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2014 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014
Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil 2014
Tournament details
Host country Flag of Brazil.jpg Brazil
Dates 12 June – 13 July (32 days)
Teams 32 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 12 (in 12 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Flag of Brazil.jpg Brazil (6th title)
Runner-up Flag of Argentina.PNG Argentina
Third place Flag of England.png England
Fourth place Proper flag of Scotland.jpg Scotland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 64
Goals scored 206 (3.22 per match)
Attendance 3,641,705 (56,902 per match)
Top scorer(s) England Wayne Rooney (17 goals)
Best player Brazil Neymar
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international association football tournament that took place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. 32 teams qualified for the tournament, with the hosts qualifying automatically.

This was the second time the country had hosted the competition, the first being the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Brazil became the fifth country to have hosted the FIFA World Cup twice, after Mexico, Italy, France and Germany. It was the first World Cup to be held in South America since the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina, the first time two consecutive World Cups were staged outside Europe and the first time two consecutive World Cups were staged in the Southern Hemisphere (the 2010 FIFA World Cup was held in South Africa).

Brazil won the tournament, claiming their sixth World Cup title. They beat Argentina 2–1 in the final. England beat Scotland 2–1 to finish third.

Host selectionEdit

See the Wikipedia article.

QualificationEdit

See the Wikipedia article.

Qualified teamsEdit

Asia (5)
  • Flag of South Korea South Korea
  • Flag of Australia Australia
  • Flag of Qatar Qatar
  • Flag of Iraq2 Iraq
  • Flag of Japan Japan
Africa (5)
  • Flag of South Africa South Africa
  • Flag of Nigeria Nigeria
  • Flag of Cote d&#039;Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire
  • Flag of Tunisia Tunisia
  • Flag of Ghana Ghana
North America (3)
  • Flag of the USA United States
  • Flag of Mexico Mexico
  • Flag of Canada Canada
South America (5)
  • Flag of Brazil Brazil (hosts)
  • Flag of Venezuela Venezuela
  • Flag of Uruguay Uruguay
  • Flag of Argentina Argentina
  • Flag of Chile Chile
Oceania (1)
  • Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
Europe (13)
  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Flag of Germany Germany
  • Flag of Spain Spain
  • Proper flag of Scotland Scotland
  • Flag of Portugal Portugal
  • Flag of England England
  • Flag of Italy Italy
  • Flag of France France
  • Flag of Serbia Serbia
  • Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
  • Flag of Sweden Sweden
  • Flag of Greece Greece
  • Flag of Norway Norway

SummaryEdit

First roundEdit

The tournament began with the hosts Brazil beating New Zealand 2–1. The Brazilians went onto beat South Korea 3–0 and tournament debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina 4–3, and advanced into the second round with maximum points. South Korea joined them by beating Bosnia & Herzegovina 1–0 and New Zealand 2–0.

In Group B, Germany picked up the maximum number of points, beating the USA 3–0 and seeing off both Venezuela and South Africa by the score of 1–0. The USA joined the Germans in the second round, with a 1–0 victory over Venezuela enough to secure a spot in the Round of 16. It also meant they finished on 4 points, after a 0–0 draw with South Africa in their second game.

Group C was dubbed the "group of death", as it contained defending champions Spain, as well as Mexico, Nigeria, and Scotland. One might have thought that Spain topped the group. And they did, picking up 7 points thanks to 3–1 and 2–0 victories over Mexico and Nigeria respectively, and drawing 1–1 with Scotland. Surprisingly, the team who joined Spain in the second round were Scotland, who were playing in their ninth World Cup, and their first of the 21st century and the 3rd millennium. As well as the 1–1 draw with Spain, a 2–0 win over Nigeria and a 1–1 draw with Mexico meant that Scotland advanced into the second round of the FIFA World Cup for the first time ever.

Group D contained Portugal, Australia, Côte d'Ivoire, and Canada. The Portuguese topped the group with 7 points. Canada caused a shock by finishing second in the group. This was only their second World Cup.

