- Spain 1-5 Netherlands
- Chile 3-1 Australia
- Australia 2-3 Netherlands
- Spain 0-2 Chile
- Australia 0-3 Spain
- Netherlands 2-0 Chile
The Pain for Spain Happens Mainly in the Rain
Spain 1 - Netherlands 5
01 Casillas Booked, 22 Azpilicueta, 18 Alba, 14 Alonso (Pedro - 63'),03 Piqué, 15 Ramos, 21 Silva (Fábregas - 78'), 16 Busquets, 19 Diego Costa (Torres - 62'), 08 Xavi, 06 Iniesta
02 Albiol, 04 Javi Martínez, 05 Juanfran, 07 Villa, 09 Torres, 10 Fábregas, 11 Pedro, 12 de Gea, 13 Mata, 17 Koke, 20 Cazorla, 23 Reina
01 Cillessen, 07 Janmaat, 05 Blind, 04 Martins Indi, 02 Vlaar, 03 de Vrij Booked (Veltman - 77'), 08 de Guzmán Booked (Wijnaldum - 62'), 06 de Jong, 10 Sneijder, 09 van Persie Booked (Lens - 79'), 11 Robben
12 Verhaegh, 13 Veltman,14 Kongolo, 15 Kuyt, 16 Clasie, 17 Lens, 18 Fer, 19 Huntelaar, 20 Wijnaldum, 21 Depay, 22 Vorm, 23 Krul
Del Bosque’s Boys Bossed in Dutch Downpour
Caption writers in the English-speaking world were celebrating last night at the thought of being able to use the phrase Dutch Masters for the next month, as the Netherlands totally kicked Spanish ass.
This, my friends, is what the World Cup is all about: top notch soccerball, stunning goals, rubbish decisions by officials, cools kits, TV close-ups of attractive women, and head-butts.
And better still – ‘cos I’ve never cared for them much – reigning world champions Spain were taken down a peg or seven thanks to a stunning performance by Holland (who I’ve always liked).
It all started a bit predictable, like, as dirty cheating Chelsea-bound Costa won a penalty for Spain on 27 minutes after allowing his carefully placed foot to be dragged away by a hapless Dutch defender – with Alonso cooling slotting the penalty home (COOLY SLOTTING PENALTY HOME CLICHE KLAXON).
But then with a minute of the first half left, Robin van Persie literally flew through the air in the style of a Marvel superhero - Iron Man, possibly - to connect with a long ball and head over the on-coming keeper.
Into the second half, and the Salvador heavens opened up – but this only added to the drama, as Arjen Robben ran riot, scoring two, missing others and generally looking dead cool.
There was even time for DCC-B Costa to head-butt a Dutch defender – which the ref didn’t spot – before further goals for Holland, who played in the best Nike kit seen in a while.
I could also mention goal scorer De Vrij sticking like a magnet to the Spanish attackers, but I can’t think of a way to make in read funny.
Way to go, Holland, although you just know they’ll crash and burn later on – and in your face Spain: you were rubbish.
- Alonso 27′ (pen)
van Persie 44′, 72′
Robben 53′, 80′
de Vrij 64′
Ref: Nicola Rizzoli
Red Hot Chile Pepper Aussie Goal
Chile 3 – 1 Australia
01 Bravo, 04 Isla, 02 Mena, 21 Díaz, 17 Medel, 18 Jara, 20 Aránguiz (Booked), 10 Valdívia (Beausejour - 68'), 11 Vargas (Pinilla - 88'), 07 Sánchez, 08 Vidal (Gutierrez - 60')
03 Albornoz, 05 Silva, 06 Carmona, 09 Pinilla, 12 Toselli, 13 Rojas, 14 Orellana, 15 Beausejour, 16 Gutierrez, 19 Fuenzalida, 22 Paredes, 23 Herrera
01 Ryan, 02 Franjic (McGowan - 49'), 03 Davidson, 05 Milligan (Booked), 22 Wilkinson, 06 Spiranovic, 07 Leckie, 15 Jedinak (Booked), 04 Cahill (Booked), 23 Bresciano (Troisi - 78'), 11 Oar (Halloran - 69')
08 Wright, 09 Taggart, 10 Halloran, 12 Langerak, 13 Bozanic, 14 Troisi, 16 Holland, 17 McKay, 18 Galekovic, 19 McGowan, 20 Vidosic, 21 Luongo
Danny Baker was always my favourite writer on the NME, in part ‘cos he’d always admit he was reviewing, say, the latest Status Quo single, WITHOUT ACTUALLY LISTENING TO IT.
