The Weekly Wrap-Up

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The results in the final games of each group and first four R/16 matches were as follows:

Cameroon 1 – 4 Brazil

Croatia 1 – 3 Mexico

Netherlands 2 – 0 Chile

Australia 0 – 3 Spain

Japan 1 – 4 Colombia

Greece 2 – 1 Cote D’Ivoire

Costa Rica 0 – 0 England

Italy 0 – 1 Uruguay

Nigeria 2 – 3 Argentina

Bosnia & Herzegovina 3 – 1 Iran

Honduras 0 – 3 Switzerland

Ecuador 0 – 0 France

United States 0 – 1 Germany

Ghana 1 – 2 Portugal

Algeria 1 – 1 Russia

Korea Republic 0 – 1 Belgium

Brazil* 1 – 1 Chile (3-2 Pens)

Colombia 2 – 0 Uruguay

Netherlands 2 – 1 Mexico

Costa Rica* 1 – 1 Greece (5-3 Pens)

Standouts from the last round of games:

Nation Of The Week: Colombia (Mention – Greece)

Underperformers of The Week: Eder, Jeremain Lens and Antonio Valencia.

Surprise of The Week: Greece 2-1 Cote D’Ivoire

Game of The Week: Costa Rica 1 – 1 Greece (5-3 Pens)

FootballsToYou Game of The Week: Ecuador 0 – 0 France

Player of The Week – James Rodriguez (Mention – Lionel Messi and Xherdan Shaqiri)

Goal of The Week – James Rodriguez’ first goal vs Uruguay (Mention – Xherdan Shaqiri)

FootballsToYou Moment of Madness – Luis Suarez trying some Italian food.

Controversial Decisions – Marchisio red card, Suarez’s bite gone unseen, Fred offside goal, Valencia red card, Sakho elbowing Oswaldo Minda, Robben dive.

Mentions:

Lionel Messi was terrific scoring 2 goals and was instrumental in Argentina’s qualification.

Xherdan Shaqiri was fabulous and redeemed himself after a brilliant hattrick vs Honduras. The 50th hat-trick recorder at World Cup Finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored a goal this World Cup and he thoroughly deserved it after a tremendous performance versus Ghana.

Neymar Jr. scored 2 more goals, a super performance and his contributions guaranteed Brazil’s top spot.

James Rodriguez was phenomenal versus Japan, bagging one goal and a couple of assists. One of the best players of this World Cup and if he continues this way, Colombia could go a long way. Imagine if they had Falcao. He also scored a wonder strike versus Uruguay and plummeted them into the Last 8. Top Scorer.

Diego Godin scored yet another decisive goal to take Uruguay through to the R/16 and put in a solid performance at the back.

David Villa played his final game for Spain and signed off with a beautiful goal versus Australia. We will miss you, Legend.

Jackson Martinez scored a brace and was stunning and clinical in front of goal. These goals were his first for Colombia in 5 years. A devote Christian reads the Bible first thing after waking up, maybe this was God’s way of showering him with affection.

Ahmed Musa had a great match versus Argentina scoring a few minutes after Messi’s goals, getting a brace and he did enough to make sure that Nigeria make it through to the R/16.

Keylor Navas was the best player versus Greece, pulling off stunning saves and saving a penalty in the shootout.

Guillermo Ochoa was splendid versus the Netherlands and did his nation proud with a string of saves.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar got 8 touches on the ball in 14 minutes versus Mexico and scored one goal and gave one assist.

Greece qualified to next round with a 2-1 win over Cote D’Ivoire and with just 2 goals scored in the entire tournament, well done to their defence. Unlucky not to beat Costa Rica in the R/16, as they fought with tremendous spirit.

Chile were superb versus Brazil and broke our hearts as they crashed out on penalties.

Mexico deserve plenty of plaudits for their performance versus Netherlands, but Louis van Gaal’s men got the better of them eventually.

A shoutout to Costa Rica and Greece  for a very entertaining shootout, it was fun to watch, and also to Aranguiz of Chile, whose penalty was one of the best we’ve seen this World Cup.

Antonia Valencia for going berserk and earning himself a red card which was absolutely detrimental to Ecuador’s cause. Very bad captain.

Pepe went the entire game without receiving a card and he had a quiet afternoon. Kudos to him.

Luis Suarez bit a player. What the hell is wrong with the man? Third time in 4 years he has done this. He needs some serious help and FIFA were right to give him such a stern ban. He has been suspended for 34 games since 2010, without getting a red card. Attitude issues.

Daley Blind committed 7 fouls vs Chile, all on Alexis Sanchez. Target man.

Team Of The Week: Keylor Navas; Bacary Sagna, Diego Godin, Mario Yepez, Jan Vertonghen; Willian Carvalho, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Xherdan Shaqiri, James Rodriguez; Neymar Jr., Lionel Messi.

Flop Of The Week: Charles Itandje; Paul Verhaeg, Bruno Alves, Maynor Figueroa, Arthur Boka; Antonio Valencia, Claudio Marchisio, Frank Lampard, Ivan Rakitic; Eder, Jeremain Lens.

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