Chilean Striker Tattoos Himself With Image Of His Heartbreaking Miss

Mauricio Pinillia is not about to forget about how how close he came to bringing his team a stunning World Cup victory over Brazil. That's because the Chilean striker went ahead and got a picture of his golazo-that-wasn't tattooed on his body after the match. Some old guy must have said something vaguely meaningful… » 7/01/14 12:11pm 7/01/14 12:11pm

Brazil's Goalkeeper And Goal Frame Keep Them From Falling To Chile

The sport of soccer being what it is—a game of players, whose fates are judged on the last moments they leave us with—Brazil's goalkeeper Júlio César will go down as today's hero when his team outlasted Chile to win on penalties. But even as strong a performance as his should not overshadow the impact Brazil's goal… » 6/28/14 5:59pm 6/28/14 5:59pm

Chile Were This Close To Beating Brazil In Extra Time

I mean, really, you just need to listen to Ian Darke's screams and Steve McManaman's groaning to get an idea how close Chile came to ousting Brazil. Good lord. Chile and Brazil will settle this with penalty kicks now and it's quite possible Brazil, the country, will cease to exist. We will keep you posted. » 6/28/14 2:49pm 6/28/14 2:49pm

Hulk Goal Disallowed, Ruled A Handball

Hulk appeared to score a pretty athletic goal in the 55th minute but referee Howard Webb ruled it was a handball. Marcelo crossed a neat ball to Hulk and as he tried to corral it, the ball clearly hit him in the forearm/armpit area before he controlled it and swept it into the corner of the goal. Brazil and Chile… » 6/28/14 1:37pm 6/28/14 1:37pm

Chile Recover From Own-Goal To Equalize Brazil

The first half of Brazil-Chile was a bit of a nail-biter for the hosts. It ended 1-1, but Brazil could easily be down 2-1 or even 2-0. Brazil's first goal, off a Neymar corner kick, was initially given to David Luiz—which would be his first goal ever in 40 caps for Brazil—but it sure looks like it went off defender… » 6/28/14 12:59pm 6/28/14 12:59pm

Why Chile Can Beat Brazil And Make A Deep World Cup Run

This is South America's World Cup. It started with a flourish of Brazilian zest and color in São Paulo, with Brazil's opening day coming out party against Croatia. Then there was the Argentine invasion of the Maracanã, Brazilian soccer's spiritual home. And the brightest stars at the glitteriest of tournaments? Lionel… » 6/28/14 10:39am 6/28/14 10:39am

The Netherlands Smack Chile, Win Group B, Appear Unstoppable

The Netherlands played Chile today in the deciding match to see which country would finish atop Group B. The Netherlands demolished Spain in the opener, and dispatched Australia, but Chile had also won both of their matches, and it was reasonable to assume that the Dutch, who were without the suspended Robin van… » 6/23/14 3:28pm 6/23/14 3:28pm

"Spain Was The Titanic": The World Reacts To A World Cup Collapse

It's full-on postmortem time in Spain and around the soccer world, as people grapple with La Roja's ignominious exit from this year's World Cup. One of the finest international runs the sport has ever seen went out not with a whimper, but with an embarrassing, well-documented shriek. » 6/19/14 3:59pm 6/19/14 3:59pm

What Tim Cahill's Wondergoal Sounded Like In Australia

Australia's national broadcaster SBS gave us a treat yesterday: an inset of announcer Craig Foster going nuts on Tim Cahill's outstanding equalizer against Netherlands yesterday. Australia had a lot to cheer for at the moment, but so did Chile and the other countries who scored goals on Wednesday. Here's all of them,… » 6/19/14 12:23pm 6/19/14 12:23pm

Here Are The Two Chile Goals That Ended Spain's Dynasty

Most "end of an era" talk is usually lazy analysis seeking to narrativize the moment when a former Super Team inevitably devolves into just a Really Good Team. But when the reigning World and two-time European Champions get absolutely ran off the pitch while looking old and terrified, you have to take stock of the… » 6/18/14 6:57pm 6/18/14 6:57pm

Can Spain Redeem Themselves After The Netherlands Thrashing?

Tiki-taka is dead. The Dutch killed it. Of course, every time Spain or Barcelona lose a major match tiki-taka is proclaimed dead, only to rise again. The truth is tiki-taka remains effective—Bayern won their league and Barcelona came within a Diego Godín header of doing the same—so long as you have the right… » 6/18/14 11:30am 6/18/14 11:30am