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World Cup 2014: Day 2 latest, including Mexico v Cameroon and Spain v Netherlands – LIVE!

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of what was a thrilling second day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Samuel Stevens and Sam Dymond were on hand to talk you through Mexico's win against Cameroon, Chile's eventual defeat of a spirited Australia and, of course, Netherland's thrashing of world champions Spain...

  • DAY TWO AT A GLANCE

    • Chile 3 (Sanchez 12', Valdívia 14', Beausejour 90+2') Australia 1 (Cahill 35') FT
    • La Roja make winning start despite valiant Aussie effort
    • Two goals in two minutes put Chile in commanding lead a quarter of an hour in
    • Tim Cahill pulls one back for Socceroos with trademark header
    • Substitute Beausejour adds injury time gloss to scoreline with long range effort
    • Spain 1 (Alonso 27') Netherlands 5 (Van Persie 44', 72', Robben 53', 80', De Vrij 64') FT
    • Dutch come from behind to humble world champions and top Group B
    • Van Persie nets brilliant equaliser before half-time following Alonso opener from the spot
    • Robben and Van Persie punish awful Spanish defence with two goals apiece
    • Mexico 1 (Peralta 61') Cameroon 0 FT
    • Peralta nets second half winner for El Tricolor in controversial encounter
    • Dos Santos has two Mexican goals incorrectly ruled out in the first half
    • FIFA ban Franz Beckenbauer from footballing activities for 90 days
    6/13/2014 8:38:35 AM
  • The drama at São Paulo last night 

    Welcome to the Independent’s live coverage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil with Samuel Stevens as the greatest show on earth hurtles into its second day. 

    As the United Kingdom slowly awakes from its post opening day slumber, we’ll be bringing you all the news and juicy gossip ahead of tonight’s action.

    If you’re one of the millions of poor souls to have suffered broken sleep last night, thinking about Pitbull’s white capri trousers, we can only offer our deepest condolences.

    We can’t promise, however, that we won’t be posting the occasional picture of those frankly exceptional slacks.

    Moving swiftly on, tonight sees 2010 finalists Spain and Holland lock horns in Salvador. With Howard Webb still in counselling after their last meeting, here’s hoping for more of a footballing spectacle this time around.

    Before that, though, Mexico and Cameroon start another day of glorious World Cup action at 5pm as the fight for second place in Group A gets underway.

    Despite Brazil threatening to jump off a tall building last night, Neymar thankfully was able to talk them off the ledge in what proved to be a fitting start to this year’s tournament.

    After a three week hiatus, it feels mightily good to have this game of ours back.

    6/13/2014 9:35:03 AM
  • Match preview: Mexico v Cameroon

    The Mexicans are coming... 

    While yesterday's opener in São Paulo is still taking up most of today's chatter in the media, Mexico take on Cameroon at Natal's Arena das Dunas tonight at 5pm.

    Famous for its beautiful sand dunes, Natal offers yet another stunning backdrop for the world's greatest sporting event.

    Mexico arrive in Brazil with a certain degree of trepidation. Back in October, defeat to Costa Rica meant that they had to rely on two injury-time goals from the United States against Panama to be sure of their place at the World Cup.

    Scraping through, courtesy of their worst ever finish in the CONCACAF group, Miguel Herrera is Mexico's fourth manager in six months. With Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez in their squad, however, they have the firepower to hurt teams.

    Cameroon, on the other hand, have an ever-aging Samuel Eto'o to lead the line. The 33-year-old has been kept fresh, though, by a decent campaign at Chelsea.

    Like the Mexicans, Volker Finke's men can count themselves lucky to be in the finals.

    While the perception may be that Eto'o provides Cameroon with their only springboard, the truth is quite different. With a fine goalkeeper in the form of Charles Itandje and Nicolas N'Koulou proving to be an intimidating figure at the back, defence is the biggest feather in their cap.

    Difficult to call, this one.

    6/13/2014 10:09:09 AM
  • Sam Wallace, our chief football correspondent, was in Manaus last night preparing for England's opening clash against Italy tomorrow night and bumped into a few locals...


    6/13/2014 10:12:28 AM
  • The man of the moment: the prodigal son returns to save Brazil

    The weight of a nation on his shoulders, Neymar was the only one to show up 

    Last night's man of the match, Barcelona starlet Neymar, began his World Cup campaign in the fashion expected of him last night.

