Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was unable to inspire Argentina with the magic everyone was expecting as they lost to Germany 1-0 in the World Cup final.
Ghana put in a spirited performance in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Germany, but couldn't get the win they needed. Here's how we rated the players...
A late long-range goal from Lionel Messi ensured Argentina beat Iran 1-0, but Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta played poorly in Belo Horizonte.
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was a rock at the back as Germany coasted to a 4-0 win over Group G rivals Portugal.
Player ratings for Argentina against Bosnia and Herzegovina as Lionel Messi scored at the Maracana.
Yohan Cabaye was among those who played well, as France eased to a 3-0 win against Honduras in what was a scrappy affair.
Player ratings for England as they kicked off their 2014 World Cup campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Italy in Manaus.
Player ratings for Uruguay as they suffer a 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica that leaves them facing an early exit from the 2014 World Cup.
Player ratings for the Netherlands as they stage an incredible comeback victory over defending champions Spain.
Player ratings for world and European champions Spain as they started their defence of the World Cup with a 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands.
Tottenham went down 1-0 in Ukraine thanks to a penalty from Spurs and Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Van Persie and Carrick put United ahead after Fulham defended Steve Sidwell's opener with all they had, only for Darren Bent to score a late leveller.
England let a good first half performance slip with little help coming from the bench. A goal from Wayne Rooney was cancelled out by Dejan Damjanovic but who performed and who didn't?