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TOP  5 SCORING TEAMS IN FIFA  WORLD CUP 2014  on 30th June
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Country Name Scores
1

NETHERLANDS 12
2

COLOMBIA 11
3

BRAZIL 8
4

FRANCE 7
5

GERMANY 7

Brazil beat Chile on penalties after World Cup epic
 


FIFA 2014:
Nervous Brazil beat Chile 3-2 on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday after an epic battle that left Neymar and his teammates in tears.

Two first half-goals were all the teams managed in a fast-paced and tense 90 minutes and extra time in the Mineirao Stadium.

Gonzalo Jara missed the decisive penalty for Chile, crashing his shot 

against the post and across the face of the goal, to continue his country's record of World Cup misery against Brazil.

Willian and Hulk both missed from the spot for Brazil. But David Luiz, Marcelo and Neymar all kept their cool to score while Julio Cesar made crucial saves from Mauricio Pinilla and Alexis Sanchez.

Neymar sank to his knees in disbelief afterwards amid widespread tears of joy. Some of the Chilean players hid their weeping under their shirts as they left the field.

"I am sad because to play like this against the hosts and end up losing in the way we did is obviously very hard for us," said Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli. "The players did everything they could."

Earlier, Barcelona star Sanchez pounced on poor Brazilian defending to equalise for Chile in the 32nd minute, cancelling out an 18th-minute opener for the hosts bundled in by Luiz.  

Brazil had the majority of the chances, but were jittery in the second half and were hugely lucky to survive at the end of extra time when substitute Pinilla lashed a shot against the bar from the edge of the area.  

Luiz Felipe Scolari's side now look forward to a quarter-final against either Uruguay or Colombia in Fortaleza, while Chile contemplate a last-16 exit at the hands of Brazil, just as they suffered in 1998 and 2010.  

As in all of their group games, Brazil started frantically amid a backdrop of deafening noise from the crowd of almost 60,000.  

Chile were subjected to the sort of high and energetic pressing game they normally inflict upon others and Marcelo shot narrowly wide before English referee Howard Webb rejected loud appeals for a penalty when Hulk went down in the area after coming together with Mauricio Isla.  

Brazil and their fans celebrated in the 18th minute, however. Neymar swung in a corner from the left and Thiago Silva headed the ball on towards the back post, went into the net off Jara who was under pressure from Luiz.  

Chile, who also lost to Brazil in the 1962 semi-finals, faced a huge  challenge to come from behind, but Brazil allowed them to control possession  and gifted them an equaliser.  

Hulk made a carelessly pass, allowing Eduardo Vargas to pounce and set up Sanchez, who had hardly been involved in the game but came alive to coolly beat Cesar in goal.

 

Published on 30th JUNE, 2014, www.dawnpost.com


 

A cool first and a historic triumph

The second day of Round of 16 action at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ served up another feast for spectators around the globe. After hosts Brazil squeezed into the quarter-finals following a penalty shoot-out in the opening match of the knockout stages, the games on day two were equally dramatic and likewise only decided late on. 

The Netherlands v Mexico opener was extended due to the introduction of unprecedented cooling breaks, and only went the way of the Dutch in added time, while the second fixture of the day was equally tense, even if goalscoring chances were harder to come by in a meeting that needed penalties to provide a winner. For the first time in World Cup history, two Round of 16 matches have been decided by spot-kicks, and this time it was Costa Rica who finally gained the upper hand over Greece. In doing so, not only did the Central Americans send another European team out of the competition, they also reached the last eight for the first time ever. FIFA.com rounds up the best of the day’s events.

Results
Netherlands 2-1 Mexico (Budweiser Man of the Match: Guillermo Ochoa, MEX)
Costa Rica 1-1 Greece (5-3 on penalties) (Budweiser Man of the Match: Keylor Navas, CRC)

Published on 30th JUNE, 2014, www.dawnpost.com


 

Costa Rica beats Greece by 5-3 in Penalty Shootout

Costa Rica made history in Recife by overcoming Greece on penalties to reach the FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finals for the first time. In doing so, they denied their opponents the opportunity to set a similar benchmark after 120 minutes ended with the score at 1-1. Outstanding goalkeeper Keylor Navas was the hero of the shootout as he saved a crucial spot-kick and allowed Michael Umana to book Los Ticos a date with the Netherlands. 

The game began cautiously in north-east Brazil. The Greeks, surprise qualifiers from the group stage, did their all to slow the game down from the start. Perhaps fearful of Costa Rica’s lightning counter-attacks, the 2004 European champions rarely pressed forward in a cagey opening period.

Local supporters in the Arena Pernambuco, site of Costa Rica’s famous win over Italy in the group stage, whistled the dour Greek tactics at every opportunity as they have come to appreciate Los Ticos in this part of the country. There were half-chances for both sides over the course of the first half, but neither Joel Campbell nor Georgios Samaras were able to make much of them.

The best chance of the period fell, almost predictably, to Greece on a sneaky break. A clever early cross from the left picked out Dimitrios Salpingidis at the far post, but the PAOK striker was denied by the sprawling Navas, who made a miraculous save from one of few shots on target.

Samaras had another header saved shortly after the break. The Greeks were beginning to look dangerous from set-pieces, but it was a false dawn as Costa Rica thrilled their adoptive fans with a goal of stunning quality. Christian Bolanos picked out captain and classy creator Bryan Ruiz unmarked on the edge of the box, and he side-footed into the bottom corner.