    While his team appeared to have used up all of their energy belting out their national anthem beforehand, the 22-year-old just kept on going.

    In truth, it was a disappointing performance by the hosts but Neymar proved to be the difference against a dogged Croatia. 

    6/13/2014 10:19:16 AM
  • A Sterling choice for England? Danny or Raheem...

    Welbeck against Peru 

    Despite ITV's best attempts to stir up some trouble yesterday evening - asking fans to vote for their favourite choice - it is appearing more and more likely that Danny Welbeck will be prefered to Raheem Sterling for England's Group D opener against Italy.

    While the Reds star offers raw pace and excitement down the wings, Welbeck provides defensive solidity also.

    Roy Hodgson, who openly admitted to his tactical deficiencies after the two sides met at Euro 2012, has seemingly designed a tailor-made plan to stop the Italians from repeating the feat.

    After being dealt a huge slice of luck yesterday afternoon, as Welbeck was announced as being fit enough to train with the squad, the Three Lions boss is desperate to win tomorrow evening.
    6/13/2014 10:33:38 AM
  • Soon to be available in a fashion store near you, these marvellous three quarters... 

    A new craze is born?
    6/13/2014 10:39:44 AM
  • Controversy ensues as Croatia tumble to opening day defeat


    Croatia's head coach Niko Kovač has raged at referee Yuichi Nishimura after his side lost out to a fortunate Brazil in their World Cup opener in São Paulo last night.

    It's hard not to agree with the former Bayern Munich midfielder.

    Just moments after Neymar appeared to have elbowed Luka Modric in the face, the 22-year-old superstar pulled the hosts level. 

    Later judging Ivica Olic to have fouled Brazil keeper Júlio César before the ball was fired into his net while also awarding Fred a soft penalty, the Croatian coach feels harshly done by.

    I must say the referee was completely out of his depth. If someone's not up to scratch to referee the first game then find someone else. Two-and-a-half billion people saw this wasn't a penalty.

    Vedran Corluka, the former Tottenham defender, was also aggrieved. "It was the first game of the World Cup," he said.

    "Brazil played well, but they didn't deserve to win in this way. It's ridiculous he was so keen to give the decision - it was difficult to accept it."

    Those grapes may taste sour, but they have a point. 
    6/13/2014 10:55:47 AM
  • It may have been heated at times last night, but it's always nice to see sportsmanship win out. Here Luka Modrić takes the time to congratulate his Real Madrid teammate Marcelo.

    After the left-back's own goal threatened to derail Brazil's chances, no wonder he looks a touch relieved...


    6/13/2014 11:02:37 AM
  • Round two! Armored vests at the ready...

    De Jong just inadvertently placing his boot into Alonso's chest 

    Tonight's major set-piece takes place in Salvador as reigning champions Spain take on their fellow 2010 finalists Holland at 8pm.

    The Dutch will have revenge on their minds after missing out on their first ever World Cup triumph four years ago in South Africa.

    Surely those (now famous) studs belonging to former Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong won't make another dash for Xabi Alonso's chest. 

    The Real Madrid star can at least see the funny side...

    Credit: adidas 

    6/13/2014 11:20:29 AM
  • Mark Steel: The genius that is Sepp Blatter has even managed to turn the Brazilian people off football


    Here's a sneaky peek into Mark Steel's bluntly honest column about the man, the myth and indeed the legend that is Sepp Blatter.

    Set to run for his fifth term in office (despite promising he wouldn't), the Fifa president even joked that he would like to see the World Cup be replaced by an interplanetary tournament in the future.

    There is, many soon added, a certain alien malevolence about old Sepp.

    Even if you have no interest in football, and have never watched a single game before now, this is the time to accept that all of us, including you, should hate Sepp Blatter.
    6/13/2014 11:45:04 AM
  • Are they painting England's pitch in Manaus? 


    While organisers could be merely adding another dose of well needed fertiliser to the pitch at the stadium in Manaus, Sam Wallace wonders whether the groundsmen may just be giving the grass a lick of paint.

    With the pitch still brown in patches, the changing rooms in desperate need of a clean and rubbish littered all over the surrounding area, much work is yet to be done.

    But the pitch (above) is the main talking point with a race against time now in full swing to make the playing surface fit for England's opening Group D tie against Italy.

    So the big question is: are they painting the pitch?


