(BRAZIL) – On Thursday, three matches were played in the FIFA World Cup 2014. The first was a Group C game between Colombia and Ivory Coast. Both teams had started their tournament with a win, and were quite similar in terms of previous performance too. No goal was scored till the first half of the game. However, the second half was a bit exciting one, as three goals were scored in a matter of ten minutes. Colombia scored two goals in the 64th and 70th minute, while Ivory Coast scored a goal in the 73rd minute, and was so close to scoring its second goal and leveling the scores, but couldn’t. The match was won by Colombia 2-1.
In the second match, England and Uruguay from Group D were up against each other. England is under a lot of criticism these days because of the poor performance of some of its players. Both teams were defeated in their opening games, and so it was a must win game for them. Uruguay managed a 1-0 lead over England in the first half courtesy Luis Suarez’s goal.
However, in the 75th minute of the second half, England’s Wayne Rooney leveled the scores with his goal.
It appeared as if the game would end in a draw, but five minutes before the end of the play, Uruguay forward Luis Suarez scored another goal giving his team a lead of 2-1. England could not manage to level the scores, and the match ended in a win for Uruguay 2-1.
The third game of the day was played between Japan and Greece. Both teams faced a defeat in their opening games and so a good game was expected between them. Japan’s performance in previous games was better as compared to Greece. However, despite lots of efforts, no team managed to score a goal in either of the halves, and the match ended in a draw 0-0.
Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli of Itay, said in a tweet, that if his team wins against Costa Rica, then he would want a kiss from the Queen of UK.
If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.
— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) June 19, 2014
Today, three games will be played in the FIFA World Cup. In the first game, Italy will play against Costa Rica at 13:00 local time.
Arena Pernambuco, Recife(Brazil)
Italy has won just a single game of their last five games, which was against England in their opening match of the tournament. It has lost one game, while three matches ended in a draw. On the other side, Costa Rica has managed two wins in their previous five games, including the one against Uruguay in their opening game of the World Cup. It has lost two games, while one match ended in a draw.
|WON||World Cup 2014 (14.06.2014)||England – Italy||1:2|
|DRAWN||Friendly Internationals 2014 (04.06.2014)||Italy – Luxembourg||1:1|
|DRAWN||Friendly Internationals 2014 (31.05.2014)||Italy – Ireland||0:0|
|LOST||Friendly Internationals 2014 (05.03.2014)||Spain – Italy||1:0|
|DRAWN||Friendly Internationals 2014 (18.11.2013)||Italy – Nigeria||2:2|
|WON||World Cuo 2014 (13.06.2014)||Uruguay – Costa Rica||1:3|
|DRAWN||Friendly Internationals 2014 (06.06.2014)||Ireland – Costa Rica||1:1|
|LOST||Friendly Internationals 2014 (31.05.2014)||Costa Rica – Japan||1:3|
|WON||Friendly Internationals 2014 (05.03.2014)||Costa Rica – Paraguay||2:1|
|LOST||Friendly Internationals 2014 (19.11.2013)||Costa Rica – South Korea||0:1|
The second game of the day will be played between Switzerland and France of Group E at 16:00 local time.
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (Brazil)
In terms of previous performances, France has been very impressive, as it has not lost even a single game of its last five. It also won its opening game against Honduras. All in all, it has managed four wins, while one match was drawn. Switzerland, on the other side, also won its opening game against Ecuador. Including that, it has secured three wins in last five games, and has been defeated once. One of its matches ended in a draw.
|WON||World Cup 2014 (13.06.2014)||Switzerland – Ecuador||2:1|
|WON||Friendly Internationals 2014 (06.06.2014)||Switzerland – Peru||2:0|
|WON||Friendly Internationals 2014 (03.05.2014)||Switzerland – Jamaica||1:0|
|DRAWN||Friendly Internationals 2014 (06.03.2014)||Switzerland – Croatia||2:2|
|LOST||Friendly Internationals 2013 (19.11.2013)||Switzerland – South Koera||1:2|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (13.06.2014)||France – Honduras||3:0|
|WON||Friendly Internationals 2014 (07.06.2014)||France – Jamaica||8:0|
|DRAWN||Friendly Internationals 2014 (04.06.2014)||France – Paraguay||1:1|
|WON||Friendly Internationals 2014 (30.05.2014)||France – Norway||4:0|
|WON||Friendly Internationals 2013 (05.03.2014)||France – Netherlands||2:0|
The third and last game of the day will be played between Honduras and Ecuador of Group E at 19:00 local time.
Arena Baixada, Curitiba (Brazil)
Honduras has not performed well in last five games. It lost opening game of the tournament to France. Including that, it has been defeated thrice, while it only secured a single win. One match was drawn. On the other side, Ecuador has lost two of its last five games, including its defeat in the opening game against Switzerland. Moreover, it has won just a single game. Two games ended in a draw.
|LOST||World Cup 2014 (15.06.2014)||France – Honduras||3:0|
|DRAWN||Friendly Internationals 2014 (06.06.2014)||England – Honduras||0:0|
|LOST||Friendly Internationals 2014 (31.05.2014)||Honduras – Israel||2:4|
|LOST||Friendly Internationals 2014 (06.06.2014)||Honduras – Turkey||0:2|
|WON||Friendly Internationals 2014 (19.11.2013)||Honduras – Venzuela||2:1|
|LOST||World Cup 2014(14.06.2014)||Switzerland – Ecuador||2:1|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014 (07.06.2014)||Ecuador – England||2:2|
|LOST||Friendly internationals 2014 (04.06.2014)||Mexico – Ecuador||3:1|
|DRAWN||Friendly internationals 2014 (31.05.2014)||Netherland – Ecuador||1:1|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (Qualifying) (05.03.2014)||Australia – Ecuador||3:4|
The team standings so far in the FIFA World Cup are as follows:
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