Featured Matches
Previous
Valencia
Malaga
3
0
FT
Game Details
FC Augsburg
Borussia Dortmund
2
3
FT
Game Details
Marseille
Nice
4
0
FT
Game Details
Sporting Kansas City
Houston Dynamo
0
0
LIVE 17'
Game Details
Getafe
Almeria
1
0
FT
Game Details
Getafe
Almeria
1
0
FT
Game Details
Valencia
Malaga
3
0
FT
Game Details
FC Augsburg
Borussia Dortmund
2
3
FT
Game Details
Marseille
Nice
4
0
FT
Game Details
Perugia
Bologna
2
1
FT
Game Details
FC Union Berlin
Nurnberg
0
4
FT
Game Details
FSV Frankfurt
RB Leipzig
0
0
FT
Game Details
VfR Aalen
Kaiserslautern
2
2
FT
Game Details
AJ Auxerre
Valenciennes
1
2
FT
Game Details
Ajaccio GFCO
Troyes
0
4
FT
Game Details
Chateauroux
Orléans
0
0
FT
Game Details
Le Havre AC
Créteil
1
1
FT
Game Details
Nimes
Arles
2
2
FT
Game Details
Niort
Clermont Foot
0
0
FT
Game Details
Sochaux
Dijon FCO
0
1
FT
Game Details
Stade Laval
AC Ajaccio
0
0
FT
Game Details
Go Ahead Eagles
Willem II Tilburg
1
0
FT
Game Details
Achilles '29
Fortuna Sittard
0
3
FT
Game Details
FC Den Bosch
Jong Ajax
2
0
FT
Game Details
Helmond Sport
NEC Nijmegen
1
4
FT
Game Details
Jong PSV
FC Eindhoven
1
3
FT
Game Details
RKC Waalwijk
Jong FC Twente
1
2
FT
Game Details
SC Stormvogels Telstar
Almere City
3
1
FT
Game Details
Sparta Rotterdam
FC Volendam
0
5
FT
Game Details
VVV Venlo
FC Emmen VV
1
4
FT
Game Details
Academica de Coimbra
Vitoria Setubal
1
1
FT
Game Details
Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
Terek Grozny
0
1
FT
Game Details
Balikesirspor
Akhisar Belediye
1
2
FT
Game Details
Caykur Rizespor
Genclerbirligi
1
1
FT
Game Details
KAA Gent
KV Kortrijk
0
1
FT
Game Details
Helsingborg
Halmstad
1
4
FT
Game Details
Orebro SK
Brommapojkarna
3
1
FT
Game Details
Athlone Town FC
Cork
2
2
FT
Game Details
Bray
UCD
2
0
FT
Game Details
Derry City
St Patricks
0
1
FT
Game Details
Dundalk
Bohemians
3
2
FT
Game Details
Limerick FC
Drogheda Utd
0
3
FT
Game Details
Shamrock
Sligo
1
0
FT
Game Details
Glenavon
Ballymena
2
1
FT
Game Details
Coleraine
Portadown
0
0
FT
Game Details
Sporting Kansas City
Houston Dynamo
0
0
LIVE 17'
Game Details
Queretaro
Monterrey
0
1
LIVE HT
Game Details
Tijuana
U. de G.
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Aberystwyth
Bangor City
3
3
FT
Game Details
Carmarthen
Port Talbot
2
1
FT
Game Details
Newi Cefn Druids
Connah's Quay
3
2
FT
Game Details
Airbus UK
Newtown
3
0
FT
Game Details
T.N.S.
Rhyl
6
1
FT
Game Details
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
San Antonio Scorpions
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Unión de Santa Fe
Crucero del Norte
3
0
FT
Game Details
Huracán
Patronato
0
1
FT
Game Details
Instituto de Córdoba
Ferro Carril Oeste
1
1
LIVE 75'
Game Details
Independiente Rivadavia
Atlético Tucumán
0
0
LIVE 69'
Game Details
Temperley
Sp. Belgrano
1
0
LIVE 74'
Game Details
Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy
San Martín de San Juan
1
0
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Atlante
At. San Luis
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coras Tepic
Lobos BUAP
1:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Joinville
Oeste
2
1
FT
Game Details
Sampaio Correa-MA
América Mineiro
0
0
FT
Game Details
Santa Cruz FC
Goianiense
2
0
FT
Game Details
Arica
Palestino
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
12 de Octubre
Nacional
Postp
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Moroka Swallows
3
0
FT
Game Details
Chippa United
Ajax Cape Town
1
1
FT
Game Details
Next

