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Monday, June 23, 2014

Brasil '14 - Day 12

I'm getting to the festivities a wee bit late on today, chaps but I'm no less thrilled to get started with the third round of group games today. This is the stage where things get crazy. The Dutch meet Chile with only placement at stake. I'll be watching that one to see who avoids the hosts. In the other match, Spain will play out the string with the plucky Aussies. Watch and blog along with me, won't you?

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Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here are the line-ups for this afternoon's match-up:

Netherlands: 1-Jasper Cillessen; 2-Ron Vlaar, 3-Stefan de Vrij, 5-Daley Blind, 7-Daryl Janmaat; 6-Nigel de Jong, 20-Georginio Wijnaldum, 11-Arjen Robben, 10-Wesley Sneijder; 17-Jeremain Lens, 15-Dirk Kuyt

Substitutes: 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 8-Jonathan de Guzman, 12-Paul Verhaegh, 13-Joel Veltman, 14-Terence Kongolo, 16-Jordy Clasie, 18-Leroy Fer, 19-Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 21-Memphis Depay, 22-Michel Vorm, 23-Tim Krul

Chile: 1-Claudio Bravo, 4-Mauricio Isla, 17-Gary Medel, 18-Gonzalo Jara, 2-Eugenio Mena; 20-Charles Aranguiz, 21-Marcelo Diaz, 5-Francisco Silva, 16-Felipe Gutierrez; 7-Alexis Sanchez, 11-Eduardo Vargas

Substitutes: 3-Miiko Albornoz, 6-Carlos Carmona, 8-Arturo Vidal, 9-Mauricio Pinilla, 10-Jorge Valdivia, 12-Cristopher Toselli, 13-Jose Rojas, 14-Fabian Orellana, 15-Jean Beausejour, 19-Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, 22-Esteban Paredes, 23-Johnny Herrera

12:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chile get us underway against the Dutch who are finally wearing their iconic oranje kit.

Predictable changes with RVP dropping out and Lens and Kuyt coming in.

12:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Characteristically intense pressing by Chile, forces Cillessen into rushing a clearance. A throw-in for Chile, halfway inside the Netherlands half.

12:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chile play the ball out from the back, having dominated the possession for the opening few minutes, albeit without creating anything in the way of chances. The ball ends up with Cillessen in the Dutch goal, taking a goal-kick.

12:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 0-0 in the Spain v. Aussie match.

12:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another free-kick, this time for Chile, after a foul by Jeremain Lens. This match has been very scrappy, but Chile have had the better of it.

12:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just a reminder that Chile must beat Holland here today to avoid the top team in Group A (presumably Brazil).

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A lot of carping from the Dutch camp about having to play this match before Brazil plays their last match. Brazil will have the advantage of knowing what they must do.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Diaz over yet another Chile free kick. Corner comes out of it.

12:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A training pitch routine that ended with a shot over the bar from Gutierrez.

12:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robben with a menacing run down the right now. His shot was blacked.

12:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robben with a menacing run down the right now. His shot was blacked.

12:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First yellow of the day goes to Chile's Silva. The Dutch are really carving him up with balls down the left.

12:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sneijder goes with a direct shot at goal from the free kick. Easily recovered by the keeper.

12:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Villa's Ron Vlaar now getting a bollocking from the ref for dissent.

12:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 0-0 in both of these matches, with half an hour gone. Not the typical fireworks that we've become accustomed to in this tournament.

12:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Robben with a great cross over and De Vrij just couldn't direct the header on target. That's a potent line of attack for the bigger Dutch against the tiny Chileans.

12:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some argybargy now between Kuyt, who's playing a deeper role than usual, and Alexis Sanchez.

12:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

News out of the other match. David Villa has fired Spain into the lead. Go figure - you play a natural striker who's fit and you get a goal.

12:38 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Wow. He was off like a rocket. Exciting player!

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that's quite brilliant. He skipped free of Jara with pace and ran across the left channel and as Lens dragged some defenders wide of him. Just shot wide.

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, Red Devil. How are things in Tuscany?

