Live 2014 FIFA World Cup Commentary for June 12

Chile vs. Australia 2014 FIFA World Cup

Chile 3, Australia 1

Alexis Sanchez, Chile (12′)

Jorge Valdivia, Chile (14′)

Tim Cahill, Australia (36′)

Jean Beausejour, Chile (90+2′)

7:53 PM: Thank you for joining us here at Stoppage Time Soccer for this triple-header! As of now, we have live coverage planned for the first three matches tomorrow. Join us again tomorrow morning at 11 am Eastern and 8 am Pacific for coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

90+4′: FULL TIME: Chile 3, Australia 1. A great effort by the Socceroos but in the end the points go to Chile.

90+2′: GOAL!!! CHILE!!! Jean Beausejour seals the three points for Chile.

90′: Four minutes of stoppage time. Can Australia find an equalizer?

87′: Chile Sub: Eduardo Vargas (Out), Mauricio Pinilla (In)

86′: Confirmation of a yellow card given to Charles Aranguiz of Chile.

85′: Alexis Sanchez with a shot that’ll land in Sao Paulo in a few hours. The bounces are not going Australia‘s way.

79′: Wow! Tough no call there as the Australia midfielder looked to be fouled in a good spot for a free kick.

78′: Australia Sub: Mark Bresciano (Off), James Troisi (In)

75′: Chile looks rattled defensively, now is the time to strike if you are Australia.

72′: It is very interesting to see Australia utilize the short goal kick to build their attack from the back up.

70′: Cahill soars again but the header goes just over the bar.

68′: Subs for all: CHILE: Jorge Valdivia (Off), Jean Beausejour (In). AUSTRALIA: Tommy Oar (Off), Ben Halloran (In)

67′: Mark Milligan gets booked after chopping down Alexis Sanchez to stop the counter-attack.

65′: I have been very impressed with the outside forwards for Australia. The pace of Tommy Oar and Mathew Leckie could give other teams some fits in Group B.

63′: That save is why you have goal-line technology.

61: SAVE!!! Alex Wilkinson saves the ball off the line after Sanchez beats Ryan.

60′: Chile sub: Felipe Gutierrez (IN), Arturo Vidal (OUT)

58′: Mile Jedinak earns a yellow card for Australia

56′: SAVE!!! Mark Bresciano with an open volley but Claudo Bravo is more than equal to the task.

54′: Gonzalo Jara is down and seems to be in some discomfort.

53′: GOALL!!!! NEEERP, OFFSIDE. Good call by the AR.

51′: Cahill gets a head on the cross but felt his shirt was tugged and boy was he right. I don’t think it would’ve made a difference anyway.

49′: Australia Sub: Ryan McGowan (IN), Ivan Franjic (OUT)

47′: Ivan Franjic is down for Australia grabbing his hamstring after making contact with a Chilean player. He may need a sub.

45′: Australia kicks off and the second half is underway.

7:02 PM: Untimely technically difficulties at the Evans Broadcasting Center but thankfully fixed as we start the second half!

45+2′: A cheeky free kick from Chile nearly caught the Aussies off guard but it does not amount to anything. The halftime whistle blows with the score Chile 2, Australia 1.

45+1′: Alexis Sanchez falls after very little contact earning a free kick from 30 yards to the right.

43′: Australia earns a free kick in a dangerous area about 35 yards out. Tim Cahill was booked, not sure why.

42′: Australia is starting to play with more physicality. As long as they stay out of the book, this could be a good strategy.

38′: Cahill getting it done in the offensive box and the defensive box. His clearance sprung a counter-attack that was quickly stopped by the South Americans.

37′: SAVE!!! Bravo comes up big with the momentum in favor of the Aussies.

35′: GOAL!!!! AUSTRALIA!!!! TIM CAHILL!!! The New York Red Bulls striker brings the Aussies back in the match just outjumping Gary Medel.

34′: Ref with a questionable foul call on Mathew Leckie. It looked to be a solid shoulder-to-shoulder challenge.

32′: The match is slowing way down.

29′: Chile playing a televised game of keep-away right now. Australia intercepts but the pass to the corner is too far.

26′: Nice pace from Mathew Leckie who gets behind the defense before putting the off-balance cross out for a Chile goal kick.

24′: Vidal gets a good look but puts too much hook on the shot. It is out for the goal kick.

21′: An Australia free kick does not amount to anything. Chile nearly capitalizes on the counter-attack.

19′: Claudio Bravo is essentially playing as the sweeper right now.

17′: SAVE!!! The ball goes easily to Mathew Ryan.

