Chile provide the test Scolari feared

“I’d prefer any other side,” said Felipão at the time. “They’re an awkward team to play. They’re organised and their system doesn’t fit in with ours. They’re intelligent and a good side.” There were many who felt Scolari was playing mind games, though few people are thinking that way now, not with the gritty Chileans […]

Vidal: We can beat Brazil

Vidal, who is recovering from injury and is on a yellow card, was rested for the 2-0 loss to the Netherlands which left Chile second in Group B and facing a knockout match with Brazil. But he said he would certainly play Saturday’s game in Belo Horizonte as Chile aim to reverse World Cup last-16 […]

Fernandinho embracing his Brazillian opportunity

The tournament hosts had been struggling to tame Les Lions Indomptables and held a narrow 2-1 lead when the Manchester City midfielder entered the fray. It soon became 3-1, however, with Fernandinho playing an instrumental part, chesting down a clearance just outside the Cameroon box and then flicking the ball into the path of David […]

Howedes: I close my eyes and enjoy the moment

“It’s not a problem – it has its advantages actually,” laughs the full-back when asks him for an interview. “It helps me replenish the fluid I lost during the game quite quickly.” The 26-year-old’s upbeat outlook is hardly surprising. Life could not be much better for the defender at the 2014 FIFA World Cup […]

Slimani: I don't want this dream to end

Beaten narrowly in their opening Group H game by Belgium, Algeria bounced back with four points in their next two games to qualify for the knockout stages of a FIFA World Cup for the very first time. The Sporting Lisbon star weighed in with a goal and two assists in the 4-2 win over Korea […]

Algeria make history

The tournament has come to a close too for Luis Suarez, with the Uruguay striker suspended for nine matches and four months following an incident during La Celeste’s meeting with Italy on Tuesday. Elsewhere, Algeria are revelling in a breakthrough moment after decades of frustration. Les Fennecs (Desert Foxes) recorded a 1-1 draw with Russia […]