Spain v Holland in-depth preview
Mexico v Cameroon in-depth preview
Croatia coach warns of football becoming a circus after defeat to Brazil
Police subdue latest protests
Mexico v Cameroon line-ups
Mexico: Ochoa, Layun, Moreno, Marquez, Rodriguez, Aguilar, Guardado, Vazquez, Herrera, Giovani, Peralta. Subs: Corona, Salcido, Reyes, Fabian, Jimenez, Pulido, Hernandez, Ponce, Brizuela, Aquino, Pena, Talavera.
Cameroon: Itandje, Djeugoue, N’Koulou, Chedjou, Assou-Ekotto, Song, Mbia, Enoh, Moukandjo, Eto’o, Choupo-Moting. Subs: Feudjou, Nounkeu, Aboubakar, Makoun, Bedimo, Webo, Fabrice, Salli, Matip, Nyom, N’Djock.
Referee: Wilmar Roldan Perez (Colombia)
Spain v Holland preview
One of the most eagerly awaited ties of the group stages is the match between Spain and Holland – a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final.
Click here for our in-depth review of this encounter. With luck, the animus of four years ago will have given way to a decent game of football.
That match is still a game that haunts the Dutch forward Arjen Robben.
The Bayern winger was through one-on-one in Johannesburg with the score 0-0 but was denied by the outstretched leg of Spain’s Iker Casillas – Spain went on to win the game after extra-time thanks to Andres Iniesta’s goal.
Mexico v Cameroon preview
We’ve dubbed this match the clash of the Perennial Underachievers vs the Late Arrivals. Given the size of Mexico and it’s deep rooted football culture, el Tri really should be one of the emerging superpowers of the game. Meanwhile, Cameroon arrived late to the party after their players refused to travel to Brazil in a row over bonuses. Both teams have got plenty to prove in Natal this afternoon.
View from the gods
Brazil continues to conjure up some memorable images. Today’s gallery reflects events taking place on Day 1 and includes this stunning shot from the opening match.
Although the opening day of the World Cup passed off relatively peacefully, there were still demonstrations in several major cities.
Perhaps the worst trouble took place in Sao Paulo, shortly before the World Cup opening match between hosts Brazil and Croatia. Several hundred riot police used force to subdue a crowd of 200 demonstrators marching under the banner “Without Rights, There Won’t Be A World Cup“.
Later today, Australia open their campaign against Chile. The Socceroos managed to bag themselves one of the more picturesque training bases for their stay in Brazil. The team is staying at the rather lovely Hotel Ilha do Bois in Vitoria.
Quote of the day
“If that’s a penalty, then we can just stop playing football right now.
“Let’s play basketball instead. It’s shameful. We talk about respect, but there wasn’t any respect for Croatia.
“If that’s how we start the World Cup, then we may as well give up and go home now.
“This was ridiculous and if we continue in this way we will have a circus.
“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.”
Whichever angle you look at it from, this was not a penalty.