I dedicate this match report, therefore, to the excellent @prodnose (what do you mean, you don’t follow him?), because I have to admit I didn’t see the game and haven’t seen any highlights. Look, I have a young baby – what can I say?
In fact I’m basing this on a piece in The Guardian which is propped precariously next to my laptop as I stand and type (we’ve had to take the glass dining table down – don’t ask).
Anyway, according to The Guardian, Chile were just like I predicted in my exclusive IBO Group B preview (which I think I also snitched from elsewhere): they offer an unflagging, almost irrational attack, it says here, with their ‘outstanding front two of Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sanchez racing forward at every opportunity with something like a primal lust for goal’. Be honest, you don’t get that sort of thing with Daily Star Online.
Chile went two up in the first 15 minutes, and while the surely middle-aged by now Tim Cahill pulled the deficit back to one goal on 35 minutes, the South American dark horses (DARK HORSES KLAXON) scored a third with pretty much the last kick of the game.
With the super sexy Dutch and smarting Spanish to come, it’s probably fair to say This Was Your World Cup, The Socceroos. But Chile v Spain on Wednesday now looks a bit tasty.
- Sánchez 12′
- Valdívia 14′
- Beausejour 90′
- Cahill 35′
Ref: Noumandiez Doue
- Chile 65%
- Australia 35%
- Chile 10
- Australia 13
- Chile 5
- Australia 4
- Chile 3
- Australia 1
- Chile 9
- Australia 18
Van Persie, scorer of second Dutch goal in a tussle with Spiranovic
Australia 2 – Netherlands 3
18th June, Porto Alegre
01 Ryan, 19 McGowan, 03 Davidson, 17 McKay, 22 Wilkinson, 06 Spiranovic, 07 Leckie, 15 Jedinak, 04 Cahill (Booked) (Halloran - 68'), 23 Bresciano (Bozanic - 51'), 11 Oar (Taggart - 77')
05 Milligan, 08 Wright, 09 Taggart, 10 Halloran, 12 Langerak, 13 Bozanic, 14 Troisi, 16 Holland, 18 Galekovic, 20 Vidosic, 21 Luongo
01 Cillessen, 07 Janmaat, 05 Blind, 04 Martins Indi (Depay - 48' ), 02 Vlaar, 03 de Vrij, 08 de Guzmán (Wijnaldum - 78'), 06 de Jong, 10 Sneijder, 09 van Persie Booked (Lens - 87'), 11 Robben
12 Verhaegh, 13 Veltman, 14 Kongolo, 15 Kuyt, 16 Clasie, 17 Lens, 18 Fer, 19 Huntelaar, 20 Wijnaldum, 21 Depay, 22 Vorm, 23 Krul
Long Distance Goal Information: Give Me Memphis Depay
Reasons to be hacked off with Liverpool #58: one of our two office Liverpool fans set up a last minute brainstorm for 5pm, which meant I missed the first half of this Group B encounter. And when I got back to my desk I found myself watching Holland v Russia from the 1988 Euros (we have TV screens around the office, you know).
Cue helpful colleague who explained that THAT Marco Van Basten goal was being compared with Tim Cahill’s screamer for Australia, which had levelled the game 60 seconds after Arjen Robben’s solo effort on 20 minutes.
And it’s only now - as I pad this report out by pinching stuff from Football365 - that I learn that Cahill also showed his bad side with a late challenge on Bruno Martins Indi, who was taken off on a stretcher, to earn a booking which sees the Australia talisman suspended for the (now pointless) game with Spain. See also my ‘Indi Banned’ post the other day.
Anyway, I had half an eye on the second half, which saw Robin van Persie cancel out Mile Jedinak's 54th-minute penalty with a fierce (it says here) strike into the roof of the net - before substitute Memphis Depay won the game for Holland on 68 with a 25-yard belter.
So, it’s Oranje Wednesday, as they qualify for the last 16. And Boo Hoo Socceroos.
