Beausejour seals win in injury time
Chile race into a two-goal lead before Cahill reduces the arrears for Australia.
Robben and Van Persie destroy the holders
Xabi Alonso puts Spain ahead but Van Persie equalises with a wonderful header
Peralta gives Mexico the lead
Official having a nightmare in Mexico Cameroon game, disallowing two legitimate goals.
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

00:53pm (BST)

Final score – Chile 3-1 Australia

Goalscorers:

Chile:

  • Alexis Sanchez 12
  • Jorge Valdivia 14
  • Beausejour 92

Australia:

    • Cahill 35
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00:50am (BST)

Goal!

Chile 3-1 Australia

      • Jean Beausejour

Chile seal the win in injury time when Jean Beausejour collects a loose ball and hammers into the corner from 20 yards.

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00:19am(BST)

End to end

There are chances at either end with Cahill and Mark Bresciano going close for Austrlia, but the best one falls to Chile after Alexis Sanchez picks out Eduardo Vargas who beats the keeper with a delicate chip, but sees his shot scrambled off the line by Alex Wilkinson.

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23:12pm (BST)

tim-cahill

Goal!

Chile 2-1 Australia

      • Tim Cahill 35

The thousands of Socceroos fans in the stadium have finally got something to cheer about as Tim Cahill produces one of his trademark headers to bring Australia back into the game.

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23:12pm (BST)

Goal!

Chile 2-0 Australia

      • Jorge Valdivia 14

This is too easy. Alexis Sanchez picks out the unmarked Jorge Valdivia on the corner of the area and he curls in a beauty from 18 yards.

This could be a very long night for Australia.

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23:12pm (BST)

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Goal!

Chile 1-0 Australia

      • Alexis Sanchez 12

Australia fail to clear and goalkeeper Mat Ryan is caught napping and when the ball falls to Alexis Sanchez he steers home from the edge of the six-yard box.

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23:12pm (BST)

Pain in Spain

There’s a sense of disbelief in Spain after that result.

But one man is staying calm. That man is coach Vicente Del Bosque, who says he will have to find a solution to Spain’s problems.

“There is no need for a revolution. We did not win but we will move on and try to win the next game.

“This is a very delicate moment for us. We must all try to resolve this, beat Chile, and move on from there.”

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21:50pm (BST)

Final score – Spain 1-5 Holland

Goalscorers:

Spain:

      • Xabi Alonso 27

Holland:

      • Van Persie 44
      • Robben 52
      • De Vrij 65
      • Van Persie 74
      • Robben 80
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23:12pm (BST)

Pain in Spain

There’s a sense of disbelief in Spain after that result.

But one man is staying calm. That man is coach Vicente Del Bosque, who says he will have to find a solution to Spain’s problems.

“There is no need for a revolution. We did not win but we will move on and try to win the next game.

“This is a very delicate moment for us. We must all try to resolve this, beat Chile, and move on from there.”

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21:50pm (BST)

Final score – Spain 1-5 Holland

Goalscorers:

Spain:

      • Xabi Alonso 27

Holland:

      • Van Persie 44
      • Robben 52
      • De Vrij 65
      • Van Persie 74
      • Robben 80
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21:23pm (BST)

Goal!

Spain 1-5  Holland

      • Robben 80

Incredible scoreline. Amazing goal. Arjen Robben sets off in pursuit of a long ball from Sneijder. He eats up the ground on Sergio Ramos, taking five yards out of the Real Madrid man, before cutting inside Casillas and retaining his composure to slam the ball past two defenders on the line

No one saw this coming. No one.

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21:23pm (BST)

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Goal!

Spain 1-4 Holland

      • Van Persie 74

That is a real howler from Casillas. He’s far too casual receiving a back pass and Robin van Persie tackles him before sliding the loose ball into the vacant net.

Although Spain lost their opener four years ago, this result has an end of an era feel to it.

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21:23pm (BST)

Disallowed goal!

David Silva thinks he has reduced the arrears when he pokes in from a yard out but the flag is up for offside.

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21:21pm (BST)

Goal!

Spain 1-3 Holland

      • de Vrij 65

Van Persie’s miss is not costly because within three minutes Holland have scored a third. A free-kick is swung over by Sneijder and it reaches de Vrij at the far post who bundles the ball in from close range. Casillas appeals for a foul by Van Persie, and he may have a case, but the goal is given.

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21:17pm (BST)

Close

Arjen Robben surges towards the Spanish penalty area and lays the ball off to Sneijder, who tees up Van Persie and the striker smashes a volley against the crossbar.

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21:10pm (BST)

Goal

Spain 1-2 Holland

      • Robben 52
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Another long crossfield pass is the undoing of Spain. This time Robben collects and cuts inside Gerard Piquet before beating Casillas with a deflected left foot shot.

 

 20:43pm (BST)

Robin Van Persie scores with a wonderful diving header.

Robin Van Persie scores with a wonderful diving header.

Goal

Spain 1-1 Holland

      • Van Persie 44

Wow! What a goal that was. Blind sends a long raking crossfield pass towards the penalty area where the onrushing Robin Van Persie connects with a wonderful diving header.

