From Ground Zero: German machine beats Messi’s Magic in final

Last Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014, 12:05

The World Cup in Brazil was decided by a left foot. But it was not Lionel Messi nor who used his left leg to win the cup for Argentina. It was the foot of Mario Goetze which gave Germany their fourth World Cup title on Sunday afternoon at Maracanã Stadium as they won the final game 1-0 in extra time.

From Ground Zero: Argentina set final date with Germany at Maracana

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 09:51

Argentinians sneaked past the Netherlands on Wednesday after a tense round of penalty shootouts after a goalless draw. Now, they meet the Germans at the World Cup final on Sunday (July 13).

From Ground Zero: Humiliated 7-1 by Germany, Brazilian team says sorry to people

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 10:53

It was a humiliation of the worst kind. The team which was hoping to win the World Cup for the record sixth time was shown the door by a merciless opponent. Brazil not just lost the semi-final 1-7, it also shattered the dreams of more than 200 million people.

From Ground Zero: Now, it’s Europe versus South America in semis

Last Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014, 10:47

The stage is set for two big showdowns: Brazil versus Germany and Argentina versus Holland. This World Cup will almost see two finals already in the semis. It’s the best of South America versus the best of Europe, and nobody could have asked for better games.

From Ground Zero: Brazil win semi-final berth but lose Neymar

Last Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2014, 11:34

Brazil’s star striker Neymar suffered a fracture in the vertebra on the left side in the dying moments of their match against Colombia which they won 2-1. But now, according to the medical department of the Brazilian team, Neymar will not play in the World Cup any more.

From Ground Zero: Argentina, Belgium enter last eight after tough battles

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014, 11:24

It was very hard for Germany. It was very painful to Brazil. The Netherlands almost lost their game. Why would it be easy for Argentina? On Tuesday, Switzerland pushed Argentine to the boundary of despair – until 12th minute of the second half of extra time, when their goalless game became 1-0 in the favour of South Americans.

From Ground Zero: France and Germany win games, Nigeria and Algeria win hearts

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014, 13:00

After dropping buckets of sweat in the chilly air of Porto Alegre, the German team advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Cup by defeating Algeria by 2-1 in extra time on Monday evening. In a tight game that could have gone either way, the Germans dominated possession, but with skilled players and dangerous counter attacks, their African opponent made them work hard for a place in the next stage.

From Ground Zero: Dutch go past Mexicans, Greece lose to Costa Rica

Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014, 13:29

With less than five minutes to go for the final whistle, the Mexican fans in the stands were celebrating their team’s 1-0 lead over the Netherlands. But then in three minutes, the game turned upside down. The final score read 2-1 in favour of the Dutch, and the Mexicans were told to go home once again.

From Ground Zero: Brazil survive Chile, set quarter-final date with Colombia

Last Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014, 10:08

Two hundred million Brazilians missed a heartbeat on Saturday afternoon as their football team moved into the quarter-finals after a nerve stealing 3-2 penalty shootout win over Chile at Estadio Mineirao here. Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved Mauricio Pinilla and Alexis Sanchez`s attempts, while Gonzalo Jara`s shot hit the post after the pre quarter-final had been locked at 1-1 after extra time. For Brazil, David Luiz, Marcelo and Neymar were the scorers, while Willian and Hulk missed out

From Ground Zero: Last 16 line-up ready - Germany to meet Algeria, US clashes with Belgium

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014, 10:36

Germany beat US 1-0 in Recife in their last Group G game, but both sides went into the last of 16 of the World Cup. A 2-1 win for Portugal over Ghana in the section`s other game was enough to push both the Americans and Germans through four and seven points.

From Ground Zero: Uruguay sends Italy home, Greece sneak into last 16

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 09:54

Just like Spain and England, the four-time world champion Italy was defeated by Uruguay by 1-0 and will return home now, repeating the bad campaign that they had in the last World Cup.

From Ground Zero: Last 16 - Brazil to meet Chile, Holland awaits Mexico

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 09:07

In its 100th game in the World Cup, the Brazilian team beat Cameroon 4-1 on Monday at the Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia, in the third and last round of Group A games of the World Cup.

From Ground Zero: Despite draw with US, Portugal hanging by fire

Last Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014, 21:24

Many football pundits have been calling it the “Real Group of Death”, and Group G lived up to that reputation as after a super-thrilling game between US and Portugal, which ended in a 2-2 draw, all the four teams are in a position to qualify as well go out of the tournament before the pre-quarter final stage.

From Ground Zero: Ghana hold Germany, Iran give a scare to Argentina

Last Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014, 11:25

All the four goals were scored in the second half. One of the goals was scored by German striker Miroslav Klose, who now has 15 goals in World Cup, equaling Ronaldo’s record as the top scorer. Andre Ayew and A Gyan scored for Ghana. Earlier, Gotze had opened the score for the Germans.

From Ground Zero: Costa Rica humiliate Italy, send England home

Last Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 12:57

The "group of death" has three world champions, but it was Costa Rica which became the first to win a place in the last 16. After beating Uruguay 3-1 in the first round of group matches, the "Ticos" created one of the biggest upsets of the World Cup as they defeated Italy 1-0 on Friday at the Pernambuco Arena here.

From Ground Zero: Controversial Suarez silences critics after England double

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:31

In June 2010, Uruguayn striker Luis Suarez, 23, began to appear to the world. After scoring two goals against South Korea which took Uruguay to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, Suarez definitely made himself famous in the next game against Ghana. Not by scoring a goal, but with a defence.

From Ground Zero: Bye Bye, Tiki-Taka

Last Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 08:59

European Champion in 2008 and again in 2012. World Champion in 2010. For many, one of the best teams in football history, innovator and owner of unique style. Now, one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history.

From Ground Zero: Brazil run into Mexican Wall

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 08:58

After winning their opening game against Croatia by 3 goals to 1, the Brazilian team was unable to repeat their good performance and drew with Mexico 0-0 on Tuesday evening at the Castelo stadium in Fortaleza.

From Ground Zero: Ronaldo fails as Muller shines in 4-0 rout

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 10:36

On the grandstand of Fonte Nova in Salvador, German Chancellor Angela Merkel clapped with great joy four times four times on the Monday afternoon. Sitting beside the Bahia state governor Jaques Wagner, the German leader saw the football team of his country trouncing Portugal 4-0 in their opening Group G game.

From Ground Zero: Messi scores but fails to impress in first game

Last Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014, 09:26

Lionel Messi had a disappointing season for Barcelona this year. For a few minutes on Sunday, the Maracana stadium here saw the star disappear again, until he came back in his style: drag passes and a great goal.

From Ground Zero: The ‘Group of Death’ turns deadlier

Last Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014, 11:09

When the draw for the World Cup decided that England would play their first game at Manaus, the capital of the Amazon state, the English coach Roy Hodgson and the British press only spoke negatively about the stadium and the city.

From Ground Zero: Revenge and row is the name of the game

Last Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 11:29

It was dubbed as the rematch of the final of the 2010 World Cup. This time it ended in a different way. Taking advantage of errors of the Spanish defense, Holland wiped the floor with Spain as they humiliated the World Champions by beating them 5-1 at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Bahia, on Friday evening. The stadium was painted in orange as Holland took the revenge for their defeat in the World Cup final four years ago.

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