- Cahill 21′
- Jedinak 54′ (pen)
- Robben 20′
- van Persie 58′
- Depay 68′
Ref: Djamel Haimoudi
- Australia 50%
- Netherlands 50%
- Australia 10
- Netherlands 14
- Australia 4
- Netherlands 9
- Australia 3
- Netherlands 2
- Australia 18
- Netherlands 25
Vargas celebrating scoring the first of the two goals that would dump Spain out of the World Cup
Spain v Chile
18th June, Rio De Janeiro
01 Casillas, 22 Azpilicueta, 18 Alba, 14 Alonso (Booked) (Koke - 45'), 04 Javi Martínez, 15 Ramos, 11 Pedro (Cazorla - 76'), 16 Busquets, 19 Diego Costa (Torres - 64'), 21 Silva, 06 Iniesta
02 Albiol, 03 Piqué, 05 Juanfran, 07 Villa, 08 Xavi, 09 Torres, 10 Fábregas, 12 de Gea, 13 Mata, 17 Koke, 20 Cazorla, 23 Reina
01 Bravo, 04 Isla, 02 Mena (Booked), 18 Jara, 17 Medel, 05 Silva, 20 Aránguiz (Gutierrez - 64'), 21 Díaz, 08 Vidal (Booked) (Carmona - 88'), 07 Sánchez, 11 Vargas (Valdívia - 85')
03 Albornoz, 06 Carmona, 09 Pinilla, 10 Valdívia, 12 Toselli, 13 Rojas, 14 Orellana, 15 Beausejour, 16 Gutierrez, 19 Fuenzalida, 22 Paredes, 23 Herrera
All Things Must Pass, sang George Harrison in 1970. Spanish Bombs, declared The Clash in 1979. You’re So Shit It’s Unbelievable, intimated Girls Aloud in 2004. And in 2014, the greatest football story of the century so far, apparently, came to a crashing halt.
Spain are the world and double European champions, you know, and at the Maracanã on Wednesday they became the first team to leave the World Cup, knocked out of a major tournament for the first time in eight years – thanks to a pretty tasty looking Chile.
The tone had been set from the start with two chances for Chile inside the first 80 seconds, and they were good ones, too, for Eduardo Vargas and Gonzalo Jara. And on 20 minutes, they sliced Spain open: Alexis Sánchez, Arturo Vidal and Aránguiz combined on the right, sprinting forward, Aránguiz cleverly cut the ball towards Vargas, who took one touch, to take him away from the scrambling Casillas, and scored. It was a brilliant goal and one that defined Chile: fast, aggressive, incisive and collective – and extremely skilful too.
Spain looked lost, slow to the ball, imprecise in their passing. Andrés Iniesta kept his head but all around him team-mates were losing theirs; Chile could now smell blood and they raced around still, seemingly stuck on fast forward.
Chile made it 2-0 and to all intents ended the contest just before half-time. Sánchez was fouled by Xabi Alonso and took the free-kick himself. The ball swung towards Casillas, who chose to punch. If the idea was questionable, the execution was awful. The ball fell straight to Aránguiz, who controlled well and toe-poked it into the net. The abyss opened before Spain and before their captain in particular.
Er, at that point we turned over for the ruddy brilliant new series of 24 - not long until the final episode filmed in Southampton, right readers? - but it became clear on Twitter that it was all over bar the shouting, mainly by the Chile fans.
Mates of mine did a World Cup story for a betting brand a few weeks ago using Countdown’s Rachel Riley, in which she predicted Chile to win the tournament – they might be on to something.
- Vargas 19′
- Aránguiz 43′
Ref: Mark Geiger
- Spain 63%
- Chile 37%
- Spain 16
- Chile 8
- Spain 6
- Chile 4
- Spain 7
- Chile 1
- Spain 14
- Chile 15
Villa scores Spain's first in the 3-0 win, but both teams go home now
Australia v Spain
23rd Spain, Curitiba
01 Ryan, 19 McGowan, 03 Davidson, 17 McKay, 22 Wilkinson, 06 Spiranovic (Booked), 07 Leckie, 15 Jedinak (Booked), 09 Taggart (Halloran - 45'), 13 Bozanic (Bresciano - 72'), 11 Oar (Troisi - 61')
05 Milligan, 08 Wright, 10 Halloran, 12 Langerak, 14 Troisi, 16 Holland, 18 Galekovic, 20 Vidosic, 21 Luongo, 23 Bresciano
23 Reina, 05 Juanfran, 18 Alba, 14 Alonso (Silva - 83'), 02 Albiol, 15 Ramos (Booked), 17 Koke, 06 Iniesta, 09 Torres, 20 Cazorla (Fábregas - 68'), 07 Villa (Mata - 57')
01 Casillas, 03 Piqué, 04 Javi Martínez, 08 Xavi, 10 Fábregas, 11 Pedro, 12 de Gea, 13 Mata, 16 Busquets, 19 Diego Costa, 21 Silva, 22 Azpilicueta
After a very nervy half hour, Spain showed what they are capable of against a young Australian team. Spain clearly could have performed so much better than they did in this competition and it is a case of what might have been. Some of their play was simply mesmerising, so why couldn't they have played like this before?
