View Full Version : FIFA WC Soccer 2014 , GROUP A (Brazil, Mexico, Croatia, Cameroon): All previews, reviews and matches thread

June 11, 2014, 01:55 AM
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June 12, 2014, 12:30 AM
The quest begins with the hosts taking on Croatia. Brazil's under a lot of pressure to win it all and do it in style. I think they're more than capable of handling all that especially at home. That said, I have no idea how they'll start the tournament. Can't peak too soon but still gotta make your fans everywhere feel comfortable about your chances. I see a somewhat cautious approach with Brazil winning 2-0 with Neymar scoring at least one of those.

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June 12, 2014, 04:50 AM
I like Brazil but i want the World Cup to start off with an upset and i think the Croats are more than capable of pulling it off. If the two Croatian maestros Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic can pull the strings in the midfield then i can see Croatia having the momentum in the game and also if Mandzukic can impose a threat in the box then don't count out Croatia. However Brazil might just have too much strike power up front with Fred and Neymar. To me i think Fred is one of the most underrated footballers in the world. His positioning and finishing in front of goal is second to none.

June 12, 2014, 05:09 PM
Good game! It's always good when Brazil goes down a goal early. That wakes them up and they stop effing around. You see the rhythmic wrath of Brazil as they come at you in waves with skilled players with lethal finishing prowess.

The penalty was very iffy. I would not have given it. But Brazil deserved to win anyway. Oscar was the best player on the pitch and Neymar, although he scored a goal and an penalty goal, was off. The weight on his passes was off as was the timing. Tragic, really, for player whose pace and skillset get him in all kinds of great positions to create goals for others. Hope he gets better with time in this tournament. When he does, he's the complete forward who also plays defense and wins balls. A complete player with astonishing accuracy in everything including vision.

Luiz was solid in front of Cesar who made some clutch saves. Marcelo's defensive limitations make him awfully close to being a defensive liability. Alves was ineffective and the Croats never even tried to seriously challenge Thiago Silva's perimeter. Good start MashAllah! One down six to go. Viva Brasil.

June 12, 2014, 06:05 PM
Marcelo has always been a defensive liability. It's because he gets forward so much he almost plays like a winger.

June 12, 2014, 08:17 PM
Dani Alves was terrible: I don't mind the Brazilian wingbacks attacking, this has always been their forte; but Alves's crosses never found the strikers, and his moving froward left defensive gaps which moved Thiago Silva out of position. Personally, I'd like to see how Maicon does in his position.

Hulk rarely did anything of note. I'd like to see Willan or Bernard sub for him.

Paulinho was largely static in the midfield.

And Fred, of course, deserves an Oscar.

Let's hope all this was nerves; largely the same team played much better in the Confederations Cup, and will hopefully improve as we go further into the tournament.

June 12, 2014, 09:21 PM
Needs to get their defense sorted out, the Croats were able to penetrate it at ease many times in the match.

June 13, 2014, 12:35 AM
Having lived in California most of my life, I feel very close to Mexico. A country I've been blessed to visit to many times and absolutely love. The Aztecas have been getting stronger over the years and may emerge as genuine contenders during this World Cup, provided their strikers can bury whatever chances created by their excellent holding midfield. Finishing issues have plagued them in past World Cups. It would be nice to see them in the semis but I won't bet on it. Cameroon have quality and flair but often lack the cohesion of teams like Ghana and Ivory Coast. I see them losing this one 2-1.

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June 13, 2014, 01:12 PM
Good win by our Azteca brothers south of the border. What a clutch save from Ochoa to deliver this win. What a moronic miss from Hernandez. Way too close than this game needed to be. They better get better.

That said, they were organized and played beautifully. Layun has last pass issues but I loved his runs and hussle. Actually the whole team worked really hard. Dos Santos had a great game. Eto'o didn't. He still has the vision and knows what to do, but sadly lacks the pace or the shot he used to in his peak. Moukandjo (8) was impressive for Cameroon but they clearly lack the team cohesion other effective players like Assou-Ekotto (2) are used to at the club level. Sad to see them decline like this.

June 13, 2014, 02:19 PM
Good win by Mexico! They should have won with even bigger margin, referring hasn't been good so far. I'm glad Brazil made it through the first game ok. Not great, but much worse has happened to other favorite teams in the opening match. And Crotaia maybe the most powerful challenge they will face in group match. Mexico now has a good chance of advancing if they can hold off the Croatian attack. Should be an interesting match!

June 17, 2014, 01:16 AM
Brazil versus Mexico would be a great match. The Aztecas always play well against Brazil and are likely to put up a strong fight. Sadly for them, it won't be enough against a Brazilian side likely to play even better in their second match. Neymar, Oscar and Fred will score. 3-1 Brazil the way I see it.

One World
June 17, 2014, 01:35 AM
Or 6-1, if Holland can then Brazil can double up.

June 17, 2014, 01:12 PM
12 Julio César
02 Dani Alves
06 Marcelo
17 Luiz Gustavo
03 Thiago Silva
04 David Luiz
16 Ramires
08 Paulinho
09 Fred
11 Oscar
10 Neymar

June 17, 2014, 01:13 PM
13 Ochoa
22 Aguilar
07 Layún
15 Moreno
04 Márquez
02 Rodríguez
06 Herrera
23 Vázquez
10 dos Santos
19 Peralta
18 Guardado

June 17, 2014, 01:37 PM
24 minutes to kickoff

June 17, 2014, 01:51 PM
players ready in the tunnel

June 17, 2014, 01:53 PM
khela besh jome uthbe asha kori

June 17, 2014, 02:16 PM
15 minutes gone .... 0-0

June 17, 2014, 02:35 PM
Ebhabe khelle to hobe na ...

