What could be day 12 of the 2014 World Cup
Day 12 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Monday marks the beginning of the end of the group stage
Day 12 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Monday marks the beginning of the end of the group stage. Two games will be played simultaneously at two different timeslots for four straight days to determine the Round of 16 matchups.
One of the most important matches on Monday is Mexico versus Croatia. El Tri has a one point advantage over their Group A opponents, so it’s a must-win for the European side. A loss or a draw would mean the Mexicans progress to the next round. Brazil battles Cameroon, who is already eliminated. The host has a chance to win Group A in that one.
Over in Group B, the Netherlands square off with Chile with the winner grabbing first place there, although the Dutch can also win the group with a draw. Australia versus Spain is a mere consolation at this point.
Dutch height and defence vs. Chilean attack
The Netherlands have conceded three goals in their first two matches at the World Cup. Spain didn’t create a lot of chances after their lone goal, but Australia exposed the Dutch backline on the counter-attack last time out.
Chile targeted Spain on the break in its encounter and it worked to perfection. Surely, manager Jorge Sampaoli and his coaching staff watched the Netherlands-Australia game and noticed how open the Dutch defence was in those situations.
Will Del Bosque preview the next generation?
With Spain out of the competition, the defending world champions have nothing to play for when they go up against Australia. Manager Vicente Del Bosque’s future is up in the air and the future of the national team is in question. However, it’s far too early to be predicting the latter.
Can Brazil calm the nerves with a thrashing?
Following their 0-0 draw versus Mexico, a lot of Brazilians are questioning the tactics of manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. Brazil have been wasteful going forward and have conceded a few too many chances, but the drama could all subside for at least a few days if they can rack up the goals against Cameroon.
It’s entirely possible that the Selecao can do that. Even before Cameroon was reduced to 10 men against Croatia, the Indomitable Lions were being carved open by the Croatian attack. Surely Neymar, Oscar and the like can do the same?
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