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A Flying Header, Plus 15 Other Awesome Photos From Day 2 of the World Cup
The Tico Times ^ | 6/13/2014 | Lindsay Fendt

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 Friday’s 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.


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1 posted on 06/14/2014 12:15:55 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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The Aussies showed a lot of character. I thought they would fold.

And props to ex-Toffee Tim Cahill for getting a goal.


2 posted on 06/14/2014 12:17:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Hoop. ti. doo.


4 posted on 06/14/2014 12:21:44 AM PDT by 867V309 (Don't tread on me, bro)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


5 posted on 06/14/2014 12:28:00 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: P-Marlowe

All team sports are un-American.


6 posted on 06/14/2014 12:32:06 AM PDT by sagar
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To: nickcarraway; All

We are asking that you make sure that none of these photos or any similar copyright restricted photos end up being posted in this thread.

The photos on the source you linked are all copyrighted photos from Agence France Presse (AFP) and none of them are permitted to be posted on Free Republic.

Thanks.


7 posted on 06/14/2014 12:49:41 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

I deliberately didn’t post the pictures for that reason.


8 posted on 06/14/2014 12:50:43 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Loved watching Holland wipe the field with Spain.


9 posted on 06/14/2014 12:51:16 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: nickcarraway

Cool, thanks for your understanding and cooperation.


10 posted on 06/14/2014 12:52:32 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: sagar
In the age of Obama, America is un-American, but I can't do much about that.

I can, however, enjoy the World Cup.

11 posted on 06/14/2014 12:54:21 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: dfwgator

I think Chile will do well in the Olympics if they decide to use their soccer players in the diving events!


12 posted on 06/14/2014 1:09:23 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: dfwgator; kevkrom; 1rudeboy; BeadCounter; C19fan; corkoman; cartan; St_Thomas_Aquinas; ...

ping


13 posted on 06/14/2014 1:46:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: P-Marlowe
Soccer is un-American.

True. But like so many other things, we will take soccer and Americanize it. It is what we do.

14 posted on 06/14/2014 1:50:19 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: P-Marlowe

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.


15 posted on 06/14/2014 1:55:35 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Spain suffer not just a defeat but a World Cup disaster against HollandHolland had got what the Spanish describe as a manita, a little hand: a goal for each finger. This was the worst defeat a defending champion had ever suffered at the World Cup and it was the first time Spain had conceded five at the tournament since they were last in Brazil, 64 years ago.

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.

Match Highlights Chile - Australia

17 posted on 06/14/2014 2:06:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: nickcarraway

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..


18 posted on 06/14/2014 2:13:00 AM PDT by cardinal4
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Netherlands Turns World Cup Rematch Into A Massacre, Beats Spain 5-1
How the mighty have fallen.

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. It’s 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.

19 posted on 06/14/2014 2:58:13 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

20 posted on 06/14/2014 3:00:01 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Van Persie's landing after his sensational goal against Spain.
21 posted on 06/14/2014 3:03:21 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Robben's Duck-Duck-Goose goal against Spain
22 posted on 06/14/2014 3:08:13 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Yes, we get it. You have Goal Line technology now. Stop using it on every goal that is obvious.

23 posted on 06/14/2014 3:11:39 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Martins Indi's face when the ref sprayed his shoes.
24 posted on 06/14/2014 3:14:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
▶ Robin van Persie - I believe I can fly - YouTube
25 posted on 06/14/2014 3:15:32 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Mexico Coach Celebrating a Goal
26 posted on 06/14/2014 3:19:56 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

link only: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-06-13/spain-goalie-casillas-apologizes-after-world-champions-5-1-loss


27 posted on 06/14/2014 3:23:19 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
That first goal by Van Persiecwas awesome!
28 posted on 06/14/2014 3:25:58 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Spain 1-5 Netherlands (photos)
29 posted on 06/14/2014 3:26:40 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Rummyfan

One For The Ages!


