Skip to comments.A Flying Header, Plus 15 Other Awesome Photos From Day 2 of the World Cup
Posted on 06/14/2014 12:15:55 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Host Brazil kicked off the 2014 World Cup on Thursday with a 3-1 win over Croatia. Three more matches took place today (with four slated for Saturday, including Costa Rica vs. Uruguay at 1 p.m.). Here are the best shots from all of Fridays games.
See the full schedule for the group stage of the World Cup here.
Group A: Mexico vs. Cameroon
After having their first two goals disallowed, Mexico finally got one that counted in the second half against Cameroon. El Tri then held on for the 1-0 victory.
Group B: Spain vs. Netherlands
The Netherlands got their revenge on Spain in this rematch of the 2010 World Cup final. While Spain struck first on a penalty, the Dutch responded with five unanswered goals to take the 5-1 victory. Netherlands first goal, an astounding diving header by Robin Van Persie, might be the best goal anyone will see all tournament.
Group B: Chile vs. Australia
Chile came out with two quick goals in the first half, but then the Chileans found themselves having to hang on against the lowest ranked team in the World Cup. Australia got one goal back, and missed a few chances to equalize before Chile broke through again late to finish off the Socceroos, 3-1.
The Aussies showed a lot of character. I thought they would fold.
And props to ex-Toffee Tim Cahill for getting a goal.
Hoop. ti. doo.
The only reason Spain will make it out of the Group, is because their group is so weak, but I don’t see them making it out of the Group of 16. They look old.
All team sports are un-American.
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Loved watching Holland wipe the field with Spain.
Cool, thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
I can, however, enjoy the World Cup.
I think Chile will do well in the Olympics if they decide to use their soccer players in the diving events!
True. But like so many other things, we will take soccer and Americanize it. It is what we do.
American Football is gay.
There you go. That’s what your attack on this thread deserved.
Spend the rest of your life futilely attacking real Football. Nobody cares.
At the final whistle Daryl Janmaat fell to the turf and kissed it, lying there in disbelief. This was astonishing, barely believable. Four years ago, Holland had lost the World Cup final to Spain. Now, they had humiliated them. They had scored five; they could have scored more.
Spain 1:5 Netherlands Match Highlights
Mexico overcome heavy rain, Cameroon
Mexico got just rewards for their attacking intent when Oribe Peralta's 61st minute strike gave them a 1-0 win over Cameroon in their World Cup opener at a rain-saturated Dunas arena on Friday (local time).
The Mexicans had two Giovani dos Santos efforts controversially disallowed in the first half but Peralta's goal means they will now feel they have a good chance of progressing from Group A, which also includes hosts Brazil and Croatia.
Mexico 1:0 Cameroon Match Highlights
Chile cheats says Australia's Cahill
A Chilean player admitted to cheating as star-struck Australia suffered stage fright in a galling opening World Cup loss.
Australian striker Tim Cahill says Chile's 3-1 win in Cuiaba came down to respect: the Socceroos showed their opponents too much and their opponents showed soccer none.
Sadly, I’m on a project that has me working 1800-0600 everyday. If I’m not working, I’m sleeping. I’m hoping to catch some of next weekends games..
The third game at the World Cup Friday was a rematch for the ages. The 2010 champion Spain met with runner-ups the Netherlands and what was initially a good match up quickly turned into a 5-1 massacre.
Scoring Onslaught Does In Defending Champions
In his life, he has done amazing things, Kuyt said of van Persie. But to score this goal for his country was very special. It was an amazing pass and an even better finish. Its a great start to the tournament, two goals against the world champion. It is amazing for him and it is amazing for the team. Hopefully, this is the start of a great tournament.
It was a result as surprising as it was emphatic. Few could have predicted such a lopsided win for the 2010 runners-up
Is Netherlands defeat the end of Spain reign?
Walking alone with slumped shoulders, a bowed head and weary eyes, Xavi exited Arena Fonte Nova wearing the look of a man who knew exactly how profound Friday's 5-1 defeat by Netherlands could prove.
None of the assembled journalists even attempted to pose a question; there was no point.
Yes, we get it. You have Goal Line technology now. Stop using it on every goal that is obvious.