In Group E, England were clear winners – picking up the maximum number of points by beating Uruguay 5–0, Tunisia 3–0, and tournament new boys Qatar 4–0. The shock runners-up of the group were Qatar, who joined the Three Lions in the second round instead of highly-fancied Uruguay. What made this more surprising was that Uruguay had finished 4th at the previous World Cup, while, as already mentioned, Qatar were appearing at their first-ever FIFA World Cup.

The "group of death" label was applied to Group F, just as it was applied to Group C. Group F was called a "group of death" as it contained Argentina, Italy, Ghana, and Iraq. Argentina topped the group on 7 points, with Italy finishing behind the South Americans on goal difference. Because of this, Ghana failed to advance to the second round of the FIFA World Cup for the first time ever, although they had only appeared at two FIFA World Cups before (the previous two tournaments, in 2006 and 2010). Iraq scored only one goal - in a 3–1 defeat to Italy in their final group game.

Group G was also considered by some to be a "group of death", as it contained France, Serbia, Chile, and Japan. In the matches between France, Serbia, and Chile, each team won one game and lost another, with France beating Serbia 3–1, Serbia triumphing over Chile 2–0, and Chile defeating France 2–1. As a result, the group positions were defined by the matches of these three teams against Japan. France beat Japan 3–0 to top the group, Chile drew 3–3 with the Asians and finished second, while Serbia lost 1–0 to Japan and finished last.

Group H was made up of four European teams – the Netherlands, Greece, Sweden, and Norway. The Dutch won all three of their games to top the group, while Norway, appearing at their first World Cup since 1998, finished second. Sweden and Greece failed to win a match, with Greece picking up just one point, and Sweden gaining two.

Second round and quarter-finalsEdit

In the second round, Neymar scored four goals for hosts Brazil to beat the United States 4–0, while Spain thrashed Canada 6–1 with a hat-trick from Fernando Torres, a goal from Cesc Fàbregas, and two own goals from Canadian defender Chris Lopper. A Mario Gómez hat-trick helped Germany beat South Korea 3–2, while Scotland stunned Portugal 2–1 with late goals from Jordan Rhodes and Tom McAndrew. England beat Italy 3–1 thanks to a Wayne Rooney hat-trick, while France beat Norway 2–1. Argentina beat Qatar 7–0 thanks to five goals from star player Lionel Messi, while the Netherlands beat Chile 4–2.

In the quarter-finals, Brazil beat Spain 6–5 on penalties after a 1–1 draw. In the England-France game, two early goals from England players Wayne Rooney and Danny Simpson effectively knocked out the French. Scotland continued their amazing run, with a shock 4–2 victory over Germany securing their place in the semi-finals. Argentina beat the Netherlands 2–0 to secure the final semi-final spot.

Semi-finals, third place play-off, and finalEdit

In the semi-finals, Brazil beat England 2–1 thanks to a last-minute own goal from England defender Phil Jones, with Brazil's Neymar scoring his twelfth of the tournament in that game, and England's Wayne Rooney his fifteenth in the same match. The other semi-final saw Argentina beat Scotland 1–0 thanks to a goal from Carlos Tévez. Argentina playmaker Ricardo Álvarez played in Tévez, who, despite being 30, was still fast. Tévez dribbled in between Scotland centre-backs Alan Muswell and Gary Caldwell, and fired the ball past Allan McGregor in the Scotland goal to secure Argentina's place in the final.

The third place play-off was between European champions England and surprise packages Scotland. Scotland took the lead through Jordan Rhodes, but two goals from England's Wayne Rooney meant that England claimed the bronze medals, leaving Scotland in fourth place.

In the final match, held at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Argentina took the lead through star player Lionel Messi, but a goal from Neymar and a dramatic last-minute goal from Lucas Moura which was headed in off the crossbar meant that Brazil won their sixth world title. It also meant that Brazil became the seventh nation to win the World Cup on home soil - meaning that Spain were, at the time, the only World Cup-winning nation to have not won the trophy as hosts. There was only one penalty shoot-out - the lowest since the four-round knockout tournament was introduced in 1986. Brazil goalkeeper-captain Júlio César lifted the World Cup in front of tens of thousands of cheering Brazilian fans at the Maracanã Stadium, and many more watching back home.

