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World Cup Day 13: Disappointing Europe

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A bitter defeat for the Italians and Costa Rica wins the group holding England to a draw in Group D. Colombia became the second team to get the full mark beating Japan and Greece jumped from last to second to qualify denying Ivory Cost the draw.

Clive Rose

GROUP C

High flying Colombia continued their fine form adding three more points to get the full mark. Japan went into the match trying to win it but Colombian counters proved too complicated for the Japanese. It was recently fully owned Fiorentina Juan Cuadrado who scored the first goal for Colombia. In the other match and just before half time, Greece jumped from last place in the group to second when Samaris scored a deserved lead goal against the Ivorian. Japan followed with a tie goal against Colombia bringing hope up as a win for Japan with Greece winning over Ivory Coast would mean Japan qualifies alongside Colombia. It took 10 minutes for Jackson to score after the start of the second half for Colombia and 20 minutes after it was Wilfried scoring for Ivory Coast bringing things back to where they started; Colombia first and Ivory Coast second. In the last 10 minutes, Colombia destroyed any Japanese hopes with two more goals signed by Jackson and James. All eyes switched to the other match and any neutral spectator knew how unlucky the Greeks were hitting the bar twice and playing the better game. The match reached its final stoppage minutes and the referee calls a penalty for Greece and rightfully so. The penalty was converted by Samaras to bolt Greece to the knockout stage to face Costa Rica. The second all South American match in the round of 16 is set between Colombia and Uruguay.

GROUP D

Unlike Netherlands and Colombia, Italy put no effort in winning their match and strategized to hold Uruguay to a draw. The match was as dull as it could be with numerous dives by Balotelli viscous fouls by the Italian in general. The referee was led by the Italians themselves to show Marchisio a straight red after a potential injury inflecting tackle at the hour mark. Uruguay had more space and a whole 30 minutes to score the goal they need. Suarez also thought he had enough time to bite Chellini but the referee was nowhere to be found. Uruguay managed to score the only match with 9 minutes to go by Godin. Italy with only 10 man showed they have the ability to pass and be dangerous in those last minutes that makes you wonder: What if? Costa Rica vs England match had no effect on who qualifies or not and just like its potential, it ended with no goals.

GROUP STAGE STANDINGS

Group A

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Brazil

3

2

1

-

7

2

+5

7

Mexico

3

2

1

-

4

1

+3

7

Croatia

3

1

-

2

6

6

0

3

Cameron

3

-

-

3

1

9

-8

0

Group B

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Netherlands

3

3

-

-

10

3

+7

9

Chile

3

2

-

1

5

3

+2

6

Spain

3

1

-

2

4

7

-3

3

Australia

3

-

-

3

3

9

-6

0

Group C

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Colombia

3

3

-

-

9

2

+7

9

Greece

3

1

1

1

2

4

-2

4

Ivory Coast

3

1

-

2

4

5

-1

3

Japan

3

-

1

2

2

6

-4

1

Group D

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Costa Rica

3

2

1

-

4

1

+3

7

Uruguay

3

2

-

1

4

4

0

6

Italy

3

1

-

1

2

3

-1

3

England

3

-

1

2

2

4

-2

1

Group E

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

France

2

2

-

-

8

2

+6

6

Ecuador

2

1

-

1

3

3

0

3

Switzerland

2

1

-

1

4

6

-2

3

Honduras

2

-

-

2

1

5

-4

0

Group F

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Argentina

2

2

-

-

3

1

+2

6

Nigeria

2

1

1

-

1

0

+1

4

Iran

2

-

1

1

0

1

-1

1

Bosnia-Herzegovina

2

-

-

2

1

3

-2

0

Group G

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Germany

2

1

1

-

6

2

+4

4

USA

2

1

1

-

4

3

+1

4

Ghana

2

-

1

1

3

4

-1

1

Portugal

2

-

1

1

2

6

-4

1

Group H

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Belgium

2

2

-

-

3

1

+2

6

Algeria

2

1

1

-

5

4

+1

3

Russia

2

-

1

1

1

2

-1

1

Korea Republic

2

-

1

1

3

5

-2

1

Golden Boot

Name

Team

Goals

Neymar

Brazil

4

Mueller

Germany

3

Robben

Netherlands

3

Van Persie

Netherlands

3

Benzema

France

3

James

Colombia

3

Cahill

Australia

2

Mandzukic

Croatia

2

Suarez

Uruguay

2

Messi

Argentina

2

Memphis

Netherlands

2

Perisic

Croatia

2

Jackson

Colombia

2

Peralta

Mexico

1

Alonso

Spain

1

De Vrij

Netherlands

1

Sanchez

Chile

1

Valdivia

Chile

1

Beausejour

Chile

1

Ruiz

Costa Rica

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

Ibisevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Hummels

Germany

1

Ayew

Ghana

2

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

Vargas

Chile

1

Aranguiz

Chile

1

Olic

Croatia

1

Quintero

Colombia

1

Rooney

England

1

Dzemaili

Switzerland

1

Xhaka

Switzerland

1

Matuidi

France

1

Giroud

France

1

Valbuena

France

1

Sissoko

France

1

Gyan

Ghana

1

Odemwingie

Nigeria

1

Origi

Belgium

1

H M Son

Korea Republic

1

J C Koo

Korea Republic

1

Hallichi

Algeria

1

Slimani

Algeria

1

Brahimi

Algeria

1

Djabou

Algeria

1

Fer

Netherlands

1

Torres

Spain

1

Villa

Spain

1

Mata

Spain

1

Matip

Cameron

1

Fernandinho

Brazil

1

Fred

Brazil

1

Marquez

Mexico

1

Hernandez

Mexico

1

Guardado

Mexico

1

Godin

Uruguay

1

Okazaki

Japan

1

Cuadrado

Colombia

1

Knockout Stage is Shaping Up:

ROUND OF 16

QUARTER FINALS

SEMI FINAL

FINAL

CHAMPION

BRAZIL

CHILE

COLOMBIA

ECUADOR

1E

2F

1G

2H

1H

THIRD PLACE

2G

1F

2E

COSTA RICA

GREECE

NETHERLANDS

MEXICO

Day 14 Matches:

NIGERIA VS ARGENTINA

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA VS IRAN

HONDURAS VS SWITZERLAND

ECUADOR VS FRANCE