Day 12: Croatia Misses Out, Neymar’s Brace

Netherlands and Chile had already advanced to the next round, but Netherlands took first. Brazil won in convincing fashion, and it was barely enough to get 1st on goal difference. Today, we find out how Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands and Chile decided their fate.

Spain vs Australia:

This is a consolation match, as both sides are already eliminated. Netherlands and Chile are playing for first. Spain could probably get more out of a win here, as they will maintain their dignity, whereas an Australia win wouldn’t be much of a surprise at all anymore.

Starting Lineups:

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Match Highlights:

GOAL! DAVID VILLA IN THE 36TH! HE WAS FANTASTIC FOR THEM IN 2010 AND HE IS FANTASTIC NOW! David Villa has been the only penetrating one in Spain’s front 3.  It was cheeky too, as Juanfran’s cutback was perfect for a backheel flick into the bottom corner! Spain 1-0 Australia

From The Big Lead

KOKE! He fires a great shot that Ryan has to clear for a corner in the 41st.

Half Time: Spain 1-0 Australia; Goals, Villa

David Villa comes off after his last game, and David Villa has had a fantastic career for Spain. He carried them through 2010 during tough times. Juan Mata replaces David Villa in the 57th.

Cesc Fabregas comes on in the 68th for Santi Cazorla. Will Iniesta move to the left wing and Mata to the right so Chelsea’s new midfielder can play in the centre?

TORRES! HE SCORES in the 69th! If only he could find the net for Chelsea, he would be very feared on the international stage. His record for country is nearly as good as Villa’s, and he adds to that with another goal! Spain 2-0 Australia

MATA! HE PUTS IN THE 3rd! A fantastic first touch after a Fabregas ball allows him to finish between the keeper’s legs! Spain 3-0 Australia

Matthew Spiranovic is shown yellow in the 88th.

Full Time: Spain 3-0 Australia; Goals, Villa, Torres, Mata; MOTM Villa

Netherlands vs Chile:

Starting Lineups:

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Match Highlights:

In the 25th, Silva is shown yellow for a foul on Jermain Lens.

Robben from the half line! In the 40th, he sprints down the pitch and cuts to his left, before taking a shot that goes narrowly wide! What a goal that would’ve been!

Half Time: Chile 0-0 Netherlands

At half time, Felipe Gutierrez comes off for Beausejour, who scored a Neymar-esque goal against Australia.

Daley Blind is shown yellow in the 64th for a challenge on Alexis Sanchez.

Jermain Lens comes off in the 69th for Memphis Depay, who scored a beautiful goal for the Dutch to win against Australia. Can he do it again?

Wesley Sneijder is now taken off for Leroy Fer.

WHAT A SAVE BY BRAVO! Depay fires fantastically from far, but Bravo tips it over. Depay may well earn a transfer to Manchester United, who are now managed by the Netherlands’s manager, Louis Van Gaal.

GOAL! LEROY FER SCORES 2 MINUTES AFTER COMING ON! Robben plays a shot corner to Janmaat, who crosses in. Leroy Fer’s first touch of the game is in the net. Netherlands 1-0 Chile

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De Jong! He almost scores an own goal in the 81st! His clearance from Chile’s corner is on its way in, but Stefan De Vrij is there on the line. The ball hits his arm, and a couple of Chileans make a penalty claim. The ref says move on.

Dirk Kuyt comes off now, for Terence Kongolo.

NUMBER 2! The second for Netherlands, and the second for Depay! Robben breaks free on the left and pulls the ball back for Depay, who can’t miss! Netherlands 2-0 Chile

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Full Time: Netherlands 2-0 Chile; Goals, Fer, Depay; MOTM Robben

Brazil vs Cameroon:

Starting Lineups:

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Match Highlights:

SO CLOSE FOR BRAZIL! In the 3rd minute, Neymar gets a great long ball, but his touch allows the Cameroonians to get back in place. He has a brilliant through-ball to Hulk, who places it back for Luiz Gustavo. His shot is blocked.

Vincent Aboubakar has a chance in the 9th minute, but Marcelo is there to block it before it hits the target.