VenuesEdit

See the Wikipedia article.

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup Group A

Unsurprisingly, it was the hosts (Brazil) who topped Group A. They picked up the maximum number of points, and were followed into the second round by South Korea. Tournament debutants Bosnia & Herzegovina and minnows New Zealand picked up 1 point each, thanks to a 0–0 draw with each other.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Brazil 3 3 0 0 9 4 +5 9
Flag of South Korea South Korea 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 6
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
12 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Brazil Brazil 2 – 1 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 65,530
Reid Soccerball shade 2' (o.g.)
Neymar Soccerball shade 90+3'
Volix Soccerball shade 36'
13 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina 0 – 1 Flag of South Korea South Korea Estádio das Dunas, Natal
Attendance: 42,019
Pam Soccerball shade 59'
17 June 2014
18:00 (BRT)
Brazil Brazil 3 – 0 Flag of South Korea South Korea Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 63,278
Lucas Soccerball shade 25'
Neymar Soccerball shade 45'90'
18 June 2014
12:45 (AST)
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 – 0 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Arena Amazônia, Manaus
Attendance: 41,248
23 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 0 – 2 Flag of South Korea South Korea Estádio Nacional, Brasília
Attendance: 68,140
Pam Soccerball shade 12'
Pak Soccerball shade 88'
23 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 – 4 Brazil Brazil Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Attendance: 42,579
Džeko Soccerball shade 52'60'
Malvarić Soccerball shade 65'
Neymar Soccerball shade 1'3'10'
Lucas Soccerball shade 18'

Group BEdit

Germany topped Group B, picking up the maximum number of points. In addition, they did not concede a goal in their 3 group games. The United States joined the Germans in the second round on 4 points, despite scoring only one goal.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Germany Germany 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
Flag of the USA USA 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 4
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
Flag of South Africa South Africa 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
13 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of Germany Germany 3 – 0 Flag of the USA United States Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 54,296
Müller Soccerball shade 24'
Özil Soccerball shade 64'
Khedira Soccerball shade 82'
13 June 2014
17:30 (AST)
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 2 – 1 Flag of South Africa South Africa Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Attendance: 41,369
Rondón Soccerball shade 36'90' Tshabalala Soccerball shade 54'
18 June 2014
15:45 (BRT)
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 0 – 1 Flag of Germany Germany Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 75,435
Montéro Soccerball shade 62' (o.g.)
18 June 2014
17:45 (BRT)
Flag of South Africa South Africa 0 – 0 Flag of the USA United States Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 49,652
23 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of South Africa South Africa 0 – 1 Flag of Germany Germany Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Attendance: 38,542
Gómez Soccerball shade 13'
23 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of the USA United States 1 – 0 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 64,907
Dempsey Soccerball shade 88'

Group CEdit

The expected group winners of Group C were Spain, who picked up 7 points, scored 6 goals, and let in 2. Scotland caused an upset by finishing second in the group and advancing into the second round of the FIFA World Cup for the first time ever. This was the Scots' ninth World Cup, and their first of the 21st century and the third millennium.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Spain Spain 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
Proper flag of Scotland Scotland 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
Flag of Nigeria Nigeria 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
Flag of Mexico Mexico 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
14 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Spain Spain 3 – 1 Flag of Mexico Mexico Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 69,632
Torres Soccerball shade 31'56'
Silva Soccerball shade 44'
Hernández Soccerball shade 14'
14 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Proper flag of Scotland Scotland 2 – 0 Flag of Nigeria Nigeria Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Attendance: 43,210
Rhodes Soccerball shade 21'
McAndrew Soccerball shade 55'
19 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Mexico Mexico 0 – 2 Flag of Nigeria Nigeria Estádio Nacional, Brasília
Attendance: 70,003
Odemwingie Soccerball shade 21'
Utaka Soccerball shade 90+2'
19 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Proper flag of Scotland Scotland 1 – 1 Flag of Spain Spain Arena das Dunas, Natal
Attendance: 41,356
Rhodes Soccerball shade 90+5' Torres Soccerball shade 43'
24 June 2014
11:45 (AST)
Flag of Spain Spain 2 – 0 Flag of Nigeria Nigeria Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Attendance: 41,899
Torres Soccerball shade 25'63'
24 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Mexico Mexico 1 – 1 Proper flag of Scotland Scotland Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 64,064
Hernández Soccerball shade 26' Rhodes Soccerball shade 59'