Duarte: Could Coutinho boost Brazil?

Brazil Aug 14, 2014
Read

Duarte: Dunga's return is complicated

Brazil Jul 21, 2014
Read

Brazil will be better prepped for 2018

Brazil Jul 15, 2014
Read
 Posted by Doug McIntyre
Jun 12, 2014

Cesar literally saves the day for Brazil

SAO PAULO -- All anyone wanted to talk about afterward was the penalty call.

But had Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar not made a clutch stop on Croatian defender Ivan Perisic with the hosts clinging to a 2-1 lead in the 90th minute of the spectacular opening match of the 2014 World Cup, the discussion afterward could have been decidedly different.

Instead, the veteran backstop made the save, the Selacao picked up the ball and headed the other way, and when Oscar's audacious toe-poke from outside the area beat Croatian keeper Stipe Pletikosa to make it 3-1, this nation of almost 200 million people breathed a collective sigh of relief before celebrations that would surely last long into the night.

BrazilBrazil
CroatiaCroatia
3
1
ESPN, ESPN3 FT
Match 1
Game Details

Even if Brazil's victory was tainted by Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura's controversial decision to reward Brazilian striker Fred for what looked like blatant embellishment, the Croats left Arena De Sao Paulo with global respect, if not the three points. Niko Kovac's team were all over the hosts before Oscar sealed the win. And the way they played throughout, nobody would have been surprised if the equalizer had come.

If not for the late heroics from a man many here had their doubts about before the tournament -- not least because of his eyebrow-raising move to MLS's Toronto FC earlier this year -- it may not have.

"Last World Cup, he didn't play so well," Brazilian journalist Sergio Luz, who writes for the magazine Revista Veja, said of Julio Cesar post-match.

Julio Cesar's performance was overshadowed by Neymar and a questionable penalty call, but he made a key play to preserve the win for Brazil.

"The last few years he's been with second[-tier] teams in Europe. He had to go to Toronto just to get practice because he wasn't playing much. But our team is very young, and Julio Cesar is one of the older players, so his experience could be very important. He played well, and that was a good save."

Despite the doubts beforehand, the 34-year-old received a hearty ovation when he was introduced before the game. It said plenty about a player who made his name domestically as a standout for Rio De Janeiro giant Flamengo, at least on the surface.

"There are 30 million Flamengo fans in Brazil," O Globo newspaper reporter Tatiana Cavalanti explained. "Flamengo has fans everywhere. Mostly in Rio, but in Sao Paulo, too."

Julio Cesar also has remained popular with Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, even after the former Champions League winner (with Inter Milan in 2010) was relegated to backup duty with English Championship club Queens Park Rangers last season, and not just because of his experience.

"The other goalkeepers," Globo's Aydano Andre Motta said of backups Jefferson and Victor, both of whom play their club ball in Brazil, "are not so good."

But there may have been another reason Scolari stuck with the old hand.

"The coach wants to repeat 2002," Motta said. "When we won that World Cup, the goalkeeper was Marcos, and he was older. Scolari is hoping history repeats itself."

So, obviously, is the Brazilian public. Thursday's win was just the first step, but Julio Cesar's timely save went a long way toward answering whatever questions the home fans had about his ability to still perform at the top level. It also validated Scolari's decision to stick with the vet.

"Brazilians only look at the last game," Luz said. "He made that save, and we won, and tomorrow every Brazilian will say that Scolari was right."