World Cup Wrap: Day 13

As the World Cup group stages come to an end this week, we continue an alternative look at what’s going on in Brazil.

The German take on rugby

A number of the German squad play their club football in the Premier League and it seems have taken one of the traditional sports into their training schedule at the World Cup.

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Thomas Muller lines up a rugby ball during training

The likes of Lukas Podolski, Per Mertersacker and Andre Schurrle were snapped using a rugby ball during their session in Bahia ahead of their Group G decider against USA on Thursday.

Boss Joachim Low was even spotted trying his luck, whilst top-scoring midfielder Thomas Mueller tried his luck with a penalty-kick.

It remains to be seen whether Stuart Lancaster and his squad will face any challenge from Germany just yet though.

Villa farewell

There were more World Cup tears for Spain on Monday evening, despite ending their group matches with a 3-0 victory over Australia.

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David Villa is consoled after his final farewell for Spain

Goalscorer David Villa opened the scoring against the Socceroos in what was his farewell game for Spain before hanging up his international boots after 59 goals in 97 games.

And Villa’s international retirement was lost upon boss Vicente Del Bosque, who substituted Villa in the second half and revealed afterwards that he was unaware the striker planned to quit after the World Cup, despite being just three games away from his 100th cap.

“He seemed annoyed,” said Del Bosque. “He said it was his last game but I didn’t know. I’m sure he was upset. 

“I was thinking about it was time to kill off the game and we did that.”