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. Read more »

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. Read more »

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. Read more »

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. Read more »