Group B

  • 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 secondround match finished 11 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 32 penalty shootout win over Chile in the first FIFA World Cup knockout match at the Estadio Mineirao here Saturday. The two teams were tied 11 after regular time and failed to find the...
  • The Beautiful Game: Netherlands top Group B June 24, 2014

    Leroy Fer scored a minute after coming on as a substitute to help give the Netherlands a 20 victory over Chile and top Group B with three consecutive wins. ...
  • As it happened: Cameroon vs Brazil and Croatia vs Mexico, World Cup 2014 June 24, 2014

    (Scroll down for live updates/blog) Cameroon vs Brazil: 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. Croatia vs Mexico: Mario Mandzukic's return from suspension helped keep Croatia...
  • World Cup 2014: David Villa marks final Spain cap with a goal June 23, 2014

    David Villa marked his final appearance for Spain much like most of his previous ones with a goal. Villa opened the scoring at the Arena da Baixada stadium on Monday with his record 59th goal as the defending World Cup champions beat Australia 30 to avoid finishing last in Group...
  • The Beautiful Game: Dutch take on Chile June 23, 2014

    Netherlands face Chile in a crucial Group B clash at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. ...
  • As it happened: Netherlands vs Chile and Australia vs Spain, World Cup 2014 June 24, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from both the Group B matches as the Dutch and Chile battle for top spot and Spain look to avoid worst ever WC defence. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The Netherlands and Chile may have already qualified for the World Cup's round of 16, but...
  • World Cup 2014: Netherlands' coach Van Gaal slams FIFA June 23, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal criticised FIFA for some refereeing and organisational issues regarding the World Cup. "FIFA, with its great wisdom, decided to hold a press conference before training which is not very smart," van Gaal said. Traditionally, players who play the match participate in the prematch conference but...
  • World Cup 2014: Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi not fit for Chile clash June 22, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Defender Bruno Martins Indi will not play for the Netherlands in their last World Cup Group B match against Chile. Coach Louis van Gaal said Sunday that Martins Indi, who suffered a concussion in the last match against Australia, has not recovered sufficiently to play Monday. The Netherlands will also...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain look to avoid worst ever World Cup defence June 23, 2014

    Spain will take on Australia in their final Group B match on Monday in the knowledge that defeat will officially make their defence of the World Cup the worst in history. Following two straight defeats for both teams, neither can qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup. But Spain in...
  • World Cup 2014: Dutch and Chile to battle for Group B top spot June 23, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The Netherlands and Chile may have already qualified for the World Cup's round of 16, but both still want to win Group B and avoid the likely prospect of facing host nation Brazil in their next match. Two of the tournament's early highfliers meet on Monday at Sao...
  • World Cup 2014: Xabi Alonso quits international football, says report June 21, 2014

    Madrid: Sports daily Marca has reported that Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso has retired from international football after Spain's elimination from the FIFA World Cup. Marca says the 32yearold planned this move for some time and the decision was not a "kneejerk reaction to the event in Brazil. Far from it, he...
  • World Cup 2014: Chile will give Netherlands a real challenge, says Persie June 21, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Chile will pose a real challenge for the Netherlands in their final World Cup Group B match on Monday and the Dutch will have to work hard for the draw they need to finish top, striker Robin van Persie said on Friday. The Dutch, who like the Chileans...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain squad trying to stay upbeat despite elimination June 20, 2014

    Brazil: Spain's World Cup squad is trying to stay upbeat in their last days in Brazil after reports that players were upset with Xabi Alonso for his unrepentant critique of the 2010 world champions. Alonso said Spain lacked hunger and commitment to win following defeats to the Netherlands and Chile, and...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain football federation backs Del Bosque despite debacle June 20, 2014

    The Spanish Football Federation says it wants national coach Vicente del Bosque to remain in charge despite the titleholders' stunning elimination from the World Cup after just two matches. Federation director Jorge Perez tells Cope Radio "if he wants to go, we'll persuade him to stay. He is the ideal man...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain's Ramos asks fans for forgiveness June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Spain defender Sergio Ramos asked the Spanish fans for forgiveness following his side's elimination from the FIFA World Cup after the defending champions lost 02 to Chile in a Group B match at the Maracana Stadium here on Wednesday. "We apologise to all the Spaniards who in these...
  • World Cup 2014: Losses bitter pill to swallow, says Andres Iniesta June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta was annoyed after his team's second consecutive loss that got them eliminated from the FIFA World Cup. Title holders Spain suffered a 15 thrashing by Netherlands in the opening game of Group B and got eliminated in their second match by Chile, who defeated...
  • World Cup 2014: Adios Espana, the end of a golden generation June 19, 2014