14′: GOAL!!!!! CHILE!!!! IT’S JORGE VALDIVIA!!!! Valdivia finds space at the top of the box after too many defenders collapse in their own box and the rout is on.

12′: GOAL!!!! CHILE!!!! ALEXIS SANCHEZ!!!! The ball finds its way to Sanchez’s boot after pinballing around the penalty box. 1-0

7′: It’s good to see Australia taking the game to Chile. We’ve seen that anything can happen in this FIFA World Cup.

6′: Chile earns a corner kick but the ref signals goal kick instead. Hmmm, the start of another poor job?

4′: Tommy Oar with a long cross in towards Tim Cahill but Claudio Bravo is off of his line to make the save.

3′: Chile with the first offensive chance but it is cleared by the Australia defense

1′: We are underway!

5:54 PM: The teams are in the tunnel and here they come. Australia in yellow and Chile is in the red, white and blue.

5:17 PM: Here is the starting lineup for Australia:

#1 Mathew Ryan – GK
#2 Ivan Franjic
#3 Jason Davidson
#4 Tim Cahill
#5 Mark Milligan
#6 Matthew Spiranovic
#7 Mathew Leckie
#11 Tommy Oar
#15 Mile Jedinak
#22 Alex Wilkinson
#23 Mark Bresciano

5:14 PM: Here is the starting lineup for Chile:

#1 Claudio Bravo – GK
#2 Eugenio Mena
#4 Mauricio Isla
#7 Alexis Sanchez
#8 Arturo Vidal
#10 Jorge Valdivia
#11 Eduardo Vargas
#17 Gary Medel
#18 Gonzalo Jara
#20 Charles Aranguiz
#21 Marcelo Diaz

4:57 PM: As we get the lineups ready for you, read up on Taylor Sturm’s match preview here.

4:54 PM: This match becomes a must-win for Chile. They now have a chance to advance with a draw against Spain. We now shift our sights to the final match in our triple-header Chile vs. Australia. The line-ups are out and they will be published shortly.


Spain vs. Netherlands 2014 FIFA World Cup

Spain 1, Netherlands 5

Xabi Alonso, Spain (27′)

Robin van Persie, Netherlands (44′)

Arjen Robben, Netherlands (53′)

Stefan de Vrij, Netherlands (64′)

Robin van Persie, Netherlands (72′)

Arjen Robben, Netherlands (80′)

90+4′: FULLTIME: Netherlands 5, Spain 1. Incredible match by the Dutch, a shocking display from Spain.

90+1′: Fernando Torres with a wide open net…and a miss. Nothing is going right for Spain today.

90′: 4 minutes of stoppage time.

87′: DOUBLE SAVE!!! Casillas comes up big twice as Wijanldum hits a low drive and then Robben fires in a volley.

82′: This game has been shocking. The question marks were all with the Dutch defense but it looks like it is the Spanish defense with the doubts now.

80′: GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!!! ROBBEN AGAIN!!!!!!! IT IS 5-1!!!!! Do not adjust your computer screen the scoreline is Netherlands 5. Spain 1.

79′: Netherlands Sub: RVP (Out), Jeremain Lens (In)

78′: Spain sub: David Silva (Out), Cesc Fabregas (In)

77′: Netherlands Sub: Joel Veltman (In), Stefan de Vrij (Out)

76′: Sergio Ramos takes the kick and it just swerves wide.

75′: Free kick for Spain, in a dangerous position about 30 yards out slightly to the right of center.

74′: Oles coming from the Dutch supporters.

72′: GOAL!!!! VAN PERSIE!!!! Casillas makes a critical mistake on the back pass and Van Persie intercepts and drives the nail home. 4-1 Netherlands!

70′: Casillas with a kick save. He is doing his best Henrik Lundquist impression.

69′: Replay shows that Iker Casillas was booked after the third goal from the Dutch for dissent.

67′: GOAL!!! NO!!! OFFSIDE!!! Oh boy David Silva is called offside and yes that is a good call.

66′: Robin van Persie is the latest to go in the book for a sweeping tackle on Pedro.

64′: GOAL!!!! STEFAN DE VRIJ!!!! What a free kick from Sneijder. And it’s 3-1 Netherlands!

62′: SUBS: Netherlands: Georgino Wijnaldum (In), Jonathan de Guzman (Out) Spain: Fernando Torres, Pedro (In) Diego Costa, Xabi Alonso (Out)

60′: CROSSBAR!!! Robin van Persie smashes the crossbar on the half-volley. He looked to be offside but wow what a shot.