Group DEdit

Portugal topped this somewhat moderate group, to mostly no-one's surprise. They picked up 7 points, with star player Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a mind-boggling seven goals in the three group games his country played. Canada caused an upset by finishing second in the group, picking up 5 points. This group saw 26 goals in 6 games - which, rounded to two decimal places, is an average of 4.33 goals per game.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Portugal Portugal 3 2 1 0 9 5 +4 7
Flag of Canada Canada 3 1 2 0 9 7 +2 5
Flag of Australia Australia 3 0 2 1 6 8 −2 2
Flag of Cote d&#039;Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
14 June 2014
17:30 (BRT)
Flag of Portugal Portugal 3 – 1 Flag of Australia Australia Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 62,875
Ronaldo Soccerball shade 34'90+2'
Nani Soccerball shade 57'
Dombey Soccerball shade 48'
14 June 2014
20:00 (AST)
Flag of Cote d&#039;Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 0 – 2 Flag of Canada Canada Arena Amazônia, Manaus
Attendance: 42,170
Hanks Soccerball shade 55'
Rowney Soccerball shade 87'
19 June 2014
17:30 (BRT)
Flag of Portugal Portugal 4 – 4 Flag of Canada Canada Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 64,321
Ronaldo Soccerball shade 32' (pen.)48'75'82' Rowney Soccerball shade 17'
Hanks Soccerball shade 64'
Gordon Soccerball shade 87'
Riazzie Soccerball shade 90+4'
20 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Australia Australia 2 – 2 Flag of Cote d&#039;Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Attendance: 44,210
Dombey Soccerball shade 36'
Roflin Soccerball shade 85' (pen.)
Kalou Soccerball shade 22'
Noftil Soccerball shade 63'
24 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of Canada Canada 3 – 3 Flag of Australia Australia Arena das Dunas, Natal
Attendance: 41,012
Rowney Soccerball shade 12' (pen.)
Hanks Soccerball shade 67'
Gordon Soccerball shade 79'
Dombey Soccerball shade 9'65'90'
24 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of Cote d&#039;Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 0 – 2 Flag of Portugal Portugal Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 67,542
Dolbou Soccerball shade 25' (o.g.)
Ronaldo Soccerball shade 89'

Group EEdit

European champions England topped Group E without conceding a goal, picking up the maximum amount of points. The surprise runners-up in this group were Qatar, who were making their first FIFA World Cup appearance. Qatar beat South American champions Uruguay to the second qualifying spot. In addition, Uruguay had finished fourth at the previous World Cup. As a result of his team's poor performance at the 2014 World Cup, Uruguay manager Óscar Tabárez was sacked.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of England England 3 3 0 0 12 0 +12 9
Flag of Qatar Qatar 3 1 1 1 4 7 −3 4
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 3 0 2 1 1 6 −5 2
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
15 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of England England 5 – 0 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Estádio Nacional, Brasília
Attendance: 69,865
Rooney Soccerball shade 32'54'76'84'90+1'
15 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of Qatar Qatar 3 – 2 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 49,864
Al-Shizar Soccerball shade 46' (pen.)68'90+2' Rodibib Soccerball shade 56'83'
20 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 0 – 3 Flag of England England Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 53,569
Rooney Soccerball shade 52' (pen.)76'
Morrison Soccerball shade 64'
20 June 2014
17:30 (BRT)
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 1 – 1 Flag of Qatar Qatar Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Attendance: 38,654
Suárez Soccerball shade 79' Al-Fezoq Soccerball shade 62'
25 June 2014
11:45 (AST)
Flag of England England 4 – 0 Flag of Qatar Qatar Arena Amazônia, Manaus
Attendance: 42,269
Rooney Soccerball shade 36'42'79'
Simpson Soccerball shade 86'
25 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 0 – 0 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 76,212

