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Mexico 1 (Oribe Penalta, 61) vs Cameroon 0
Holland 5 (Robin Van Persie 44, 72; Arjen Robben
53, 80, Stefan de Vrij 64) vs Spain 1 (Xabi Alonso
Chile 3 (Alexis Sanchez 12, Jorge Valdivia 14, Jean
Beausejour 90) vs Australia 1 (Tim Cahill 35)
Colombia vs Greece, Belo Horizonte, noon
Ivory Coast vs Japan, Recife, 6 p.m.
Uruguay vs Costa Rica, Forteleza, 3 p.m.
England vs Italy, Manuas, 6 p.m.
Switzerland vs Ecuador, Brasilia, noon
France vs Honduras, Porto Alegre, 3 p.m.
Argentina vs Bosnia, Rio de Janeiro, 6 p.m.
Today's Main Game
England face odds-defying task
Italy head into today clash as slight favourites as
they look to justify their status at the head of
the betting to win Group D.
In the closest to call of the eight groups, England
are considered third in the betting, with Cesare
Prandelli's men leading the market.
Mario Balotelli is considered the biggest threat to
Roy Hodgson's backline to break the deadlock
followed by Ciro Immobile, who netted a hat-trick
in their final warm-up game against Fluminense.
Wayne Rooney heads the betting on England's
side with strike partner Daniel Sturridge.
Plenty will be expecting a tight affair for such a
crucial opening affair, with the draw odds slightly
shorter than usual and over 2.5 goals odds-
England have only won two of their last 11
internationals against Italy (D3 L6), losing to
them on penalties in the quarter-finals of Euro
The one previous World Cup meeting between
these two former winners came in the third place
play-off in 1990; Italy won 2-1.
Italy have scored in each of their last 14 games at
the World Cup, the longest current run. The last
time they failed to score was on 3 July 1998
against France. (AP)
WORLD CUP GLANCE
Dutch puts Spain in pain
SALVADOR---Robin van Persie and Arjen
Robben inspired Holland to a stunning 5-
1 win over defending champions Spain in
a thrilling encounter that will go down in
World Cup history.
The Dutch avenged their defeat by the
same opponents in the 2010 final in out-
rageous style, with four unanswered goals
in an irresistible second half display in Sal-
Van Persie and Robben scored two apiece,
with each man s first a minor classic in its
own right. Defender Stefan de Vrij netted
Holland s third.
Vincent Del Bosque s side, who also lost
their opener against Switzerland four years
ago, had actually taken the lead through
Xabi Alonso s disputed penalty, a lead they
held until Van Persie s instinctive flying
header levelled matters just before the break.
After that, Holland were rampant, laying
a big marker down for the remainder of the
tournament and raising the prospect of a
Brazil-Spain second-round clash.
Holland should have taken the lead after
just eight minutes, but Wesley Sneijder
botched a wonderful opening.
Robben produced the pass that sent Snei-
jder bearing in on goal but he snatched at
his lofted shot and allowed Iker Casillas to
thrust his right glove up and make the save.
Spain rallied quickly from that scare and
soon began to stamp themselves on the
By 20 minutes the Dutch were being dic-
tated to by Xavi, Iniesta, David Silva and
Xabi Alonso, with Ron Vlaar producing at
least two desperate blocks.
The controversial penalty followed in the
26th minute, starting with Xavi s beautifully
weighted pass for Costa.
He surged into the area and took two
touches before turning De Vrij, who appeared
in real time to trip him.
By the time Xabi Alonso had buried the
spot-kick, replays showed Costa apparently
Holland responded positively but needed
Jasper Cillessen to paw clear Silva s instinc-
tive lob after a glorious pass from Iniesta
in the 43rd minute.
That paved the way for Van Persie s lev-
eller, the Manchester United man reading
the space perfectly as he leapt to head Daley
Blind s hanging cross high over the helpless
The reaction was delight, not least from
the high-fiving Louis van Gaal on the touch-
The celebrations were even better eight
minutes into the second half, when a piece
of Robben magic gave them the lead.
