Brazil 2014: Day 2

Referee appointments

13 June –
14 June –

12 June 2014



Group A
Brazil 3                                                     Croatia 1
Neymar 29′, 71′ (pen) Oscar 90′        Marcelo 11′ (og)
HT 1-1

Ref: Yuichi Nishimura
Att: 62,103

FIFA‘s match report from Brazil vs Croatia that includes plenty of stats!

Croatia‘s Coach Niko Kovac said they should:-

Croatia celebrate their goal against Brazil


give up and go home. We talk about respect, that wasn’t respect.

Croatia didn’t get any. If that’s a penalty, we don’t need to play football anymore. Let’s play basketball instead. It’s a shame.

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari unsurprisingly had the opposite view:-

Millions didn’t see the penalty? The referee did and he said it was a penalty and they are the ones that must decide.

We also think it was a penalty. I have seen it 10 times and I think it is a penalty.

Fixtures for 13 June 2014

Mexico v Cameroon. Group A. Kick off 5pm. Live on ITV / ITV HD
Spain v Netherlands. Group B. Kick off 8pm. Live on BBC One / BBC One HD
Chile v Australia. Group B. Kick off 11pm. Live on ITV / ITV HD

The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) has produced one of their Free Lions Guide to Brazil. It’s a 132 page document in pdf format, download it here.

Our latest stadium guide. Sao Paulo and the Corinthians Arena

There remain concerns that the pitch in Manaus is not playable. England take on Italy at the stadium on Saturday evening. The ground staff have sprayed the pitch green to hide some of the problems. The global players’ union FIFPro said in a statement:-

The players deserve a quality playing surface. This isn’t the case in Manaus.

Nobody wants to see the players and the spectacle in general suffer.