Shobhan Saxena

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

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.

Jul 14, 2014, 12:05 PM IST

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

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).

Jul 10, 2014, 10:28 AM IST

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

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.

Jul 09, 2014, 10:57 AM IST

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

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.

Jul 06, 2014, 13:00 PM IST

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

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.

Jul 05, 2014, 18:58 PM IST

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

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.

Jul 02, 2014, 13:26 PM IST

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

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.

Jun 30, 2014, 18:09 PM IST

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

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.

Jun 27, 2014, 10:36 AM IST

From Ground Zero: Argentina to clash with Swiss, France to meet Nigeria

Lionel Messi caught up with Neymar as the leading goal scorer of the World Cup as he scored two goals on Wednesday in Argentina’s 3-2 victory against Nigeria at the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre.

Jun 26, 2014, 08:17 AM IST

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

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.

Jun 25, 2014, 10:58 AM IST

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

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.

Jun 24, 2014, 11:19 AM IST

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

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.

Jun 23, 2014, 21:24 PM IST

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

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.

Jun 23, 2014, 11:29 AM IST

From Ground Zero: Controversial Suarez silences critics after England double

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.

Jun 21, 2014, 10:02 AM IST

Ochoa save could be a good omen for Brazil, says Pele

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa`s save to deny Brazil`s Neymar in Tuesday`s World Cup match was almost as good as the one Gordon Banks made for England against Pele in 1970 and could be a good omen for Brazil, the great Brazilian said.

Jun 19, 2014, 13:32 PM IST

From Ground Zero: Bye Bye, Tiki-Taka

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.

Jun 19, 2014, 10:52 AM IST

From Ground Zero: Brazil run into Mexican Wall

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.

Jun 18, 2014, 12:30 PM IST

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

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.

Jun 17, 2014, 11:51 AM IST

From Sao Paulo: Croats cry foul as controversial Neymar steers Brazil home

With much suffering and some contribution from referee Yuichi Nishimura, the Brazilian team beat Croatia 3-1 in the opening game of the World Cup at the Itaquerão stadium here on Thursday. Neymar scored the first two goals, while Oscar slotted in the third. The first goal was a low shot from about 22 yards. The second one came in a penalty kick given by match-referee Nishimura who had denied Brazil a penalty in the quarter final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Jun 16, 2014, 13:22 PM IST

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

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.

Jun 16, 2014, 11:49 AM IST