England v Costa Rica Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group D

England v Costa Rica Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group D

England face Costa Rica in both teams final game in group D. England are already out of the World Cup after losing their previous games to Italy and Uruguay. Roy Hodgson’s men will be looking to salvage some pride by putting in a good performance and getting a favourable result. Costa Rica have already qualified for the knock-out stages to the surprise of many. They have beaten Uruguay and Italy in their previous two games, and a point against England …
Italy vs Uruguay Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group D

Italy vs Uruguay Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group D

Italy battle Uruguay in a winner-takes-all final game in group D. Both teams have a won one, lost one record in group. Italy find themselves in a better position as a draw will see them through. Uruguay must win in order to ensure qualification due to their worse goal difference. With England already out of the group, another big name will follow on Tuesday evening. Italy come into the game on the back of a poor performance against Costa Rica. …
Uruguay vs England Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group D

Uruguay vs England Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group D

On Thursday, England face Uruguay in a must win game for both teams. After suffering a defeat in their opening group stage game against Italy, England will need to win to give them any chance of qualifying from Group D. Despite the loss, Roy Hodgson’s men gave a good performance in Manaus, but it was the Italian team that was more experienced on the world scene. After going 1-0 up in their game against Costa Rica, the Uruguayan’s suffered a …
Italy vs Costa Rica Preview | World Cup 2014: Group D

Italy vs Costa Rica Preview | World Cup 2014: Group D

On Thursday, Italy take on Costa Rica, a match between the two teams that won their opening games in Group D. Before the tournament, some would have believed that Italy would go into the game with three points under their belt, but few would have believed that the Costa Ricans would go into the game top of the group. Italy showed their experience and quality to beat England in their opening game. A win in this fixture will almost certainly …
England vs Italy Preview | World Cup Group 2014 | Group D

England vs Italy Preview | World Cup Group 2014 | Group D

Group D is seen as one of the tougher groups in this year’s World Cup, and it is hard to know for certain who will progress. England take on Italy in Manaus on Saturday as both teams kick off their World Cup campaigns. The two teams will be looking to get off to the best start possible as they find themselves in a tough group. England won only one of their three warm up games for the tournament, but friendly …
Spirited Sweden Sink France - Match stats report

Spirited Sweden Sink France - Match stats report

Sweden began their final game at Euro 2012 looking to exit the competition with some pride salvaged and some hope for the future restored. They faced a French side they had not beaten in a competitive game since October 1949 in Stockholm and a team that was looking to finish the group stages at the top of the group and avoid a game against Spain in the quarter finals. Sweden defended well throughout the game and prevented France from having …
Brave Sweden Dumped Out - Sweden Euro 2012 match stats

Brave Sweden Dumped Out - Sweden Euro 2012 match stats

A tense Friday night in Kiev for both sets of fans, both Sweden and England knew that a positive result here was vital. England had never beaten Sweden in a competitive encounter, drawing five and losing two of the seven matches, reason for Swedish fans to be optimistic despite their poor performance against Ukraine. With the start delayed by the events in Donetsk at the other group D game, as rain and thunderstorms forced the teams off the pitch for …
Shevchenko sinks Sweden | Ukraine Match Stats Report

Shevchenko sinks Sweden | Ukraine Match Stats Report

Leading up to the game, many thought Ukraine vs. Sweden would be Monday's undercard with England and France doing battle earlier on in the day. To still say this would be disrespectful to either team, as a scintillating second half saw 3 goals inside 10 minutes. Ukraine were somewhat of an unknown entity coming into this tournament, and many doubted them against Sweden . They hadn't played a competitive fixture in over 2 years, many thought their brightest sparks were …
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