June 17, 2014, 03:16 PM
Din sheshe raat to dekhi kufa'r dikei agachche...

June 17, 2014, 03:54 PM
this brazil team is so bad.. Even 2010 team was far better than this

June 17, 2014, 04:32 PM
Much, though not all, of the problem lies in Scolari's continued use of Paulinho in the midfield. He is static, cannot distribute passes evenly, and prevents the effective buildup and flow from defense to offense. Unfortunately, he had a couple of goals (while still playing as horribly) in the Confederations Cup, so Scolari will probably stick with him instead of using someone more mobile and a better distributor like say, Fernandinho.

Another issue was that Hulk was injured. Even when he doesn't score, his size and pace force defenders to focus on him and creates openings for other Brazilians.

And we must give credit to the Mexican GK, Ochoa, He was absolutely amazing.

I think essentially the same Brazilian team was much more solid in the Confed Cup, so it might be matter of nerves or being rusty. Many WC teams don't peak till the knockout rounds. And while it's still too early to generalize from just one or two matches, I see this Brazilian team, if it persists in its current state, having a terrible time against the Dutch or Germany, or even against Italy's catenaccio defense.

June 17, 2014, 04:52 PM
unexpected goalless draw

June 17, 2014, 07:02 PM
And we must give credit to the Mexican GK, Ochoa, He was absolutely amazing.


best gk of the tournament so far.... i thought howard yesterday was good... this guy was amazing.

June 18, 2014, 12:42 AM
Ochoa stole this game. Happens more in hockey but we've seen this before in soccer also.

June 18, 2014, 09:19 PM
super sayan goal keeper from Mexico

June 19, 2014, 12:52 AM
Haire Cameroon.

June 20, 2014, 09:00 AM
Croatia - Mexico match should be a thriller now! If Mexico can play like they have been playing, they should hold-off Croatia and advance to next round.

One World
June 21, 2014, 12:34 PM
I think Croatia will win by little margin. Probably a 2-1 game.

June 22, 2014, 07:15 PM
Brazil-5 Cameroon-0 with Neymar scoring a hattrick. Mexico-2 Croatia-1.

June 23, 2014, 10:47 AM
I think Brazil - Cameroon 2-0; Croatia - Mexico: 2-1

June 23, 2014, 03:21 PM
Where is everyone?!

June 23, 2014, 03:49 PM
Piss poor defense from Brazil, and except for Neymar the other players seem to lack control when going in for the strike. Also the pass/lobs are being put away with too much power.

June 23, 2014, 04:08 PM
Brazil brought out Joga Bonito ... for this one.

June 23, 2014, 04:43 PM
Mexico need 1 more Goal and it will be Brazil vs Holland

June 23, 2014, 05:01 PM
Brazil brought out Joga Bonito ... for this one.

Indeed, and Neymar brought the bonito. SUBLIME stuff! Incomparable!

One World
June 23, 2014, 10:12 PM
:down: Very atrocious infringement by Rebic.

June 24, 2014, 12:12 AM
A lot of credit must be given to Cameroon for pulling themselves out of the abyss and competing hard with everything they've got. I thought they played well but sadly for them, playing well isn't enough against this Brazil in full flow. Luiz and Thiago Silva are the best central defenders in the business and they showed why. The accurate timing and weight of Luiz's crosses was something to behold. Made me think of none other than one Franz Beckenbauer. Thiago Silva's commanding poise reminded me of Scirea, impenetrable! Even Alves had a great game defensively. The clean and deft way these Brazilians were winning balls was a sight to behold, especially against players also strong on the ball and technically proficient. Gustavo has been a revelation. Oscar was contained well in the game but to the young Brazilian's credit, he never gave up and kept at it. We'll be talking about him as one of the top 5 players of the game in 2 years max. Hulk received some great balls but couldn't do right by them. Not quite. Fred scored a goal but should've done better. I thought Brazil did great against a fine young side whose young players brought their A-game.

Mexico won as expected. I don't subscribe to a Eurocentric view of soccer and know how good and fierce the cream of the CONCACAF is. USA, Mexico and Costa Rica are on the verge of becoming top 16 teams for at least 8 more years to come and that's exactly what we're witnessing. I won't be surprised at all if the Azteca upset the Dutch.

June 24, 2014, 01:11 PM
Brazil!! Brazil!! Brazil!! Brazil!! Brazil!! Brazil!!

Italy has been shown the exit door tai...

June 25, 2014, 10:45 PM
The most beautiful soccer of the first round by a mile. From defense to finishing. Great to see the guys responding to so much pressure with such tamber and grace. That said, I still feel Robinho would've been a better selection than Hulk.

June 26, 2014, 09:57 PM
brajil r khela kobe? samba dans korte chau kurra kurra bollow

June 27, 2014, 03:42 AM
congratz to brzil abd mexico

June 27, 2014, 11:51 AM
Brazil's path is easier among the previous winners.
Probables to face before finals:
Brazil ------------Chile - Colombia - Germany
France -----------Nigeria - Germany - Brazil
Germany --------Algeria - France - Brazil
Argentina -------Swiss - Belgium/USA - Holland
Holland ----------Mexico - Costa Rica - Argentina
Costa Rica ------Greece - Holland - Argentina
USA --------------Belgium - Argentina - Holland/Costa Rica