    Sam Wallace, our man following the English national team across Brazil, is still undecided. 
    6/13/2014 11:58:31 AM
  • It wouldn't be the same without a wallchart...

    Available in today's Independent 

    While you're forgiven for spending all day neglecting work or school to read this blog, you should probably pop out into the sunshine at some point and get your hands on this excellent World Cup wallchart.

    With all of the tournament's fixtures, venues and broadcast details rolled into a pretty nifty design - we're really rather proud of it.
    6/13/2014 12:14:20 PM
  • Could Cristiano Ronaldo miss Portugal's opener?

    C. Ron in training today 

    Bad news for the Portuguese after Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted leaving training earlier with an ice pack around his knee.

    The Ballon D'or winner returned in the 5-1 win against the Republic of Ireland earlier this week, but had to leave the squad’s training session after just 20 minutes.

    Joao Moutinho, his teammate for Portugal, played down the concerns however: "Ever since he started to train with us he has been 100% like the rest of us."

    Everything is fine with him but there is some caution, not only with him. Many other players were using ice as well.

    6/13/2014 12:34:46 PM
  • Missed a step in Brazil? WAG battles, beer and, erm, the Metro system...

    Daniella Semaan 

    When it was discovered that the World Cup's opening day would coincide with the Brazilian version of Saint Valentine's Day, local businessmen had a tricky conundrum to overcome.

    How could they make a profit from both occasions, without damaging the other? Their solution, while reasonably effective, won't have gone down well with any non-football supporting partners.

    Brahma summed up this approach rather fittingly with the slogan: “First I will kiss you, then my jersey”.

    Paul Bignell takes you through a few of the other stories to look out for, including Daniella Semaan's claim to the WAG throne (above) and Salvador’s problems with their new Metro system.
    6/13/2014 12:49:03 PM
  • 'Ey up son, do it for your gaffar!

    Like father and son... 

    Neil Warnock, speaking in his Independent column, has said that he will feel like a proud dad when Phil Jagielka walks out for England against Italy tomorrow night.

    Having worked together at Sheffield United, the pair grew close and now the former Leeds United manager is relishing the opportunity to watch 'Jags' represent his country on the biggest stage of all.

    Here's a peek at what he had to say:

    Fourteen years ago I gave a scrawny 17-year-old his professional debut for Sheffield United. Saturday Phil Jagielka will make his World Cup bow for England and outside his lovely family there’ll be no one more proud and pleased than me.
    6/13/2014 12:56:44 PM
  • Van the man for the Dutch?

    New Manchester United manager Van Gaal 

    After Johan Cruyff described Holland's performance in the 2010 World Cup final as "ugly, tough, and vulgar", the only was up for Louis Van Gaal when he took over two years later.

    As well as being utterly terrifying, he's pretty decent at that coaching lark. 

    Sure, the Dutch may have done well to book their spot in the final under Bert van Marwick, but a certain brand of football is expected from the Oranje troops. Their poor showing at Euro 2012 did little to quell the unhappiness.

    Van Gaal, set to take over as the new manager at Manchester United, has since brightened the palette of the Dutch game.

    Simon Hart, attempting to unravel the mystery around the enigmatic and violent-tempered head coach, finds out what is different under Van Gaal.
    6/13/2014 1:17:14 PM
  • They're a witty bunch in Brazil. 

    Ian Herbert dissects the morning papers in São Paulo, one of which is carrying the headline: "Difficult victory."

    6/13/2014 1:27:02 PM
  • Tonight's game between Mexico and Cameroon - which could have huge influence over second place in Group A - has just had another variable added into the equation.

    Apparently Natal, nicknamed 'City of Sun', is experiencing quite the tropical downpour at the moment.

    Samuel Eto'o doesn't like rain.

    6/13/2014 1:41:06 PM
  • How to solve a problem like Andrea


    While Roy Hodgson decides how best to deal with the threat of 35-year-old Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo, Independent columnist Rafa Benitez says England have nothing to worry about if they get their game plan right.

    It is believed that England plan to play Danny Welbeck on the left with the sole aim of man marking the Juventus star, hopefully allowing Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge to attack on the break.

    Benitez, who now manages Serie A side Napoli, argues that England are capable of beating Italy but must be aware of Pirlo's qualities.

    He knows his onions, does Benitez.

