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Group B - Australia 0 Spain 3 (Villa 35', Torres 68', Mata 81')
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Group B - Netherlands 2 (Fer 76', Depay 90+1') Chile 0
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Group A - Cameroon 1 (Matip 25') Brazil 4 (Neymar 16', 33', Fred 48', Fernandinho 83')
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Group A - Croatia 1 (Perisic 86') Mexico 3 (Marquez 71', Guardado 74', Hernandez 81')
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Ange Postecoglou has insisted that Australia's defeat to Spain at the World Cup does not affect the progress they have made as a team. Despite finishing bottom of their pool, Australia have won many admirers for the attacking nature of their performances.

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder claimed "too much long ball" saw his team struggle in the first half of their win over Chile. Louis van Gaal's Dutch team did not produce a shot on target in their first half against Chile but second-half goals to Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay saw the Netherlands claim top spot.

Croatia coach Niko Kovac has defended his decision to play Ivan Rakitic in a deep midfield role in his team's 3-1 loss to Mexico. Croatia were eliminated from the World Cup this morning after conceding three late goals at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.

Volker Finke was left lamenting Cameroon's lack of concentration as their World Cup campaign ended in a 4-1 defeat to hosts Brazil. The coach congratulated Brazil on the victory and believes his team must become more street wise to improve.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has hailed his team's performance but failed to hide his frustration at missing out on penalties against Croatia. Herrera claimed referee Ravshan Irmatov missed two chances to award Mexico a spot kick with the score at 0-0 in Recife.


Argentina must not rely solely on the talents of Lionel Messi, says former midfielder Andres D'Alessandro. He said an over-reliance on three-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi could be the nation's downfall.

Portugal defender Joao Pereira has refuted team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo's suggestion they lack quality at the World Cup. Ronaldo was quoted as saying Portugal - semi-finalists at Euro 2012 - had "limitations" and said "qualifying for the finals was problematic".

Luis Suarez said he has pulled up well and is ready to face Italy, days after his stunning entrance onto the World Cup stage in Brazil. The Uruguay striker returned from injury to single-handedly bury England with both goals in a 2-1 win in Sao Paulo on Friday.

Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen is a doubt for their final World Cup group game with South Korea due to a hamstring strain. Jan Vertonghen took Vermaelen's place in the contest against Russia at the Maracana, and could be in line for a starting berth should his colleague be unable to feature.

There has been some finger pointing going on in the Bosnia-Herzegovina camp as star Vedad Ibisevic suggested that some players are more responsible than others for their World Cup failure. The Stuttgart striker told reporters: "We failed and we are responsible for it, some less, some more. We must now share the responsibility."


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