Samba Sunrise: Dutch masterclass leaves Spain shellshocked

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Group A - Mexico 1 (Peralta 60') Cameroon 0
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Group B - Spain 1 (Alonso 26') Netherlands 5 (van Persie 43', 71', Robben 52', 79', de Vrij 63')
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Group B - Chile 3 (Sanchez 11', Valdivia 13', Beausejour 91') Australia 1 (Cahill 34')
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The reaction following Mexico's narrow win against Cameroon was subdued from both camps following a match played in torrential weather.

Mexico goalscorer Oribe Peralta was quick to downplay the result, telling teammates that they had achieved nothing yet apart from an opening win.

Meanwhile, Cameroon head coach Volker Finke was refusing to blame the weather conditions for the loss, saying he was disappointed with his team's effort.

There was totally different vibe after the Netherlands' barnstorming win over defending champions Spain though, as you might expect.

Robin van Persie struck the Oranje's equaliser to get the rout started, but admitted he was still in disbelief at the manner of Netherlands' big victory.

On the other end of the spectrum was Spain's midfield maestro Andres Iniesta, who vowed that his team would use the humbling defeat as inspiration for a turnaround.

Ange Postecolgou was also left ruing his team's poor start as Australia lost 3-1 to Chile, the Socceroos unable to make up for the two early goals they conceded.

Opposite number Jorge Sampaoli admitted Chile were below their best, but claimed that the result was what mattered in the end.


Luis Suarez will miss Uruguay's opening game against Costa Rica on Sunday, coach Oscar Tabarez has confirmed. The 27-year-old has made a good recovery and is back in training with teammates but will not be risked in Fortaleza this weekend.

Portugal defensive midfielder William Carvalho says Cristiano Ronaldo is '100 per cent fit' for their clash with Germany. The Real Madrid star has been limited in training recently due to a lingering knee injury.

Roy Hodgson says his time spent coaching in Italy is irrelevant, ahead of England's World Cup opener against the Azzurri. The former Inter Milan and Udinese coach swatted aside any such suggestions, pointing out his last stint there was 13 years ago.

FIFA have dismissed claims officials are favouring Brazil in the World Cup following Friday's controversial tournament opener. Referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded a hotly contested penalty to Brazil with the score at 1-1.

Croatia have been given a boost though, with news that talismanic midfielder Luka Modric has escaped serious injury after suffering a painful knock against Brazil.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is already looking past the group stages, telling reporters that success for his country at the World Cup would be reaching the quarter finals.

Franck Ribery might be missing, but Switzerland winger Xerdan Shaqiri says France are still a huge threat ahead of their second round Group E meeting. The Swiss will first meet Ecuador, but it appears that Shaqiri is already eyeing up their next opponent.

Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba will both be available for Ivory Coast as they face Japan, coach Sabri Lamouchi has confirmed. Both key players were carrying niggling injuries but appear ready to play - though it is not certain in what capacity.

Standing in the Elephants' way though is Japan, with coach Alberto Zaccheroni keen to see what improvement the Blue Samurai have made since last year's Confederations Cup.


Mexico always looked likely to beat Cameroon, if not that pesky linesman. Gary Parkinson watched it unfold using Stats Zone...

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Nick Harper reviews the World Cup's second day in his ongoing diary series...

FFT's James Maw analyses the Group B match between La Roja and the Socceroos using Stats Zone...