Group FEdit

Argentina and Italy went through to the second round as expected, with both teams picking up 7 points. Because of this, Ghana, who were also in Group F, failed to advance to the second round of a FIFA World Cup for the first time ever, although they had only appeared at the previous two tournaments (2006 and 2010). The fourth team, Iraq, picked up no points, and were eliminated as the worst team of the tournament with only one goal scored. They had a −13 goal difference.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Argentina Argentina 3 2 1 0 9 0 +9 7
Flag of Italy Italy 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
Flag of Ghana Ghana 3 1 0 2 5 4 +1 3
Flag of Iraq2 Iraq 3 0 0 3 1 14 −13 0
15 June 2014
17:30 (BRT)
Flag of Italy Italy 3 – 2 Flag of Ghana Ghana Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 76,432
Rodrigo Soccerball shade 85'
Armani Soccerball shade 90+2'90+4'
Gyan Soccerball shade 81'83'
16 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Argentina Argentina 8 – 0 Flag of Iraq2 Iraq Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Attendance: 39,204
Messi Soccerball shade 22' (pen.)39'56'90+5'
Agüero Soccerball shade 35'82'
Tévez Soccerball shade 49'86'
21 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Italy Italy 0 – 0 Flag of Argentina Argentina Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 64,320
21 June 2014
15:00 (AST)
Flag of Ghana Ghana 3 – 0 Flag of Iraq2 Iraq Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Attendance: 42,850
Gyan Soccerball shade 29' (pen.)65'90+3'
25 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of Iraq2 Iraq 1 – 3 Flag of Italy Italy Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 48,986
Kasim Soccerball shade 20' Montolivo Soccerball shade 54'
Giovinco Soccerball shade 82'
Rodrigo Soccerball shade 90'
25 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of Ghana Ghana 0 – 1 Flag of Argentina Argentina Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 55,823
Messi Soccerball shade 88'

Group GEdit

Group G was quite a tight group, with just three points seperating the top team from the bottom team. France were first on 6 points. They were joined in the Round of 16 by Chile, who beat Japan to the second qualifying spot on drawing of lots. Serbia were last on 3 points.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of France France 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 6
Flag of Chile Chile 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 4
Flag of Japan Japan 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 4
Flag of Serbia Serbia 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3

Chile finished above Japan on drawing of lots

16 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of Chile Chile 3 – 3 Flag of Japan Japan Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 55,211
Sánchez Soccerball shade 21' (pen.)35'88' Honda Soccerball shade 15'
Nakamura Soccerball shade 42'64'
16 June 2014
17:30 (BRT)
Flag of France France 3 – 1 Flag of Serbia Serbia Estádio das Dunas, Natal
Attendance: 41,203
Benzema Soccerball shade 15'42' (pen.)88' Vidić Soccerball shade 59'
21 June 2014
18:00 (BRT)
Flag of Japan Japan 0 – 3 Flag of France France Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 64,123
Nasri Soccerball shade 24'
Ribéry Soccerball shade 72'
Benzema Soccerball shade 87'
22 June 2014
12:45 (AST)
Flag of Chile Chile 0 – 2 Flag of Serbia Serbia Arena Amazônia, Manaus
Attendance: 42,125
Vidić Soccerball shade 21'
Jovanović Soccerball shade 51'
26 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Serbia Serbia 0 – 1 Flag of Japan Japan Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Attendance: 43,421
Honda Soccerball shade 90+2'
26 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Chile Chile 2 – 1 Flag of France France Estádio Nacional, Brasília
Attendance: 70,021
Beausejour Soccerball shade 25'
Sánchez Soccerball shade 45+2'
Evra Soccerball shade 74'

