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Who was player of the tournament?

Goal’s World Cup 2014 awards

Who was player of the tournament?

After four weeks, 64 matches and 171 goals, World Cup 2014 has finally drawn to a thrilling close with Germany's dramatic triumph over Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. With so many gripping encounters, stellar solo performances and moments of madness over the past month, selecting the recipients of our World Cup awards has been...

Spain win 3-0 against Australia

Spain win 3-0 against Australia

  Group Stage Group B, Match 5 Spain finished their deflated World Cup campaign with a confident 3-0 victory over Australia on Monday in Curitiba to restore some pride despite the reigning champions' early exit, reports Goal.com. Vicente del Bosque's men headed into their final group fixture knowing they could no longer reach the knockout stages following...

Chile route defending champions Spain

Chile route defending champions Spain

  Group Match Group B, Match 4 World Cup holders Spain crashed out of the tournament after they were stunned 2-0 by a brilliant Chile side on Wednesday night, Goal.com reports. After a 5-1 hammering against the Netherlands in their opening Group B clash, Vicente del Bosque's side needed an immediate response, but fell short in another...

New King of Spain takes oath

New King of Spain takes oath

King Felipe VI has called for "a new Spain that we will build together" after being proclaimed head of state in a ceremony in parliament. Earlier, King Felipe received the royal sash from his father, Juan Carlos, at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid. He acceded to the throne at the stroke of midnight after King...

Spain V Chile

Pressure on Del Bosque

Pressure on Del Bosque

Since Friday's shock 5-1 World Cup reverse to Group B rivals Netherlands, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has been bombarded with advice about personnel changes he needs to make before Wednesday's Chile clash. It remains to be seen whether the genial 63-year-old will make any adjustments following the holders' woeful second-half performance in their...

Australia V Netherlands

Another onslaught on the cards?

Another onslaught on the cards?

After the Netherlands' demolition of holders Spain in their opening World Cup match, Australia will have to plug the dyke to stop a flood of goals from the Oranje in their second Group E game in Porto Alegre on Wednesday. The Dutch stunned the world with their 5-1 victory over a hapless Spain, highlighted by a sensational headed goal by Robin Van Persie and a swaggering, two-goal display from Arjen Robben. With the 30-year-old Robben playing like a man on a mission to prove himself one of the stars of the tournament and Van Persie, the same age and also on fire, the Dutch are set to give the Socceroos defence...

Death of tiki-taka?

Death of tiki-taka?

This time it probably was worth saying. A minute after the final whistle went, the stadium announcer at the Arena Fonte Nova followed a new trend from this World Cup and declared: “The final score was Netherlands 5, Spain 1.” Normally it is redundant message but here it seemed meaningful somehow: Yes, five. Holland...

Iniesta: We will not forget humbling by Holland

Iniesta: We will not forget humbling by Holland

Vicente del Bosque's world champions suffered the ignominy of a 5-1 hammering in their Group B opener on Friday, as the Netherlands gained a measure of revenge for their final defeat to the Spaniards in 2010.  Doubles from Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben were complemented by Stefan de Vrij's header as Louis van...

I didn't play well, Casillas admits

I didn't play well, Casillas admits

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas said he had endured a bad night, but was quick to congratulate Netherlands after their 5-1 demolition of the defending champions in Brazil, ESPN FC reports. Spain led through a Xavi Alonso penalty but conceded a spectacular equaliser to Robin van Persie late in the first half and then fell...

Brazuca-fest: 4

Dutch demolition beyond imagination

Dutch demolition beyond imagination

Be an expert or fan, none of the 300 million people across the globe could have guessed closer to what was to happen early morning today. They were watching the defending champions Spain taking on the Netherlands. Spain are one of the strong contenders for this World Cup. Given the strength of the Dutch...

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