World Cup 2014

Germany 7-1 Brazil: Germany record a historic thrashing, winning the game in 30 minutes

July 9, 2014
Germany 7-1 Brazil: Germany record a historic thrashing, winning the game in 30 minutes

In one of the most incredible matches in World Cup history, this ridiculous scoreline was an entirely fair reflection of Germany’s dominance. Jogi Low named an unchanged side from the XI that had narrowly defeated France in the quarter-final. Luiz Felipe Scolari was without the suspended Thiago Silva, and the injured Neymar. Dante was the obvious...
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Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica: Oranje progress after van Gaal’s late keeper switch

July 6, 2014
Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica: Oranje progress after van Gaal’s late keeper switch

The Dutch dominated but couldn’t find a way past Keylor Navas – then finally broke their penalty shoot-out curse.
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Argentina 1-0 Belgium: Argentina become even more reliant on Messi

July 6, 2014
Argentina 1-0 Belgium: Argentina become even more reliant on Messi

In their fifth World Cup game, Argentina recorded their fifth one-goal victory. Alejandro Sabella was without Marcos Rojo so brought in Jose Basanta at left-back, and replaced Federico Fernandez and Fernando Gago with Martin Demichelis and Lucas Biglia. Marc Wilmots played Kevin Mirallas rather than Dries Mertens on the right flank, but otherwise the side was...
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Brazil 2-1 Colombia: Brazil prevail in a very aggressive game

July 5, 2014
Brazil 2-1 Colombia: Brazil prevail in a very aggressive game

Goals from both centre-backs put Brazil into the semi-finals.
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Germany 1-0 France: Germany get the better of the midfield battle

July 5, 2014
Germany 1-0 France: Germany get the better of the midfield battle

Mats Hummels’ early header from a Toni Kroos free-kick was the difference in a peculiarly tame, flat contest.
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