As we move onto the final group games the action hots up. More cracking games from days twelve and thirteen in the world cup of music.
In what’s becoming time honoured fashion we start with results. This time from days eight and nine in the world cup of music.
Columbia 3 vs Cote D’Ivoire 2
Greece 2 vs Japan 0
Uruguy 1 vs England 2
Italy 1 vs Costa Rica 3
Switzerland 3 vs France 2
Hondurus 2 vs Ecuador 2
And so onto more action which you can, and are encouraged to, vote on…
Final Group A & B Games to decide who goes through – a cracking show with amazing variability from the 8 countries involved from Cameroon to The Dutch.
Holland vs Chile
Australia vs Spain
Brazil vs Cameroon
Mexico vs Croatia
Meanwhile, in the other world cup…
And so on to the final set of group games, with some ties still to decide who will be marching on and who will be showing their passports at the airports. Holland and Chile kicked off a mouth watering Group B encounter, a tactical affair, with players man-marked all over the show. Chile had the better of the first half but then Robben began to make some of his famous charges toward the Chilean goal, without any finishing touch to match. The Dutch, though, would not be denied three wins in a row.In the second half they began to test the Chilean goalkeeper some more, and one sensed a goal was coming. First a wonderful Leroy Fer header (arguably headed goal of the tournament so far) saw them take the lead, then Robben, almost inevitably, charged down the left on the break to hit a ball across goal, for Memphis Depay to poach home to be sure. Who is going to stop them?
In the other game in the group Australia’s worthy but fruitless World Cup came to an end at the hands of the going-home-early Spanish. Spain,let us not forget, have had three wonderful tournaments in a row, but came unstuck in Brazil. Still, they managed to go out on a high of sorts, with David Villa celebrating his final game for his country with a lovely flick into the net (maybe he should have started the previous two games?), followed by Torres slotting in to make it two, and then Mata putting under the Aussie ‘keepers’ legs to make it three.
Group A up next and Brazil made sure against a poor Cameroon side, with Neymar scoring with two nice finishes– one a sweet side-footer, the other a lovely reverse-type shot that sent the African ‘keeper the wrong way. Cometh the hour. The often criticized Fred then got his World Cup goal, nodding in from a cross while appearing just offside. Fernandinho then finished well to make it four to one, and party time was confirmed. By now, Matip’s goal to make it 1-1 seemed a long time ago.
In the other game, Mexico seen off Croatia to confirm their second spot. Goals from Rafael Marquez, and a superb left-footed finish from Andres Guardado made sure. Hernandez added to make it even more sure. Perisic grabbed a consolation for Croatia,
Will 2010 runners up England get knocked out early? Will colombia – do a clean sweep of the group? Listen in on the podcast below.
Italy vs Uruguay.
England vs Costa Rica
Greece vs Ivory Coast
Colombia vs Holland
Today begins with action from Group D. First up the big game between Italy and Uruguay. This one was all about shoulders; the one belonging to Italy defender Chiellini– that was bitten by Luis Suarez (who has history of such episodes)– and, moments later, the one belonging to the Uruguay captain Diego Godin, that the ball came off and went into the net when up for a corner with only ten minutes left on the clock. Before this the game was a niggly, at times bad tempered, affair, with the best couple of chances falling to the team that took the three points, Uruguay. With these very same three points (and the other three they dug out against England) they move on to the last 16. Which all means that, since Italy won the competition in 2006, they’ve gone out in the group stage twice in a row. What does all of this tell us? Have no idea.
Also in Group D the — sort of– ‘nothing’ game between England and Costa Rica. The latter team hit the bar with a free-kick in the first period, while Sturridge wasted several opportunities to score at the other end. Nil nil the result. This group was, alas, over-hyped. It was a poor group, with one surprise team while the other three not at their best. The two sides that move on to fight another day probably deserve to do just that.
Later in the day in Group C Greece met Ivory Coast for a place to see who could make it through to fancy themselves against Costa Rica. A stop-start first half ended with Greece taking the lead when they took advantage of some sloppy Ivory Coast play in midfield, to break and score through Andreas Samaris within seconds. Ivory Coast leveled– and went back into second spot in the group– when Wilfred Bony calmly side-footed in from twelve yards to round of a good move. The livelier second period then got even livelier, as Celtic hero (soon to be ex Celtic hero) Georgios Samaras, was brought down in the box, before stepping up to to keep his nerve and send Greece on their way and into the last 16 for the first time.
In the other game, Colombia joined Holland as members of the maximum-points gang, seeing off Japan by four goals to one. It was a game full of brilliant goals, but possibly the best was Shinji Okazaki’s header for Japan to level the scores at one apiece. Colombia play Uruguay next in a game that’s tough to call.
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All words by Guy Manchester, Zaph Mann and Phillip Neeson. You can find the post where we introduce the concept of the World Cup of Music here.