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 replacement at the back, while tricky winger Bernard was a surprise choice to replace Neymar, with Oscar moving inside to become the number ten. Luiz Gustavo returned after suspension, with Paulinho dropping out.

Incredibly, this game was finished after half an hour – it was 5-0, and Brazil were simply trying to avoid further embarrassment. Read more »

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. Read more »

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 as expected.

Belgium remain a group of individuals, while Argentina play to the strengths of one individual.
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