Group HEdit

This all-European group was topped by the Netherlands, who picked up the maximum number of points, scored eight goals, and conceded only one. They were followed into the second round by Norway, who were appearing at their first World Cup since 1998, and only their fourth overall - out of a possible twenty. Sweden and Greece were the other teams in the group. Neither team won a game, with Sweden picking up two points, and Greece gaining one.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9
Flag of Norway Norway 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4
Flag of Sweden Sweden 3 0 2 1 5 7 −2 2
Flag of Greece Greece 3 0 1 2 5 8 −3 1
17 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Flag of Sweden Sweden 0 – 2 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 66,742
Sneijder Soccerball shade 32' (pen.)
Robben Soccerball shade 69'
17 June 2014
15:00 (AST)
Flag of Greece Greece 0 – 1 Flag of Norway Norway Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Attendance: 42,643
J.O. Riise Soccerball shade 82'
22 June 2014
16:00 (BRT)
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 3 – 1 Flag of Greece Greece Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 76,219
van Persie Soccerball shade 22' (pen.)69'83' Papastathopoulos Soccerball shade 58'
22 June 2014
18:00 (BRT)
Flag of Norway Norway 1 – 1 Flag of Sweden Sweden Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 49,329
J.A. Riise Soccerball shade 82' Ibrahimović Soccerball shade 63'
26 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of Greece Greece 4 – 4 Flag of Sweden Sweden Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 64,909
Papastathopoulos Soccerball shade 13'
Ronsingidis Soccerball shade 32'75'83'
Ibrahimović Soccerball shade 25' (pen.)35'64' (pen.)89' (pen.)
26 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Flag of Norway Norway 0 – 3 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Attendance: 38,543
Huntelaar Soccerball shade 34'68'90+3'
Notes
  • "BRT" stands for Brazilian Time (UTC −03), five hours behind Central European Summer Time (CEST). "AST" stands for Atlantic Standard Time (UTC −4), six hours behind CEST.
  • "Estádio das Dunas" and "Arena das Dunas" are just different names for the same stadium in Natal.

Knockout stageEdit

The knockout stage comprised the sixteen teams that advanced from the group stage of the tournament. There were four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds were the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final. There was also a play-off to decide third and fourth place. For each game in the knockout stage, any draw at 90 minutes was followed by thirty minutes of extra time; if scores were still level, there was a penalty shootout to determine who progressed to the next round.

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
28 June – Belo Horizonte            
 Brazil Brazil  4
4 July – Fortaleza
 United States USA  0  
 Brazil Brazil (pen.)  1 (6)
28 June - Rio de Janeiro
   Spain Spain  1 (5)  
 Spain Spain  6
8 July – Belo Horizonte
 Canada Canada  1  
 Brazil Brazil  2
30 June – Brasília
   England England  1  
 England England  3
4 July – Rio de Janeiro
 Italy Italy  1  
 England England  2
30 June – Porto Alegre
   France France  1  
 France France  2
13 July – Rio de Janeiro
 Norway Norway  1  
 Brazil Brazil (a.e.t.)  2
29 June – Fortaleza
   Argentina Argentina  1
 Germany Germany  3
5 July – Salvador
 South Korea South Korea  2  
 Germany Germany  2
29 June – Recife
   Scotland Scotland  4  
 Portugal Portugal  1
9 July – São Paulo
 Scotland Scotland  2  
 Scotland Scotland  0
1 July – São Paulo
   Argentina Argentina  1   Third place
 Argentina Argentina  7
5 July – Brasília 12 July – Brasília
 Qatar Qatar  0  
 Argentina Argentina  2  England England  2
1 July – Salvador
   Netherlands Netherlands  0    Scotland Scotland  1
 Netherlands Netherlands  4
 Chile Chile  2  

