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FIFA World Cup 2014

World Cup 2014 match reports

World Cup final 2014: Mario Goetze goal for Germany beats Argentina

MICHAEL LYNCH Germany are the new world champions, Joachim Loew's team proving itself resilient and good enough to take the best opportunity that fell its way in a pulsating, thrilling World Cup final against an Argentinian side that at various points of a wonderful game looked as though it, not its European rival, could take the crown.

World Cup 2014: Netherlands pile more misery on Brazil in third place play-off


Brazil's miserable World Cup campaign ended to a chorus of boos as the hosts slumped to a 3-0 defeat against the Netherlands in the third place play-off match.

World Cup 2014: Argentina beat Netherlands in penalty shootout


MICHAEL LYNCH If the Brazil v Germany semi final was a magical,  illogical and inexplicable display of how football can deliver the completely unexpected, then Argentina's clash with The Netherlands reverted back to soccer's norm.

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World Cup 2014: Germany humiliate Brazil 7-1


MICHAEL LYNCH This was not just a humiliation, a beating, a complete and utter  demolition job. It was the ritual disembowelling of a team, the deconstruction not just of a squad of footballers, but of a nation's hopes and dreams.

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World Cup 2014: Tim Krul the unlikely hero as Dutch eliminate Ticos in dramatic shootout

Michael Lynch in Salvador Louis Van Gaal made World Cup history when he substituted his goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen seconds before the end of extra time to bring on Tim Krul for the penalty shoot out which brought The Netherlands victory over Costa Rica in their World Cup quarter final in Salvador.

World Cup 2014: Netherlands beat Costa Rica in penalty shootout


MICHAEL LYNCH The Netherlands beat Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties in their World Cup quarter-final to set up a last-four clash with Argentina.

World Cup 2014: Gonzalo Higuain goal secures Argentina win over Belgium


Gonzalo Higuain's goal gave Argentina a 1-0 win over Belgium and a place in their first World Cup semi-finals since 1990.

World Cup 2014: David Luiz scores stunner as Brazil overcome Colombia

Stunner: David Luiz scored Brazil's second goal with an incredible free-kick.

David Luiz's screaming free-kick gave Brazil a 2-1 win over Colombia to seal a World Cup semi-final place but the favourites saw Neymar stretchered off and captain Thiago Silva suspended for the next clash.

World Cup 2014: Mats Hummels scores to seal Germany win over France


SEBASTIAN HASSETT A Mats Hummels header sent Germany into a record fourth successive World Cup semi-finals as they beat France 1-0 in the Maracana.

Americans switch on for World Cup considered best ever

Jermaine Jones celebrates after putting the USA ahead of Portugal in their Group G game on June 22. However, a last-minute goal ensured that Portugal shared points, with the teams ending level on 2-2.

MARTIN FLANAGAN After 25 million Americans tuned in to watch the US play Portugal at the World Cup in Brazil, The New York Times ran the news under the headline ‘‘Bigger than baseball’’.

World Cup 2014: Belgium win thriller over US after extra time


Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku's extra-time goals fired Belgium past the United States with a thrilling 2-1 win and into the World Cup quarter-finals.

World Cup 2014: Angel di Maria scores extra time winner for Argentina against Switzerland


DOMINIC BOSSI Four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi set up Angel di Maria for the only goal two minutes from the end of extra-time as Argentina reached the World Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Switzerland in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.

World Cup 2014: Germany beat Algeria after extra time battle


Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil struck in extra time to earn Germany a 2-1 win over Algeria in a pulsating last 16 clash in Porto Alegre and a quarter-final date with France.

World Cup 2014: Paul Pogba inspires France to victory over Nigeria


MICHAEL LYNCH Running, tackling, chasing back, playing forward passes, supporting the strikers, firing in shots himself or scoring a decisive goal, there didn't seem anything French midfielder Paul Pogba couldn't do in a lively match where the favourites were, for long periods given plenty to think about by a Nigeria side that showed plenty of ambition and troubled Les Bleus on several occasions.

World Cup 2014: Costa Rica knock out Greece after dramatic penalty shootout


Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas claimed man-of-the match honours as his side sank Greece in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time and a clash with the Netherlands.

World Cup 2014: Netherlands fightback stuns Mexico


A coolly-taken penalty by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave the Netherlands a stunning fightback 2-1 win over Mexico in their World Cup finals last 16 game in Fortaleza.

World Cup 2014: James Rodriguez scores stunner as Colombia knock out Uruguay


SEBASTIAN HASSETT James Rodriguez knocked Luis Suarez out of the headlines with an exquisite goal as Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 to set up a World Cup quarter-final against hosts Brazil.

World Cup 2014: Brazil knock out Chile after dramatic penalty shootout


MICHAEL LYNCH The nation of Brazil collectively held its breath as Gonzalo Jara strode forward to take the last spot kick in the shootout of this extraordinary match. Seconds later it let out a convulsive roar of joy and relief as the Chilean defender's shot cannoned off the post and out to safety, ensuring hosts Brazil had scraped its way into the World Cup quarter-finals by the narrowest of possible margins.

