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)
We here at Bear Bottom Productions will be covering the World Cup games. We will provide questions, recaps and analysis (knock-out rounds) of this years FIFA World Cup. We hope you enjoy and make sure you check back for all the coverage we can provide. Starting with Brazil vs. Croatia.
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P.S. Here is a breakdown of the final sscores.
Brazil 3-1 Croatia
Mexico 1-0 Cameroon
Netherlands 5-1 Spain