57′: Very high pressure from the Dutch. They had seven players in the Spanish half while Spain possessed the ball! I wonder if that is a hint as to how Manchester United will play next season defensively.

55′: Diego Costa with a headbutt to Bruno Martins Indi. Very lucky to still be on the field after that classless display.

53′: GOAL!!!! IT’S ROBBEN!!!! What a cutback in the box, Casillas had no chance.

51′: The referee tells Arjen Robben to get up after a dive by the Dutchmen. Needless to say Robben was not pleased.

50′: Iniesta finds some space but Cillessen is equal to it. The ball would have gone wide anyway.

47′: Wow, the rain is really starting the fall hard at the stadium.

45′: And here we go for the second half! The Dutch will kick off.

3:51 PM: It is halftime for our live coverage today. I will be back after a short lunch break. Feel free to leave questions in the comments section or on my twitter page (@tenorman85)

45+2′: HALFTIME: Spain 1, Netherlands 1.

45′: One minute of stoppage time

44′: GOAAALLLLLLLAAAAAZZZZZZOOOOO!!!!! ROBIN VAN PERSIE!!!! What a goal!!!!!! A flying header from 15 yards out!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!

43′: SAVE!!! David Silva finds himself in space after a beautiful pass from Iniesta. He attempts to chip but Jasper Cillessen gets a finger to it.

40′: Stefan de Vrij is the second player to be booked for a tough challenge on David Silva.

39′: Arjen Robben caught offside, of course he didn’t think so. The forwards never do.

37′: Yikes. de Guzman with a tough challenge and he is already on a yellow.

36′: Ball played in behind the defense but van Persie is just offside.

35′: Iniesta is just being fouled left and right. This is a shirt tug by Bruno Martins Indi.

32′: Oooo! Daley Blind whips a dangerous cross in that just eludes Robin van Persie.

31′: I love hearing the commentators mock the goal-line technology.

30′: Great defensive run by Jordi Alba. That is one of those things you will not see on the scoresheet.

27′: GOAL!!! Xabi Alonso converts the penalty and it is 1-0 Spain.

26′: PENALTY!!! de Vrij catches Diego Costa‘s trailing foot and a great call by the ref.

25′: Jonathan de Guzman is the first in the book for a foul on Iniesta. Did not look like much.

23′: Great tackle by Ron Vlaar getting the ball without getting the man.

22′: Andres Iniesta makes a lovely run into the box with no help. Ball out for a Spanish corner. Sergio Ramos gets a free look at goal on the corner but to not avail.

19′: Netherlands playing with ten as Arjen Robben is off the pitch for a shoe issue. Very weird indeed. Spain gets a good look but cannot convert with the man advantage.

15′: Dumb foul taken by Nigel de Jong. He needs to be very careful especially after his play in the final from four years ago.

13′: Diego Costa gets a look but is quickly closed down by de Vrij

12′: Brazilian fans not shy in letting Diego Costa know how they feel about him.

10′: MISS: Andres Iniesta justs get a little too far under the ball, his shot sails over for a goal kick.

9′: SAVE! Casillas comes up big as Wesley Sneijder finds himself alone behind the defense.

5′: Both nations feeling each other out, boos for Diego Costa.

1′: KICKOFF: Spain will get us underway!

2:59 PM: Here we go, the rematch of the 2010 FIFA World Cup starts now!

2:55 PM: The biggest question that I have going into the match will be can the Dutch’s youthful defense be able to handle the Spanish attack? It will be very interesting to watch as the teams emerge from the tunnel. National anthems are next.

2:54 PM: Thank you for joining us here at Stoppage Time Soccer for match two of today’s triple-header!

2:53 PM: The players are in the tunnel with Spain wearing all-white kits while Netherlands is dressed in all-blue kits.

2:49 PM: That was great analysis from Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roberto Martinez there on ESPN discussing how each would attack and defend based on the tactics.

2:28 PM: Taylor predicts a 2-1 victory for Spain. How do you think the match will end?

2:27 PM: Here is some pre-match reading for you. It is the match preview from my colleague Taylor Sturm.

2:10 PM: If you have any questions or comments please send them in and I will get to them as we wait for this match to get underway.

