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Netherlands & Chile seal Group B fate qualifying to the round of 16 with one match day remaining by defeating a respectable fighting Australian team and a soulless Matador. Croatia sent a warning to Group A leaders Brazil & Mexico by deeming Cameron’s last match day useless.

Clive Rose

NETHERLANDS 3-2 AUSTRALIA

The orange outfit started off their second match against Australia shaken and probably tired after the performance they displayed against the last World Cup Champions Spain. The thriller match saw both teams switching the lead three times. Robben was the first to score and increasing his total World Cup goals to 3 in two matches. One minute later, Cahill scored what is arguably the best the best goal in the current World Cup Van Basten style. The Australians were playing for survival and put the pressure on a struggling Dutch defense and were able to translate it to a penalty kick converted by Jedinak. The second Australian goal awakened the Dutch. Several orange attacks lead to scoring two goals by Van Persie and Memphis to retake the lead ending the Australian dream to reach the knockout stage.

SPAIN 0-2 CHILE

Spain pulled a French failure by losing their two first matches, the second being against Chile. Two goals by Vargas and Arangiuz in the first half were enough were enough to prove that El Matador can no longer tame the regular of beasts. Unorganized and uninterested substitutes made the Spanish team perform similarly to France in 2002. It is a call for an overhaul and for pumping younger players in the system.

CROATIA 4-0 CAMERON

A goalkeeper was without defense, a great player called "Moukandjo" without a team and a player called "Song" without any sense of responsibility or respect. Olic was the first to score in the 11th minute and with that, a violent act by song against an off ball Mandzukic made him see the red card. The remaining ten players were not able to stop Croatia from scoring three more goals in the second half by Perisic and Mandzukic twice. The last ten minutes of the match makes you wonder if Cameron played with 11 players, what could have been. Viola's Rebic was brought in with minutes left in the match. He supplied a perfect assist but Rakitic failed to strike the net.

STANDINGS

Group A

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Brazil

2

1

1

-

3

1

+2

4

Mexico

2

1

1

-

1

0

+1

4

Croatia

2

1

-

1

4

1

+3

3

Cameron

2

-

-

2

0

5

-5

0

Group B

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Netherlands

2

2

-

-

8

3

+5

6

Chile

2

2

-

-

5

1

+4

6

Australia

2

-

-

2

3

6

-3

0

Spain

2

-

-

2

1

7

-6

0

Group C

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Colombia

1

1

-

-

3

0

+3

3

Ivory Coast

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Japan

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Greece

1

-

-

1

0

3

-3

0

Group D

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Costa Rica

1

1

-

-

3

1

+2

3

Italy

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

England

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Uruguay

1

-

-

1

1

3

-2

0

Group E

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

France

1

1

-

-

3

0

+3

3

Switzerland

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Ecuador

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Honduras

1

-

-

1

0

3

-2

0

Group F

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Argentina

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Nigeria

1

-

1

-

0

0

0

1

Iran

1

-

1

-

0

0

0

1

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Group G

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Germany

1

1

-

-

4

0

+4

3

USA

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Ghana

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Portugal

1

-

-

1

0

4

-4

0

Group H

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Belgium

1

1

-

-

2

1

+1

3

Russia

1

-

1

-

1

1

0

1

Korea Republic

1

-

1

-

1

1

0

1

Algeria

1

-

-

1

1

2

-1

0

Golden Boot

Name

Team

Goals

Mueller

Germany

3

Robben

Netherlands

3

Van Persie

Netherlands

3

Neymar

Brazil

2

Cahill

Australia

2

Mandzukic

Croatia

2

Benzema

France

2

Peralta

Mexico

1

Alonso

Spain

1

De Vrij

Netherlands

1

Sanchez

Chile

1

Valdivia

Chile

1

Beausejour

Chile

1

James

Colombia

1

Armero

Colombia

1

Gutierrez

Colombia

1

Cavani

Uruguay

1

Campbell

Costa Rica

1

Duarte

Costa Rica

1

Urena

Costa Rica

1

Marchisio

Italy

1

Balotelli

Italy

1

Sturridge

England

1

Bony

Ivory Coast

1

Gervinho

Ivory Coast

1

Honda

Japan

1

Valencia

Ecuador

1

Mehmedi

Switzerland

1

Seferovic

Switzerland

1

Messi

Argentina

1

Ibisevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Hummels

Germany

1

Ayew

Ghana

1

Brooks

USA

1

Dempsey

USA

1

Feghouli

Algeria

1

Fellani

Belgium

1

Mertens

Belgium

1

K H Lee

Korea Republic

1

Kerzhakov

Russia

1

Jedinak

Australia

1

Memphis

Netherlands

1

Vargas

Chile

1

Aranguiz

Chile

1

Olic

Croatia

1

Perisic

Croatia

1

Qualified Teams to the Round of 16 at the End of Day 7:

1)      Netherlands (Possible opponents: Brazil, Mexico, Croatia)

2)      Chile (Possible opponents: Brazil, Mexico, Croatia)

Teams Packing:

1)      Cameron (Group A)

2)      Spain (Group B)

3)      Australia (Group B)

Day 8 Matches:

Cameron vs Ivory Coast

Match Implications: Both teams won their first matches and will look to win this one to qualify to the knockout stage

Uruguay vs England

Match Implications: Both teams lost their first match in Group D and will try to revive their chances to qualify. The loser may not be out of the equation in the case the other match does not end in a draw.

Japan vs Greece:

Match Implications: Both teams lost their first match in Group D and will try to revive their chances to qualify. The loser may not be out of the equation in the case the other match does not end in a draw.