Days into the start of the World Cup 2014, and England’s hopes of progressing in the tournament fade. Italy beat England 2-1 in Manaus, as Mario Balotelli scored with a header in the second half of the game. England just could not find that second equaliser, and Roy Hodgson’s men will have to review where they went wrong.
Costa Rica continue to shine and shock everyone in the tournament, with another win, this time over Uruguay. The 1-3 win means that Costa Rica are now topping Group D. Uruguay did start off better, taking advantage of a first half penalty, scored by Diego Cavani. However, Joel Campbell thundering shot in the second half, made the score equal. Then Oscar Duarte scored with a header and lovely through pass to Marcos Urena resulted in the third goal which made certain of the win.
In Group C, the Ivory Coast started the competition in impression fashion with a 2-1 win over Japan. The two goals came from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho. Japan started the match well with a goal from their star, Keisuke Honda in the 16th minute, but failed to build on their advantage. In the other match played in Group C, Colombia sealed victory over Greece with a 3-0 score line.
We now have three matches to look forward to today, Switzerland face Ecuador, France come up against Honduras and Argentina play Bosnia & Herzegovina.
It has been early days in the competition, but we have been treated with already some exceptional football. Brazil seems to be the perfect place to bring out the best and most exciting football. Costa Rica has surprised everyone, and it always possible of them going even further in the competition and making a name for themselves. Stranger things can happen, as the old guard like England and Spain fail to impress.