World Cup 2014 LIVE: All the news from Day 12 after wins for Brazil and Mexico in Group A and for the Netherlands and Spain in Group B - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup 2014 LIVE: All the news from Day 12 after wins for Brazil and Mexico in Group A and for the Netherlands and Spain in Group B


Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Day 12 of the World Cup with Sam Dymond and Marc Williams. We brought you all the action and news from wins for Brazil and Mexico in Group A plus victories for the Netherlands and Spain in Group B...



    Captain Frank-tastic

    England manager Roy Hodgson has indicated that he will utilise the Three Lions' final game of the World Cup to give some playing time on the biggest stage to the youngsters in his squad - while also offering the captain's armband to veteran Frank Lampard on what is likely to be his final appearance for his country.

    The former Chelsea midfielder has not played a single minute so far in Brazil, but his starting berth tomorrow will mean a 106th cap in a 15-year international career.

    Unfortunately for long-suffering England fans, Lampard will take Steven Gerrard's place in the England team, thus denying supporters one final opportunity to see if the pair can operate together in a viable midfield partnership.

    6/23/2014 11:36:44 AM
    Young Lions

    While Hodgson is looking to the future with his team selection in Belo Horizonte tomorrow, The Independent's chief football correspondent Sam Wallace has gazed even further into his crystal ball to selected the England side capable of tasting World Cup glory in Russia four years down the line.

    Of course, Theo Walcott will only be 29 by Russia 2018 and still an international footballer. Patrick Roberts, the 17-year-old star of Fulham’s academy, could yet make the grade. And what better way to beat the Uruguayans at their own game than to recruit the son of one of their best players?
    As a side note, if there are any prospective Premier League scouts reading this, I've watched Patrick Roberts feature for the Fulham youth team on numerous occasions this past year and you're wasting your time. You'd be much better off looking abroad. He's rubbish, I'm telling you. Leave him alone.

    6/23/2014 11:54:28 AM
    Australia v Spain

    Group B's other match, at the Arena de Baixada, has very little riding on it in regards to this World Cup, but so much when it comes to the pride of the Spanish national team.

    After a disastrous two-match defence of their title, manager Vicente Del Bosque had offered to step down from his role, but the coach has been publicly backed by the country's football federation and no decision, as of yet, has been made regarding his future. Whether his public training ground fallout with Cesc Fabregas will have an effect on the decision remains to be seen, but it's clear that the Spanish squad is not a happy place to be right now.

    While La Roja have been well below-par in Brazil, their opponents this evening, Australia, have perhaps performed beyond their capabilities more than any other country at this World Cup. A return of nil points and an early exit is a harsh reflection on the Socceroos' efforts, but victory against the fallen champions would be a fine way to bow out.


    For the deposed world champions, it comes to this. Spain must beat Australia to avoid finishing fourth. From top of the world to bottom of the group. That sums up the extent of their fall.
    6/23/2014 2:09:34 PM
    Croatia v Mexico

    In Group A later this evening, third-placed Croatia and second-placed Mexico meet on the east coast with a place in the knockout stages at stake.

    El Tricolor hold a point advantage, although both nations could qualify with a draw if Cameroon do the unthinkable and beat hosts Brazil at the Estadio Nacional. Yet that seems markedly unlikely, especially considering the pathetic display of the Indomitable Lions against the Croatians last week, meaning the best course of action for Niko Kovac's team is to go for the win. However, as Miguel Delaney explains in his preview of tonight's match in Recife, that would mean beating a man in form.

    In order to reach the second round of the World Cup for the first time since 1998, Croatia are going to have to do something not even Brazil could manage - beat one of the unexpected stars of the tournament so far, Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
    6/23/2014 3:02:09 PM
    The teams are in for the final two games in Group B.

    Vincente Del Bosque makes a number of changes to his Spanish team in their dead rubber against the Australians. Pepe Reina gets a rare start in goal while Fernando Torres plays up front  alongside David Villa with Arsenal's Santi Cazorla in midfield. Meanwhile, for Australia, Newcastle Jets' Adam Taggart comes in for the suspended Tim Cahill up front.

