World Cup 2014

Wednesday 9 July 2014

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Having relied on two consecutive clean sheets to steer their way through the knockout stages so far, Al Hain-Cole thinks La Celeste may put in another defensive performance tonight

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The Manchester City midfielder was fully aware of the impact of the Selecao's humiliating 7-1 defeat, while Maicon wants his team-mates to move on as soon as possible

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Having hit a 5/1 anytime goalscorer winner last night, Phil Kitromilides takes a look at some of the markets involving Argentina's Lionel Messi for tonight's semi final clash

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The 65-year-old took responsibility for his side's shock semi-final collapse at the hands of Germany, which he described as a defeat of "catastrophic proportions"

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The Germany defender insists there will be no wild celebrations after their destruction of Brazil and has called on his team-mates to focus quickly on the final

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The flamboyant centre-back had made a major contribution to Brazil's march to the World Cup semi-finals, but all his good work came crashing down in 90 disastrous minutes

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The 24-year-old produced a midfield masterclass as Germany humiliated tournament hosts Brazil to book their first final appearance since 2002 in emphatic and record-breaking syle

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The Germany boss insists his side are focused on the final after their 7-1 win, claiming that the margin of victory did not reflect the actual difference between the sides

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To say it was a mixed night for the English top-flight's finest would be an understatement, with Fernandinho and Willian enduring shockers and Andre Schurrle on fire for Germany

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The Selecao were split apart embarrassingly by Joachim Low's men, on home turf no less, as a Neymar-less XI lost 7-1 in their World Cup semi-final

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The Germany forward was ecstatic with his team's semi-final performance as they inflicted a humiliating 7-1 defeat on the World Cup hosts in Belo Horizonte

Tuesday 8 July 2014

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After the Selecao suffered a chastening capitulation in their semi-final with Germany, Goal takes a look back at teams that have seen similar embarrassment on the World Cup stage

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COMMENT: The Brazil boss must take responsibility for what is probably the most embarrassing defeat in the nation's entire history, eclipsing even the Maracanazo

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Belo Horizonte played host to the Selecao's biggest World Cup defeat as Joachim Low's side put the hosts to the sword in emphatic fashion

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The veteran striker broke Ronaldo's record for finals goals as Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle combined to decimate Luiz Felipe Scolari's side

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The Argentina great has joined the chorus of praise for his late compatriot, revealing the deep impression that the legendary footballer made on his own career

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The 36-year-old has written a new piece of football history after surpassing the Brazil legend's tally of 15 World Cup goals