Fans have eagerly awaited the commencement of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for four years, and yesterday the tournament began with an enthralling and controversial game between Brazil and Croatia. The home country ultimately won the match 3-1, but a blatant dive by Fred in the 69th minute led to a gift of a penalty shot by the referee, and ultimately gave Brazil the win.
While it wasn’t the great start many fans had hoped for, today will certainly change the mood as three great games will get underway. In this piece, we will focus on today’s must watch game, which is a rematch of the 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands.
Spain and the Netherlands met in the 2010 final, where Spain took home the World Cup title by a score of 1-0 in extra time thanks to Andrés Iniesta’s heroics.
The Netherlands look to get redemption today as Wesley Sneijder, Robin Van Persie, and Arjen Robben hope to lead their team in defeating the defending champions. All three aforementioned men are fantastic goal scorers and are a treat to watch.
Spain, which will be led by Andrés Iniesta, Pique, and Xavi will look to recreate the magic they made in 2010′s run to the World Cup title.
Both teams play an exciting brand of Soccer that will whet the appetite of a neophyte all the way up to a Soccer expert. If you recall, the 2010 final featured 13 yellow cards and one red, which means you can likely expect some hard nosed tackling and defense throughout the game.
Both teams are littered with talent and either could potentially win the entire tournament. The month long process begins today with possibly their toughest test.
Catch the game on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET. Remember to stick with FanSided throughout the day as we will have full World Cup coverage including GIF’s, results, and off the field news.