    Every generation has a life span. The mood at the Maracana after the holding champions were knocked out of the World Cup by a red hot Chile was like a funeral. An entire generation had died, it seemed. Fans were in mourning. But football systems don't die. Players come and go, and systems...
  • World Cup 2014, Spain vs Chile: as it happened June 19, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group B match between Spain and Chile at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio De Janeiro. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Another loss after their humbling 51 defeat by the Netherlands would almost certainly end Spain's title defense. A groupstage elimination would make...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Australia vs Netherlands June 18, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at the Estadio BeiraRio stadium in Porto Alegre. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The key question for most ahead of Netherlands' second World Cup match is whether Robin Van Persie and co. can possibly top their...
  • World Cup 2014: Beating Spain does not mean we are World Champions already, says Van Gaal June 18, 2014

    Porto Alegre: Despite their historic win over defending champions Spain, Dutch national manager Louis van Gaal reminded his team to stay grounded ahead of their clash against unfancied Australia. The Netherlands, the 2010 World Cup runnersup, began their World Cup campaign with a stunning 51 victory against Spain in the Group...
  • World Cup 2014: No injury worries for Netherlands before Australia match June 19, 2014

    All the Netherlands players are fit for their World Cup Group B match against Australia in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, coach Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday. There had been injury worries over defenders Daley Blind and Ron Vlaar but these had cleared up, Van Gaal said. "Vlaar is ready to play,...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain coach del Bosque takes criticism, expects response against Chile June 18, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said he accepted the criticism of his team after the 51 World Cup mauling by the Netherlands and believes they will react in the right way against Chile on Wednesday. "Just as we have been showered with praise when we have done well, when we have...
  • World Cup 2014: Australia have no plans to sit back against the Dutch June 17, 2014

    Porto Alegre: Australia coach Ange Postecoglou says it would be pointless trying to contain the Netherlands and hit back on the counter in their World Cup Group B match on Wednesday. He says, "If we just try and defend for 90 minutes there will be only one result and it...
  • World Cup 2014: Netherlands still have a long way to go, says Robin Van Persie June 17, 2014

    Porto Alegre: Netherlands captain Robin Van Persie was happy with the impressive 51 win against defending champions Spain in their World Cup opener but admitted that the Dutch still have a long way to go before lifting their maiden World Cup trophy. "This is my fifth major tournament and I know...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain can bounce back, says Koke June 17, 2014

    Curitiba Spain midfielder Koke praised his teammates' reactions after the heavy 15 defeat they suffered against the Netherlands in their FIFA World Cup opener Friday. Koke said that the players are more united than ever and are hungry for achieving a grand win to erase the memories of the defeat. He...
  • World Cup 2014: Chile clash 'life or death', says Cesc Fabregas June 17, 2014

    Curitiba: Spain's next match against Chile is a matter of "life or death" for the holders' World Cup chances, midfielder Cesc Fabregas said on Sunday. Fellow midfielder Xabi Alonso believes it was the world champions' concentration rather than fatigue that betrayed them as they were hammered 51 by the Netherlands...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain desperate to avoid early exit against Chile June 18, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Routed in their opening match, Spain aim to avoid an unwanted World Cup hattrick against Chile on Wednesday. Another loss after their humbling 51 defeat by the Netherlands would almost certainly end Spain's title defense. A groupstage elimination would make Spain the third straight European winner of the World...
  • World Cup 2014: Netherlands aim for group dominance against Australia June 18, 2014

    Porto Alegre: The key question for most ahead of Netherlands' second World Cup match is whether Robin Van Persie and co. can possibly top their stunning opening performance. The opponents this time is Australia, a much easier prospect than defending champion Spain, which it thrashed 51. Van Persie set the tournament...