(BRAZIL) – On Saturday, four matches were played in the FIFA World Cup 2014. In the first match, Colombia and Greece of Group C were up against each other. Colombia was being a considered a better team on the basis of the performance it showed in it’s last matches. Colombia managed a clean sweep over Greece and won the match 3-0. The second match of the day was played between Uruguay and Costa Rica of Group D. Uruguay was the hot favorite to win the match, however, it proved to be a major upset when Costa Rica defeated Uruguay 3-1. The third match was the big match of the weekend. It was another Group D match, between England and Italy, the two evenly matched teams, both in terms of ability and aggression. All eyes of the football lovers were on this match. According to BBC, more than 15 million people in UK tuned in to watch the opening game of England versus Italy. However, Italy won the match 2-1. One thing to be noted here is that about 24 hours before the match between England and Italy, the pitch of the Arena Amazonia Manaus stadium was branded ‘unsuitable’. The head groundsman admitted that the pitch was in a ‘bad shape’.
Moreover, during the match, Gary Lewin, the physio of England, jumped and stood awkwardly on a water bottle while he was celebrating his team’s leveler in the 37th minute of the game. He immediately fell down and found himself in some serious pain. He was then brought off the ground on a stretcher, and was given medical attention. It is believed that he might have broken his ankle.
The last match of the day was played between Côte d’Ivoire and Japan. It was a close match, however, Côte d’Ivoire did well to secure a 2-1 win over Japan.
Moreover, three matches were played yesterday in the FIFA World Cup 2014. In the first match, Switzerland was up against Ecuador. Switzerland performed well in its opening match and won the match 2-1.
In the second match played between France and Hondorus, France did not allow the opponent team to score even a single goal. The former World Champion won the match 3-0.
While the last Group F match of the day, played between Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina, was won by Argentina 2-1.
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (Brazil)
Three matches have been scheduled for today. The first match will be played between Germany and Portugal at 13:00 local time. Portugal has been much more impressive than Germany if we compare its performance in the last five matches that it played. It has not lost even a single time. It managed four wins, while one match ended in a draw. In contrast, Germany has won three times in its last five matches, with two matches ending in a draw.
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Germany – Armenia||6:1|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014||Germany – Cameroon||2:2|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014||Germany – Poland||0:0|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2013||Germany – Chile||1:0|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2013||Germany – England||1:0|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Ireland – Portugal||1:5|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Mexico – Portugal||0:1|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014||Portugal – Greece||0:0|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Portugal – Cameroon||5:1|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Portugal – Sweden||3:2|
The second match is a Group F match between Iran and Nigeria at 16:00 local time.
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (Brazil)
The performance of both teams in the last five matches has been very similar. Both teams have managed only a single win, and have lost only a single time too. While three matches of both teams have ended in a draw.
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Trinidad – Iran||0:2|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014||Iran – Angola||1:1|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014||Montenegro – Iran||0:0|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2013||Iran – Belarus||0:0|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2013||Iran – Guinear||1:2|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2014||Nigeria – USA||1:2|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014||Nigeria – Greece||0:0|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014||Nigeria – Scotland||2:2|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014||Nigeria – Mexico||0:0|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Nigeria – Zimbabwe||1:0|
The last match today, will be played between Ghana and USA of Group G at 19:00 local time.
Estadio das Dunas, Natal(Brazil)
Ghana’s performance in the last five matches has been quite ordinary. It only managed a single win, while loosing two matches and two of its last five matches ended in a draw. If we compare it to USA, it has won three of its last five, loosing once, while one match ended in a draw.
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||Ghana – South Korea||4:0|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2014||Holland – Ghana||1:0|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2014||Montenegro – Ghana||1:0|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2013||Libya – Ghana||0:0|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2013||Nigeria – Ghana||0:0|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||USA – Nigeria||2:1|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||USA – Turkey||2:1|
|WON||Friendly internationals 2014||USA – Azerbaijan||2:0|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014||USA – Mexico||2:2|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2014||Ukraine – USA||2:0|
The team standings so far are as under:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||0||1||1||2||0|
MP: Matches Played, W: Won, D: Drawn, L: Loose, GF: Goal For, GA: Goal Against, Pts: Points