World Cup 2014

Miroslav Klose: the last poacher?

July 2, 2014
Miroslav Klose: the last poacher?

Ordinarily, a striker surpassing the all-time World Cup goalscoring record would be the major story of the day, but Miroslav Klose’s 16th goal came in Germany’s historic 7-1 thrashing of Brazil – so it was nothing more than a subplot.
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Germany 2-1 Algeria (AET): Algeria press and counter-attack brilliantly

July 1, 2014
Germany 2-1 Algeria (AET): Algeria press and counter-attack brilliantly

Germany’s quality eventually shone through, but Algeria produced one of the best tactical performances of the tournament.
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France 2-0 Nigeria: France prosper when returning to a one-striker system

July 1, 2014
France 2-0 Nigeria: France prosper when returning to a one-striker system

France took a while to show their best football, but dominated the final half hour.
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Costa Rica 1-1 Greece: Costa Rica through on penalties despite playing an hour with ten men

July 1, 2014
Costa Rica 1-1 Greece: Costa Rica through on penalties despite playing an hour with ten men

The Costa Rica miracle continues – they’re through to the quarter-finals after a shoot-out victory over Greece.
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Netherlands 2-1 Mexico: Mexico dominate the start, but Van Gaal changes help the Dutch back into the game

June 30, 2014
Netherlands 2-1 Mexico: Mexico dominate the start, but Van Gaal changes help the Dutch back into the game

The Netherlands produced a dramatic late turnaround, meaning Mexico were eliminated in the second round for the sixth consecutive World Cup.
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