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Brazil is greatest tournament in BBC vote

Brazil is greatest tournament in BBC vote

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been voted the greatest in the tournament's history by BBC Sport readers. This summer's World Cup, which has seen great goals, gritty underdog displays and shock results, came out on top in Friday's Sportsday vote with 39%. In total Brazil topped six of the nine categories readers voted...

Battles within the battle

Robin van Persie v Martin Demichelis Manchester United striker Van Persie will be eager to finally end his record of never having scored in the knockout stages of a major international tournament, and will find himself up against an Argentina defence that could be marshalled by Manchester City man Demichelis. Against Costa Rica in the quarter-finals, Van Persie, 30, and his fellow attackers were unable to breach a packed opposition defence, but Argentina's commitment to getting forward should give him some...

NED vs CRC World Cup Quarter-final

Holland thru with 4-3 win in penalties

Holland thru with 4-3 win in penalties

Tim Krul was an unlikely hero as the Netherlands secured a 4-3 shoot-out win over Costa Rica to book a FIFA World Cup semi-final place, reports Goal.com. Over 120 goalless minutes in Salvador, Louis van Gaal's team struck the post or crossbar on three occasions and the Manchester United-bound manager unleashed an unexpected secret...

Told penalty takers I knew their plan: Krul

Told penalty takers I knew their plan: Krul

It appeared as if a spell had been cast on the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Saturday, as the stadium that had been synonymous with free-scoring matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazi suddenly provided the stage for a goalless encounter. The Netherlands bombarded Costa Rica’s penalty area without success for...

WC ROUND OF 16: CRC VS GRE

Costa Rica make history beating Greece 5-3 on penalties

Costa Rica make history beating Greece 5-3 on penalties

Jorge Luis Pinto's side battles to another astounding victory as it secures a shootout triumph despite playing close to an hour with 10 men Ten-man Costa Rica defied the odds once more to continue its FIFA World Cup fairytale with a 5-3 last-16 penalty shootout win over Greece, Goal.com reports. Earmarked as the whipping boy...

Third Eye

D for death

When the draw for the World Cup was made back in December 2013, Group D was billed as the Group of Death. Rightly so, as three former champions with a total of seven trophies among themselves, were pitted together, along with Costa Rica. The group is living up to its name, but not quite the way many people had predicted. One of the three giants, England, have already packed their bags while the other two -- Italy and Uruguay...

Africa fails to grow yet again

Africa fails to grow yet again

The whole point about a World Cup is that it is supposed to be a global event, not just a private rivalry between the continents of Europe and South America, so it was gratifying to see one of the goals of the tournament scored by Tim Cahill of Australia. Cahill's volley against Holland, coupled...

Uruguay stunned

Uruguay stunned

Costa Rica came from a goal down to beat Uruguay 3-1 in a huge World Cup upset Saturday as the Copa America champions suffered for the absence of star striker Luis Suarez. After Edinson Cavani gave the South Americans the lead from the penalty spot in the first half, Costa Rica roared back with...

Uruguay can win it in Brazil again: Muslera

Uruguay can win it in Brazil again: Muslera

Uruguay go into their Group D opener against Costa Rica on Saturday hoping to roll back the years and win the FIFA World Cup™ for the second time on Brazilian soil. La Celestelifted their second and last World Cup in 1950 when they pulled off a major upset and defeated hosts Brazil in the...

Costa Rica lose Mora

Heiner Mora saw his World Cup finals hopes dashed on Wednesday as the fullback withdrew from the Costa Rica squad because of a broken heel. The 29-year-old suffered the injury in a training session on Tuesday at their base in Santos. Costa Rica, who have called up Dave Myrie as a replacement, begin their campaign against Copa America champions Uruguay on Saturday. Myrie, 26, made his international debut in 2010 but has had a nomadic club career taking in 10 clubs in...

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