INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL - FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 (JUNE)

FIFA WORLD CUP - MEXICO WIN AGAINST CAMEROON INB GROUP 'A' Opener.

mexico vs cameroon match pictures

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13.06.2014 : Mexico 1-0 Cameroon (Arena das Dunas, Natal-FT)
Mexico: Peralta 61'
Mexico: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez
Cameroon: Itandje, Djeugoue, Nkoulou, Chedjou, Assou Ekotto, Mbia, Song, Enoh Eyong, Moukandjo, Eto'o, Choupo-Moting

FIFA WORLD CUP - Brazil won 3-1 against Croatia in Group A opening match.

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13.06.2014: Brazil 3-1 Croatia (Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo - FT)
Brazil: Cesar, Alves, Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Oscar, Gustavo, Hulk, Neymar, Fred
Croatia: Pletikosa, Srna, Corluka, Lovren, Vrsaijko, Brozovic, Modric, Rakitic, Perisic, Olic, Jelavic

FULL TIME. Brazil beat Croatia 3-1, Neymar and Oscar scores for Brazil and a own goal of Marcelo for Croatia
90':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Oscar in his own scored. Brazil leading 3-1. A toe-poke from 20 yards by Oscar beat keeper and finds the net. First goal of Oscar since March 2014 against Arsenal
89':Brilliant save by Cesar to deny a definite attack. Brilliant shot of Perisic from 20 yards.
88':Substitution Brazil: Ramires in place of Neymar
88':Yellow Card. Luiz Gustavo is booked for bad tackle in midfield
85':With today's goal Neymar equalize with Ronaldinho and Jairzinho and just 1 behind Rivaldo
83':Foul against Cesar, Croatia's goal denied.
77':Substitution Croatia: Nikica Jelavic is replaced by Ante Rebic
76':Another brilliant centre from Oscar, but a Luiz's header went wide
71':Croatia's move, looks like another own goal, Luiz's clearance just goes wide. Corner to Croatia.
71':Kaka captured the picture along with Cafu in stands.
70':GOALLLLLLLLLLLL Neymar scored from spot kick. His 33 goals in 50 games for Brazil and 6 goals in his last 4 appearances for Brazil.
69':PENALTY Tackle of Lovren to Fred in box. Yellow Card to Southampton's Lovren.
68':Substitution Brazil: Bernard in place of Hulk
67':So Far Brazil have 64% procession while Croatia have 36%
65':Dani Alves's free kick went over the bar.
65':Yellow Card. Corluka this time for his foul against Neymar.
63':Substitution Brazil: Hernanes in place of Paulinho
62':Good News for Netherlands Fans: De Guzman trains with his team after recovering hamstring injury and expected to start against Spain tomorrow.
62': Substitution Croatia: Brozovic in place of Kovacic
55':So far in this second half Croatia have had just 7% position.
53':Two more news: Everton manager Roberto Martinez has signed a new five-year contract with the club. Barcelona Midfielder Cesc Fabregas signed for Chelsea.
51':Bad news for Cristiano Ronaldo Fans: Ronaldo has left today's Portugal training session after 15 mins with an ice pack on his knee.
50':Bad tackle to Oscar, free kick to Brazil
46':Second half resumes
Stat: Ivica Olic made 5 tackles in the first half , where whole Brazil made 6 tackles.
HALF TIME. Score Line: Brazil 1-1 Croatia
45':Another brilliant effort from Neymar and a aimless shot of Hulk went wide
43':This is first match where we see the use of Vanishing Spray during the time of free kick
STATS : www.kolkatafootball.com - KAKA is watching match today. Brazil won their one and only World Cup battle with Croatia where they won 1-0 in the 2006 World Cup; Kaka scored the winner in Berlin that day.
42':Foul against Neymar. Rakitic this time. Free kick to Brazil
39':STAT: After today's goal Neymar becomes Brazil's 8th highest top goalscorer in history. 32 goals in 50 games.
35':First corner of Croatia, cleared in defence
30':Stat: Real Madrid's Marcelo become the first player to score a own goal for Brazil in World Cup.
29':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Neymar scores for Brazil. Brilliant move of Oscar beat 2 defenders and a Neymar's left footed shot from 25 yards finds the equalizer.
28':Yellow Card. First yellow card of the World Cup. Neymar for his bad tackle against Modric
STAT -www.kolkatafootball.com : THAT WAS ALSO 13TH JUNE 2002. KOREA-JAPAN WORLD CUP. BRAZIL WIN 5-2 AGAINST COSTA RICA AND WON 5TH TITLE.
23':Brilliant shot of Oscar but a brilliant save by Pletikosa. Brilliant display by Neymar to beat Rakitic.
22':Another move of Brazil, but Fred missed the opportunity
21':Chance to Paulinho, his shot directly in keeper's hand
STAT- www.kolkatafootball.com: THAT WAS ALSO 13TH JUNE IN THE YEAR 1974. BRAZIL PLAYED AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA IN THE GROUP 'B' 1ST MATCH AND THE RESULT WAS 0-0.
19':Brilliant receive by Alves but a bad cross directly in keeper's hand
18':STAT:Croatia have had 24% of possession so far.
17':Another corner from Neymar in right, cleared
17': The hosts have never lost their opening game in the World Cup yet
15':Brilliant centre of Oscar from right, chance to Fred and Neymar. Ball went wide
11':GOALLLLLLLLLLL Own Goal....Marcelo.....First Goal of the World Cup is a Own Goal of Marcelo..
10': Neynar's corner kick cleared in Croatia defence.
9':First corner for Brazil of 2014 Brazil World Cup.
8': Brilliant chance to Croatia, header of Srna went wide
6':Chance to David Luiz from Silva's header in a free kick of Neymar. Ball directly in Pletikosa's hand
0':Kick off
0':Match is about to start
0':Both the teams are now warming up in the field.
0':Brazil team have arrived. The team bus is in the stadium now
0': Match will start at 1.30 AM Indian Time

