Day six saw something rare at this World Cup: draws. One was an instant classic, the other was weird. Today, the second round of group matches gets fully underway.
Yesterday in Brazil
Belgium used two second half goals to come from behind and top Algeria 2-1.The Desert Foxes led at halftime thanks to a penalty. But, Belgium probed and probed and finally got their breakthrough in the 70th minute. Ten minutes later, the official "dark horse" of the World Cup took a lead and a vital three points.
If anyone ever tells you scoreless draws are boring, please show them the match between Brazil and Mexico. It was back and forth, highly physical, and saw one of the best goalkeeping performances you will ever see. In a match where any shot could have won it, Guillermo Ochoa made sure that the game stayed scoreless. In all, the Mexican keeper had six saves, many of them of top quality. As a result, Mexico and Brazil find themselves tied atop Group A with four points each.
The last game saw just the third draw of the tournament, as South Korea and Russia played to a 1-1 draw, albeit a strange one. Russia's goalkeeper mishandled an otherwise harmless shot to put Korea up 1-0 on 68 minutes. Shortly after, Korea could not clear the ball from their box, and Russia equalized. This game was also free flowing, but neither side looked overly threatening.
Today in Brazil
This one might be ugly for the Socceroos (who also have the worst nickname at this World Cup).
Their opponent may have just humiliated Spain. They may have just gotten beaten down by Chile. But darn it, the Aussies believe.
Croatia has to put nude photo scandal behind them. Linked because we get at least one story like this every tournament.
The Americans won. Here's how the game winner looked from the stands.