Van Persie s chip picked out his team-
mate, but he had plenty still to do as he
controlled the ball brilliantly with the outside
of his boot before turning Gerard Pique and
Sergio Ramos, converting with a slight
deflection off the latter.
Things might have unravelled completely
for the holders had the referee spotted
Costa s apparent headbutt on Bruno Martins
Indi, but the incident went unseen.
There was no holding Holland back,
though, Van Persie cracking a volley against
the crossbar on the hour before De Vrij
made it 3-1 from Sneijder s curling free-
Casillas came to claim but failed, with
De Vrij on hand to bundle home at the far
The pace only increased from there, Silva s
close-range finish chalked off for offside
before Holland extended their lead to three
in the 72nd minute.
Casillas was wholly culpable this time,
turning a harmless back pass into one dread-
ful touch and an open goal for the alert Van
Robben completed Spain s misery with
10 minutes left, collecting Sneijder s pass
and then reducing Casillas and his defenders
to a floundering mess as he made room for
an emphatic finish.
Holland might have scored two more had
they been more clinical, and Spain s Fer-
nando Torres made a woeful blunder from
close range, but their statement was already
well made. (AP)
Peralta's goal eases Mexico past Cameroon
NATAL---With torrential rain
pouring down and two goals
already contentiously disallowed,
tens of thousands of soggy but
boisterous Mexico fans were getting
They had already started chanting
for Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez,
the striker benched in favour of Oribe
Peralta, to come on and deliver a
Seconds after the chant began,
Peralta scored in the 61st minute to
help Mexico to a 1-0 victory yes-
terday and the three points it needed
to have any chance of advancing
from a tough Group A at the World
Peralta s goal gave Mexico its first
win over an African team at the
World Cup and justified coach
Miguel Herrera s faith that he could
deliver on the biggest stage in the
A non-factor most of the first half,
Peralta broke the deadlock with his
left foot after Cameroon goalkeeper
Charles Itandje parried Giovanni Dos
Santos attempt from the edge of
The goal relieved the pressure that
had been building steadily after Dos
Santos had two goals disallowed in
the first half, frustrating the Mexican
team that was controlling the game
with its speed and ball possession.
"We could have scored more, but
unfortunately we re not used to these
conditions," Herrera said. "Frankly,
the refereeing took away two clear
goals, but at the end of the day
you ve got to work for it, and we get
to the next match with three points
and very high spirits."
Tournament host and favorite
Brazil leads the group after a 3-1 win
over Croatia in the opening game.
Mexico plays Brazil on Tuesday in
While the heat was expected to
be an issue in this balmy coastal city,
rain soaked the field at the new
Arena das Dunas starting about four
hours before the match and never
let up, creating a cool day but a slick
Mexico players said the field held
up well and the conditions favoured
their style of play.
Dos Santos had twice put the ball
in the net in the first half only to
have both efforts called back. He
was ruled offside in the 11th minute
and his header from a corner in the
29th was denied when referee
Wilmar Roldan apparently called a
foul in front of Itandje.
His work done, Peralta was taken
off in the 74th minute for Hernandez,
who nearly doubled Mexico s lead
minutes later. But Hernandez mis-
fired a volley and sent it over the
While a tough shot, the miss
punctuated Hernandez scoring
drought. Peralta, on the other hand,
is growing in confidence and keen
to add to the gold medal he picked
up with Mexico at the London
Cameroon seldom tested Mexico
goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa until
forcing him to make a late victory-
clinching save with a dive to his left
to stop a header by Benjamin
The save was yet another big pay-
off for Herrera, who started Ochoa
after the keeper had been a reserve
at the last two World Cups.
At the final whistle, Herrera
kneeled, crossed himself and pumped
his right fist. Cameroon coach Volker
Finke stood with his arms crossed,
scowling as the rain dripped off his
The loss also leaves Cameroon
needing a victory over group rival
Croatia before closing first-round
play against Brazil. (AP)
Netherlands' Arjen Robben kicks the ball past Spain's Sergio Ramos to score his side's
second goal during the second half of the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain
and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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