Group A

  • World Cup 2014: FIFA confirms Luiz as Brazil's scorer against Chile June 29, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA has confirmed David Luiz as the scorer of Brazil's goal in the World Cup match against Chile. Saturday's second-round match finished 1-1 after extra time before Brazil won a penalty shootout. FIFA says its technical study group ruled that Luiz, not Chile defender Gonzalo Jara, got the...
  • World Cup 2014: Cesar saves Brazil, the hosts beat Chile on penalties June 29, 2014

    Belo Horizonte: Julio Cesar was the unlikely hero as hosts Brazil sneaked into the quarterfinals after a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Chile in the first FIFA World Cup knockout match at the Estadio Mineirao here Saturday. The two teams were tied 1-1 after regular time and failed to find the...
  • World Cup 2014: No pressure when you are living a dream, says Neymar June 25, 2014

    Teresopolis: Neymar feels he has nothing to worry about at the World Cup. He is playing in the biggest tournament of his life the same way he played in tournaments in Brazil when he was a teenager. And it's a simple secrete that keeps him at ease no matter the stage:...
  • World Cup 2014: FIFA red-faced after suggesting legal Brazil goal was offside June 25, 2014

    FIFA TV, which provides live World Cup images for the global television audience, displayed the wrong graphic which indicated Brazil's third goal in their 4-1 win over Cameroon was offside, it said on Tuesday. Striker Fred headed home after 49 minutes but millions of viewers thought the assistant referee had made...
  • World Cup 2014: Mexican coach hails 'saviour' Javier Hernandez June 24, 2014

    Recife: Mexico coach Miguel Herrera hailed Javier Hernandez after the Manchester United striker came off the bench to play a key role in the team's 3-1 victory over Croatia. The result set up a Round of 16 berth for Mexico against the Netherlands in Fortaleza June 29 while Croatia were eliminated...
  • World Cup 2014: Mexico can go far, says Luka Modric June 24, 2014

    Recife: Croatia midfielder Luka Modric declared Mexico "can go far" after Miguel Herrera's side produced a late three-goal salvo to secure a place in the World Cup knock-out stage. Modric said his team had under performed but admitted Mexico, who won 3-1 against Croatia Monday, showed they were the better team...
  • World Cup 2014: Big win earns Brazil fans' confidence June 24, 2014

    Brasilia: The sinking feeling among a legion of die-hard fans has been shrugged off after Brazil dispelled doubts over their tournament credentials with a show, which has brought the wide grin back on the faces of their free-spirited supporters in the ongoing FIFA World Cup. A 4-1 demolition of Cameroon in...
  • World Cup 2014: Neymar double sinks Cameroon 4-1 June 24, 2014

    Neymar scored twice to help Brazil advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup on top of Group A with a 4-1 win over Cameroon. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil beat Cameroon 4-1, to face Chile in round of 16 June 24, 2014

    Brasilia: Neymar scored twice to help Brazil advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup on top of Group A with a 4-1 win over Cameroon. Fred and Fernandinho added second-half goals for Brazil, who will face South American rival Chile in the second round. Neymar netted twice in the...
  • The Beautiful Game: Brazil face Cameroon June 24, 2014

    Brazil have a relatively simple task to advance past the group stage at their home World Cup - draw or beat a Cameroon. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Fans will help 'home team' Mexico defeat Croatia, says Herrera June 23, 2014

    Recife: Mexico's legions of travelling fans will carry their team to victory against Croatia and into the knockout stages of the World Cup, coach Miguel Herrera told a news conference. The Mexican fans are expected to be in the majority when the two teams meet at the Pernambuco arena in Recife...
  • World Cup 2014: Cameroon's Alex Song banned for three matches June 23, 2014

    Brasilia: Cameroon midfielder Alex Song has been banned for three matches after his sending off in their World Cup Group A defeat by Croatia, organisers FIFA said on Sunday. The midfielder was dismissed for elbowing Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic in the back during the first half of their 4-0 defeat in...
  • World Cup 2014: 'Stupid' to say Brazil will pick opponent, says Luiz Scolari June 23, 2014

    Brasilia: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Sunday it would be "stupid" to think his team would consider playing deliberately for a draw against Cameroon in order to choose their second-round opponent at the World Cup. Scolari dismissed any chance that Brazil would not try to win Monday's decisive Group A...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil trying to take pressure off Neymar June 22, 2014

    Teresopolis: Team-mates and coaches are trying to take some of the pressure off Neymar at the World Cup, saying the Brazil star shouldn't be the only one expected to play well and lead the team to the title. Though usually quick to praise the youngster, the squad and staff have recently...
  • World Cup 2014: Croatia face Mexico in a must-win game of Group A June 23, 2014

