World Cup 2014

Belgium 2-1 USA: Belgium dominate but take ages to make the breakthrough

July 3, 2014
Belgium 2-1 USA: Belgium dominate but take ages to make the breakthrough

USA put up a brilliant fight in extra-time, but Belgium had been the superior side for the majority.
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Argentina 1-0 Switzerland (AET): Switzerland concentrate on stopping Messi

July 3, 2014
Argentina 1-0 Switzerland (AET): Switzerland concentrate on stopping Messi

In a very enjoyable World Cup second round, this was surely the least exciting game. Everything went through Leo Messi, and he eventually assisted the winning goal.
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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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