World Cup action at Brechin High School

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The 2014 Brazil World Cup came to Brechin High School for a few days recently, as 12 teams competed in the group stage.

The teams fought it out for a place in the semi-finals, with the final contested on Friday, June 20.

Complete with cheering fans and humid conditions, the football pitch at our high school resembled the Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro for the afternoon.

The 12 teams were put into three groups (four teams per group) where they played each other just once.

Each group winner qualified for the semi-finals (Nigeria in group one, Uruguay in group two and Portugal in group three) whilst the best runner up was also awarded a place in the last four.

Both Germany and Belgium finished their group with seven points but unfortunately for the Germans, Belgium’s 9-0 demolition of Colombia saw Germany lose out on a semi-final place on goal difference only.

In the semi-finals, Portugal faced Uruguay and Belgium were up against Nigeria.

Both matches were very well contested, with Portugal emerging victors by three goals to nil, and Belgium defeating Nigeria 4-1 to set up a final between Portugal and Belgium.

The final, which was watched by a sell-out crowd on the hill, saw Portugal snatch the trophy following a narrow win against Belgium in a heated match. Just a single goal separated the two sides, with Portugal winning 1-0.

The tournament was enjoyed by all participating and also by those who sat to watch the games during their lunch break.

All teams competed well but in the end the best team deserved to walk home with the trophy.