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Lens romping forward.

12:42 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Hello Bob. How was the cook-out yesterday? I got to see most of the second half of US-Portugal, but it was not such a fun night as Julia had a bit of an accident, falling down on her mouth on an iron chair. She chipped her tooth, had a mouth full of blood, and a tough night falling asleep.
We took her to a dentist, and at leas for now, she seems ok.

12:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's true - Arjen Robben in full flight is impossible to defend. He was actually clocked at the highest speed ever recorded by FIFA on the run for his second goal against Spain.

12:44 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

This game has a strange feel to it. It's a bit subdued on the Chilean side, but the Dutch may simply be a stronger opponent than what they've faced so far.

12:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sorry to hear about Julia's accident. I hope she's feeling better. Thank goodness for baby teeth, right?

The cookout went well and lots of people asked after you. Bond and I were the ones most glued to the match with the others drifting in and out of the living room and enjoying what came off the grill. It was a typically gorgeous Fredonia summer evening.

12:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's also odd that no one really knows how to handle the match-ups with Group A opponents. It's assumed that Brazil will top the group but maybe not? They've been pretty unconvincing.

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

It's amazing that Chile does not get scored on more often in the air. They have two starting defenders who are shorter than 97% of all players at the WC.

12:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time: The teams go in 0-0 just after Gutierrez blew a great chance with a free header from Diaz's free kick. Shame - that would have really opened up the match.

12:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I thought about you a moment ago when the commentator mentioned that Chile are the shortest side in the tournament. You would think that that would be a potent line of attack for the Dutch but, without RVP, they don't really have a big target man.

12:49 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Brazil has the better goal difference already, so I am assuming they win the group, since even if Mexico wins, I don't see them winning by two goals vs Croatia. Cameroon is weak, disorganized, discordant, and also unmotivated. This is the country that lost 6-1 to Russia in 1994, setting the standard for phoning in a result.

12:51 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

In fact, for a Chilean, I am of average height.

12:52 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

For the US, it looks like they just need to lose less badly than Ghana wins. If Ghana ties, the US is in. If Ghana loses reasonably, we're in.

Germany has essentially qualified, as long as they lose by a close score. If they tie, they should be first, based on goal difference.

12:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree. I think the US are now safe, unless there is a dramatic shift. And then probably Belgium, who have been less impressive than I had expected. Two slim wins.

1:00 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Chile is snake-bitten. The last two times they qualified for the knock-out phase they faced Brazil. Looks like this third time won't be any different. And even when Chile plays well, they always get crushed by Brazil. Usually in the air.

1:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some in the US (Lexi Lalas, e.g.) are already calling for some Anschluss Fussball on Thursday.

1:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You're also probably right about Group B, so the Dutch will presumably want to avoid a loss. A Chilean goal (from Gutierrez) thus would have really opened things up.

1:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sunderland's Jean Beausejour coming off the bench for Gutierrez for the second half. He scored the winner against Australia in their opener.

1:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kuyt floats a cross over but it's cleared out easily.

1:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Casual pace to this second half so far.

1:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

As long as things stay the same, the Dutch will not feel pressed to go to the bench for the likes of Huntelaar.

1:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Dutch fans loving it, despite the boring match.

1:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cilessen is lucky there as he bundles Sanchez over after the ball gets away from him. Seen them given?

1:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Sanchez wriggled free of Janmaat and then tried one from an acute angle. Cillessen beat it away.

1:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chile seem capable of springing a late surprise in this one.

1:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robben lines one up on his left foot but it's beaten away by Bravo.

1:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Valdivia coming on for Chile. He scored the second goal in their match against Australia.

1:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The disappointing Jeremy Lens coming off and Depay coming on for the Dutch.

1:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So an attacking move from Chile and like for like by the Dutch. No surprises there.

1:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fernando Torres has scored a second goal for Spain. So, they'll certainly now be third in the group.

1:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Dirk Kuyt had a big chance there. Nodded it wide.

1:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent hit from Depay but well saved by Bravo.

1:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! The Dutch go in front!

1:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's the supersub Leroy Fer who rises to meet Robben's cross.

1-0 !

1:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It appears that Fer is on Norwich City's books - why have I never heard of this kid?

1:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A lot more urgency from Chile now.

1:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chile need two goals now in order to avoid a meeting with Brazil.

1:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Juan Mata has added a third goal for Spain. A little too late for them.

1:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Dutch are a man down as they defend this corner. A chance....

1:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Dutch are a man down as they defend this corner. A chance....

1:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Oh - that was good. Robben roasted the Chilean right back and the other supersub Depay finshes off a great ball across.

2-0!

1:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - Holland march forward into a Round of 16 match against probably either Mexico or Croatia.

Chile finish on 6 points and will definitely give the hosts a good game in the Round of 16.

1:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm back after a brief break in the action to follow the Brazil v. Cameroon match-up. Here are the current standings in the group:

Brazil - 4 pts +2GD
Mexico - 4 pts +1GD
Croatia - 1 pt -2GD
Cameroon - 0 pts -5GD

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That means that if Brazil match what Mexico do, they'll go through top and will meet Chile in the Round of 16. If Mexico win and have a +2 goal swing over Brazil, they'll top the group and meet Chile while Brazil will face the titanic match-up with Holland. Croatia are up against it but not out altogether. They need a win over to make the Round of 16. If they do that and Brazil lose or draw, they'd top the group. Should be a topsy afternoon.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here's the team news out of the Maracana tonight:

Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Gustavo, Hulk, Oscar, Neymar, Serginho Fred.
Subs: Jefferson, Fernandinho, Dante, Maxwell, Henrique, Ramires, Hernanes, Willian, Bernard, Jo, Maicon, Victor.

Cameroon: Itandje, Nyom, Matip, N'Koulou, Bedimo, Enoh, Moukandjo, Mbia, N'Guemo, Choupo-Moting, Aboubakar.
Subs: Feudjou, Assou-Ekotto, Djeugoue, Nounkeu, Eto'o, Makoun, Chedjou, Webo, Fabrice, Salli, N'Djock.

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

3:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Neymar should have a chance to add to his goal tally today and shoot to the top of the Golden Boot stakes. Robben and (through a suspension) RVP missed out on goals this afternoon.

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thiago Silva is on a card, so he'll need to be careful.

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams coming on to the pitch now.

3:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away now....

4:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The resinstated Hulk picks up an early free kick.

4:01 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Hey Blue Devil. I'm back for this match. Great goal for Neymar. Don't know why they didn't close him down.

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm just getting back from some errands. Great game so far, it seems. Two super goals from Neymar and a decent one for Cameroon.

4:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 0-0 in the other one. So Brazil and Mexico would go through in that order at the moment.

4:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brilliant move there by Brazil but Hulk couldn't finish it off.

4:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - Brazil 2-1 up

4:48 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Ok. Let's see some more goals

5:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Indeed. I'd love to see a goal explosion in the second half of both games.

5:04 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Wow. I had never really seen Hulk from up close. He is really bulky!

5:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hulk skips by Khadeema but then whiffs on his effort at a cross.

5:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hulk is now upended (who would have thought that that bulk could be brought down?) but the ref waves on.

And then Fred tries his luck.

5:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Apart from Neymar, the front line from Brazil has been fairly lackluster. Apparently Fred is the least popular man in Brazil these days.

5:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Any thoughts about the German performance against Ghana?

5:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Fred finally gets off the mark.

5:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lovely move there starting with a chip from Neymar to Fernandiho who spread it out wide left. The cross over left Fred with a tap in.

5:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hulk marauding again, dishes off to Oscar, who ran up against a Cameroon wall.

5:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

On the replay, it looks like Fred was in an offside position when he scored. Home advantage, I suppose.

5:12 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I am not happy with the performance versus Ghana, but I am not surprised. They tied 2-2 with Cameroon in the warmups. Germany's defense is highly suspect, and they attack too much, leaving big gaps in the defense.
I have them losing to France in the 1/8 finals.

