)

Coach: Safet SUSIC

Yellow card: Spahic


Ball possession: Argentina 59%  Bosnia-Herzegovina 41%

Shots/on target: Argentina 12/2  Bosnia-Herzegovina 16/6

Corners: Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 6

Fouls committed: Argentina 10 Bosnia-Herzegovina 14


Iran 0 Nigeria 0



Match statistics



Haghighi, Montazeri, Pooladi, Nekounam, Hosseini, Sadeqi, Heydari (Shojaei), Teymourian, Ghoochanneijhad, Hajsafi,  Dejagah (Jahanbakhsh)

Coach: Carlos QUEIRÓZ

Yellow cards: Teymourian



Enyeama, Ambrose Emuobo, Oshaniwa, Mikel, Omeruo, Oboabona (Yobo), Musa,  Onazi, Emenike, Azeez (Odemwingie), Moses (Ameobi)


Coach: Stephen KESHI

Yellow cards: -


Ball possession: Iran 36% Nigeria 64%

Shots/on target: Iran 7/3 Nigeria 10/6

Corners: Iran 2 Nigeria 7

Fouls committed: Iran 18 Nigeria 16





Group F


Argentina 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3

Iran 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

Nigeria 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

Bosnia-H 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0


Goal scorers

Argentina: Messi  Kolasinac (own goal)

Bosnia-H.: Ibisevic








Group G                                                       

Germany Ghana Portugal USA


Group G


Germany 4 Portugal 0


12, 45, 78

Hummels 32


A disaster for Portugal, not only in the result, but also in its magnitude and the trail the game leaves: injuries to Hugo Almeida and Fábio Coentrão, and possibly Patrício, the goalkeeper. What marked the game for Portugal, also, was the idiotic display of childishness by central defender Pepe, sent off for placing his head aggressively against Müller, who was sitting on the ground. Germany was far more effective and efficient, Ronaldo did not seem 100% match fit as he claimed, the choice of Paulo Bento for his squad is dubious in terms of fitness and one questions what is going on in the heart of the Portuguese management and medical teams.


However, Portugal has two games (USA and Ghana) to get it right.



Match statistics


Neuer, Höwedes, Hummels (Mustafi), Khedira, Özil (Schürrle), Müller (Podolski), Lahm (Capt), Mertesacker, Kroos, Götze, Boateng

Coach: Joachim LOEW

Yellow cards: -



Rui Patrício, João Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Miguel Veloso (Ricardo Costa), Fábio Coentrão (Almeida), Cristiano Ronaldo, João Moutinho, Hugo Almeida (Éder), Raul Meireles, Nani

Coach: Paulo BENTO

Yellow card: João Pereira

Red card: Pepe


Ball possession: Germany 57% Portugal 43%

Shots/on target: Germany 13/6 Portugal 13/4

Corners: Germany 4 Portugal 6

Fouls committed: Germany 8 Portugal 12



Ghana 1          USA 2

A. Ayew 82     Dempsey 1, Brooks 86


If ever there was a snatched result, this was it. Ghana was all over the USA, but what matters is the result. The USA took their chances, Ghana arrived at the area, but the USA had already parked the bus in front of goal,so was reduced to long shots.



Match statistics



Larsen Kwarasey, Opare, Asamoah, Muntari,  Boye, Mensah,  Atsu (Adomah), Rabiu (Essien),  Gyan, J.Ayew (Boateng), A.Ayew

Coach: James APPIAH

Yellow cards: Muntari, Rabiu



Howard, Johnson, Beasley, Beckerman, Cameron, Besler (Brooks), Bedoya (Zusi), Bradley, Dempsey, Altidore (Jóhannsson), Jones

Coach: Juergen KLINNSMANN

Yellow cards: -


Ball possession: Ghana 62 USA 38

Shots/on target: Ghana 21/3 USA 8/4

Corners: Ghana 7 USA 3

Fouls committed: Ghana 10 USA 12


Group G


Germany 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3

USA 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3

Ghana 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Portugal 0 0 1 0 4 -4 0


Goal scorers

Germany: T. Müller (3), Hummels

USA: Dempsey, Brooks

Ghana: A. Ayew






Group H

Algeria Belgium Rep. Korea Russia


Group H


Belgium 2 Algeria 1

Fellaini 70 Feghouli 24 (pen)

Mertens 80



Match statistics




Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dembélé (Fellaini), Van Buyten, Kompany,  De Bruyne, Witsel, Lukaku (Origi), Chadli (Mertens), Hazard

Coach: Marc WILMOTS

Yellow card: Vertonghen




M'Bolhi, Mostefa, Ghoulam, Medjani (Ghilas), Bougherra, Halliche, Feghouli,  Taïder,Soudani (Slimani), Bentaleb, Mahrez (Lacen)


Yellow card: Bentaleb



Ball possession: Belgium 67% Algeria 33%

Shots/on target: Belgium 17/8 Algeria 3/1

Corners: Belgium 7 Algeria 2

Fouls committed: Belgium 20 Algeria 18


Group H


Russia 1             Republic of Korea 1

Kerzhakov 74  Lee Keun-ho 68

Match statistics



Akinfeev, Eshchenko, Kombarov, Faizulin, Berezoutski, Ignashevitch, Samedov, Glushakov, Kokorin, Shatov, Zhirkov

Coach: Fábio CAPELLO

Yellow card: Shatov


Republic of Korea

Jung Sung-ryong, Lee Yong, Yun Suk-young, Ki Sung-yueng, Hong Jeong-ho, Kim Young-gwon, Lee Chung-yong, Han Kook-young, Park Chu-young, Koo Ja-cheol, Son Heung-min

Coach: HONG Myungbo

Yellow cards: Ki Sung-yueng, Son Heung-min


Ball possession: Russia 49% Republic of Korea 51%

Shots/on target: Russia 18/5 Republic of Korea 10/5

Corner: Russia 4 Republic of Korea 4

Fouls committed: Russia 15 Republic of Korea 7


Group H


Belgium 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3

Russia 0 1 0 1 1 0 1

Rep. Korea 0 1 0 1 1 0 1

Algeria 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0


Goal scorers

Algeria: Feghouli

Belgium: Fellaini, Mertens

Russia: Kerzhakov

Rep. Korea: Lee Keun-ho


Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey


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