Due to restraints on our side, there will be no recap for this game. We will however provide a final score and stats from the game. We do apologize about this.
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In the most anticipated game of the group round, Spain faces off against Netherlands in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final. Where Spain defeated Netherlands with only four minutes left in extra time to win 1-0.
Both teams started by feeling each other out. The Dutch (Netherlands) had an early opportunity when the Spanish were caught flat footed. The Spanish goalkeeper was able to make an easy save.
Minutes late Spain would create a few chances of their own. Each time the Dutch defense would step up and stop them. No shots were taken on goal.
In the 25th minute, the Dutch player De Guzman received a yellow card for his pull down of a Spanish player.
Seconds later Costa was tackle illegally in the box awarding Spain with a penalty kick. Alonso converted on the penalty kick (27th minute) giving the Spanish side the first goal of the game.
The penalties have been advantageous towards Spain to this point in the game. Though their play could be better, they have put together quality runs in the game.
De Vrij was awarded a yellow card for his late hit on a Spanish attacker in the 41st minute. Nothing seems to be going the Dutch way.
Silva had a break-away chance and tried to chip the keeper. Cillessen stayed on his feet to deflect it our of bounds for a corner. A corner in which Spain could do nothing with. The Dutch went on attack. Persie got a beautiful through ball and was able to head it over Casillas to get the equalizer for Netherlands (44th minute). It was the perfect ball for the perfect header. The Dutch are able to tie it just just before heading into halftime.
Halftime score: Spain 1-1 Netherlands
Rain enters the equation as the second half got underway.
They again felt each other out at the beginning of the half. After a throw-in the Dutch push the ball upfield to Robben. Robben makes a couple of moves after receiving the ball and buries the ball into the back of the net (53rd minute). Giving the lead to the Dutch for the first time, this was Robben’s moment after failing to score on a chance in the 2010 World Cup.
In the 60th minute, Robben carried the ball fast towards goal.. Passing it and eventually ending up with Persie. Who took a shot that went off the top cross bar and out of bounds. The Dutch have been looking strong on the counter-attacks.
Finally after all game, calls have started going the Dutch way. The Dutch got a hand ball call against the Spanish which set up a free kick. The ball was crossed in and was headed down by De Vrij who also hit it with his foot and into the net. Netherlands took a commanding two goal lead. Casillas tried to argue a foul that was never committed and received a yellow card. All this happening in the 64th minute.
Right after the following kick-off, Netherlands Persie got a yellow card for his hard tackle.
Spain attacked after the yellow card on the Dutch. A strong header towards goal produced a rebound for Spain’s Silva who pounded it into the net only to have it called back for offsides.
Spain’s Casillas took a touch on a ball played back to him that was a bit to much. Persie was right there ready for the mistake. Taking a touch of his own and scoring in the 72nd minute for his second goal of the night. Spain has been embarrassed this game by the Dutch.
Robben has done it again. Embarrassing Spain’s keeper Casillas by playing around with the ball in the box. Not once, not twice, but three times before taking the shot and scoring in the 80th minute. it is the dagger that will keep any hopes and dreams of coming back in the back of Spain’s mind.
Spain has not been able to answer the Dutch goals in any way. In the late stages the Dutch got a good opportunity to make it six. Though the great saves by Casillas kept it at five.
In stoppage time, Spain had the opportunity to get a goal with an open net after Cillessen was forced out. The Spanish continued their embarrassment by not even getting a shot on goal and turning the ball over. This all happened in the six yard box (small box). The four minutes of stoppage time could not come any sooner.
The Netherlands look like they are out to get revenge on not being able to win the World Cup in 2010. Look for them to make a strong push in hopes of reaching the finals for a second straight tournament.
Were you surprised by the way the Spain player?
Final score: Spain 1-5 Netherlands
27 (P) Alonso
44, 72 Persie
53, 80 Robben
64 De Vrij
It was what you would call embarrassing. So much so, that even the Dutch players were showing how badly the Spanish were playing with the way they scored goals. The question is though… Were you surprised by how embarrassing the Spanish played? What do you think were the key factors in the Spanish not playing as well? What were your thoughts on the game?
Rain highlighted the start of the game. It began early in the morning and would continue throughout the game. Mexico quickly showed their power creating several great attempts with no results.
