Samba Sunrise: Aussies stretch Dutch, Spaniards crash out
Louis van Gaal hailed a second-half onslaught as the Netherlands took control of World Cup Group B by beating Australia. ""I expected us to win. When (Leckie) missed that chance, I said to (assistant coach) Patrick Kluivert, 'We're going to win this match'," he said.
Tim Cahill has revealed that Australia's all guns blazing approach against the Dutch was planned from the start. The New York Red Bulls forward scored a stupendous equaliser in the first half, as Australia won deserved plaudits despite defeat.
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas said it was too soon to think about ringing in the changes after Spain's shock elimination from the World Cup finals. It was the first time Spain had lost back-to-back games since Euro 2008 qualifying.
Chile Coach Jorge Sampaoli had nothing but praise for his "courageous" side after their win over Spain. "We beat a very difficult opponent. I feel very proud of my players. I'll never forget today's match," he said.
Croatia's win over Cameroon was the result of hard work and preparation, said coach Niko Kovac. The Croatians are still in contention to advance from their group after the resounding 4-0 win.
Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi is set to miss the Netherlands' last game against Chile after suffering concussion against Australia. The 22-year-old was clattered by Tim Cahill during the game and was stretchered off the field in the first half.
Portugal goalkeeper Beto said his nation's 4-0 loss to Germany at the World Cup was not a 'shame' on Paulo Bento's squad. "What we tried simply didn't come off and everything that could've gone wrong did go wrong," he said.
There have been fears for Cristiano Ronaldo's continued participation at the World Cup as the Portugal superstar received more treatment on a troublesome knee injury. Ronaldo was pictured with heavy strapping and an ice pack on his left knee after leaving training early on Wednesday.
Trouble flared at the Maracana on Wednesday as Chile fans stormed the stadium's media centre prior to the World Cup clash with Spain. Temporary walls were brought down and glass doors smashed in the chaos before several fans were eventually led away by police.
Ghana's Michael Essien has missed training ahead of their second group game against Germany. The veteran midfielder suffered a toe injury against the USA, but the Ghana Football Association have not confirmed if he will miss the next game.
Uruguay strikers Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani believe the team's experience in tight situations can rescue their World Cup campaign. There is now little margin for error against England and Italy after their surprise loss to Costa Rica.
One vital person who won't be fronting up for Uruguay against England is none other than Diego Lugano, as the captain was ruled out due to a knee injury.
Philipp Lahm will not play in defence even if Mats Hummels fails to recover from a thigh injury, declared Germany assistant coach Hans Flick. The Germany captain is expected to retain his place in midfield as his team sweat on the availability of Hummels and Jerome Boateng.
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