Round of 16Edit

In the Round of 16, a four-goal blast from Neymar saw Brazil thrash the USA 4–0. The same player also had a penalty saved late on. Spain beat Canada 6–1 in an extraordinary match that saw Spain striker Fernando Torres bag a hat-trick and Canadian defender Chris Lopper put the ball into his own net twice. Germany defeated South Korea 3–2 thanks to a Mario Gómez hat-trick. Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick looked to have Portugal in the quarter-finals at the expense of Scotland, only for late goals from Scotland's Jordan Rhodes and Tom McAndrew to turn the game on its head. Wayne Rooney's hat-trick gave England a 3–1 victory over Italy. France beat Norway 2–1, with free-kicks from Samir Nasri and Karim Benzema. Argentina thrashed Qatar 7–0 thanks to five goals from Lionel Messi. The Netherlands beat Chile 4–2 thanks to a goal each from Robin van Persie, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Wesley Sneijder, and Arjen Robben to secure the final quarter-final spot.

28 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Brazil Brazil 4 – 0 United States USA Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 64,531
Neymar Soccerball shade 32' (pen.)54' (pen.)67'73'

28 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Spain Spain 6 – 1 Canada Canada Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 76,772
Torres Soccerball shade 31' (pen.)56'88'
Fàbregas Soccerball shade 42'
Lopper Soccerball shade 67' (o.g.)75' (o.g.)
Hanks Soccerball shade 12' (pen.)

29 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Germany Germany 3 – 2 South Korea South Korea Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 64,063
Gómez Soccerball shade 25'39'90+3' Pam Soccerball shade 82'
Pak Soccerball shade 90+2'

29 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Portugal Portugal 1 – 2 Scotland Scotland Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Attendance: 43,109
Ronaldo Soccerball shade 36' Rhodes Soccerball shade 89'
McAndrew Soccerball shade 90+3'

30 June 2014
12:45 (BRT)
England England 3 – 1 Italy Italy Estádio Nacional, Brasília
Attendance: 69,908
Rooney Soccerball shade 35' (pen.)64'70' Chiellini Soccerball shade 89'

30 June 2014
15:00 (BRT)
France France 2 – 1 Norway Norway Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 49,875
Nasri Soccerball shade 25'
Benzema Soccerball shade 79'
J.O. Riise Soccerball shade 86'

1 July 2014
12:45 (BRT)
Argentina Argentina 7 – 0 Qatar Qatar Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 64,908
Messi Soccerball shade 10' (pen.)34' (pen.)56'78'90+2'
Agüero Soccerball shade 69'
Tévez Soccerball shade 84'

1 July 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Netherlands Netherlands 4 – 2 Chile Chile Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 53,891
van Persie Soccerball shade 21'
Huntelaar Soccerball shade 23'
Sneijder Soccerball shade 36'
Robben Soccerball shade 42'
Sánchez Soccerball shade 32'
Beausejour Soccerball shade 39'

Quarter-finalsEdit

In the quarter-finals, hosts Brazil knocked out defending champions Spain 6–5 on penalties after a 1–1 draw. European champions England beat France 2–1 to secure a place in the last four. Scotland stunned Germany 4–2 to continue their fantastic run, while Argentina beat the Netherlands 2–0 to secure the final semi-final spot.

4 July 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Brazil Brazil 1 – 1
(a.e.t.)
Spain Spain Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 64,038
Neymar Soccerball shade 45+2' Torres Soccerball shade 86'
  Penalties  
Neymar Soccerball shade
Lucas Soccerball shade
Ganso Soccerball shade
Colin Soccerball shade
Granda Soccerball shade
Toby Soccerball shade
6–5 Soccerball shade Torres
Soccerball shade Silva
Soccerball shade Fàbregas
Soccerball shade Muniain
Soccerball shade Xavi
Soccerball shade cross Iniesta
4 July 2014
20:00 (BRT)
England England 2 – 1 France France Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 76,345
Rooney Soccerball shade 1'
Simpson Soccerball shade 3'
Benzema Soccerball shade 68'
5 July 2014
15:00 (BRT)
Germany Germany 2 – 4 Scotland Scotland Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 55,432
Müller Soccerball shade 24'
Gómez Soccerball shade 59'
Rhodes Soccerball shade 12'32'
McAndrew Soccerball shade 68'
McHattie Soccerball shade 89'
5 July 2014
20:00 (BRT)
Argentina Argentina 2 – 0 Netherlands Netherlands Estádio Nacional, Brasília
Attendance: 69,054
Messi Soccerball shade 25'64'