2:07 PM: And here is the lineup for the Netherlands:

#1 Jasper Cillessen – GK
#7 Daryl Janmaat
#2 Ron Vlaar
#3 Stefan de Vrij
#4 Bruno Martins Indi
#5 Daley Blind
#6 Nigel de Jong
#8 Jonathan de Guzman
#10 Wesley Sneijder
#11 Arjen Robben
#9 Robin van Persie

2:05 PM: Here are your starting lineups, first for Spain:

#1 Iker Casillas – GK
#22 Cesar Azpilicueta
#15 Sergio Ramos
#3 Gerard Pique
#18 Jordi Alba
#16 Sergio Busquets
#14 Xabi Alonso
#8 Xavi
#21 David Silva
#6 Andres Iniesta
#19 Diego Costa



Mexico vs. Cameroon 2014 FIFA World Cup


Mexico 1, Cameroon 0

Oribe Peralta, Mexico (61′)

90+4′: FULLTIME: Mexico 1, Cameroon 0. A huge three points for Mexico despite the poor officials.

90+3′: MISS!!! Javier Hernandez is wide open in the box but puts the volley over the bar.

90+2′: MEXICO SUB: Hector Herrera is off for Carlos Salcido.

90+1′: SAVE! Ochoa is called upon late, a great save holding onto the ball in the rain.

90′: Four minutes of stoppage time, can Cameroon find an equalizer?

86′: Francisco Rodriguez with a clutch clearance as Cameroon is collapsing into the Mexico box.

85′: Cameroon is finally starting to put some pressure on the Mexico defense who do not look comfortable at all.

83′: LINEUP NEWS: Both lineups have been published for the next match between Spain and Netherlands. We will post those as soon as this match is finished.

82′: Javier Hernandez with a great pass in towards Marco Fabian but the ball is just too far in front of him.

81′: Corner kick from Cameroon goes through and out the back-side for a Mexican goal kick.

79′: CAMEROON SUB: Alex Song is off for Pierre Webo. A pure attacking sub.

78′: A poor free kick from dos Santos and the ball ends up out for a goal kick.

77′: BREAKING NEWS: Diego Costa is in the starting lineup for Spain. More news on that following this match.

76′: FOUL! A hard challenge from Dany Nounkeu who is in the book now with a yellow card.

73′: MEXICO SUB: Javier Hernandez comes on for Oribe Peralta.

69′: Cameroon is getting some good crosses into the box, they just don’t have anybody on the other end.

68′: MEXICO SUB: Marco Fabian comes on for Andres Guardado.

67′: Nice give-and-go by the Africans on the left side but the cross is over everybody in the box.

66′: Not a good sight for Cameroon fans as Samuel Eto’o is down in the box. He is up now but is limping slightly.

64′: Mexico needs to be careful here. Teams are more likely to concede a goal in the five minutes after they score one.

61′: GOAL!!!!! MEXICO!!!!! ORIBE PERALTA!!!! Peralta jumps on the rebound given off of Itandje on a shot from dos Santos. It is 1-0 Mexico!

58′: MISS! Assou-Ekotto hits the wall and the deflected shot goes just wide.

57′: The first yellow of the match is shown to Hector Moreno as he trips Stephane Mbia after Mbia breaks his ankle with a sweet move. Free kick to Cameroon about 25 yards from goal.

54′: Alex Song is down and in pain. I’m waiting on the replay but that challenge did not look to be that bad.

52′: Maxim Choupo-Moting looks to put a ball back across the middle of goal but it is deflected right to Guillermo Ochoa.

50′: A tough day for Gio dos Santos continues as he is fouled hard. Still no cards given.

45′: KICKOFF: Cameroon gets us started here in the second half. They also made their first substitution as Dany Nounkeu comes on for Cédric Djeugoué.

1:06 PM: BREAKING NEWS: German legend Franz Beckenbauer has been suspended by FIFA for his role in the Qatar scandal.

1:04 PM: I wonder what the halftime talk sounded like from Miguel Herrera.

12:59 PM: Those stats are courtesy of our friends at MLSsoccer.com. You can find there stats page here.

12:57 PM: STATS TIME!!

Passing Accuracy: Mexico 262 passes with 88 percent completed, Cameroon 116 passes with 77 percent completed.

Mexico with 190 passes in the attacking half compared to 86 for Cameroon

12:51 PM: Mexico is very unlucky to not have 2 goals already. It is sad that all we are talking about after three halves of the World Cup is the poor officials.

45+2′: HALFTIME: Mexico 0, Cameroon 0.

45+1′: 2 minutes of stoppage time in this first half. From the looks of it we will head into halftime tied at zero.

45′: Another tough challenge on dos Santos. No ball in the challenge from Aurelien Chedjou should have been called.

42′: Mexico may be in trouble as Hector Moreno looks like he is limping. Possible hamstring issue.

41′: Nice ball through towards Oribe Peralta but the through ball is just too far ahead of him and is scooped up by Charles Itandje.

