It was a good day for Newcastle fans yesterday, as Shola Ameobi's Nigeria advanced (though he did not play) and France won their group, with Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy seeing action. Added bonus: France and Nigeria will face each other in the knockout stages. Howay the Lads, indeed.
The last of the group stage matches is today. The last quarter of the bracket will be set. Everyone in Group G is still alive. Little is settled in Group H. The United States is playing. It should be another action packed day in Brazil.
Yesterday in Brazil
Nigeria didn't need a win, and a good thing because Lionel Messi happened. Messi had two goals, as Argentina bested the Super Eagles 3-2. Nigeria's four points were good enough to see them through to the knockout stages where they'll meet France. The French looked kind of disinterested in scoring once Ecuador went down to ten men, and the result was a 0-0 draw.
France is joined in the knockout stages by Switzerland, who topped Honduras 3-0. Elsewhere,Bosnia achieved a little redemption as they beat Iran 3-1.
Today in Brazil
Group G - Matches are at 12:00 Eastern
It may be to late, but here's how to cut work and watch the match. In fact, why did you go to work today? Do you hate America?
Cristiano Rinaldo, who is Portugal's captain, says his team can't qualify for the knockout stages.
Chart showing possibility of US Men's team making it to the next round. LET'S GO USA! pic.twitter.com/CP0whv3jLr— Ruben (@Rubenr721) June 25, 2014
Who to watch: USA-Germany will be the one to watch, but should Ghana-Portugal crazy (or Germany take a two goal lead), you may want to have the clicker handy.
Group H - Matches are at 4:00 Eastern
Russia need some goals. They only have one for the tournament.
Who to watch: I think Algeria-Russia will provide the most entertainment. Both sides need a result.