Brazil 2014: Day 12

Now to Day 12. The 2nd set of matches in the group stages are now complete, and today we move to the final games in the groups.

Results for Sunday 22 June

Group G
USA                                               2 – 2         Portugal
Jones 64′ Dempsey 81′                               Nani 5′ Varela 90′
Ref: Néstor Pitana
Att: 40,123

Group H
Belgium                                         1 – 0         Russia
Origi 88′
Ref: Dr. Felix Brych
Att: 73,819

South Korea                                2 – 4         Algeria
Son Heung-min 50′                                      Slimani 26′ Halliche 28′
Koo Ja-cheol 72′                                            Djabou 38′ Brahimi 62′


Group G Group H
Pos Team Played GD Points Pos Team Played GD Points
1 Germany 2 4 4 1 Belgium 2 2 6
2 USA 2 1 4 2 Algeria 2 1 3
3 Ghana 2 -1 1 3 Russia 2 -1 1
4 Portugal 2 -4 1 4 South Korea 2 -2 1


Australia v Spain. Match 35, Group B, kick off at 5pm BST live on ITV at the Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Holland v Chile. Match 36, Group B, kick off at 5pm BST live on ITV4 at the Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Cameroon v Brazil. Match 33, Group A, kick off at 9pm BST live on ITV at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia
Croatia v Mexico. Match 34, Group A, kick off at 9pm BST live on ITV4 at the Arena Pernambuco, Recife


Referee appoinments
Today (Monday) –
Tuesday –

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has insisted they’ll be playing to win when they face a Germany team managed by fellow German Joachim Loew on Thursday. Talking about the last game of group G Klinsman said:-

We have that fighting spirit, and we give everything in every game. We will go to Recife and we will give everything to beat Germany. That is our goal.

Jogi is doing his job. We are good friends, and I am doing my job. My job is to get everything done to get us into the Round of 16, and that is what I’m going to do. There is no time now to have friendship calls. That time is done.

Both teams go into this game and they want to win the group. So we go into this game and try to beat Germany. To put ourselves in the driver seat for the last-16, that is our goal.


Spain and Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso is denying speculation that he is about to retire from international football, saying that he is undecided. The midfielder grabbed the headlines after Spain’s 2-0 defeat to Chile, where the world champions were eliminated from the World Cup after their opening two games,  he declared that the team lacked “hunger” and “ambition”.

Speaking to Spanish radio station Onda, Cero Alonso said:-

I’m still not at that moment, I want all this to end as soon as possible, go on holiday, disconnect a little and then decide things with time. Right now is not the time.

I’m not going to say what’s happening in the dressing room, for me that should stay there. The atmosphere and feeling in the dressing room is the same as it was two years ago. It’s all very natural, there isn’t the tension that you (the media) imagine there is.

We know that we lacked intensity, but our enthusiasm has been the same as always. The hardest thing was (to repeat) what we have already done, which is to win three competitions in four years.