World Cup 2014: Algeria equaliser sends Russia home


Algeria progressed to the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time in their history as Islam Slimani's second-half header was enough to earn them a 1-1 against Russia in Curitiba.

World Cup 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo off target as Portugal beat Ghana


Cristiano Ronaldo wasted a succession of glorious chances as Portugal bowed out of the World Cup despite beating Ghana 2-1 in Brasilia.

World Cup 2014: Thomas Mueller grabs winner as Germany beat USA


Thomas Mueller fired an unstoppable 20-metre shot to give Germany a 1-0 victory over the United States and top spot in World Cup Group G.

World Cup 2014: Xherdan Shaqiri hat-trick puts Switzerland through with Honduras win


Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri erased his side's lingering World Cup pain in Manaus on Wednesday, scoring a hat-trick to see off Honduras 3-0 and secure a daunting last-16 tie against Lionel Messi's Argentina.

World Cup 2014: Antonio Valencia sees red as Ecuador knocked out by France draw


SEBASTIAN HASSETT Of the European teams expected to shine at this World Cup, few thought it would be the French and the Dutch leading the charge.

World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi magic secures Argentina win over Nigeria


A double from Lionel Messi a day after his 27th birthday inspired Argentina to a 3-2 win over African champions Nigeria and assured them of finishing top of Group F at the World Cup finals.

World Cup 2014: Bosnia win knocks out Iran

Miralem Pjanic (right) celebrates with Tino Sven Susic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia-Herzegovina ended Iran's World Cup knockout hopes by beating the Asians 3-1 in Salvador.

World Cup 2014: Colombia send home Japan


Jackson Martinez scored twice as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 to end their World Cup Group C campaign with a perfect three wins and boot the Asian champions out of the tournament.

World Cup 2014: Late penalty puts Greece through, knocks out Ivory Coast


A last-minute penalty by Georgios Samaras gave Greece a place in the second round of the World Cup finals for the first time after a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast.

World Cup 2014: Luis Suarez in biting row after Uruguay knock out Italy


Nick Mulvenney Natal: Uruguay's Luis Suarez could be banned from the World Cup for the second successive tournament after he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during the South Americans' 1-0 win on Tuesday.

World Cup 2014: England limp out of World Cup with Costa Rica draw


MICHAEL LYNCH England always expects. But invariably it always exasperates. And this game, a 0-0 draw, was no different. As has this World Cup.

World Cup 2014: Super sub Javier Hernandez inspires Mexico into last 16 with win against Croatia


Toby Davis Javier Hernandez came off the bench to help Mexico reach the last 16 of the World Cup as their watertight defence and swift counter attacks gave them a 3-1 win against Croatia on Monday to emerge from Group A as runners-up behind Brazil.

World Cup 2014: Neymar scores double as Brazil thrash Cameroon


Neymar hit two goals as rejuvenated Brazil beat Cameroon 4-1 to march into World Cup last 16 and the Barcelona striker took top place in the goalscorers' rankings.

World Cup 2014: Netherlands defeat Chile 2-0 to top group


Substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay have scored to ensure the Netherlands finished top of Group B with a 2-0 win over Chile in Sao Paulo.

World Cup 2014: Spain inflict pain on tired Socceroos

Game over: Juan Mata tucks away the third goal.

MICHAEL LYNCH Two inspirational passes from the master of tiki taka, Andres Iniesta, the first finished off by one Spanish legend in David Villa, the second by another name from Spain's recent great past, Fernando Torres, paved the way for the former world champions to post 3-0 win over a game, but in the end outclassed, Australia in the final World Cup fixture for both teams.

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World Cup 2014: late goal rescues Portugal against USA


A superb header by Silvestre Varela in the final minute of time added on saved world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal from crashing out of the World Cup finals as it secured a 2-2 draw with the United States.

World Cup 2014: Algeria beat South Korea in six-goal thriller


Algeria put themselves in pole position to reach the World Cup knock-out stages for the first time with a 4-2 win over South Korea in Porto Alegre on Sunday.

World Cup 2014: Belgium beat Russia with late goal


Teenage substitute Divock Origi scored a last-gasp goal that gave Belgium a 1-0 victory over Russia and secured them a place in the World Cup last 16.

World Cup 2014: Nigeria win knocks out Bosnia


Bosnia-Herzegovina's maiden appearance at a World Cup finals ended in disappointment as Peter Odemwingie's goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat by African champions Nigeria in Cuiaba and ensured they could not qualify for the second round.

Miroslav Klose equals World Cup record as Germany draw with Ghana


Miroslav Klose equalled Brazilian legend Ronaldo's record of 15 World Cup goals with the equaliser for Germany in their 2-2 Group G draw with Ghana in Fortaleza on Saturday.

World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi stunner secures win for Argentina over Iran


A stunning injury time strike from Lionel Messi spared Argentina's blushes as they qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup with a hard fought 1-0 win over Iran in Belo Horizonte.

Costa Rica shocks Italy, England out

Justin Davis Bryan Ruiz has headed the goal that has given Costa Rica a shock win over Italy - and sent England packing from the World Cup at the same time.

