Europe, South America still browbeat World Cup

Here’s what happened on Saturday during a 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, in box we missed it…

The results

Read compare reports: Argentina 1, Belgium 0 in Brasilia || Netherlands 0, Costa Rica 0 (Dutch win shootout 4-3) in Salvador

Main suspicion on a day

The some-more things appear to change, a some-more they actually stay a same: Teams from Europe were wilting underneath a prohibited Brazilian sun. The opening was closing. A new universe sequence was coming. When several of Europe’s heavyweights—Spain, Italy, England and Portugal—bowed out in a organisation theatre alongside a horde of their European cousins (Croatia, Bosnia and Russia), too many rushed to write a continent’s epitaph. Social media was flooded with posts about UEFA’s bad winning commission in Brazil compared to CONCACAF teams. The deduction was clear—Europe was a spent force, no longer a widespread energy in a universe game. It valid to be grossly premature.

The Netherlands’ shootout win over Costa Rica on Saturday ensured that UEFA has during slightest dual of a members in a semifinals, and that a final 4 would be comprised particularly of European and South American nations for a third true tournament. Only twice in World Cup story have nations outward of Europe and South America ever competent for a final four, not including a years when a World Cup didn’t have correct semifinals: South Korea in 2002 (on home soil) and a United States (in 1930). It’s a sour tablet to swallow for CONCACAF supporters pulling for 4.5 berths (sorry, a connection doesn’t merit an additional space), yet Europe and South America are still a dual biggest and many absolute footballing continents. That’s not going to change anytime soon.

That’s not to contend COCNACAF shouldn’t be unapproachable of how a members did in Brazil. It should be proud—very proud. Mexico and a United States survived formidable groups and both gave as good as a got opposite European opponents in unequivocally parsimonious Round-of-16 matches that they could have simply won. Mexico’s display, after such a uneasy subordinate campaign, was generally moving in this competition. Costa Rica has been one of THE stories of this World Cup, going dominant to win a organisation that enclosed Italy, England and Uruguay, and apropos usually a fourth CONCACAF republic to strech a quarterfinals (don’t forget Cuba in 1938). But CONCACAF nations still can’t mangle by a potion roof that they keep bonking their heads on during a World Cup. The confederation’s tip nations gave a unequivocally best teams from Europe and South America a shock on a world’s biggest stage, yet once again fell brief like they always do. Respect was earned. To unequivocally make a rest of a universe mount adult and take notice, though, CONCACAF is going to have to send during slightest one group by to a semifinals of a World Cup. Until then, a idea that CONCACAF is shutting a opening is only sad thinking.

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Stat of a day


Goal of a day

In a eighth minute, Lionel Messi fended of several Belgian markers and defended possession before feeding Angel di Maria out wide. The Real Madrid star’s pass took a deflection yet landed during a feet of Gonzalo Higuain who lashed a ideal shot from a corner of a box only inside a distant post past a infirm Thibaut Courtois.

Save of a day

Minutes before halftime, Arjen Robben stepped over a passed round and Wesley Sneijder struck a curling, dipping giveaway flog over a wall. Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas review it all a approach and done a marvellous one-handed diving save to inhibit a round away.

Best impulse of a day

Gonzalo Higuain’s nearby skip in a second half stirred this comedic stage on Argentina’s touchline:


He pronounced it

“We were not tender by Argentina, positively not. They are only an typical team.” – Marc Wilmots, Belgium manager

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Tweet of a day

3 stars

1) Gonzalo Higuain: The Napoli brazen scored a leader with a poetic finish, and customarily worked himself in dangerous positions.
2) Keylor Navas: Another illusory bid from a Costa Rican, who has been a tip goalkeeper in this tournament. Made some large saves to keep Los Ticos in this one.
3) Tim Krul: The Dutch goalkeeper was subbed in late in additional time so he could be in net for a shootout where he done dual stops. Can’t ask some-more than that.

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