Some things that were going on before are no longer going on. Let us discuss a couple such things now. Fabio Cannavaro is no longer a candidate for the Philly Union head coach job, and so he will not be at the Crystal Palace friendly. It is that simple, really. Sometimes, stuff breaks. Olympiakos is no longer chasing Sacha Kljestan.
So yeah, Mondays can be tough because no one seems to want to answer their phone. But... Terrence Boyd is on his way for a medical at Red Bull Leipzig (still trying to learn the length of his contract), Borussia Dortmund II has signed Joseph Gyau away from Hoffenheim (ditto) and I can now confirm that Greek champs Olymiacos are chasing Sacha Kljestan.
Yesterday two matches between Concacaf and UEFA teams ended with a victory for each of their representatives.For a long time it seemed that Mexico would be able to upset the Dutch, leading 1-0 until almost the end of the match. It was not an impressive Dutch side, which is not looking unbeatable any longer.
Costa Rica, dude. I mean, what?! All props to the Ticos, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them come of age and find a new level. And to see them crack the Grecian formula with 10 men was amazing. We all know how troublesome that team can be in a tournament.And ummm, Oranje best pull their socks up this week.
Controversy and tension. Isn't that what you want out of the second round? Well, you got it today and more!
Sunday's Matches Netherlands 2 Mexico 1
The absolute agony that was the 30 minutes thinking that Mexico could make the quarterfinals outside their own country, and have a decent shout to be the first CONCACAF team to make the semis in the modern era, was so worth it after watching them spit it up in the last five minutes.
Costa Rica beat Greece in the second knockout game to end in a penalty shoot out, ensuring CONCACAF representation in the quarterfinals. The first half amounted to watching a mule drag a plow back and forth for 45 minutes. Costa Rica was afraid to commit too many men forward, so it was up to Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell to break directly whenever space presented itself.
The dream goes on for Costa Rica after defeating Greece on penalty kicks to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
After ending the game at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the match seemed destined for penalty kicks. A tense 30-minutes of extra time didn't result in a winner, so the match proceeded to penalty kicks where both teams knocked in their respective penalties with precision to show the Brazil and Chile players how to do it.
Greece'sSokratis Papastathopoulos scored a late goal for the Greeks against Costa Rica to end the regulation time 1-1 and to send the World Cup Round of 16 game into extra time.
In a tense 90 minutes, Costa Rica took the lead in the 52nd minute with a goal by Bryan Ruiz. And it appeared that Costa Rica may have held on to the 1-0 victory untilSokratis knocked in a late goal to break the hearts of the Ticos players and fans, and to keep the Greece hopes alive.
Greece and Costa Rica have a combined total of just seven victories in the history of the World Cup, with the Central American side qualifying for the first time in 1990 and the Europeans in 1994. Not many expected either one of them to reach the quarter finals but after today's match in the Arena Pernambuco, Recife, that's exactly what the outcome will be.
It has been an exciting group stage of the 2014 World Cup, full of drama, entertainment and passion. We have sixteen nations left. For the first time ever three of these are from the Concacaf after USA qualified in their dullest match of the tournament, where it did seem they relied on Portuguese and German largesse.
The final whistle blew and you could hear the collective groan the world over, Greece had qualified for the knock out rounds of the World Cup. It was not pretty (it never is when Greece is involved) but it was a performance that is typical of this team when their backs are against the wall, resolute defending, counter attacking and a bit of luck.
Greece vs Ivory Coast 2014 Goals World Cup 2014 Samaras penalty Controversial Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Greece vs Ivory Coast 2014 Goals World Cup 2014 Samaras penalty Controversial Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Greece vs Ivory Coast 2014 (Greece Cote d'Ivoire VIDEO BELOW) Estadio Governador Placido Aderaldo Castelo, Fortaleza- 24 June, 2014- 24/6/14- 21.
It seemed that Ivory Coast had it all in their hands to follow Colombia to the last-16 of the World Cup. Colombia did their part, defeating any possible Japanese threat 4-1, so everything was up to the Ivorians against a Greek side that had not scored a goal, and had played the kind of football that is easy to forget.
Ivory Coast and Greece arrive in Fortaleza with both sides having an opportunity to advance into the knockout stages (4pm ET/1pm PT kickoff). Ivory Coast comes into the match after losing a close affair with Colombia 2-1 and defeating Japan in comeback fashion by the same scoreline. Greece has had a disappointing campaign so far.
It was a very busy day in NSC-ville, so the games from yesterday are working on the buddy system. England all but goes out (I called this), Colombia marches on and Japan consents to Greece tucking us all in bed for the night.NSC Men of the Matches: Juan Cuadrado (COL), Luis Suárez (URU) & Orestis Karnezis (GRE) - Greg Seltzer
The second 0-0 result of the World Cup will be seen as a massive chance blown to get three points by Japan, who enjoyed a one man advantage for the best part of an hour and dominated possession. Greece defended resolutely but could have easily snuck away with a victory had they converted their chances.
Who has been Greece's stand-out player at the World Cup? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The World Cup is a global event, with the event being televised across nearly 200 nations, 6 continents and reaching billions of people. Those numbers are staggering, considering that only 32 countries make it to the main event.
Costa Ricav Greece preview: World Cupunderdogs battle for place in Quarter-Finals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Greece and Costa Rica were both outside bets to make it through to the Round of 16, leaving Italy, England and Ivory Coast in their collective wake. Nowone of them will be going into the Quarter Finals to face Holland or Mexico next Saturday in Salvador.
Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast: Injury time Samaras penalty edges Greeks into last 16 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A stunning late penalty from former Celtic strikerGeorgios Samaras gave Greece a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast in Fortaleza, with theEuropean side sneaking through to the last 16, finishing second above their beaten opponents in Group C.
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Japan vs Greece 2014 WC Group C Katsouranis Red Card Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Japan vs Greece 2014 (Japan Greece VIDEO BELOW) Arena das Dunas, Natal- 19 June, 2014- 19/6/14- Group C- 23.
Italy join the likes of Spain and England on their way home from the 2014 World Cup finals today. This, of course, should be the story of the final round of matches from Group D of this most extraordinary of tournaments this morning, but yet again this morning's newspaper headlines have been written by one Luis Suarez, who, for the third time in his career, has been caught red-handed biting another player on a football pitch.
And so it goes. Barring a sequence of events so improbable that the mathematics of it barely stands thinking about for too long, England are out of the 2014 World Cup finals after a performance against Uruguay that involved a considerable amount of toil for very little end result. There was a period of about five minutes, shortly after Wayne Rooney finally scored his first goal in the World Cup finals for his national team, when it looked as if they might just about go on and win last night's match.