Dutch Ease Past Brazil in Third Place Game with Humiliating 3-0 Victory

Brazil vrs Netherlands
Brazil vrs Netherlands

An early goal set the Netherlands on its way to a humiliating 3-0 win over hosts Brazil in their world cup third place play-off.

The much maligned third place encounter kicked off between these sides after disappointing semi final losses for both, for hosts Brazil’s a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany.

And they suffered another, falling to three goals from the Dutch whilst mustering little in the way of a response.

Any plans to exorcise the ghosts of Tuesday flew out the window as early as the 2nd minute, after a van Persie through ball sent Robben clean through, skipper Silva bringing him down for the referee to point to the spot.

Robin van Persie made no mistake, burying the penalty into the top right corner.

Again Brazil had conceded the early goal, and they poured forward indiscriminately in search of the equaliser, leading to fast breaks for the Dutch reminiscent of Brazil’s 7-1 loss, yet they managed to hang on this time.

The best Brazil could offer were from crosses on the left, but Jo in the middle failed to trap his crosses well, thus they threatened little throughout the half, even after the Dutch went 2-0 up.

Robben’s through ball sent De Guzman free down the right, his not too good cross falling to David Luiz; but the defender’s clearance was poor, his header setting up Danny Blind who hammered into the roof of the net.

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Netherlands 4-2 Costa Rica: Tim Krul Sends the Netherlands Through to Semi Finals

Netherlands vrs Costa Rica-Substitute Goalkeeper Tim Krul
Netherlands vrs Costa Rica-Substitute Goalkeeper Tim Krul

Substitute Goalkeeper Tim Krul saved two Costa Rican penalties as Netherlands won a tight contest 4-2 on penalties after 120 minutes of gruelling action.

The Newcastle United goalkeeper was a substitute in the last minute of the second half of extra time, and he repaid his manger’s faith by saving Ruiz and Umana’s penalties to send his side through.

Costa Rica stubbornly held on amidst a relentless Dutch onslaught, Wesley Sneidjer hitting the bar twice,and Costa Rica coming very close to winning it deep into extra time, Umana’s shot saved from point blank by Dutch goalkeeper Cillessen.

European giants Netherlands squared up against the tournament’s surprise package knowing that underestimating their opponents might leave them victim of a smash and grab robbery such as Italy and Uruguay can attest to.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal lined his team up in their now familiar 3-4-3 formation, heavily reliant on the wing play of Arjen Robben and Memphis Depay.

The goalless opening 45 minutes belied an intriguing game that featured lots of running and little clear cut chances.

The game started at a blistering pace, both sides having pacy players very comfortable on the ball, but despite a lot of running from both sides little clear cut chances were being created.

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Brazil World Cup 2014: Argentina Beats Belgium to Secure Semi Final Berth

Argentina vrs Belgium
Argentina vrs Belgium

Gonzalo Higuain’s 7th minute effort sent Argentina to their first world cup semi final berth in 24 years.

The Real Madrid forward scored a very early goal which despite Belgium’s best efforts in the second half remained intact.

A frenzied five minutes of stoppage time saw two great chances for either side, but neither could convert and the 1-0 score-line was enough for Argentina to go through.

The third quarter final game involved Lionel Messi’s South American giants facing Belgium’s golden generation of footballers, who have so far impressed, having won all their games.

Argentina needed 120 minutes to dispatch Switzerland in the Round of 16, and they made their intent to avoid such a long gruelling battle this time around by taking the earliest of leads in the 7th minute.

Di Maria’s attempted through ball hit the leg of a Belgian defender, and the bounce fell kindly to Higuain, who hit a first time volley from just inside the box, which sailed past Courtois in the Belgian goal.

Belgium had barely had time to settle, and they barely recovered for the rest of the half, suffering tons of misplaced passes and sloppiness in possession, with only Jan Vertonghen and Kevin de Bruyne posing any threat to the Argentine defence.

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Brazil World Cup 2014: Early Germany Goal Knocks out Les Bleus

Germany Vrs France
Germany Vrs France

A 12th minute Matt Hummels header was enough for Germany as they scraped past France 1-0 to become the first side to reach the semi finals in Brazil.

The two European heavyweights clashed under a scorching sun in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana, the largest stadium in the world to slug it out for a place in the semi finals.

The first half was a tame affair, with Germany the better side taking a deserved lead, whilst a docile French side looked out of their depth. A second half resurgence however, saw the French nearly forcing extra time, Manuel Neuer saving a fierce Karem Benzema shot at the death to give Die Mannschaft the win.

Both sides made some changes to their line-ups from the Round of 16. German skipper Lahm went back to his favoured right back role for the first time in this tournament, whilst upfront Miroslav Klose started as he searched for his 16th world cup goal to eclipse Ronaldo. Griezman started for France, after his second half introduction worked wonders in their last game against Nigeria.

Germany was the better side for the entire first half, keeping the ball impressively whilst trying to break France down with quick one-twos around the French box. France relied on the break, wingers Valbuena and Griezman always in place to receive diagonal balls from the French midfield.

France threatened first, Karem Benzema’s volley just wide after a cross from Mathieu Valbuena. Germany’s delivery into the box from out wide was poor, seeing some headed clearances, whilst at the other end Valbuena’s cross on the counter was just a little behind Griezman, being cleared with a sliding tackle from Lahm.

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2014 Brazil World Cup: Germany in Hard Fought Victory Over Algeria After Extra Time

Germany Vrs Algeria
Germany Vrs Algeria

An enthralling 120 minutes of action ended in a 2-1 win for the Europeans in one of the better games so far of this year’s world cup.

Extra time goals from Andre Schurrle and Mezut Ozil gave Germany a comfortable 2-1 win over the North African side. Algeria’s goal, scored by Abdelmoumene Djabou in the final minute of extra time, was a tad too late and served as nothing more than a consolation as the final African side was knocked out from the world cup.

Algeria had an axe to grind against the Germans who got them eliminated in 1982, and the second Euro-African clash of the day kicked off at a blistering pace which was maintained throughout the initial 90 minutes of the tie.

Despite being heavy favourites it was Die Mannschaft who found themselves on the back-foot early in the game as Algeria took the game onto their more illustrious opponents.

Manuel Neuer was called upon twice to clear behind his defence who were playing an uncomfortably high line, the first ball found Slimani down the left flank, and he marginally got around Neuer but the keeper got back well to block the shot.

The second happened in the 29th minute, as Neuer again had to rush off his line to get the ball of the feet of Feghouli, who had dispossessed Per Mertesacker for the chance.

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VIDEO: A Prophet Says Ghana Will Score Portugal Today!

Ghana Vrs Portugal prediction
Ghana Vrs Portugal prediction

First of all, it is highly probably that God exists. On a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 meaning God exists and 7 meaning God does not exist—all the existing evidence point to 6, it is highly probable there is God.

Secondly, even if it so happens that God exists or you believe HE does exist, it will be absurd, irrational and utterly displaced of priority to think that God will be interested in 22 men chasing a round object around a pitch in the face of pressing needs such as, countless children dying in Iraq, in Somalia, in Syria and other parts of the world.

All the same, a Ghanaian white gown wearing prophet has come to say, Ghana will beat Portugal tonight—and if it happens, people will say the prophet was right and God exists. However, if it does not happen, same people will say, the prophet is false—this does not mean God does not exist. You can never win with believers on any indicator (after all, it is about faith—believing without evidence)…

Anyway, watch the video below and since the prophesy is favourable to what I want to happen, I will also shout AMEN! Pure nonsense though…

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