    Even if somebody like Danny Welbeck is sent on to the pitch with the job of stopping Pirlo – chasing and chasing, closing him down – the Italian will still have the ability to find space and put in the pass that can change everything.
    6/13/2014 1:49:35 PM
  • Talking tactics: Cameroon's masterplan

    Barca's Song 

    With such importance being placed on tonight's Group A clash between Mexico and Cameroon, after Croatia's defeat against Brazil last night, the Africans in particular have a few tactical dilemmas to contend with.

    German head coach Volker Finke, who spent 16 years as manager of Freiburg before a short stint in Japan with the Urawa Red Diamonds, has usually opted for a 4-3-3 set-up.

    With Alex Song controlling the play, his sides tend to demonstrate a neat possession game before launching a quick-fire attack. After a year working with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Samuel Eto'o will be familiar with this counter-attacking philosophy. 

    Vincent Aboubakar, Eto'o's 22-year-old strike partner who plays for Lorient, will also be vital. Expect patience, precision and defensive stability.

    In fact, now I've said that, expect impatience, inaccuracy and a defensive shambles.
    6/13/2014 2:03:37 PM
  • Remember we told you there was rain in Natal ahead of Mexico vs Cameroon? There's now a bus strike taking place. 

    Best of luck getting to the Arena das Dunas, people.
    6/13/2014 2:06:31 PM
  • Wazza ready to return with a bang

    Wayne Rooney for England 

    Despite having a less-than-daunting record of zero goals in two World Cup finals, Wayne Rooney is certain that 2014 will be the year that he finally arrives on the world stage.

    With Premier League, Champions League and League Cup titles to his name, international football has proven to be a barren wasteland for the Manchester United forward.

    Speaking ahead of tomorrow's clash with Italy, the 28-year-old told the Evening Standard that he's ready to make his mark.

    "I hope it (his goal against Ecuador) can be the catalyst," he said.

    If the way previous years have gone in terms of scoring in bunches... if that happens, then that will be great.

    "I remember somebody saying I hadn't scored for six games and I was playing in a deep-lying midfield role for those matches, which seemed a bit unfair. It is something I have never really understood."

    We believe in you Wayne, honest.
    6/13/2014 2:13:49 PM
  • Talking tactics: Mexico's stratagem 

    Peralta 

    Awesome in 2012, awful in 2013. That's the only way which you can really sum up the Mexicans.

    Miguel Herrera, their fourth head coach in seven months, has a job on his hands if he's to reverse a slide which saw Mexico achieve their lowest ever finish in the CONCACAF qualification stages.

    Sneaking through by the skin of their teeth, Herrera will be pleased nonetheless to have a squad laden with with technical ability and flair.

    Perhaps a touch lightweight, the midfield will need to be much firmer in the tackle if Mexico are to progress out of Group A. It's entirely possible.

    While many believe the double act of Javier Hernández and Giovani dos Santos will lead the line, keep an eye out for Oribe Peralta, pictured.

    Winners of the gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012, there's quality here.
    6/13/2014 2:27:35 PM
  • ONE HOUR TO GO!

    The downpour in Natal 

    So we've all watched on as Brazil welcomed the world to their beautiful country last night as they defeated a plucky Croatia side in São Paulo.

    It's now time for the rest of us to have our turn.

    Mexico and Cameroon get the action under way today as the two sides lock horns for second place in Group A. Surely the hosts will wrap up first in no time.

    The Arena das Dunas in Natal may be a tad damp, but the game will go ahead.

    Are you ready, football enthusiasts?
    6/13/2014 3:06:35 PM
  • 6/13/2014 3:16:03 PM
  • Breaking team news: Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez left out as Mexico opt for Giovani Dos Santos up front with Oribe Peralta.
    6/13/2014 3:20:18 PM
  • Breaking team news: Cameroon striker and captain Samuel Eto'o starts despite concerns over his fitness.
    6/13/2014 3:20:52 PM
  • Team news: 

    Mexico: Ochoa, Aguilar, Layún, Moreno, Márquez, Rodríguez, Herrera, Vázquez, dos Santos, Peralta, Guardado

    Cameroon: Itandje, Djeugoue, Assou-Ekotto, Song, N'Koulou, Chedjou, Mbia, Enoh, Eto'o, Moukandjo, Choupo-Moting
    6/13/2014 3:26:55 PM
  • Those pesky Mexico supporters, with their sombreros and indomitable joy for life, are all set to fill the Arena das Dunas this evening. 

    According to our sources 80% of the tickets are in Mexican hands.

