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World Cup Match Day 3 Open Thread

The tournament gets into full swing with four matches, and it's not like you're doing anything else today. Plus, Chiek Tiote gets to play!

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Tiote and the Ivory Coast are on tap on Day Threee.
Tiote and the Ivory Coast are on tap on Day Threee.
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Day two of the world cup was not without it's controversies, but it saw some goals and a shock result. The tournament moves on with Groups C and D joining the competition. The first Newcastle player will take the pitch this tournament as Chiek Tiote will help lead the Ivory Coast against Japan.

Yesterday in Brazil

We begin with the most talked about game prior to the tournament. Everyone was looking forward to the match-up between Spain and the Netherlands. It was the first time the previous tournament's finalists had played in group play in the next World Cup. Would we see another replay of the 1-0 Spanish win?

No. No we would not.

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben each netted a brace as a part of the Dutch's 5-1 route of the defending world and European champions.

Diego Costa, who was expected to play for Brazil but switched to Spain, could be in trouble. He appeared to headbutt a Dutch player, though no action was taken on the pitch. We will see if FIFA takes action.

Mexico got off to a good start in the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Cameroon. This was the match that saw controversy, as two Mexican goals were disallowed for being offsides. The first disallowed goal was incorrect, the second was a bit more questionable.

Chile looked like they were going to run rampant over Australia with two quick goals, but the Socceroos pulled one back before the half to make it 2-1 to Chile. It looked like it would end that way until a nice strike in stoppage time saw Chile push their advantage to 3-1. Chile now hold a six goal lead over Spain in the race for second place.

If that wasn't bad enough for Australia, their own prime minister doesn't know who they are.

Today in Brazil

There are four games on tap today. The action begins with Columbia-Greece in Group C. Then Group D takes over with Uruguay-Costa Rica and England-Italy. Group D then closes out the festivities with Ivory Coast-Japan.

Columbia vs Greece

The Mothership says look out on the wings in this match-up.

Columbia are in the World Cup for the first time in sixteen years, but will be without one of their stars.

Greece are hoping to ride their defense to the win today.

Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Here's your SB Nation Preview.

The big news in this match is that Luis Suarez is not in the Uruguay line-up. He could come off the bench.

Costa Rica will be underdogs, not just in this match, but in Group D as a whole. They don't care.

England vs Italy

Neither European power is all that great in the midfield.

England is their usual weird blend of pessimistic/well, maybe....

Would you like an analysis of the suits Italy wore off the plane? Of course you do.

Italy also going high-tech with their info on the opposition.

Ivory Coast vs Japan

Expect goals, says SB Nation.

Actual news on the Ivory Coast is kind of limited, so here's a listicle from Buzzfeed.

Just kidding! The Ivory Coast will rely on veterans to succeed.

Of course, we will be pulling for Cheick Tiote in this match. He says being in the World Cup will make him a better player. Tiote has made 45 appearances for The Elephants, scoring one goal. Don't be alarmed, he'll be wearing #9.

The Ivory Coast is kind of being dicks to Ghana over electricity during the World Cup.

This article has to run because Japan: They did not fly in a Pokemon plane.

Japan captain Makoto Hasabe has declared himself fit after a knee injury.


There are rumors that FIFA will give the 2022 World Cup to the USA.

Slate says USMNT needs a new nickname. I don't like their suggestion, but read for yourselves.

Jermaine Jones says he won't celebrate if he scores against Germany.