Cuneyt Cakir from Turkey will referee the World Cup semifinal between the Netherlands and Argentina here Wednesday. It will be Cakir's third match during the ongoing world soccer gala after Brazil vs Mexico and Algeria vs Russia. Starting his international career in 2006, Cakir officiated in the Euro 2012 semi-final.
Spain's six-year domination of world soccer came to an ignominious end in Rio tonight when they were unceremoniouslydumpedout of the World Cup by Chile.
First-half goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz sealed a 2-0 victory for Chile in the cauldron of the Maracana and, with Spain having already been humbled 5-1 by the Netherlands in Salvador last Friday, tonight's result means that Vicente Del Bosque's men cannot progress to the competition's knockout stage.
Clash of the titanic continents, maybe not so much for the teams...as France took on Nigeria and Germany played Algeria the World went back to hysteria as some grew wearier of the lucky criteria which see teams progress to the next round. Make sense? No, of course it doesn't: especially not for Nigeria and Algeria, who are left wondering when they'll see their team go further than anyone else expected before the tournament.
Two of the tournament favourites, so far, go through to the next round to face opposition who possess more in morale than talent, but the World Cup throws up some funny ties and both Argentina and France will have to avoid an upset in the next round.
Elsewhere, football has gone mad.
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