39′: Andres Guardado takes an elbow to the face from Stephane Mbia with no caution. Foul was called but not a yellow.

35′: Did anybody else hear the whistle from the crowd?

33′: The worst part about these disallowed goals is that I started Giovanni dos Santos in our STS/TAP Fantasy World Cup Challenge for this matchday. That Colombian assistant referee owes me 10 points for those non-goals!

31′: I am taking another look at the second offside call on dos Santos and it looks like the ball comes off of a defender. A difficult call to make at live speed.

29′: GOAL!!! NO!!! ANOTHER OFFSIDE CALL!!! dos Santos is denied again! Tough call looks to be correct though.

27′: SEEE LAAAA PERDIOOOOOO! Hector Moreno with a free header but somehow Rafa Marquez gets in the way and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

24′: Suspect defending by Mexico on that cornet. They are very lucky to get away without a penalty.

22′: MISS!!! Samuel Eto’o on the first touch pushes it just wide after Benoit Assou-Ekotto got by two Mexican defenders before putting a nice low cross in.

21′: Alex Song takes a boot to the mid-section. Foul called, that looked like it hurt.

19′: A scare for Itandje as a cross gets dangerously close to the goal but it goes over for a goal kick.

18′: Stephane Mbia gets his head to the corner but it goes out for a goal kick.

17′: Cameroon is finally getting some possession in the Mexico defensive end. Another corner coming to the Africans.

16′: Samuel Eto’o scores but it is called back for a clear offside call.

14′: Cameroon is looking content playing ten men behind the ball. Oooo, another difficult decision but it looks like the right one. The offside’s call happened before the foul.

11′: GOAL!!! NO!!! OFFSIDE. Bad call! Gio dos Santos is onside, scores a goal and the AR calls it back for offside.

9′: Hector Herrera finds some space but his shot is over the bar.

8′: Oribe Peralta gets behind the defense but he is called for offsides, I’m not sure about that one.

7′: The first few chances go to Mexico. The shot ends up right in the hands of Itandje.

4′: Mexico is rewarded for their high pressure with a throw-in deep in the offensive third. The throw goes out for a goal kick.

3′: Mexico with a good chunk of the possession so far. It looks like they are try to beat Cameroon with their speed on the wings.

1′: How about that, 15 seconds in and the Mexican fans are already starting with the “Oles!”

1′: AND HERE WE GO!!! Mexico is wearing their green kits and Cameroon is wearing their yellow kits. Mexico will get us started.

11:58 AM: The Mexican National Anthem is complete, now time for Cameroon.

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11:56 AM: Thank you joining us here at Stoppage Time Soccer for our live coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below or send me a message on Twitter (@tenorman85)

11:54 AM: Both teams are in the tunnel and the walk-out has begun! The anthems will be next from Natal.

11:53 AM: Rafa Marquez is the first player in World Cup history to captain his nation in four tournaments.

11:51 AM: The weather is also looking like it could be a problem with buckets and buckets full of rain coming down.

11:49 AM: We may have a first in today’s FIFA World Cup match as the temperatures are in the low 90s, We could see water breaks at the 30th and 75th minute.

11:43 AM: Here is the starting lineup for Mexico:

#13 Guillermo Ochoa – GK
#2 Francisco Rodriguez
#4 Rafa Marquez
#6 Hector Herrera
#7 Miguel Layun
#10 Giovanni dos Santos
#16 Hector Moreno
#18 Andres Guardado
#19 Oribe Peralta
#22 Paul Aguilar
#23 Jose Juan Vasquez

11:41 AM: And now here is the starting lineup for Cameroon:

#16 Charles Itandje – GK
#2 Benoit Assou-Ekotto
#3 Nicolas N’Koulou
#4 Cedric Djeugone
#6 Alex Song
#8 Benjamin Moukandjo
#9 Samuel Eto’o
#13 Maxim Choupo-Moting
#14 Aurelien Chedjou
#17 Stephane Mbia
#18 Eyong Enoh

11:40 AM: Here is a link to Taylor Sturm’s match preview.

11:37 AM: Thank you for bearing with me through some technical difficulties here at Evans Headquarters in Kennewick, Washington. We are about 23 minutes to kickoff and next we will have a look at the starting lineups for both nations.

11:00 AM: Good morning and welcome to Stoppage Time Soccer‘s live coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Our match this morning is from Group A and features CONCACAF giants Mexico against African side Cameroon at the Arena das Dunas in Natal. My name is Matthew Evans and I will be your host through all three of today’s matches.

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