30 posted on 06/14/2014 3:28:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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An embarrassing end to Iker Casillas’s tenure as Spain’s No. 1 goalkeeper
The humiliation of Casillas was there for the world to see. No need to heap derision on a great ’keeper scrambling on the ground, his instincts and dignity gone. On the Netherlands’ fifth goal, he resembled a victim of a beating by a gang of thugs. You almost expected him to assume the fetal position to protect himself. He was, at that point, responsible for four of the five goals scored against his team.

Not his fault, though, you could argue. He should not have come into this World Cup as Spain’s 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 here’s the thing: Finger-pointing at Casillas actually reveals a truth about Spain, not the ’keeper. Spain’s reign isn’t over, but Casillas’s is. With another goalkeeper in place, Spain can flourish once again.

31 posted on 06/14/2014 3:35:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Today at the tournament - day three

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

http://www.sportsinteraction.com/fifa-2014-schedule-results-calendar/?date=20140614

http://pocketworldcupschedule.info/

32 posted on 06/14/2014 4:01:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Rummyfan

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.


33 posted on 06/14/2014 4:13:50 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Thanks for the ping! You have some great posts here...love it!

Going to be a beautiful day today. We plan on getting some yardwork done, then settling in for the England/Italy game. woo-hoo!

34 posted on 06/14/2014 4:15:40 AM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: nickcarraway

Awesome? I’ve told you a million times not to exaggerate.


35 posted on 06/14/2014 4:17:41 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Colombia v Greece : All the stats, facts and team news for the first game in Group C

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.

Ivory Coast vs Japan: All the stats, facts and team news for the second game in Group C

36 posted on 06/14/2014 4:29:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: ZinGirl

My pleasure, really looking forward to England v Italy!


37 posted on 06/14/2014 4:31:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Steven Gerrard says England have no excuses
Gerrard said: "As each day creeps closer to the game itself, a sense of excitement grows.

"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.

38 posted on 06/14/2014 4:39:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"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." - Gerrard
England must use counter-attack against Italy
The temperature in Manaus will play a part in how England perform and, sadly, so will the state of the pitch, which is not good.
39 posted on 06/14/2014 4:50:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England V Italy: Manaus Stadium Pitch Branded 'Unsuitable'
England striker Wayne Rooney is not fazed about the prospect of playing on such a dry pitch.

"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."

40 posted on 06/14/2014 4:55:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Looking forward to Italy - England, a rumble-in-the-jungle.


41 posted on 06/14/2014 4:55:21 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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England vs Italy to be most bet on match in UK history
ENGLAND fans have put their money where their mouth is for tomorrow's World Cup opener against Italy with the match expected to have a record £40million riding on it.

Can Brazilian monkey Oliver predict outcome of England vs Italy
When we tasked him with picking a winner in England’s 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 Hodgson’s young outfit.

He even had a quick sniff of the St George’s 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 Balotelli’s strength up front, they’ve 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.

42 posted on 06/14/2014 5:03:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ World Cup Team Profile: COLOMBIA - YouTube
▶ World Cup Team Profile: GREECE - YouTube

▶ World Cup Team Profile: URUGUAY - YouTube
▶ World Cup Team Profile: COSTA RICA - YouTube

▶ World Cup Team Profile: ENGLAND - YouTube
▶ World Cup Team Profile: ITALY - YouTube

▶ World Cup Team Profile: CÔTE D'IVOIRE - YouTube
▶ World Cup Team Profile: JAPAN - YouTube

43 posted on 06/14/2014 5:20:01 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Wow! Spectacular goal. That's the thing that soccer has that no other sport does --eye-popping plays.

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.

44 posted on 06/14/2014 5:20:33 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

He called it a “lob” header...


45 posted on 06/14/2014 5:21:21 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
England v Italy

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.

46 posted on 06/14/2014 5:24:40 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: nickcarraway

48 hours of play and 16 seconds of action.


49 posted on 06/14/2014 6:25:51 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: biff

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.


50 posted on 06/14/2014 6:26:47 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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