Spain’s six-year dominance of world soccer ended with a historic jolt.
The Netherlands rallied from a goal down to hand defending champion Spain a 5-1 mauling as Chile and Mexico also won at the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil.
Spain captain Iker Casillas had a message for his compatriots after the world champions started their World Cup defense with a 5-1 loss: Sorry.
Chile beat Australia 3-1 in their World Cup opening-round match in Brazil after two quick strikes from Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia and a goal from Jean Beausejour in the final minutes.
Chile is leading Australia 2-1 at halftime of their World Cup opening round match in Brazil after two quick strike from Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia. Tim Cahill’s headed goal brought Australia back into the game.
Robin van Persie’s headed goal just before halftime tied the World Cup opening-round match between the Netherlands and Spain in Salvador, Brazil.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso were charged with disciplinary offenses by UEFA for their conduct in the Champions League final in Lisbon.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa will start today’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, a week after suffering a hamstring injury.
Real Madrid faces a disciplinary inquiry amid reports coach Jose Mourinho instructed players Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso to be red-carded in a Champions League game at Ajax two days ago.
Spain ended a 28-year tournament victory drought against France with a 2-0 win to advance to the semifinals of the European soccer championship.
"We did not know how to sustain that conviction, that hunger."
- Xabi Alonso on Jun 18, 2014