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 |  Written by Yashiema Love  |  0

Photo: Kagawa and Yaya Toure (Getty Images)


The 'Golden Generation' from the Cote D'Ivoire has one final opportunity to make a big impression on the world stage but their first challenge is against Japan as they open their account at the FIFA 2014 World Cup. This should be an intriguing fixture with some good football but the West Africans will know that they can't just over-power their Japanese opponents.

 |  Written by Dwayne Richards  |  0

Photo: Iker Casillas hangs head as Dutch players celebrate (Getty Images)


Iker Casillas is prepared to take the blame for Spain’s humiliating loss in their World Cup opener against the Netherlands when they were thrashed 5-1 yesterday.

"I wasn't at the level I needed to be. I have to accept all criticism," the Real Madrid goalkeeper said. "I didn't do things like I should have, especially to start a World Cup,"

 |  Written by Dwayne Richards  |  0

Photo: Van Persie celebrates with coach van Gaal after scoring wonder goal (Getty Images)


The 5-1 hammering of the defending World Cup champions Spain, by the Netherlands yesterday is the stuff of dreams and Dutch captain Robin Van Persie is lost for words.

The Manchester United striker scored an incredible looping header to equalize for his team on the stroke of halftime before getting the fourth goal late in the second half. It was sweet revenge for the Dutch who were beaten 1-0 in the last World Cup final four years ago by Spain.

 |  Written by Yashiema Love  |  0

Photo: Italian maestro Pirlo and England general Gerrard (Getty Images)


In a highly anticipated match that is being talked about throughout the entire United Kingdom, England takes on 2006 winners Italy in a crunch opening World Cup encounter. The Three Lions still have memories of the Andrea Pirlo master-class from Euro 2012 and are out for revenge against the Azzuri.

 |  Written by Yashiema Love  |  0

Photo: Robin Van Persie heading home the equalizer for the Netherlands against Spain. Van Persie scored two goals as the Dutch ran out 5-1 winners after going behind to a dubious penalty.


In a grudge match that is a replay of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, Spain and the Netherlands played out an exciting game with some excellent football. However it was the Dutch who ran out 5-1 winners thanks to Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben's braces and a strike from Stefan De Vrij. It was a second half massacre which saw Louis van Gaal's team scoring four times.

 |  Written by Yashiema Love  |  0

Photo: Oribe Peralta scores the winner for Mexico against Cameroon (Getty Images)


In a game where controversial decisions were again at the forefront, Mexico and Cameroon gave their all in the pouring rain but Oribe Peralta scored the only goal to give Mexico three big points in their opening World Cup encounter. The Mexicans came out all guns blazing and played their exciting slick passing game using the width of the pitch to great effect.

 |  Written by Yashiema Love  |  0

Photo: Colombian striker James Rodriguez (Getty Images)


The action in Group C kicks off when Colombia faces 2004 European champions Greece. The South Americans who finishes second during qualifications behind Argentina are expected to come out on top but Greece is more than capable of getting a result against the much fancied Los Cafeteros.

 |  Written by Yashiema Love  |  0

Photo: Neymar celebrates his second goal against Croatia as he helped Brazil win the World Cup opener 3-1. Neymar scored a brace in the game while Oscar got the other. Marcelo scored an own goal to gift Croatia the lead in the 11th minute. (Getty Images)


 |  Written by Yashiema Love  |  0

Photo: Alexis (Getty Images)


In a group where Chile is seen as potential spoilers, the South Americans can make an ideal start with Spain and Netherlands playing each other on match day one in the group. La Roja are expected to brush aside Australia with their flambuoyant attacking brand of football.

 |  Written by Yashiema Love  |  0

Photo: Iniesta (Getty Images)


World Cup 2010 in South Africa was the stage on which Spain lifted their only world title to date courtesy of an extra time strike from Andres Iniesta. In a repeat of that final, the Netherlands will be looking to dent the chances of the world champions advancing from the group stages.