World Cup 2014: Ecuador fight back to beat Honduras


Ecuador moved into second place in World Cup Group E as two goals from Enner Valencia handed them a 2-1 win over Honduras in Curitiba.

World Cup 2014: France score five in Switzerland romp


France crushed Switzerland 5-2 on Friday to all but insure their place in the World Cup knock-out rounds.

World Cup 2014: Costa Rica beat Italy to send England packing


Bryan Ruiz's goal in the first-half sealed England's elimination from the World Cup and saw Costa Rica progress to the last 16 with a fine 1-0 win over Italy in Recife on Friday.

Ten-man Greece hold Japan to 0-0 draw

Sent packing: Greece's captain Kostas Katsouranis is sent off by referee Joel Aguilar.

Nick Mulvenney Ten-man Greece held Japan to a 0-0 draw that will suit neither side in a Group C match which ended with boos ringing around the Dunas arena and sent Colombia into the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday.

World Cup 2014: Lethal Suarez puts England to the sword with double

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Wayne Rooney of England reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Talek Harris A brilliant double strike by Luis Suarez has put England on the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit as Uruguay scored a 2-1 win in a tense Group D match.

Colombia beat Ivory Coast in thriller to close in on knockout phase

Colombia's James Rodriguez (10) celebrates

Colombia beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in yet another action-packed World Cup clash on Thursday to top Group C on six points and move within touching distance of making the knockout phase for the first time since 1990.

World Cup 2014: Croatia crush 10-man Cameroon


Croatia sent 10-man Cameroon packing from the World Cup with a 4-0 thrashing of the Africans in Manaus on Wednesday (Thursday morning AEST).

World Cup 2014: Spain out of World Cup after Chile defeat


Defending champions Spain slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Chile and crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday after their second defeat in five days.

World Cup 2014: Socceroos beaten by Netherlands in thriller after Tim Cahill wonder goal


MICHAEL LYNCH For four glorious second-half minutes it looked as if Australia might be on the verge of perhaps their greatest ever World Cup result when Mile Jedinak's penalty added to Tim Cahill's first-half wonder strike to put them 2-1 up against the rampaging Netherlands in this Group B fixture in Porto Alegre.

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World Cup 2014: Russia recover from Igor Akinfeev blunder to draw with South Korea


Alexander Kerzhakov rescued Russia in their first World Cup finals match since 2002, scoring three minutes after coming on as substitute to salvage a 1-1 draw against South Korea on Tuesday.

World Cup 2014: Guillermo Ochoa heroics for Mexico deny Brazil

Star man: Guillermo Ochoa denies Neymar.

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa sensationally kept Brazil at bay to earn Mexico a 0-0 in World Cup Group A in Fortaleza on Tuesday.

World Cup 2014: subs secure Belgium win over Algeria


Super subs Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens rescued World Cup dark horses Belgium in a come from behind 2-1 win over Algeria on Tuesday.

World Cup 2014: Clint Dempsey scores after 32 seconds in USA win over Ghana


United States striker Clint Dempsey scored after 32 seconds and suffered a nasty kick to the face in an eventful 2-1 win over Ghana.

World Cup 2014: Iran and Nigeria play out dour draw


Nigeria and Iran played out the first draw of the 2014 World Cup in a drab 0-0 affair in Curitiba on Monday.

World Cup 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo put in shade as Germany thrash Portugal

World Cup nightmare: Cristiano Ronaldo struggled to get into the game.

Thomas Mueller spectacularly stole the limelight from World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday with a hat-trick in a stunning 4-0 demolition of 10-man Portugal at the World Cup.

World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi shines as Argentina beat Bosnia


Lionel Messi scored a brilliant individual goal to bring Argentina out of their slumber and beat Bosnia 2-1 in the Balkan nation's first appearance at the World Cup finals on Sunday.

World Cup 2014: France thrash Honduras as history made


France beat 10-man Honduras 3-0 in a bruising World Cup clash on Sunday where goal-line technology awarded the first international goal in history, causing mayhem in the process.

World Cup 2014: Switzerland secure dramatic late win against Ecuador


Haris Seferovic scored in the last minute of injury time to grab Switzerland a dramatic 2-1 win against Ecuador in their Group E game at the World Cup finals in Brasilia on Sunday.

World Cup 2014: Ivory Coast fight back to beat Japan


Ivory Coast scored two goals in two minutes to beat Asian giants Japan 2-1 in their World Cup Group C battle on Saturday.

World Cup 2014: Mario Balotelli heads winner for Italy against England

Mario Balotelli of Italy acknowledges the fans after Italy defeated England 2-1 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Mario Balotelli came back to haunt England with the winning goal as Italy began their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over England in Manaus on Saturday.

Group Standings
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Costa Rica3201.8337
Group E
Group F
Group G
United States3111.5004
Group H
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Who do you think will win the World Cup final?

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Germany by the odd goal


Germany by a few goals


Germany on penalties


Argentina by the odd goal


Argentina by a few goals


Argentina on penalties


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Who do you think should win the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player?

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Lionel Messi


Angel di Maria


Javier Mascherano


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Philipp Lahm


Toni Kroos


James Rodriguez


Arjen Robben




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