Things suddenly went dark for the Costa Ricans mid-way through the second-half. Defensive lynchpin Oscar Duarte was shown his second yellow card in the 66th minute for a rash challenge on Jose Cholevas and was promptly given his marching orders. Just when it seemed Los Ticos would survive playing a man down, Greece broke their hearts. Navas palmed away a shot from close-range with two minutes to go and Sokratis hammered home the rebound to spark wild celebrations in the Greek camp.

With an extra man and the extra options it brings, Greece were the dominant side in extra-time. But the spirited Costa Ricans gave everything to hang on for a shootout. All nine penalty takers scored before Theofanis Gekas stepped up and had his kick saved by Navas. Michael Umana then sealed the win for the Central Americans.

They now move on to meet the Netherlands on 5 July in Salvador after the Oranje dispatched Costa Rica’s CONCACAF rivals Mexico in dramatic circumstances earlier in the day.

Published on 30th JUNE, 2014, www.dawnpost.com


CRICKET: Netherlands, Nepal awarded T20 Int'l status

The Netherlands and Nepal have been granted T-twenty International status at the International Cricket Council annual Conference in Melbourne.

Both sides competed at the World T-twenty in Bangladesh earlier this year.

 

Published on 30th JUNE, 2014, www.dawnpost.com


TOP  5 SCORING TEAMS IN FIFA  WORLD CUP 2014  on 30th June
Rank

 Flag

Country Name Scores
1

NETHERLANDS 12
2

COLOMBIA 11
3

BRAZIL 8
4

FRANCE 7
5

GERMANY 7

Germany beat United States by 1-0 in the football world cup 2014 in Brazil.
 

In other matches, Portugal beat Ghana by 2-1.

South Korea will encounter Belgium, while Algeria will face Russia at 1 am.

 

Published on 27th JUNE, 2014, www.dawnpost.com


FIFA bans Suarez for four months

FIFA has banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for four months for biting an Italian player in a World Cup match.

FIFA also fined him 112,000 dollars.

Suarez bit the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 win in a group match on Tuesday, but escaped unpunished as the referee did not see the incident.

Published on 27th JUNE, 2014, www.dawnpost.com


ICC agreed to grant Pakistan the 4th rank

According to a press release by Pakistan cricket board, in an annual meeting in Melbourne, Pakistan was able to gain major concessions by ICC.

The ICC confirmed that Pakistan would be getting the position of the global body’s president for two years with effect from June 2015.

PCB added that after N. Srinivasan’s election as the first ICC chairman in a landslide, India has officially turned the MOU's signed earlier this year with regard to six series between the two nations. Four of these are to be hosted by Pakistan.

Published on 27th JUNE, 2014, www.dawnpost.com


Scene from Ground:  Alan Dzagoev of Russia controls the ball against Yacine Brahimi of Algeria

Published on 27th JUNE, 2014, www.dawnpost.com


Susic and Queiroz leave posts

Bosnia and Herzegovina are set to begin a new era under a new coach after their FIFA World Cup™ campaign ended on Wednesday, while Iran will also begin their search for Carlos Queiroz's replacement after not renewing his contract.

Coach of the Balkan team, Safet Susic, has announced he will step down now that the group stage has concluded. Bosnia and Herzegovina, without a chance of progressing before Wednesday's game against Iran, won 3-1 at Salvador's Arena Fonte Nova.

"This was my last game at the World Cup," Susic said to Brazilian newspaper Lancenet. "Unfortunately there will not be another one. Sometimes it is a nice feeling to be free of obligations. I can decide my own fate and this is my answer."

Susic, who played for Yugoslavia in the 1982 and 1990 World Cups, came under fire for his defensive-minded tactics in losses to Argentina and Nigeria in Group F.

The win against Iran is scant consolation," the 59-year-old said. "But I congratulate my players for a display of commitment and passion against a team needing a win to keep alive their hopes of progressing.

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko scored the Bosnians' first goal against Iran, and said: "We could have done a better job in the World Cup."

Despite being Bosnia and Herzegovina's first appearance at a World Cup finals, much was expected of Susic's side. The team scored 30 goals and conceded just six to finish top ahead of Greece in their qualifying campaign.

"I feel sorry for those we have disappointed," Susic said. "We should have done better by the quality of our players but now is the time for this team to look forward to [UEFA] Euro 2016 qualifiers. We lacked experience and cool heads at crucial moments in the opening two games but I cannot complain about effort. That's just football."

It will not be much consolation but Susic and his team won the admiration of outgoing Iran coach Queiroz: "Congratulations to Bosnia," he said. "With all due respect to Nigeria and Argentina, the best team in the group (Bosnia) didn't qualify. They have great players and they played at another level to us. My players went to their physical and mental limits against Bosnia, but it wasn't possible to get the result."

Iran had held Nigeria to a goalless draw in their opening before falling 1-0 to Argentina. They still had a chance to progress to the Round of 16 heading into Wednesday's match but they came up well short in their final game.

Queiroz, meanwhile, will seek a fresh challenge after coaching Iran for three years. "I've shown my commitment to this project, but I haven't received any new contract offer," the former Manchester United assistant coach said. "It's been an honour for me to work for Iran, I've fallen in love with the country.

"But you can't have a marriage when only one side wants to commit. I waited for them to make an offer, but I haven't received anything, so I've come here to say 'thank you' to those who gave me the opportunity to do this job. I will always have Iranian football, my players and the fans in my heart."

Published on 27th JUNE, 2014, www.dawnpost.com


A general overview of the Estadio Beira-Rio during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Host City Tour



Published on 27th JUNE, 2014, www.dawnpost.com


 

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