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Thursday, June 26, 2014

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The captain of the Asian champions has apologised and taken responsibility for his side’s unimpressive campaign in the sumer showpiece after they bowed out in the group stage
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The Samurai Blue bowed out of the tournament in Brazil after losing to Cote d'Ivoire and Colombia either side of a dour draw with Greece

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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The Manchester United midfielder feels that the Samurai Blue fell well below supporters' "strong expectations" after finishing bottom of Group C at the World Cup
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The AC Milan midfielder feels sorry they have been unable to live up the high expectations, while Alberto Zaccheroni was disappointed too
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The 64-year-old has thanked supporters for inspiring his side to the last 16 of the World Cup and expects a tough encounter with Uruguay
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The South Americans are due to clash in round of 16 but Suarez could be banned pending the result of a Fifa investigation into an incident involving Giorgio Chiellini
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The 43-year-old Colombia goalkeeper came on as a substitute late into his side's 4-1 win over Japan to make history by breaking Cameroon striker Roger Milla's record

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Jose Pekerman's side put four past the Asian Cup champions as they progress to the next round as dominant Group C winners
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Jose Pekerman's charges sealed maximum points in Group C and booked a last-16 clash with Uruguay in a game which saw Faryd Mondragon make World Cup history
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The striker feels the sweltering conditions will be of benefit to his nation against a side who have disappointed so far in the competition
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Alberto Zaccheroni's side need a win to give themselves a chance of reaching the last 16 but our tipster is expecting a goal-laden affair from this clash in Cuiaba on Tuesday
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COMMENT: The Asian champions have come up woefully short so far in the World Cup leaving many questions to answer, not least their stress-free qualification campaign
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Colombia assured their place in the last 16 thanks to wins over Cote d'Ivoire and Greece and their coach admits to being disappointed by the Japanese performances so far
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The Asian champions are expected to depart the World Cup at the group stage following two poor showings and their Italian coach has lamented his team's mentality

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Samurai Blue were expected to lead the Asian charge at the World Cup but after a defeat and a draw they are on the brink of going home early
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The coach will not deploy his team in a different manner against Ivory Coast, while remaining confident their qualification hopes are very much alive
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With the second set of matches over, Goal takes a look at which teams are qualified, which ones are going home and which are still battling to make the knockout stages
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The coach has seen his side win convincingly twice and will look to head into the knockout stages with the confidence of three straight group victories

Friday, June 20, 2014

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Greece' 10 men battled to a point on Thursday but their head coach believes they could have stolen a win had their counterattacking been stronger
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The Samurai Blue were held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Greece on Thursday and their coach believes a lack of cutting edge in attack cost his side dearly