    Australia v Spain

    Australia: Ryan, Davidson, Spiranovic, Leckie, Taggart, Oar, Bozanic, Jedinak, McKay, McGowan, Wilkinson

    Subs: Milligan, Wright, Halloran, Langerak, Troisi, Holland, Galekovic, Vidosc, Luongo, Bresciano

    Spain: Reina, Albiol, Juanfran, Iniesta, Villa, Torres, Alonso, Ramos, Koke, Alba, Cazorla

    Subs: Casillas, Piqué, Martínez, Xavi, Fábregas, Pedro, De Gea, Mata, Busquets, Costa, Silva, Azpilicueta

    Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)


    Louis van Gaal favours Dynamo Kiev's Jeremain Lens in attack following Robin van Persie's suspension so the Dutch's match-winner against the Australians, Memphis Depay, must settle for a place on the bench. An injury to Bruno Martins Indi sees a switch in formation with Dirk Kuyt coming into the team along with Georginio Wijnaldum, who replaces Jonathan de Guzman. Meanwhile, Jorge Sampaoli takes the opportunity rest Chilean captain Arturo Vidal; FC Twente's Felipe Gutierrez comes in for the Juventus man.

    Netherlands v Chile

    Netherlands: Cillessen, Janmaat, De Vrij, Vlaar, Blind, Wijnaldum, De Jong, Sneijder, Robben, Lens, Kuyt

    Subs: Martins Indi, De Guzmán, Verhaegh, Veltman, Kongolo, Clasie, Fer, Huntelaar, Depay, Vorm, Krul

    Chile: Bravo, Mena, Isla, Silva, Sanchez, Vargas, Gutierrez, Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Diaz

    Subs: Albornoz, Carmona, Vidal, Pinilla, Valdívia, Toselli, Rojas, Orellana, Beausejour, Fuenzalida. Paredes, Herrera

    Referee: Bakaray Gassama (Gambia)
    6/23/2014 3:42:36 PM
    SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: We're underway again in Sao Paulo and Curitiba, and there's been a single half-time substitution in each of the two Group B games. Australia's Adam Taggart hasn't been able to cope with transfer speculation linking him with Fulham, and has been replaced by Ben Halloran while Chile's Jean Beausejour is on for Felipe Gutierrez.
    6/23/2014 5:07:07 PM
    51 mins: Netherlands 0 Chile 0: The prevalent whistling from the crowd at the Arena de Sao Paulo is making for the kind of atmosphere you'd find at a giant aviary. It's not completely unpleasant, and certainly beats the vuvuzelas of South Africa, but 20,000 bird imitators are not necessarily what you'd expect from the World Cup.

    Meanwhile, on the pitch, little of note has happened since the restart.
    6/23/2014 5:14:37 PM
    56 mins: Australia 0 Spain 1: Spain goalscorer David Villa leaves the field in Curitiba in tears with Manchester United's Juan Mata on in his place. It's an emotional end to a fine international career, and while he wouldn't have wanted to depart La Roja scene fo the group stage, a winning strike in his finale would be a fitting finish.

    6/23/2014 5:18:50 PM
    As it stands Croatia are going home and it was nearly curtains for them early on after Hector Herrera's stunning effort hit the bar. 






    6/23/2014 8:58:52 PM
    The teams are making their way back out both in Brasilia and Recife, time for both second 45s in Group A to get back underway. 
    6/23/2014 9:03:12 PM
    Cameroon 1 Brazil 2

    46 min: Chance for Brazil. Two quick fire chances for Brazil to start this second half. Hulk is put through on goal but a great tackle on him puts a halt to the chance. Just second later Fred, so criticised recently, curls a delightful effort to the top corner but Charles Itandje does well. 
    6/23/2014 9:08:01 PM
    GOAL!!! Cameroon 1 Brazil 3 FRED!!
    6/23/2014 9:08:27 PM
    Cameroon 1 Brazil 3

    49 min: Well, it has been coming. Brazil have been all over Cameroon in this first five minutes of the second half and Fred gets their third. Marcelo does well on the left hand side and floats over a cross to the unmark Fred who could never miss that one! He's deserved it and that should do him the world of good. 


    6/23/2014 9:10:37 PM
    Croatia 0 Mexico 0

    53 min: This one gets off to a bit of a sluggish start to the second half. Croatia have played well so far but just haven't been able to carve out a clear chance. They need one and fast! As it stands, they are going home. 
    6/23/2014 9:13:23 PM

    Fred gets his goal! 


    6/23/2014 9:15:26 PM
    Croatia 0 Mexico 0

    56 min. Chance for Mexico. The Mexicans have had their chances to put this group to bed but they haven't been able to do so just yet. Oribe Peralta, who scored in their opening game, goes close again in Recife but puts his header over the bar. 

    Javier Hernandez makes his token substitute appearance too. 
    6/23/2014 9:17:24 PM
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