Nigeria, Iran first draw of Brazil 2014

It was a game of very few clear-cut chances and the result sees both sides collect a point from their Group F opener, good enough for a share of second place. Nigeria took control early on but failed to turn possession and superior athleticism into goals. Emmanuel Emenike sent in a teasing low cross for […]

Pepe lost his cool, and cost the whole team

He head-butted Muller while the German predator sat on the pitch and was shown a straight red card for his efforts. Muller exacted revenge by adding his second goal at the death of the opening period, taking advantage of some slack defending and hammered home from near the penalty spot. Three goals down and a […]

German humble Portugal 4-0

The Lusitanians got no joy out of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, suffered two injuries to key players, and Pepe saw red just before half-time.    The Germans, for their part, were in supreme form, scoring almost at will and getting the tournament’s first hat-trick through Thomas Muller. 

Messi inspires Argentina, Swiss profit from late drama

There is nothing that football fans love more than a comeback involving a last-gasp goal, and Switzerland conjured up exactly that in Brasilia, defeating Ecuador in stoppage time after having trailed at the break. In the other Group E encounter, France made the perfect start to their Brazil 2014 campaign by triumphing over a physical […]