Louis van Gaal’s young guns swarmed the World Cup holders in their 2010 final rematch. The resulting 5-1 victory left the Dutch delighted and the Spanish wondering how to respond. Delve deeper into the game with our Five Points from the day.
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Chile nearly squanders rampaging start in win over Australia
The rollercoaster continues: Chile starts strongly, dips in the middle and swings upward at the end to ensure the right result. Australia responded well after conceding twice in the first 15 minutes, but the Chileans secured the 3-1 triumph they needed to bolster their chances of advancing from Group B.
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Mexico climbs over obstacles to claim victory over Cameroon
The assistant referee – in yet another example of the suspect officiating at the tournament so far – and the weather did not cooperate. El Tri persisted anyways to secure a 1-0 win over the Indomitable Lions to start its World Cup campaign in impressive fashion.
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Franz Beckenbauer banned from soccer activities by FIFA
Der Kaiser will need to take a little time off during the World Cup. FIFA suspended Beckenbauer for 90 days after he refused to cooperate with investigators diving into the thicket better known as the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup.
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England-Italy highlights Saturday slate
This quartet of games will have a hard time living up to the drama on and off the field on Saturday, but the prospect of watching the two European powers slug it out in the Amazon holds plenty of promise. Paddy Barclay has our preview of the crucial Group D clash (6:00p.m. ET). Jonathan Wilson highlighted Uruguay’s preparations ahead of the date with Costa Rica (3:00p.m. ET), while Colombia-Greece (12:00p.m. ET) and Côte d’Ivoire-Japan (9:00p.m. ET) round out the crowded fixture list. Mario Melchiot sets the scene in this video preview, too.