Another barnstorming day of World Cup action has passed and it seems that the top two of Group B has been decided, just not the order they'll finish in and Croatia gave themselves a fighting chance with the demolition of Cameroon in Group A.
The Netherlands secured a knockout spot with a hard fought 3-2 win over plucky Australia who scored one of the best goals in World Cup history, which we’ll get to soon! Unluckily for the Australians it couldn’t propel them to victory and along with defending World Champions Spain, are out of the competition with one game to spare. Don't be left out of the mix and grab the newest Guts sports promotion well in time before tomorrow's matches.
An easy award to gift really, Chile came out of the traps quickly and could have taken the lead in the first 30 seconds vs. Spain and from then on the tone was set for the remaining 89-and-a-half minutes. Spain really had no answer to the constant harassment of their midfield featuring World and European Championship winners Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta.
Along with that, Eduardo Vargas pounced on an error by Alonso and Spain were behind in a match they desperately needed to win. Any hope of them remaining in the competition was really extinguished at that point as the defending champs were never really in the game. A mention too for Arturo Vidal who, after injury, was superb in closing the Spanish down and never allowing them time and space while also providing a willing outlet for Chilean attacks.
Alex, what were you thinking man? To elbow an opponent from behind while they’re on the counter-attack is simply inexcusable. A tactical foul would have been more appropriate given the Cameroonian situation at that point but to rake your elbow down an opponents’ back…
Cameroon’s defeat means that they now have won only one of their last 14 World Cup games, a miserable record for the proud African nation who had the potential to cause one or two upsets along the way but are now out of the competition with a game to spare.
An easy choice as this perfectly executed, Dutch-esque volley was simply sublime. It is a pity that it had to come in match where Australia were ultimately up against a team determined to secure World Cup knockout qualification at the earliest possible stage.
Allowing deep long ball to float over his shoulder onto his wrong foot (left) and then to execute a perfect dipping volley which smashed into the goal via the underside of the bar…brilliant. This as well after the Dutch had scored a good goal themselves through Arjen Robben just a minute earlier.
Where were Spain? Did they even take part in the competition at all? Tika-taka is well and truly dead. We’d become accustomed to the thought after the demolition of Bayern under Pep Guardiola this season and Barcelona under Tito Vilanova the season before but we all thought Spain would turn up and defend their crown with aplomb.
As it turns out, they bow out of the competition along with Australia with a game to spare and before England! Also, the selection Diego Costa, clearly suited to Brazil’s style, poached by Spain and then misused while Brazil were left with Fred as their main spearhead. Unbelievable!
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