Brazil escapes through penalties

Gonzalo Jara hit the post with the decisive kick, while Julio Cesar saved two, to give Brazil a 3-2 win in the shootout and send the valiant Chileans home. Chile had only made it this far at the World Cup on three previous occasion and, having been beaten by Brazil on each of those, knew […]

Guardado: We want to make Mexican football history

In El Tri’s decisive Group A clash with Croatia, a mere three minutes after Rafael Marquez had opened the scoring, up popped Guardado in the box to slam home his country’s second and provide a key cushion in the eventual 3-1 win that secured a spot in the Round of 16. “That’s my most special […]

Pekerman: We can beat tough rivals

Excitement is high in the Cafetero camp following their progress through the group phase, though they will not have it easy in the Round of 16 as old rivals Uruguay, who have long proved a stumbling block for the Colombians, stand in their way. The man they hope will steer them through Saturday’s stern examination […]

Sneijder:When you win, the atmosphere is always fantastic

But while the challenge of going from runner-up to winner, from silver to gold, has consumed him ever since, it seemed that he might not get the chance. A discordant relationship with Louis van Gaal has, after all, plagued the last two years of the midfielder’s career, and led to suggestions that he would be […]

Colombia hope to continue from where they left

Fourth-placed finishers at South Africa 2010, La Celeste then began their recovery by downing England 2-1 and they sealed their advance with a tight 1-0 triumph against Italy. That match ended up costing them dearly, however, as talismanic striker Luis Suarez has now picked up a nine-match ban, while six other players face a game […]

The sharp end begins, Brazil host hot Chile

Brazil and Chile get the ball rolling, and the host nation can take comfort from their clear supremacy in this fixture down the years, having won 48, drawn 13 and lost just seven of their 68 previous meetings – not to mention their haul of 159 goals for and 58 conceded. Games between Uruguay and […]