    Recife, Brazil: Mario Mandzukic's return from suspension helped keep Croatia alive in the World Cup. To lead his side into the second round, he may have to do something on Monday that no one has been able to do through two games in Group A: score against Mexico. Even Brazil was...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil eye top spot as they face already eliminated Cameroon June 22, 2014

    TERESOPOLIS: Brazil have a relatively simple task to advance past the group stage at their home World Cup - draw or beat a Cameroon team that is playing their last match before flying home. But in a tournament already full of surprises, Brazilian players are wary ahead of Monday's game in...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil eyeing top spot in Group A, says Julio Cesar June 21, 2014

    Brasilia: Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar said that his team only thinks about achieving victory against Cameroon Monday and snatching first place in Group A of the FIFA World Cup. Cesar said the 'Selecao' will play the game without thinking about who they will meet in the last 16 round, adding that...
  • World Cup 2014: FIFA suspends referee for incorrect decisions June 21, 2014

    Natal: FIFA has suspended Colombian assistant referee Humberto Clavijo for making incorrect decisions during the World Cup's Mexico-Cameroon clash June 13 at the Arena das Dunas. The referee disallowed two goals for Mexico in the first half by Giovani dos Santos, yet Mexico ended winning the game 1-0, reports EFE. FIFA said...
  • World Cup 2014: Unbeaten in 11 games, Brazil say they can get better June 21, 2014

    Teresopolis: Brazil are in pole position to qualify from Group A but in the wake of a 0-0 draw with Mexico that ended a 10-game winning streak, the players admit they still have not hit anything like top gear. The host nation won their opener against Croatia 3-1 last week and...
  • World Cup 2014: We can win again, says Croatia's Ivica Olic June 20, 2014

    Recife: Croatia's veteran striker Ivica Olic expressed confidence about winning their next and final Group A clash against Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco. After suffering a 1-3 loss against Brazil, Croatia came back strongly on Wednesday to win 4-0 over Cameroon. They must win over Mexico to secure a place in...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil looking to regain top form June 19, 2014

    Teresopolis: Brazil go into their decisive Group A match against Cameroon on Monday with more at stake than a spot in the next round of the World Cup. After struggling in their first two matches, Brazil are also looking to show that it can play well at their home tournament. The hosts...
  • World Cup 2014: No Song just a whimper as Cameroon crash out June 19, 2014

    Cameroon went down fighting - off the ball and amongst themselves - as they exited the World Cup on Wednesday with Alex Song adding a red card to the ill-disciplined African nation's long list in a thumping 4-0 defeat by Croatia. The Europeans were already leading 1-0 when Barcelona midfielder Song...
  • World Cup 2014: Mandzukic scores twice as Croatia thump Cameroon June 19, 2014

    Manaus: Mario Mandzukic scored two goals on Wednesday to keep Croatia in the mix at the World Cup with a 4-0 win over ten-man Cameroon, who cannot now advance from the group stage. Mandzukic, who returned to the team at the Arena da Amazonia after sitting out the opening loss to...
  • World Cup 2014, Cameroon v Croatia: as it happened June 19, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Cameroon and Croatia clash in Manaus looking to put their troubles behind them and keep alive their hopes of making the World Cup knock-out rounds....
  • The Beautiful Game: Brazil draw 0-0 with Mexico June 18, 2014

    Brazil were held to a 0-0 draw by Mexico on Tuesday in an absorbing Group A match in the deafening cauldron of Fortaleza's Castelao arena. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Fit Modric and debutant Mandzukic to lead Croatia charge June 18, 2014

    Midfielder Luka Modric and available-again striker Mario Mandzukic will spearhead Croatia's effort to keep alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup last 16 when they face Cameroon on Wednesday, coach Niko Kovac said. Modric has recovered from a foot injury he sustained in the opening 3-1 Group A defeat by...
  • World Cup 2014: Midfield problems for lacklustre Brazil June 18, 2014

    Brazil failed to win for the first time in 11 games with their own lacklustre midfield as much to blame for the 0-0 draw with Mexico as the inspired goalkeeping performance of Guillermo Ochoa. Brazil started Tuesday's World Cup Group A match with a midfield trio of Paulinho, Luiz Gustavo, and...
  • World Cup 2014: We're getting better, says Scolari but goals scarce June 18, 2014

    Mexico's inspired keeper Guillermo Ochoa ended Brazil's 10-game winning streak but while home fans were frustrated at the lack of goals manager Luiz Felipe Scolari says his side are improving with each match. "In my opinion, and it is just my opinion, the team played at least 10 percent better than...
  • World Cup 2014: Spirited Mexico hold Brazil to a goalless draw June 18, 2014

    Fortaleza: Hosts and World Cup favourites Brazil were held to a 0-0 draw by Mexico on Tuesday in an absorbing Group A match in the deafening cauldron of Fortaleza's Castelao arena. Brazil failed time and again to break down a stubborn defence backed up by inspired goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa but the...