Brazil 2014 - Australia vs Spain

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The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Brail 2014: Australia vs Spain.

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1st Round Matches at Brazil 2014.

Monday, 23rd June

Group Match

Group B

Travel to Australia Australia vs Travel to Spain Spain in Curitiba.

Match Preview

In the final Group B matches, Australia take on Spain in Curitiba while Holland play Chile in Sao Paulo.

Australia and Spain have never met before in international football competition.

The Match

With both teams out of the tournament, this is as good as a friendly match

Nawaf Shukralla of Bahrain gets to blow his whistle for the first time in the tournament.

Goalscorers 0:1
David Villa scored for Spain, with a cute little back-heel from the the middle of the box, in the 36th minute.

Half-time: Australia 0 - Spain 1

Goalscorers 0:2
Fernando Torres doubled the score in the 69th minute, as poor defending leaves Iniesta in plenty of space and more than enough time to pick his pass.

Goalscorers 0:3
Substitute Juan Mata, on for David Villa, made it three for Spain in the 82nd minute; after receiving the ball from fellow substitute, Cesc Fabregas.

Final Score: Australia 0 - Spain 3

Teams

Travel to Australia Australia:
1-Matthew Ryan; 19-Ryan McGowan, 6-Matthew Spiranovic, 22-Alex Wilkinson, 3-Jason Davidson; 17- Matt McKay, 15-Mile Jedinak, 13-Oliver Bozanic; 7-Mathew Leckie, 9-Adam Taggart, 11-Tommy Oar.

Travel to Spain Spain:
23-Pepe Reina; 5-Juanfran, 2-Raul Albiol, 15-Sergio Ramos, 18-Jordi Alba; 14-Xabi Alonso, 17-Koke, 20-Santi Cazorla, 6-Andres Iniesta; 7-David Villa, 9-Fernando Torres.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Nawaf Shukralla - Bahrain Travel to Bahrain

Yellow Cards 3 yellow cards:
61 mins - Sergio Ramos (Spain)
87 mins - Matthew Spiranovi (Australia)
90 mins - Mile Jedinak (Australia)

Travel to Holland Netherlands vs Chile Travel to Chile

The Road to Rio

2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

Second Round

Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Switzerland Travel to Switzerlandin Sao Paulo.

Travel to Belgium Belgium vs USA Travel to USA in Salvador.

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Chile Travel to Chile in Belo Horizonte.

Travel to Colombia Colombia vs Uruguay Travel to Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro.

Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica vs Greece Travel to Greece in Recife.

Travel to France France vs Nigeria Travel to Nigeria in Brasilia.

Travel to Germany Germany vs Algeria Travel to Algeria in Porto Alegre.

Travel to Holland Holland vs Mexico Travel to Mexico in Fortaleza.

Quarter-finals

 Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Belgium Travel to Belgium in Brasilia.

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Colombia Travel to Colombia in Fortaleza.

Travel to France France vs Germany Travel to Germany in Rio de Janeiro.

Travel to Holland Holland vs Costa Rica Travel to Costa Rica in Salvador.

Semi-finals

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Germany Travel to Germany in Belo Horizonte.

Travel to Holland Holland vs Argentina Travel to Argentina in Sao Paulo.

Third-Place Match

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Holland Travel to Holland in Brasilia.

2014 World Cup Final

Travel to Germany Germany vs Argentina Travel to Argentina in Rio de Janeiro.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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