PREVIEW: ADHIRAJ DUTTA and MRINAL KANTI NATH

Brazil Injuries & Suspensions: None
Croatia Injuries & Suspensions: Danijel Pranjic (doubtful), Mario Mandzukic (Suspended- Red Card)

HEAD TO HEAD IN WORLD CUP:
Match Played: 2 || Brazil Won: 1:0 Croatia Won || Draw: 1
Total Goal Scored: Brazil 3 : 1 Croatia:

The World Cup is finally set to get underway with Brazil hosting its first match on home soil in 64 years. While the build-up certainly has not been ideal within the country itself, Brazil appear primed to fulfil its hype as it enters the tournament as favourites. This very nearly was not the case. When Neymar rolled his ankle in training on Monday there would have been immediate concern. Although the 22-year-old was able to run off his injury, it was a scare for the nation - as losing Neymar would have been a huge blow - resulting in major changes.

Luiz Felipe Scolari builds his team around Neymar - with some selections made to suit Neymar's game and others having to alter their usual approach to suit the Barcelona attacker. And why not? Neymar is the undoubted star of the side - and a team building around its star is nothing new.Some may have concerns about Neymar after a rather solid season at Barcelona, however the striker had to adjust to being a cog in Tata Martino's starting XI.

His overall performance was actually fairly good, scoring nine and assisting eight goals in La Liga for a 0.84 non-penalty goal contribution per 90 minute average - which is great in a lot of sides but only fourth highest at Barcelona. Still, he has scored 31 in 49 games for Brazil - reaching the half century in terms of caps against Croatia.

That said, Croatia certainly has strengths - with a midfield pairing of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic that would be envied by most nations. The main concern is depth, especially defensively, which will be tested due to left back Pranjic's injury. Pranjic isn't the only first choice option that will be missing from Niko Kovac's match day squad as Mario Mandzukic is suspended after the striker was sent off in the second leg of the qualification playoffs against Iceland.

His replacement will likely be either Wolfsburg's Ivica Olic, scorer of 14 goals for a 0.52 goals per 90 minute average last term, or Hull City's Nikica Jelavic, who had a much better second half of the season after departing Everton for the Tigers.. Either way, Mandzukic will return for the key matches against Cameroon and Mexico.

Is there any doubt that Brazil should be favourites in the opening game? There's strength in all departments with few concerns heading into the tournament. In comparison, Croatia have a headache at the back as left-back Danijel Pranjic is unlikely to feature after picking up an ankle injury in Croatia's final warm-up match against Australia.

STANDINGS OF BRAZIL IN FIFA WORLD CUP ALL TIME

YEAR  Standing   Stage       PTS   GP    W     D     L     GS    GA    GD    
1930  6th     	 1st Round   2     2     1     0     1     5     2     +3    
1934  14th     	 R of 16     0     1     0     0     1     1     3     -2    
1938  3rd        3rd Place   7     5     3     1     1     14    11    +3    
1950  2nd        Final       9     6     4     1     1     22    6     +16    
1954  6th        QF          3     3     1     1     1     8     5     3    
1958  1st        Final       11    6     5     1     0     16    4     +12    
1962  1st        Final       11    6     5     1     0     14    5     +9    
1966  11th       1st Round   2	   3     1     0     2     4     6     -2    
1970  1st        Final       12    6     6     0     0     19    7     +12    
1974  4th        3rd Place   8     7     3     2     2     6     4     +2    
1978  3rd        3rd Place   11    7     4     3     0     10    3     +7    
1982  5th        2nd Round   8     5     4     0     1     15    6     +9    
1986  5th        QF          9     5     4     1     0     10    1     +9    
1990  9th        R of 16     6     4     3     0     1     4     2     +2    
1994  1st        Final       17    7     5     2     0     11    3     +8    
1998  2nd        Final       13    7     4     1     2     14    10    +4    
2002  1st        Final       21    7     7     0     0     18    4     +14    
2006  5th        QF          12    5     4     0     1     10    2     +8    
2010  6th        QF          10    5     3     1     1     9     4     +5

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CROATIA ALL TIME WORLD CUP STANDING
YEar   Standing  Stage     PTS   GP    W     D     L     GS    GA    GD
1998   3         3rd Place 15    7     5     0     2     11    5     +6    
2002   23        1st Round 3     3     1     0     2     2     3     -1    
2006   22        1st Round 2     3     0     2     1     2     3     -1

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Stat:
Croatia have only conceded 11 goals in 13 World Cup games (0.85/game). It's the best ratio among the 32 teams taking part in 2014.
In 1950, Brazil host the World Cup. In the opening match Brazil beat Mexico in 4-0
24 June 1950 :Brazil 4-0 Mexico
Scorer: Ademir 30', 79', Jair l 65', Baltazar 71'