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2014 Brazil World Cup - Quarter Finals   (6th July, 2014)
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is well under way and there have been some great games already. The tournament opened on June the 12th with a ceremony at the Arena de Sao Paulo. The opening ceremony was very colourful and had a cast of 660 dancers. Soon after, the first match took place, between hosts Brazil and Croatia. It was an exciting game that Brazil won 3-1. Brazilian superstar Neymar scored twice. Croatia were very angry that the referee gave Brazil a penalty they thought was not a penalty, and disallowed a goal that they thought was a goal.

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The next day saw a repeat of the 2010 World Cup Final, between world champions Spain and a very strong Netherlands team. The Dutch shocked Spain by thrashing them 5-1. Holland striker Robin Van Persie scored a spectacular header, which could be goal of the tournament. In other matches, Italy defeated England 2-1, and Lionel Messi scored for Argentina as they scraped past Bosnia-Herzrgovina 2-1. None of the eleven games so far has ended in a draw. The average number of goals per game is over three. The France-Honduras game saw the first use of goal-line technology.

 

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PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

Four teams are through to

a.

tournament at home

2.

Brazil are continuing their

b.

a terrible back injury

3.

their hopes of winning the

c.

their captain Thiago Silva

4.

They could be

d.

the World Cup semi-finals

5.

their semi-final match-

e.

but failed to score

6.

they will be without

f.

in trouble

7.

out of the tournament after

g.

fairytale journey

8.

The French team created many chances

h.

up with Germany

PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Lionel Messi was the star

a.

capable of

2.

He provided a

b.

when they are struggling

3.

precision

c.

few chances

4.

Messi gives his team "water in the desert"

d.

of Argentina's 1-0 victory

5.

The Belgian team's golden

e.

extra time

6.

show what they were

f.

master class

7.

a close game with

g.

generation

8.

went to

h.

passing

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Four teams (1) _____________________ World Cup semi-finals and they got there via four very close games. Hosts Brazil are continuing (2) _____________________, and their hopes of winning the tournament at home in front of their soccer-crazy fans. They (3) _____________________ in their semi-final match-up with Germany as they will be without their captain Thiago Silva (4) _____________________ Neymar, who is out of the tournament after (5) _____________________ in the 2-1 defeat of Colombia. Some of Germany's players played with flu as they beat France 1-0. The French team created many chances (6) _____________________.

Lionel Messi (7) _____________________ Argentina's 1-0 victory over Belgium. He provided a master class in precision passing, (8) _____________________ space. Argentine coach Alejandro Sabella said Messi gives his team "water in the desert" when (9) _____________________. The Belgian team's "golden generation" did not show what they were capable of and (10) _____________________ of goal. Belgian coach Marc Wilmots said Argentina (11) _____________________ team. The last quarter-final between the Netherlands and Costa Rica was a close game with few chances that (12) _____________________. Holland won 4-3 on penalties.

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FourteamsarethroughtotheWorldCupsemi-finalsandtheygottherevia
fourveryclosegamest.HostsBrazilarecontinuingtheirfairytal
ejourney,andtheirhopesofwinningthetournamentathomeinfrontoftheirsocc
er-crazyfans.Theycouldbeintroubleintheirsemi-finalmatch-upwithGer
manyastheywillbewithouttheircaptainThiagoSilvaandtheirstarplayerNeym
ar,whoisoutofthetournamentafteraterriblebackinjuryinthe1-0defeatofCo
lombia.SomeofGermany'splayersplayedwithfluastheybeatFrance1-0.Th
eFrenchteamcreatedmanychancesbutfailedtoscore.LionelMessiwasthest
arofArgentina's1-0victoryoverBelgium.Heprovidedamasterclassinprecisi
onpassing,dribblingandcreatingspace.ArgentinecoachAlejandroSabellasa
idMessigiveshisteam"waterinthedesert"whentheyarestruggling.TheBelgia
nteam's"goldengeneration"didnotshowwhattheywerecapableofandoffered
littleinfrontofgoal.BelgiancoachMarcWilmotssaidArgentinaisan"ordinary"t
eam.Thelastquarter-finalbetweentheNetherlandsandCostaRicawasaclo
segamewithfewchancesthatwenttoextratime.Hollandwon4-3onpenalties.

QUARTER FINALS DISCUSSION

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

a)

What was the best quarter-finals game?

b)

Which teams are you happy about being in the semi-finals?

c)

What do you think of Neymar's injury?

d)

What was the goal of the quarter-finals??

e)

How good is it that Brazil are through?

f)

How have the world's top players performed at this tournament?

g)

How nervous do you get in extra time and penalties?

h)

What are the differences between South American and European team

i)

Who will win the semi-finals and final?

j)

What refereeing decision did you most disagree with in the quarter-finals?

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

a)

Which word is better, "soccer" or "football"?

b)

Is FIFA a good organisation?

c)

Will the USA, China and India win the World Cup in the future?

d)

How important is football in your country?

e)

Should there have been more goals in the quarter-finals?

f)

Why do some players play with one pink boot and one blue one?

g)

Who is the best player of all time?

h)

What are the good and bad things about being a referee?

i)

Should a manager be the same nationality as the team?

j)

What questions would you like to ask Neymar?

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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d)

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f)

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WRITING

Write about goals for 10 minutes. Read and talk about your partner's paper.

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