In the 11th minute it looked to have broken the tie with a nice cross into the box, with a redirect into the goal. Unfortunately the play was called offside.
Cameroon’s greatest attack was in the 15th minute when they were awarded a corner kick. Cameroon was called for an offsides a few seconds later. They were able to continue the pressure minutes later with quality play and no results.
In the 30th minute Mexico was granted a corner kick.. On the kick, the ball was deflected by a Cameroon defender, then headed into the goal by a Mexico player. The Mexico player was offsides, which disallowed the goal.
As the half came to a close, Mexico looked to get the go ahead goal to break the nile all deadlock. A few chances developed though no produced a goal. With a corner in the 45th plus minute, another offsides was given to Mexico, though their shot was nowhere near goal.
Halftime score: Mexico 0-0 Cameroon
Rain continues as the second has got started. Mexico received a great through ball and it was a one-on-one with Cameroon’s goalkeeper. The shot was stopped and deflected out of play by Charles Itanjde.
Eto’o was one-on-one with Mexico’s Moreno. Moreno grabbed and pulled down Eto’o to stop him from going one-on-one with the goalkeeper. This resulted in the games first yellow card. On the ensuing free kick, it was deflected by the wall and just wide of the post for a corner kick. Mexico was able to secure and clear creating a 4 on 3 break away. Cameroon was able to recover and stop the break away.
Minutes later Mexico went on attack. shooting the ball and getting a rebound off of Cameroon’ goalkeeper. Oribe Peralta skimmed it home into the back of the net (61st minute). Giving Mexico the go ahead goal. Beautiful passing was on display as the development would not have happened without it.
Cameroon’s Nounkeu received a yellow card in the 77th minute after his dangerous late slide tackle just outside the side of the box. Giving Mexico a free kick. Nothing developed as the free kick ended in a goal kick. It was a poor delivery by Mexico off the free kick.
In the final ten minutes of the game, Cameroon has created several promising attacks on the Mexican defense. Only coming up short of putting the ball to the back of the net. Cameroon had a beautiful header to start stoppage time only to have Mexico’s goalkeeper Ochoa make an equally beautiful save.
For this game, the Rain was the only consistent. Though it never affected the way the game was player, from playing surface to speed of ball. This was a game that was well played.
Final score: Mexico 1-0 Cameroon
Croatia attacked early and often. Their efforts were rewarded in the 11th minute when Croatia went on attack, crossing the ball into the box. Deflecting off a strike and then Brazil’s defender Marcelo kicked it into his own net.
Yes, the first goal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup was an own goal.
Ten minutes later Brazil looked to get the equalizer when they went on a strong attack. Several times there were quality shots on goal. Stipe Pletikosa was spectacular in goal making the saves.
Neymar received a yellow card in the 27th minute for a forearm to the head.
Minutes later Neymar struck a low drive towards goal. Pletikosa fully stretched in his dive could not stop the ball from redirecting off the woodwork and into the net.
Back an forth action would continue for the remainder of the first half. Both sides getting some good looks in, neither able to capitalize.
Halftime score: Brazil 1-1 Croatia
The start of the second half started out like most matches do. Both teams were just trying to feel each other out to see what each other strategies were. They only slow down in the game were the occasional penalty and substitutions.
Croatia’s Corluka received a yellow card for his tackle on Neymar in the 65th minute. The ensuing free kick for Brazil was well above the crossbar.
In the 69th minute, Brazil was awarded a Penalty Kick after the challenge by Croatia. Croatia’s Lovren received a yellow card for the incident. Croatia players argued with the ref about the call. Though he stood by his call. The announcers argued that the ref should have let the play go considering there was no chance of anything coming from it.
Brazil’s Neymar took the penalty kick. Pletikosa was able to get his hands on the ball but was unable to stop it from going into the net. Brazil takes a 2-1 lead.
Croatia is not getting any breaks in the game. Multiple times they have had scoring chances only to come up empty.
In the 88th minute Brazil’s Gustavo received a yellow card for his poorly timed tackle.
In the 90th plus minute, Brazil’s Oscar toe-pokes in the dagger to close out the game for Brazil.
Final Score: Brazil 3-1 Croatia
Croatia should hold their heads up high. They had to battle not only Brazil, the tournament favorite. They also had to battle the refs which gave no calls their way.
29, 71(PK) Neymar
11 Marcelo (Own Goal)