Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 - Reviews Day 2

FIFA World Cup 2014 Day 2 Review

Italy 2-1 England

Italy VS England
England's loss against Italy should not be a surprise, Italians had a game plan worked out perfectly and they still had a gear or two in them. England can take a few positives out of the game but the fact is they just can not go toe to toe against the big boys. England wee poor and there is no doubt about it, they had a few good chances but that's when Italy decided to slow the game down and let them come on to them with hope of counter attack. Rooney was played out of position and Paul Scholes is not impressed with the decision “He is a goalscorer, the best England has in the team why would you sacrifice his goal threat for his not so good defensive work ?” What you think, should England start with Rooney against Uruguay ? What next for England ? do they have enough in the tank to win the remaing two games ? well Uruguay did not looked impressive and If England can get a win over Uruguay in the next match they will have a solid chance of making it through to the next round.

Japan 1-2 Ivory Coast
Japan VS Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast came from 1-0 down to beat Japan 2-1 with two goals coming in two minutes in the 2nd half, with Bony and Gervinho scoring to get Ivory Coast a massive win. Goals for Gervinho and Bony made it possible to make a comeback in a dramatic two minutes of 2nd half, first Bony scored in 64th minute and it was followed by another goal after two minutes leaving japan shell-shocked. Japan earlier took the lead through Honda in first half.

Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica

Uruguay VS Costa Rica 

Uruguay side without Luis Suarez struggled big time against north american side Costa Rica who staged the first big upset of 2014 world cup when the secure all three points with a seek 3-1 victory over Uruguay.

Colombia 3-0 Greece

Colombia VS Greece

Colombia got the better of Greece on the third day of world cup, when they raced to a 3-0 win over 2004 euro champions and that's without Rademal Falcoa, but who needs Falcao when you have James Rodiguez (South American C.Ronaldo).

Chile 3-1 Australia 

Chile VS Australia 

Australia’s promising second-half performance in their defeat to Chile, and the disappointment of players and coach alike at the result showed how far the Socceroos have come in such a short space of time. It also gave us a glimpse into the team’s future. As promised, Australia played a fearless, attacking brand of football and while there were flaws, the performance has solidified the idea that the Socceroos are heading in the right direction.

Mentality is such a crucial component of professional football. Ange Postecoglou has been able to bring together a young and untested squad in a short space of time, instilling a belief in the players’ own quality and in the way the team go about their work. That belief shone through even when the Socceroos were faced with a world class opponent in Chile. Without it, they could well have crumbled after going down 2-0 within 15 minutes – the 6-0 defeats to Brazil and France remain fresh in the memories of many – but instead the team was able to steady themselves and in the second-half delivered a fearless and attacking brand of football.
Chile’s undoubted attacking qualities were on show in the opening stages and their use of width – both full-backs push up when Chile are in possession – caused problems early, keeping Australia’s nervy defensive block in their own half. The opening goal was an example of that use of width, with Chile playing down the left before switching the point of attack to Charles Aránguiz, who found himself in the right back position. The Socceroos were unable to clear their lines and went 2-0 down soon after but the reaction to that setback showed the belief in the Australia squad.
Australia's intent was clear from the start, with balls from central midfield played in behind, and straight passes from Ivan Franjic and Jason Davidson used to release the speed of Tommy Oar and Mathew Leckie. With such pacey wingers, who looked to get into the spaces left by Chile’s advanced full-backs before crossing to Tim Cahill, Australia were able to create dangerous opportunities when going forward.
Often in the first 30 minutes those attacks were sloppy and poorly executed. Eventually, however, Australia were able to get themselves in a dangerous position to cross to Cahill, and a goal was inevitable.
Of the last 13 goals Cahill has scored for his country, all have come from a cross and 11 of the 13 have been with the national treasure which is his forehead. The goal not only demonstrated Cahill’s ability in the air, it also highlighted his game intelligence, making sure he was on the end of Franjic’s inch-perfect cross. Cahill positioned himself in between Mauricio Isla at right-back and Gary Medel at right centre-back so that when the ball was delivered in front of him, he could attack jump and attack the ball against the 171cm Medel.
That goal spurred Australia into action and the confidence in the style of play that has developed under Postecoglou was evident. Mark Bresciano pulled the strings in midfield and looked to play forward to Leckie who shone on the right wing. By playing in such a fearless manner, Australia made Chile nervous. In the second-half, only a correctly disallowed Cahill goal, which came from another dangerous early cross from Leckie, and a good save from goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to deny Bresciano kept Chile’s lead intact.
A third for Chile against the run of play was again the demonstration of the South American side’s attacking and individual ability and might be seen as a blow to Australia, but it shouldn’t. The way in which Australia took the match to Chile in the second-half, creating a number of good chances, showed how far this side has come under Postecoglou’s tutelage already. Yes, there were defensive errors. Yes, there were moments when Australia’s spells of possession broke down. And yes, there were moments when they were simply outclassed by their higher-ranked opponents. But despite this, there should also be an overriding sense of pride, and the visible and audible disappointment post-match from players and staff is an exciting glimpse into what this squad thinks they can do.

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