The Weekly Wrap-Up

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Here are the results from over the past few days:

Fixtures and Results:

Brazil 3 – 1 Croatia

Mexico 1 – 0 Cameroon

Spain 1 – 5 Netherlands

Chile 3 – 1 Australia

Colombia 3 – 0 Greece

Uruguay 1 – 3 Costa Rica

England 1 –  2 Italy

Côte d’Ivoire 2 – 1 Japan

Switzerland 2 – 1 Ecuador

France 3 – 0 Honduras

Argentina 2 – 1 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Germany 4 – 0 Portugal

Iran 0 – 0 Nigeria

Ghana 1 – 2 U.S.A.

Player Of The Week: Arjen Robben (Mention – Thomas Muller)

Arjen Robben had great game and gave us a scintillating performance for the Oranje, scoring 2 very well taken goals. He put in a tireless shift and was a menace wherever he played. The first goal was one with great footwork and one where he ran at a jaw dropping pace before humiliating the Spanish defence. His sprint of 84 yards at a pace 37 kilometer per hours to outrun Sergio Ramos was the fastest ever sprint recorded by FIFA. He was brilliant throughout the game and could have had a couple more, but the prolific Bayern midfielder has lots to be happy about.

Close Contenders:

-Robin van Persie

-Oscar

-Neymar

Goal Of The Week: Robin van Persie’s 1st goal against Spain

If you saw it on your telly or in Salvador, consider yourself lucky. We now know what superpowers Robin van Persie has with an audacious headed effort from 17 yards out, the longest header ever recorded in a FIFA World Cup since 1970. A goal, which he labelled his best goal, of such class, we are unsure we will ever see a better headed goal at a World Cup Finals than this. He has started a trend on many Social Networking Sites, if you are unaware about it, please Google – #Persieing.

Mention – Clint Dempsey vs Ghana

Controversial Decisions:

Brazil’s penalty, Giovani dos Santos’ 2 goals not given, Swiss offside disallowed goal…Spain’s penalty, Eder Penalty?

Nation of The Week – Netherlands (Mentions – Germany and Costa Rica)

Underperformers of the week – Spain (Mention – Portugal)

Biggest Upset of the week – Uruguay 1 – 3 Costa Rica

Underperforming Players – Rui Patricio, Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Match of the week – Spain 1 –  5 Netherlands

FootballsToYou Moment of the Week – Fernando Torres’ muck up vs Netherlands

FootballsToYou Moment of Madness – Pepe’s headbutt  vs Germany

FootballsToYou Match of the Week – Iran 0 Nigeria 0

We’d also like to give a special mention to Colombia for their amazing celebration after going 1-0 up v/s Greece.That was some amazing stuff to watch, although we are disappointed that the standard was not matched in celebrations for their next 2 goals.

Goals are at a premium in this World Cup, with 44 goals already being notched up in 14 games, with an average of 3.14 goals per game of  the 2014 World Cup being higher than any tournament since the 1958 edition. Entertainment.. Special thanks to Spain, Uruguay, Honduras, Portugal and Croatia for this. Another interesting stat is that in 28 halves of football played this World Cup already, only 3 halves have ended 0-0, that is the 1st half of Mexico’s match versus Cameroon and Iran vs Nigeria which ended 0-0

A five man defence seems to be key this World Cup. Netherlands humiliated Spain. Chile eased past Australia. Mexico beat Cameroon and Costa Rica shocked Uruguay.

Andrea Pirlo deserves a mention from us, he was fantastic vs England and his free kick was more fun to watch than the Iran-Nigeria game.

Mentions to Thomas Muller, Daley Blind, Raheem Sterling, Neymar, Tim Cahill, Clint Dempsey and Karim Benzema are in order.

Thomas Muller scored the first hat-trick of the World Cup and put in a brilliant shift as Germany’s poacher.

It was Daley Blind’s first World Cup game and he gave 2 assists and made Spain’s right side of defence seem non-existent.

Raheel Sterling had a brilliant game with England, being a constant menace with his pace and trickery.

Neymar scored 2 goals and arguably won the game for Brazil. One a well taken long shot and one a penalty.

Tim Cahill became the first player from Oceania to score in 3 World Cups.

Clint Dempsey scored the fastest goal of this World Cup in 29 seconds and what a beautiful goal it was. He is also the first player from the States to score in 3 World Cups

Karim Benzema became the first Real Madrid player to score 2 goals in his World Cup debut and he is also the first French player to score a brace in the World Cup Finals since Zidane did in ‘98.

A special mention to the French fans who came with a brilliant banner that read “Zlatan We Miss You.” and also to Lionel Messi for scoring an absolute beauty in Marcana, his first World Cup goal after 623 minutes of football in the World Cup.

Vedad Ibisevic and John Brooks became national heroes after the former scored Bosnia & Herzegovina’s first ever World Cup goal and John Brooks scored deep into stoppage time to give U.S. a vital victory over Ghana.

Fun fact: There have already been more own goals in the 2014World Cup (3) than there were in the entire 2010 tournament (2). Defensive Issues.

Team Of The Week – Salvatore Sirigu; Daley Blind, Ron Vlaar, Mats Hummels, Mathieu Debuchy; Andrea Pirlo, Oscar, Antonio Candreva, Arjen Robben; Robin van Persie, Thomas Muller.  Manager – Louis van Gaal

Bench:

– Sergio Romero

– Karim Benzema

– Joel Campbell

– Sami Khedira

– Daryl Janmaat

– Thiago Silva

– Alexis Sanchez
FootballsToYou Flop Of The Week – Iker Casillas; Leighton Baines, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Glen Johnson; Joao Moutinho, Xavi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antonio Valencia; Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero.

But, the biggest takeaway from watching the World Cup is that we now have one thing for certain. Gaurav Kapoor cannot host a talk show to save his life, be it IPL or the World Cup.

Watching nails grow is more interesting than watching Gaurav Kapoor host a show, especially a World Cup coverage.

 

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