5:13 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

That said, the wide open style of play is a lot of fun to watch, so win or lose, Germany is a good bet to watch. It'll be an entertaining match versus the US.

5:15 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Hulk crushed im like a fly.

5:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm loving this tournament because it's been so fluid and open and full of surprises. If it hadn't been for the England collapse, it might be my favorite tournament since 1982.

5:17 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Are you flipping between games?

5:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yes - but mainly on the Brazil one.

5:19 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I can't tell you why these games have been so open. It probably has something to do with that the players are getting fatigued, so they are making mistakes and leaving openings. even in games that started slow, by the second half things usually open up.

5:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still on a knife's edge between Mexico and Croatia but Brazil are now safe in top spot with the match against Chile to come. That should be lively. Saturday morning (afternoon for you).

5:21 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I'm considering switching to the other game, since there is something at stake there.

5:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've also noticed that the referees have been very lenient (probably too lenient) and have held off on calling a lot of fouls and yellow carding players early on. That might have helped the flow of matches.

5:22 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I cannot believe how tactically naive Cameroon is. It's clear that the #1 option for Brazil is to get the ball to Neymar, but he is often wide open and very loosely marked.

5:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Btw, Kate says "hi" to all and hopes that Julia's okay.

5:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've noticed that, too. He must be loving this match. Mexico shut him down much more effectively.

5:23 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I agree, the games have a good flow to them, and diving has not been a fantastic option, though the pros at diving are still doing well (Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Robben). I'm not saying they are faking it, but they go down easy and attract a lot of contact.

5:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Neymar romping onto that one again, but called offside.

5:26 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Say hello to Kate. Julia is probably ok. The dentist said she is probably fine, and if not, we'll have to wait a good while (a few weeks) to see whether the tooth changes color (meaning it's dead).

5:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wide open match now.

5:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 0-0 in the other one at around the 70th minute mark. Croatia need to roll the dice.

5:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Neymar is pulled down from behind, but the ref waves on.

5:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kate wonders if there is any news from Chiara on the tenure-track front?

5:29 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Strange that Oscar is having such a subdued match. He was the key player in the first match.

5:29 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

MEXICO grabs the lead.

5:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Neymar is taken off as a precaution. He's the current Golden Boot leader, much to the delight of most of us in the predictions game.

5:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That should be enough to put them into the Round of 16 against Holland.

5:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've switched over as Croatia nearly get an equalizer. It's hail mary time for the Croats.

5:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Guardado seals it for Mexico!

5:33 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

It looks like the department, the dean and - very importantly - the provost are all on board. I think it is a meeting between Terry Brown, John Kijinksi and the President (Ginny) which will decide this. The good thing is that two years ago, it was Ginny's language (non-binding) in the contract that promised to make a reasonable attempt to grant a tenure track line. Hopefully she feels bound by this.

5:34 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

CONCACAF Baby! Mexico scores a second.

5:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mexico now a goal away from Brazil's GD. Brazil would still top Mexico on goals scored.

5:35 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

weak defending there, but nice goal-line save.

5:36 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Even on goal difference. 3-0

5:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great news about Chiara! We both think that's great!

5:41 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Mexico should go all-out for the 4th goal. Who cares if Croatia scores another 3. If they can get one more, they can avoid the Dutch.

5:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Absolutely - Honduras notwithstanding, CONCACAF teams have been terrific in this tournament.

5:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Fernandinho wraps up the win with a toe poke!

5:43 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

3-1. Looks like a Mexico-NL match in the 1/8 finals. I saw this same matchup at the same stage in 1994 in Orlando (the Dutch won that one).

5:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice to look Chicharito on the scoresheet.

5:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You're right about the tactics vis a vis Mexico. They need goals.

5:49 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

nice volley

5:49 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Ok. Now I have both games on dvr, but I'll have to switch back and forth there too.

Have a good night!

5:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So that's it - Brazil will top the group and Mexico will occupy second slot.

5:54 PM  

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