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 »

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. Read more »

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. Read more »

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. Read more »