World Cup weekend round-up

A local boy plays football in the street ahead of this evenings match at the Arena da Amazonia, Manaus, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
A local boy plays football in the street ahead of this evenings match at the Arena da Amazonia, Manaus, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

The greatest show on the planet swung into full effect on Friday.

Following Thursday’s opening ceremony and display of Samba style, it was time to feast on the festival of football.

Friday saw the South American’s take advantage of home soil with Mexico beating Cameroon in the tea-time game and Chile closing the evening with a 3-1 win against a spirited Australia.

The meat in the middle was served up by Europe’s finest, 2010’s finalists met again and the current world champions, Spain, were left battered and bruised by a Dutch master class.

Robin Van Persie glided through the air to head home and the flying Dutch man officially announced the tournament open.

As the world now knows, the Netherlands went on to a remarkable 5-1 victory.

Saturday saw another South American win to the start the day with Columbia prospering over Greece 3-0.

Next, Uruguay were left shattered by a defeat from relative minnows Costa Rica.

Premier league player of the year Luis Suarez had to sit out with an injury and the Uruguayans evidently blacked his bite.

The rumble in the jungle between England and Italy saw the Italian emperors tame the young English lions with Italian captain Andrea Pirlo producing another gladiatorial display.

In case you missed it, which I’m almost sure you did, the Ivory Coast saw off the Japanese 2-1 in the early hours of Sunday morning.