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World Cup Match Day Two Open Thread

A rematch of the 2010 finals is on tap today in Brazil.

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We've already had a refereeing controversy.
We've already had a refereeing controversy.
Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Match Day 2 of the World Cup sees a bit of history as Spain and the Netherlands meet up. This is the first time the finalists from the previous World Cup will meet in the group stage. Spain won that, 1-0 after extra time.

The day begins with Mexico taking on Cameroon. The nightcap if you will features Australia and Chile.

Yesterday in Brazil

Brazil kicked off the tournament in, what else, controversial style with a 3-1 win over Croatia. Croatia got on the board first thanks to an own goal. Neymar leveled before half. In the second half, Fred quite obviously flopped in the box. The penalty was given and Neymar converted. Brazil would add another for the 3-1 win. It was an expected scoreline, but not a very convincing Brazil.

And people are not happy about the flop. Some solid Instragraming at that link.

More on the controversy here, with claims that Yuichi Nishimura doesn't speak English, a requirement for World Cup officials.

The stadium that hosted yesterday's match wasn't done yesterday.

Today in Brazil

As I said above, three matches on the slate today. One in Group A and two in Group B.

Cameroon vs Mexico

El Tri look to shake off their not so great qualifying, tune-up, really the last two years or so, as they begin World Cup play  against Cameroon.

Here's your preview from SB Nation.

Mexico says their optimistic about their chances at this year's tournament, despite not being in the best of forms.

Meanwhile, Cameroon made some headlines when players initially refused to board a plane to come to Brazil over a pay dispute.Obviously, they are here now, but those tensions could flare up.

Netherlands vs Spain

It's the rematch that everyone is talking about. The SB Nation Preview is here.

The Guardian says that no one really likes Spain, but we should appreciate them.I suppose that makes them the San Antonio Spurs of the World Cup?

I guess they aren't all that optimistic about things in Holland, presumably because the entire country went to see The Fault in our Stars.

Chile vs Australia

The mothership doesn't expect much from the Socceroos.

Chile's team bus nearly hit a woman. Do with that what you will, omen readers.

Australia bid for the 2022 World Cup. It went to Qatar, under somewhat shady circumstances. Australia would like their money back.

Australia may have their attention elsewhere, as they host France in rugby tonight. (Go Wallabies).


The Indy Star takes a look at USMNT's travel schedule.

Forbes asks the question that is asked every four years:will soccer become a thing now that this World Cup thing is going on?

Speaking of dumb articles written every four years, Politico has a man never watch soccer and proclaim it un-American.