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ABONGILE SKOSANA: UP-Tuks coach Evangelos Vellios told  Perdeby that his team is committed to defending their Varsity Football title this season.

“It [2013] was a wonderful year knowing that we have accomplished something great and we are the champions,” he said. “I have to make sure that the trophy comes back and stays here at the University of Pretoria. We have to fight to keep it.”

MICHAEL REINDERS: Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time to claim their fourth World Cup. Substitute Mario Götze scored in the 113th minute to ensure a German victory at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

There was a lot of hype prior to the game given Germany’s 7-1 drubbing of Brazil. Because Argentina had to go to penalties to win their semi-final against Holland, they were seen as the underdogs and Germany were seen as the favourites to win the match.

MICHAEL REINDERS: Argentina beat Netherlands 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shootout to book their place in the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday after a tight game that ended 0-0 after normal and extra time.

The first half showcased both teams’ defensive talents. The high-scoring Brazil v Germany match on Tuesday night seemed to have made both the Netherlands and Argentina cautious as they played a slow and calculated game.

MICHAEL REINDERS: Brazil were defeated 7-1 by Germany last night in a record breaking semi-final. The defeat is the worst a host team has suggered in World Cup history. Germany’s seven goals are also the most goals scored by a team in a semi-final.

There was big build-up to the game with Brazil being home favourites and Germany having dominated most of the World Cup games.

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.

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