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World Cup Match Day Six Open Thread

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After another late game winner, this tournament sees the return of the Group A sides.

A World Cup full of drama found an American hero.
A World Cup full of drama found an American hero.
Laurence Griffiths

I cannot believe the drama that's been showcased at this World Cup. I know much has been made of it, but this World Cup is surely catching the eyes of neutrals. That will be especially true after the USA's dramatic 2-1 win over rival (dare I say archrival?) Ghana. After being bounced by the Black Stars the past two World Cups, it felt good to get a measure of revenge.

Today sees three matches, including the hosts Brazil coming back into the fray. The last teams to play their first games will do so today, as Group H puts it's first games in the books.  Can they top the thrillers from Groups A-G? Follow along with us....

Yesterday in Brazil

Germany absolutely annihilated Portugal, 4-0. The broadcast heralded this as "the machine versus the superstar". Well, score one (or four) for the machines. Cristiano Ronaldo was held in check. Thomas Muller was not, as he netted a hat trick. Adding to Portugal's woes: Pepe was sent off in the 37th minute for a headbutt. A little embellishing? Sure. But he'll still miss Portugal's next game against the United States.

We saw our first truly dull match of the tournament, when Nigeria and Iran played to a 0-0 draw. There were a few chances for either side to claim a late winner. Shola Ameobi came on as a sub for Nigeria early in the second half, and had some decent shots,but couldn't find twine.

The late game saw late drama, as the United States FINALLY beat Ghana. Clint Dempsey scored the sixth fastest goal in World Cup history, and then the U.S. tried to defend for 89 minutes. They made it to the 81st before conceding, but John Brooks scored off a corner to save the U.S. There wasn't anything pretty about it, but there rarely is when the Americans are involved.

Of concern for the Americans is the health of Jozy Altidore, who pulled up with a hamstring injury in the first half. The humid conditions did not suit the Yanks at all, as several players seemed to be feeling the effects of dehydration.

Today in Brazil

Belgium-Algeria

The Belgians may be dark horses and expected to make some serious noise in the future, but don't overlook Algeria.

The BBC takes a look at how Belgium became a force to be reckoned with.

A neat look at the history of the Algerian National Team.

Brazil-Mexico

Brazil has an advantage out wide, says SB Nation.

Hulk left Brazil's training the other day with a hamstring issue.

Mexico is determined to be "a rock in Brazil's shoe."

South Korea-Russia

It's not a match-up with a lot of history, but both teams are looking for a good start.

The weather might benefit South Korea, says Sportal (Australian site).

Russia and their manager have something to prove after past performances.