Semi-finalsEdit

The two semi-finals both saw tie-settling late goals. In the match between hosts Brazil and England, an own goal from England defender Phil Jones gave Brazil a 2–1 win, while Carlos Tévez's late winner gave Argentina a 1–0 win over Scotland.

8 July 2014
20:00 (BRT)
Brazil Brazil 2 – 1 England England Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 66,537
Neymar Soccerball shade 67'
Jones Soccerball shade 90+3' (o.g.)
Rooney Soccerball shade 23'
9 July 2014
20:00 (BRT)
Scotland Scotland 0 – 1 Argentina Argentina Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 65,213
Tévez Soccerball shade 86'

Third place play-offEdit

The third place play-off was between traditional rivals England and Scotland. England won 2–1 thanks to two Wayne Rooney goals, after Jordan Rhodes' fantastic goal had given Scotland the lead.

12 July 2014
20:00 (BRT)
England England 2 – 1 Scotland Scotland Estádio Nacional, Brasília
Attendance: 69,768
Rooney Soccerball shade 39'90+3' Rhodes Soccerball shade 21'

FinalEdit

The final was between hosts Brazil and fellow South American powerhouses Argentina. Argentina went 1–0 up when Lionel Messi volleyed home from 25 yards in 22nd minute. The score remained that way until the 3rd minute of stoppage time at the end of the match, when Neymar curled home a low shot. The game moved into extra time, and deep into stoppage time at the end of the match, Brazil scored again through a Lucas Moura header that hit the crossbar and went in. This meant that Brazil moved further ahead as the most successful team in World Cup history, with six titles under their belt. Their closest rivals, Italy, had four at the time.

13 July 2014
20:00 (BRT)
Brazil Brazil 2 – 1 Argentina Argentina Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 76,435
Neymar Soccerball shade 90+3'
Lucas Soccerball shade 120+5'
Messi Soccerball shade 22'

GoalscorersEdit

The first goal of the tournament was also the first own goal of the tournament. It was scored by New Zealand defender Winston Reid, while playing against hosts Brazil in the tournament opener. The first goal of the tournament which was not an own goal was also scored by a New Zealand player. It was scored by their star striker Jordan Volix on 36 minutes in the same match. The first goal scored by a Brazil player was Neymar, a late winner in the opening match.

The first hat-trick of the tournament was scored by England striker Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United player scored all five of his team's goals in a 5–0 thrashing of South American champions Uruguay.

The top scorer of the tournament was Rooney, who banged in 17 goals.

Players who were red-carded during the tournamentEdit

17 red cards were shown during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, all of them to different players.

  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Emir Spahić
  • Flag of New Zealand Winston Reid
  • United States Geoff Cameron
  • Flag of Mexico Hétor Moreno
  • Flag of Australia Luke DeVere
  • Flag of Cote d&#039;Ivoire Rodrique Dolbou
  • Flag of Uruguay Sebastián Coates
  • Flag of Uruguay Luis Suárez
  • Flag of Tunisia Khaled Soussi
  • Flag of Iraq2 Mahdi Karim
  • Flag of Greece Ionnis Fetfatzidis
  • Flag of South Korea Lee Jung-Soo
  • Flag of Italy Gianluigi Buffon
  • Flag of Canada Ashtone Morgan
  • Flag of Germany Bastian Schweinsteiger
  • Flag of the Netherlands Stefan de Vrij
  • Proper flag of Scotland Alan Muswell

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