As for the Aussies, I have watched all three of the Australian games and they have a lot to be proud of, in spite of not gaining a single point. Australian football is developing in leaps and bounds and I hope that the lack of anything tangible to show for their campaign will not be seen as failure back in Oz.
The first goal was a flashback to a Spain at the height of their powers, even just a couple of years ago. Iniesta put an inch perfect pass down the right to full back, Juanfran, who squared it to Villa, who finally flicked the ball past keeper Mat Ryan.
This was Villa's final game for Spain and when he was substituted later he was inconsolable.
After the break Spain were infinitely better and goals for Torres and Mata followed.
The young Australians tired towards the end, as their attempt to play a high energy pressing game against Spain came unstuck. Fortunately for the Aussies the damage stayed at 3-0 and both teams will be on planes home tomorrow.
- Villa 36′
- Torres 69′
- Mata 82′
Ref: Nawaf Shukralla
- Australia 42%
- Spain 58%
- Australia 4
- Spain 10
- Australia 0
- Spain 4
- Australia 2
- Spain 6
- Australia 14
- Spain 9
This was one way traffic, with Chile managing just one shot on target.
Netherlands v Chile
23rd June, Sao Paulo
01 Cillessen, 07 Janmaat, 15 Kuyt (Kongolo - 89'), 05 Blind (Booked), 02 Vlaar, 03 de Vrij, 20 Wijnaldum, 06 de Jong, 10 Sneijder (Fer - 75'), 11 Robben, 17 Lens (Depay - 69')
04 Martins Indi, 08 de Guzmán, 12 Verhaegh, 13 Veltman, 14 Kongolo, 16 Clasie, 18 Fer, 19 Huntelaar, 21 Depay, 22 Vorm, 23 Krul
01 Bravo, 04 Isla, 02 Mena, 18 Jara, 17 Medel, 05 Silva Booked (Valdívia - 70'), 21 Díaz, 16 Gutierrez (Beausejour - 45'), 20 Aránguiz, 07 Sánchez, 11 Vargas (Pinilla - 81')
03 Albornoz, 06 Carmona, 08 Vidal, 09 Pinilla, 10 Valdívia, 12 Toselli, 13 Rojas, 14 Orellana, 15 Beausejour, 19 Fuenzalida, 22 Paredes, 23 Herrera
The Future’s Bright: the Future’s a Tired Ad Slogan
Holland: they’re so freakin’ HOT in this World Cup that you can stick someone in the team from freakin’ Norwich and they still win. Yes, Leory Fer, this means you - all season, in the ‘English’ Premier League, you were rubbish playing for rubbish Norwich. And yet when you don the sexy all-orange Nike kit to represent your country, you play like some kind of superman. And you scored a goal. Against Chile.
All well and good, but you don’t have a cool name. Memphis Depay does. He plays for PSV Eindhoven AND HE PLAYS FOR HOLLAND. And he too scored a goal. Against Chile. That’s two goals scored and none conceded. For 90 minutes. Against Chile.
B is for Group B, which Holland topped after this win. B is also for Blimey, they didn’t exactly miss suspended skipper Robin Van Persie. And B is for Brazil, who probably won't win the tournament, ‘cos be honest they’re not all that. Holland are, though. They are all that and more. Go Holland.
- Fer 77′
- Depay 90′
Ref: Bakary Gassama
- Netherlands 32%
- Chile 68%
- Netherlands 13
- Chile 8
- Netherlands 4
- Chile 1
- Netherlands 2
- Chile 7
- Netherlands 26
- Chile 14