Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 19th 2014 Contents A70
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Cameroon 0 vs Croatia 4 (Ivica Olic 11, Ivan
Perisic 48, Mario Mandzuki 61, 73)
Spain 0 vs Chile 2 (Eduardo Vargas 20,
Charles Aranguiz 43)
Australia 2 (Tim Cahill 21, Mile Jedinak 54
pen) vs Netherlands 3 (Arjen Robben 20,
Memphis Depay 68, Robin Van Persie 58)
Colombia vs Ivory Coast, Brasilia, noon
Colombia's record against African sides at the
World Cup is balanced with one defeat
(against Cameroon in 1990) and one win
(against Tunisia in 1998).
Ivory Coast's two previous World Cup
matches against South American sides both
ended in defeats (1-2 v Argentina in 2006 and
1-3 v Brazil in 2010).
Didier Drogba has scored both of Ivory Coast's
goals against South American sides at the
World Cup (v Argentina in 2006 and v Brazil
Japan vs Greece, Natal, 6 pm
This is Japan and Greece's first World Cup
Their only previous meeting was in the 2005
Confederations Cup with Japan securing a 1-0
win thanks to a goal by Masashi Oguro.
Yasuhito Endo is the only current member of
the Japan squad to have taken part in that
Greece have failed to score in six of their
seven World Cup games. Only against Nigeria
in 2010 did they manage to find the net (2-1 -
Dimitris Salpingidis and Vasilis Torosidis).
Uruguay vs England, Sao Paulo, 3 pm
England have scored in each of their last eight
World Cup encounters with South American
England recorded their highest ever World
Cup pass completion rate (91%) in the opening
match vs Italy (1966-2014).
Uruguay continued their run of not winning an
opening group game since 1970 and they have
won only once in their second game in their
last six World Cup appearances.
Italy vs Costa Rica , Natal, noon
Switzerland vs France, Salvador 3 pm
Honduras vs Ecuador, Curitiba, 6 pm.
WORLD CUP GLANCE
PORTO ALEGRE---Louis van Gaal can
pinpoint the moment he knew his Nether-
lands team would be able to hold off Aus-
tralia and secure the win that ultimately
put them through to the knockout rounds
of the World Cup.
With just over 20 minutes to go in a frantic,
seesawing match, Australia missed a golden
chance to take a 3-2 lead.
Sitting on the bench, van Gaal saw that
as the sign and turned to his assistant coaches
to tell them.
"I said to Patrick Kluivert and Danny Blind,
We re going to win this match because if
they miss that kind of chance, we will score
the goal. "
Seconds later, he was proved right. From
the very next attack, substitute Memphis
Depay drove a swerving, speculative shot
toward the goal from 25 yards. Australian
goalkeeper Maty Ryan didn t sight it early
enough and the ball shot past his outstretched
It capped a game that intensified suddenly
when a 20th- minute solo run and strike by
Arjen Robben was cancelled out seconds
later by a stunning volley from Australia s
inspirational veteran Tim Cahill.
Australia then went ahead with a second-
half penalty, only for Robin Van Persie to
equalize four minutes later.
The result left the Netherlands, which
thrashed defending champion Spain 5-1 in
its opening game, on the verge of advancing
from Group B. That was confirmed a few
hours later when Chile beat Spain, knocking
the 2010 World Cup winners and Australia
out of contention.
"Bitterly disappointing," Australia manager
Ange Postecoglou said. "Just for the players,
they were magnificent. They took it to a
world-class team. Full credit to them, but I
just feel bitterly disappointed they weren t
able to get some reward out of it today. We
came to this World Cup and we re playing
against three of the best nations in the world."
When Robben opened the scoring, giving
him a third goal for the tournament, another
rout seemed to be in the works. But that was
only for only a matter seconds, with Australia
equalising after Ryan McGowan sent a long,
looping pass from the midfield to Cahill, who
volleyed over Jasper Cillessen onto the under-
side of the bar in one of the best goals of
the tournament so far.
Mark Bresciano and Matthew Spiranovic
missed chances that could have given the
Socceroos a halftime lead.
Just before the interval, Cahill needlessly
clattered into the back of Bruno Martins Indi
and was given a yellow card. He was also
booked in Australia s opening 3-1 loss to
Chile, meaning he may have played his last
World Cup game. Martins Indi was helped
off the field, replaced by Depay to start the
second half, and later taken to a hospital
with a suspected concussion.
At the start of the second half, Netherlands
changed from a 5-3-2 system that worked
so well against Spain to a more traditional
Dutch 4-3-3 style to incorporate Depay, but
it was Australia which took the surprise lead
with a penalty after Daryl Janmaat handled
the ball in the area.
Mile Jedinak converted from the spot in
the 54th but Van Persie leveled again four
minutes later. He later received his second
yellow for the tournament, ruling him out
of Netherlands last group match against
FIFA denies blocking Maradona
RIO DE JANEIRO---Diego Maradona is
not a special guest of FIFA at the World
Cup, though Gisele Bundchen could still
be.FIFA played down the latest broadside
aimed by Maradona, one of the governing
body s fiercest and most regular critics.
The Argentina great has claimed in the
media that he was blocked from watching
his country at the Maracana Stadium on
While FIFA dismissed reports that Bund-
chen could present the actual World Cup
at Maracana on July 13, the Brazilian super-
model seems a candidate to bring the trophy
on to the field before kickoff.
"I have seen a lot of confusion in the
media around that," FIFA spokeswoman
Delia Fischer said yesterday, confirming
longstanding plans that FIFA President Sepp
Blatter will present the trophy. He could be
joined by Brazilian President Dilma Rouss-
eff.Maradona played in two World Cup finals
--- receiving the trophy as Argentina captain
in 1986 --- but his privileges at this tour-
nament seem to extend only as far as work-
ing journalist s accreditation.
Maradona is at the World Cup with
Venezuelan broadcaster Telesur, which does
not have rights to broadcast matches. Jour-
nalists require an additional ticket to sit in
the media tribune at matches.
He told Argentinian media that FIFA
barred his access to the 2-1 win over Bosnia-
"As long as he is going in with the right
media access then there shouldn t be any
issue," Fischer said, adding that FIFA had
not received a complaint from Maradona
"nor for anybody else."
Maradona was inspiration of the Argentina
team that won in 86, and then reached the
He was also the last player expelled from
a World Cup for doping in 1994, when he
tested positive for five different banned
Australia's Tim Cahill, left, and Netherlands' Ron Vlaar battle for the ball during the group
B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio
in Porto Alegre, Brazil, yesterday. Netherlands won the match 3-2. AP PHOTO
...Chile sends Spain packing
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