    They may look a tad out of place in this most British of climates, but they won't mind one bit should they defeat their African opponents today.
    6/13/2014 3:31:19 PM
  • Match preview: Mexico v Cameroon


    Because we're nice, we've just bumped up this match preview from lower down on this blog.

    While yesterday's opener in São Paulo is still taking up most of today's chatter in the media, Mexico take on Cameroon at Natal's Arena das Dunas tonight at 5pm.

    Famous for its beautiful sand dunes, Natal offers yet another stunning backdrop for the world's greatest sporting event.

    Mexico arrive in Brazil with a certain degree of trepidation. Back in October, defeat to Costa Rica meant that they had to rely on two injury-time goals from the United States against Panama to be sure of their place at the World Cup.

    Scraping through, courtesy of their worst ever finish in the CONCACAF group, Miguel Herrera is Mexico's fourth manager in six months. With Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez in their squad, however, they have the firepower to hurt teams.

    Cameroon, on the other hand, have an ever-aging Samuel Eto'o to lead the line. The 33-year-old has been kept fresh, though, by a decent campaign at Chelsea.

    Like the Mexicans, Volker Finke's men can count themselves lucky to be in the finals.

    While the perception may be that Eto'o provides Cameroon with their only springboard, the truth is quite different. With a fine goalkeeper in the form of Charles Itandje and Nicolas N'Koulou proving to be an intimidating figure at the back, defence is the biggest feather in their cap.

    Difficult to call, this one.
    6/13/2014 3:37:32 PM
  • This is your twenty minute warning!

    We know that this game is a mere precursor for tonight's clash between 2010 finalists Spain and Holland, but it should be a cracker nonetheless.

    Take the dog out for a walk, get the beers ready and get your spot on the sofa reserved. 

    Your night of sheer World Cup bliss starts right here.
    6/13/2014 3:42:12 PM
  • Ahhh a World Cup on the outskirts of the Amazon rainforest, what could possibly go wrong?

    6/13/2014 3:45:09 PM
  • Samuel Eto'o, a free agent after his short stay at Stamford Bridge, has been seen giving the teamtalk ahead of today's Group A clash with Mexico.

    Manager Volker Finke just watches on. Is this a healthy relationship between coach and player?
    6/13/2014 3:48:05 PM
  • Looking forward to Adrian Chiles and Glenn Hoddle's attempts at pronouncing the likes of Djeugoue, Itandje, Moukandjo.
    6/13/2014 3:54:28 PM
  • In other news, Sam Matterface and Clarke Carlisle are two thoroughly pleasant chaps.
    6/13/2014 3:55:27 PM
  • With the hopes of a nation on their shoulders, the Mexicans give us a rousing rendition of their national anthem. One fan just decides to bask in the moment...




    6/13/2014 3:58:22 PM
  • Enjoyed Sam Matterface's attempt at the Martin Tyler 'AND IT'S LIVE' tradition.

    Better luck next time, Matterface.
    6/13/2014 3:59:15 PM
  • KICK-OFF: And we're off! The Mexicans get the game started
    6/13/2014 4:01:41 PM


  • The weather won't rain on the fans' parade. At £120 a ticket, who can blame them?
    6/13/2014 4:03:21 PM
  • 2 mins: I am partial to a yellow kit and Cameroon wear it majestically. Nothing of note has happened yet. 
    6/13/2014 4:04:28 PM
  • 4 mins: Mexico have started the better, in line with 69% of you who think they will prevail. Little penetration as of yet however. Aguilar feels unfairly treated as his cross, deflected off Assou-Ekotto, goes out for a 'goal kick'.
    6/13/2014 4:08:00 PM
  • 7 mins: Cameroon are sitting very deep in these early exchanges. They're letting Mexico, who are lightweight in midfield, have a whole heap of possession. The Mexicans have done very little with the ball however.
    6/13/2014 4:09:57 PM
  • 8 mins: First shot of the game, from Hector Herrera, glides over the bar really rather beautifully. The Mexican support is quite something. Fear not, pictures are on their way.
    6/13/2014 4:11:38 PM
  • DISALLOWED GOAL! Great ball in from Herrera is knocked in by dos Santos. Looked fair from here. In England.
    6/13/2014 4:13:15 PM
  • Is there any better opportunity to get your belly out in front of the world?

    6/13/2014 4:14:25 PM
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