One For The Ages!
Not his fault, though, you could argue. He should not have come into this World Cup as Spains main goalkeeper. He lost his confidence, timing and technique some time back. He was sometimes poor for Real Madrid this past season, and not their first choice in league games. And before that again, when José Mourinho was in charge there, he recognized that Casillas was fading and dropped him. There was controversy in Madrid at the time over that. But Mourinho was correct.
And heres the thing: Finger-pointing at Casillas actually reveals a truth about Spain, not the keeper. Spains reign isnt over, but Casillass is. With another goalkeeper in place, Spain can flourish once again.
There are four matches on a jam-packed day three at the World Cup, with Group C and Group D taking centre stage.
Colombia v Greece
Uruguay v Costa Rica
England v Italy
Ivory Coast v Japan
If there is a better goal scored in this tournament than Van Persie’s first, then I really hope I’m watching when it happens.
Going to be a beautiful day today. We plan on getting some yardwork done, then settling in for the England/Italy game. woo-hoo!
Awesome? I’ve told you a million times not to exaggerate.
Luis Suárez left out of Uruguay team
Óscar Tabárez picks Diego Forlán and Edinson Cavani
Suárez could feature as substitute against Costa Rica
Saturday Game of the Day: England vs. Italy
The Azzurri will be led by dynamic striker Mario Balotelli. Gianluigi Buffon, the hero of 2006, is still in goal, making his fifth World Cup team. England, champions at home in 1966, is led, once again, by Wayne Rooney who has yet to produce anything but a red card in two previous World Cups. In 2010, England tied the United States in group play, and finished second, going on to lose to Germany 4-1 (a game remembered by the English for a disallowed equalizing goal). Aside from Rooney and Steve Gerrard, the Three Lions are relying on youth. The last time England made it past the quarterfinals was in 1990.
My pleasure, really looking forward to England v Italy!
"It is here now. All the distances and the miles we have covered, the heat preparation - we have done all that. There are no excuses now."
England v Italy: Manaus World Cup pitch 'painted green' amid fears over condition
Fifa refused to answer questions about the apparent dying, but did say the pitch is receiving "treatment" ahead of its first-ever international fixture.
England staff are thought to have commissioned their own investigations, receiving assurances from the Sports Turf Research Institute that while the turf may not be nice to look at, playing on it should be fine.
"It is here now. All the distances and the miles we have covered, the heat preparation - we have done all that. There are no excuses now." - GerrardEngland must use counter-attack against Italy
"We're not sure, but I think at the end of the day it's the same for ourselves and Italy so we'll both have to deal with that," he said.
His words were echoed by England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who said: "We've both got to play on it, whatever it is. I think they've worked day and night over here to make it the best it can be.
"We've got to appreciate we're playing in the jungle, so we'll take anything."
Looking forward to Italy - England, a rumble-in-the-jungle.
Can Brazilian monkey Oliver predict outcome of England vs Italy
When we tasked him with picking a winner in Englands opening group match against Italy on Saturday, he sided with the Azzurri.
Striding onto the platform with confidence, it looked a sure bet he was going to pick Roy Hodgsons young outfit.
He even had a quick sniff of the St Georges flag before deciding it best to sit down and give it some more thought.
Not one but two scratches of the backside later and there was a change of heart.
You could almost see the cogs of his mind twirling, thinking: No, no. With Pirlo pulling the strings in midfield and Balotellis strength up front, theyve got this in the bag. The boot-shaped country it is!
And with his prediction of a win for the 2006 World Cup champions, he devoured his well-earned grape in reward.
Didn't get to see much of yesterday's games. I keep catching the Cameroon/Mexico match, but haven't been able to see highlights of this game.
The Socceroos played a good game against Chile. I liked their attack. It was a closer game than the score indicated.
He called it a “lob” header...
I'm taking the family to the beach today. They have no idea how much I want to see this game. To them, it's like missing a mid-season baseball game. At least I can catch the replay, and the night game.
48 hours of play and 16 seconds of action.
If you don’t care about it, why even read this thread ... much less post on it. You’re like one of those anti-Christian atheists that’s always going on and on against something they don’t believe in anyway.
If you don’t like the game, go away.