In the 11th, Eyong Enoh is shown yellow.

GOAL! Neymar opens up scoring in the 17th! Gustavo puts a great ground cross to Neymar, who 1 touches it into the right corner. Brazil 1-0 Cameroon

From The Big Lead

CAMEROON! A beautiful corner from Moukandjo goes to Matip, who headers into the bar in the 26th minute.

GOAL IN THE 26TH! Joel Matip receives a fantastic cross from Nyom, who beats Dani Alves after 2 crosses. Cameroon 1-1 Brazil

NEYMAR IN THE 34TH! Marcelo plays a ball to Neymar, who cuts past 1 man and shoots past the other! What a play by the Barcelona Forward!


From The Big Lead

Half Time: Brazil 2-1 Cameroon; Goals, Neymar (2), Matip

Fernandinho comes on for Paulinho in the 46th.

GOAL! FRED SCORES! Brazil 3-1 Cameroon

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Ramires is coming on for Hulk in the 63rd, after a dangerous performance from the wide forward.

Neymar is being really badly treated on the field, and he comes off for Willian after a MOTM performance.

Stephan M’Bia is shown yellow for a bad challenge on Luiz Gustavo.

FERNANDINHO GETS THE 4TH! The beautiful play by Oscar is finished by the Manchester City star, who has been one of the best midfielders around since his move to the city of Manchester. Brazil 4-1 Cameroon

Willian has a chance in the 92nd, but Itandje grabs it without too much difficulty.

Full Time: Brazil 4-1 Cameroon; Goals, Neymar (2), Fernandinho, Fred, Matip; MOTM Neymar

Croatia vs Mexico:

Starting Lineups:

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Match Highlights:

Croatia are dangerous from a set of corners in the first 10 minutes.

Ivan Rakitic gets a yellow card for a challenge on Vazquez in the 9th minute.

HERRERA! WHAT A SHOT in the 16th! He obtains the ball just outside the box, and runs in before taking a huge shot that beats Pletikosa, but flies into the crossbar on the right corner of the goal.

Perisic is on the run in the 39th, but he is brought down just outside the box by Marquez. Marquez receives a yellow card, but he needed to make the challenge.

Half Time: Mexico 0-0 Croatia

Half Time Report: The game really deteriorated after the first 20 minutes.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is coming on for Giovani Dos Santos in the 61st.

An open play in the box is hit out by Srna, but the replay shows it hit his hand. Hernandez is absolutely furious!

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Ivica Olic comes off for Ante Rebic in the 69th.


Croatia now have Jelavic on for Pranjic.

AGAIN! Croatia has no defence, and they are finished. Mexico 2-0 Croatia

Peralta comes off for an extra defender.


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The second goalscorer, Guardado, is coming off for Fabian.

Perisic puts 1 back! Croatia 1-3 Mexico

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REBIC! He challenges in the box and is shown red! Croatia are down to 10 men!

Perisic volleys, but Ochoa hits it out.

Full Time: Mexico 3-1 Croatia; Goals, Marquez, Guardado, Hernandez, Perisic; Red Cards, Rebic; MOTM Marquez

Tomorrow, at 12, Costa Rica try to seal the group in a match where they are surprisingly favourites after a run of form. They play England, who could sack Roy Hodgson after the match. Italy and Uruguay fight for a knockout stage spot, and a draw would see Italy through. At 4, Ivory Coast need to seal qualification against Greece, and Colombia will want to win the group against Japan. Greece or Japan advance, unless Ivory Coast beats Greece.

Meanwhile, today’s fixtures set up 2 knockout stage matches. Let’s look at the updated Round of 16 draw.

1A: Brazil
2B: Chile
1C: xColombia
2D: xItaly/Uruguay
1E: xFrance
2F: xNigeria
1G: xGermany
2H: xAlgeria/Russia
1B: Netherlands
2A: Mexico
1D: xCosta Rica
2C: xIvory Coast
1F: xArgentina
2E: xSwitzerland/Ecuador
1H: xBelgium
2G: xUSA
x=Knockout Picture, Not Certain


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