The third weekend of the World Cup has brought with it high levels of excitement, sorrow and controversy!
There was drama from the get go when Chile was defeated by Brazil during Saturday's opening knockout match. We also say goodbye to Mexico after a nail biting match against world cup favourites the Netherlands on Sunday. Chile and Mexico may be leaving the tournament, but they depart with their pride intact.
Even the underdogs are stepping up to the plate to add additional entertainment of these years World Cup. The match between Costa Rica and Greece on Sunday (two teams that many didn’t expect to make it to this stage) was sent into an extra 30 minutes of play due to Sokratis Papastathopoulos scoring in stoppage time.
There will be plenty of drama to come, as host team Brazil are due to face Colombia in the immanent quarterfinal. Until then, take a look at our Guts Awards for the World Cup weekend below.
Our weekend Guts Award goes out to Guillermo Ochoa. Ochoa is the 28-year-old goalkeeper for Mexico. He has been demonstrating his proven goalkeeping talents throughout the tournament. Sundays match was no exception. Ochoa put up a solid defence against the attempts of the Netherlands to score up until the 88th minute. With his quick reflexes and now worldwide recognition, we think that Ochoa will be a player to watch in the future.
And now for the controversy. Mexico put up a strong fight against the Netherlands on Sunday, but the dive taken by Arjen Robben has tainted the victory. In the 92nd minute, Robben free fell to the ground after Rafa Marquez grazed his foot. As well as the moment being captured on film, Robben admitted to Dutch TV that he took a dive in the first half. This means that Robben could face retrospective reprisal from FIFA in the future.
As well as being entertaining, this years World Cup is showcasing a whole host of new talent. One of these stars comes in the form of Colombia's James Rodriguez. Saturday saw the tense match between Colombia and Uruguay. The 22-year-old midfielder managed to score a beautiful second goal for Colombia. Rodriguez took a pass off his chest, and then made the shot a staggering 25 yards from the net. The team celebrated by dancing on the pitch while the fans danced in the stadium.
We all know that a referee needs to have the confidence and knowledge to not only rule out a strike, but to also stick to it. In the case of the World Cup, this is pushed to the extreme when you have the eyes and the opinions of the world fixed on you. Referee Howard Webb is leaving a lasting legacy on behalf of England after disallowing a strike made by Brazils Hulk due to a handball. This decision affected the lead position of the host cities team.Categories: world cup