How expensive will that David Silva miss be?

 20:43pm (BST)

Pass of the tournament

Iniesta plays a wonderful blind pass to David Silva eho tries to be too cute and chips the keeper who does well to parry the ball away for a corner.

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 20:27pm (BST)

Goal!

Spain 1-0 Holland

        • Xabi Alonso 27 pen

Xabi Alsono steps up and slots the ball past Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen.

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 20:26pm (BST)

Penalty to Spain!

Xavi and Andres Iniesta combine to set up Diego Costa, who cuts inside Stefan de Vrij, but the defender clips the forward with his trailing leg. The referee points straight to the spot.

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20:15pm (BST)

Golden chance squandered

The first chance of the game falls to Holland and it’s a good one too. Arjen Robben is the provider, slotting a perfectly weighted pass through to Wesley Sneijder but the Dutch playmaker shoots tamely at Casillas.

It was reminiscent of Robben’s miss in the final four years again, though this time he supplied the chance and Sneijder fluffed it. Just as in Johannesburg, it should have been 1-0 to Holland.

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 19:55pm (BST)

Spain-Holland Team news

Spain: Casillas, Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos, Pique, Jordi Alba, Alonso, Xavi, Busquets, Silva, Diego Costa, Iniesta. Subs: De Gea, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Villa, Torres, Fabregas, Pedro, Mata, Koke, Cazorla, Reina.

Holland: Cillessen, Janmaat, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, de Guzman, Sneijder, De Jong, van Persie, Robben. Subs: Vorm, Verhaegh, Veltman, Kongolo, Kuyt, Clasie, Lens, Fer, Huntelaar, Wijnaldum, Depay, Krul.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

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18:56

Full time

Mexico 1-0 Cameroon

          • Peralta 61 mins
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18:22pm (BST)

Oribe Peralta Mexico

Goal!

Mexico 1-0 Cameroon

              • Oribe Peralta 61 mins.

It’s been coming and Mexico finally get their reward for a sustained spell of pressure. A flowing one-touch move reaches Giovani dos Santos and although his initial effort is blocked by Charles Itandje, the ball falls kindly to Oribe Peralto who rolls it into the empty net.

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18:18pm (BST)

Breaking news…

FIFA has provisionally banned German legend Franz Beckenbauer from all footballing activities for 90 days for failing to co-operate with the Qatar 2022 corruption inquiry.

Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup with West Germany as a player and as a coach, had been asked to assist with a FIFA ethics investigation into the decision to award the World Cup hosting rights to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

He left FIFA’s executive committee in 2011.

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17:58pm (BST)

Rain stop play?

Just to give you an idea of the conditions in Natal, this is the scene from the stadium. Could this have been a factor in those two contentious offside decisions? Visibility is not exactly ideal.

Visibility impaired... rain pours down during Mexico's match with Cameroon.

Visibility impaired… rain pours down during Mexico’s match with Cameroon.

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17:48pm (BST)

Mexico 0-0 Cameroon (half-time)

It’s goalless at the break, although Mexico will rightly feel they should be two goals up.

The rain continues to pour down and as the players and match officials trudge off, they will welcome the sanctuary of the dressing room. It’s a chance to dry down, regather ones thoughts and for one particular official, an opportunity to reacquaint himself with the offside law.

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17:30pm (BST)

Deja vu as Mexico have a second disallowed

There may have been a suspicion of offside about the first disallowed goal, but not this effort from Giovani Dos Santos. A corner is swung in and glances off the head of a Cameroon defender and lands with Giovani Dos Santos who heads in from close range. The twitchy Colombia official again raises his flag and the goal is ruled out. The Mexican players are under understandably livid.

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17:22pm (BST)

Cameroon bounce back

Since that let-off Cameroon have been the better side and after a surging run by Benoit Assou-Ekotu, Samuel Eto’o comes close to breaking the deadlock with a left foot shot that hits the post. No goals so far but no shortage of chances in what is an open game played in torrential rain.

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17:12pm (BST)

Poor decision denies Mexico

Mexico think they take the lead, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside. Hector Herrara plays in a perfect cross from the right and Giovani Dos Santos volleys home. He’s level with the last defender, but the referee’s assistant flags for offside.

Let’s hope this is not one of those tournaments that will be remembered for the poor decisions made by the match officials.

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16:39pm (BST)

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)

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15:56pm (BST)

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.

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14:43pm (BST)

Redemption song

Tonight sees a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and Holland.

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.

Here him talk about that moment.

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13:04pm (BST)

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.

To read our full preview of this Group A encounter, click here.

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11:57am (BST)

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.

Spectators watch the first half of the World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo.

Spectators watch the first half of the World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo.

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11:24am (BST)

Muted demonstrations

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“.

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10:25am (BST)

hotel ilha do bois

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.

 

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10:05am (BST)

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.”

Croatia coach Niko Kovac expresses his anger over the controversial penalty awarded against his side in their opening match defeat to Brazil.

Whichever angle you look at it from, this was not a penalty.