The two teams who have already guaranteed their qualifications face each other in a match that will determine who tops Group B and will avoid an encounter against Brazil in the next stages. In a hard fought match, Louis van Gaal’s two substitutions made the difference in the final 20 minutes as the whistle blew with a 2-0 score line in favour of the Dutch. Goals from Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay were enough to award their teams three wins in three games, topping the group.
Memphis Depay confirms victory for the Oranje with his team’ second goal of the game.
Two teams that could do nothing to avoid elimination played out an exciting encounter as the pair gave fans something to cheer about before their World Cup campaign came to a quick end. Spain fielded a much changed team, giving a few of their other members a chance to take part in the tournament. Australia did all they can to hold off the European side, but when the half ended 0-0, the Spaniards began the second interval with intent. Goals from David Villa, Fernando Torres, and Juan Mata rounded off their nation’s final game of the tournament as they look to have restored a bit of pride back to their fans with a 3-0 victory.
Juan Mata capitalized from a great Cesc Fabregas pass to put the ball between the legs of Australia keeper Mathew Ryan.
Brazil faced Cameroon in a match that they needed to win in order to retain top spot in Group A. The African side already being eliminated had nothing but pride to play for but even though they equalized through Joel Matip after a Neymar opener, but it was not enough as the Brazilian star netted his second to make it 2-1. Two more strikes in the second half from Fred and Fernandinho made it a clear cut victory for the host nation as they top the group with a 4-1 victory.
Brazil finished the game with a well constructed team goal as they top Group A.
The match pitted two opponents who both had a chance to take second spot, with Mexico only needing a tie to second their place in the next round. Croatia however, needed nothing less than a win if they were going to guarantee their progress. Despite the score line being 0-0 for most of the match, the game blew up in the final 20 minutes when the Mexicans went 3-0 up in the 72nd, 75th, and 82nd minute thanks to goals from Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado, and Javier Hernandez. The Croatians tried all they can to get back into the game, grabbing a late goal in the 87th minute through Ivan Perisic, ending the encounter 3-1.
Javier Hernandez takes his chance to score a close ranged header in the final moments to put the game out of doubt.