Day Two at the World Cup

On the second day,  controversial officiating continued, though this time the offended team went on to win anyway.  

Mexico-Cameroon 1-0 : Mexico really seemed to score three times in this game, though the first two goals were called back for offsides.   First in the 11th minute, then again in the 29th, replays showed the goal-scorer onside, only to have the goals called back.   Cameroon also had one called back for offsides, but that one really was off.   Finally, in the 61st minute, Mexico''s Peralta scored on a rebound off Cameroon''s keeper to go ahead.

Spain-Netherlands 1-5 : Spain started the scoring in this one, going ahead in the 26th minute after Spain''s Diego Costa managed to draw a penalty by stepping on the trailing foot of the Dutch defender. Robin Van Persie brought the Netherlands back in the game with a spectacular looping, diving header over the head of Iker Cassilas in the 44th minute.   In the second half, the Dutch took Spain apart with four more goals, starting with Arjen Robben''s control through the middle leaving all the Spanish defenders dazed and confused.  First in the 53rd minute and again in the 80th, Robben took on two defenders and the goalkeeper, moving the ball around them at will before smashing it into the goal.  In between Robben goals, Stefan de Vrij scored on a free kick and Van Persie scored after Cassilas blundered his first touch on a pass back from a defender in the 72nd minute.

Chile-Australia 3-1 : Chile started the scoring right on the 11th minute with a goal after the ball ping-ponged around in the penalty area for a while before being blasted in at the near post by Alexis Sanchez.  Jorge Valdivia scored for Chile in the 14th minute, assisted by Sanchez, with the over-awed Socceroos letting the game come to them in the first half hour of the game.   Tim Cahill started a comeback for Australia in the 35th minute with a great header.  Vargas nearly made it three for Chile in the 64th minute, but an Aussie defender cleared it off the line before the new goal-line technology could register a goal.  Jean Beausejour finished off the Aussies in stoppage time for the final goal.

Day One at the World Cup

Opening game of the 2014 World Cup

Brazil-Croatia 3-1 : Controversial officiating seems to dominate the talk of this game, with a weak penalty kick being awarded to Brazil by the Japanese center referee Yuichi Nishimura. Fred seemed to slip on his own in the middle of the goal mouth, though Croatian defender Lovren did have a hand barely on his shoulder. Scoring started in the 11th minute when a deflected ball hit Brazil defender Marcello''s boot before going in his own goal. Neymar then scored with a long distance worm-burner in the 29th minute to equalize. The controversial penalty put Brazil ahead at 69 minutes, and Oscar completed the scoring with a goal in stoppage time, again from distance.

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