BRIAN KIAUTHA: Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 last night to book their spot in the World Cup semi-finals.
Brazil scored early in the game after a Neymar corner kick was not cleared by the Colombian defence and Brazilian captain Thiago Silva put the ball into the net.
BRIAN KIAUTHA: Germany made it into the World Cup semi-finals for the fourth time in a row after beating France 1-0 through a Mats Hummels header. The western European team will take on hosts Brazil in the semi-final.
Germany started the game with attacking play and going forward they put pressure on the French defence. France did not manage to hold onto the ball and build up play and came closest to opening the scoring through Karim Benzema, but his shot went inches wide.
WILLIAM ALDRIDGE AND MAXINE TWADDLE: 2010 World Cup champions Spain lost their second consecutive group match yesterday, this time losing 2-0 to Chile, and will leave the competition after the completion of the group stages.
The Spaniards became the second team to have no chance of playing beyond the group stages after Australia lost to Holland earlier that day.
WILLIAM ALDRIDGE AND MAXINE TWADDLE: Holland beat Australia 3-2 yesterday to cement their spot in the round of 16 stage of the World Cup.
Dutch coach Louis van Gaal played the same team which beat Spain 5-1 last week.
LAUREN NEUHOFF: Germany defeated Portugal 4-0 in the first Group G match last night.
Only six minutes after kick-off Cristiano Ronaldo took his first shot, but his attempt went a fraction too wide of the goal. In the tenth minute, Portugal’s João Pereira received a yellow card for dragging down Mario Götze, which led to a penalty being awarded to Germany. Thomas Müller converted the penalty to put Germany 1-0 into the lead.
LAUREN NEUHOFF: After being defeated by Ghana in South Africa four years ago, the USA took revenge on the African team, defeating the Black Stars 2-1 at the Estádio das Dunas in Natal.
The USA opened their scoring tally early in the match as Clint Dempsey scored within the first 32 seconds of the game. This is the fifth fastest time in which a goal has been scored in Fifa World Cup history and is also the first time in 12 years that the USA have scored first in their opening World Cup game.
LAUREN NEUHOFF: Iran and Nigeria played to a 0-0 draw yesterday. This is the first game of this year’s tournament to have no result.
Nigeria scored a goal from a corner within the first seven minutes of the game, but it was disallowed after the referee ruled that Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi had been fouled by John Obi Mikel.
BRIAN KIAUTHA: Switzerland beat Ecuador in Brazil with a last minute winner in Group E’s opening game on Sunday.
BRIAN KIAUTHA: France topped Group E on goal difference after netting three goals against Honduras at the Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre on Sunday.
France scored the first goal from the penalty spot through forward Karim Benzema after Paul Pogba was brought down in the box by Wilson Palacios. The foul on Pogba saw Palacios receiving his second yellow card.
WILLIAM ADLRIDGE: Mexico edged out Cameroon in their Group A encounter yesterday, beating the African team 1-0. The Estádio das Dunas in Natal hosted a wet and slippery affair plagued by refereeing blunders.
Two Mexican goals, both scored by Giovani dos Santos, were wrongly disallowed after being judged offside. One Cameroon goal was also judged offside.