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World Cup Match Day Seven Open Thread

The second round of group matches gets into full swing.

Chile can secure a place in the Final 16 with a win over Spain.
Chile can secure a place in the Final 16 with a win over Spain.
Stu Forster

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.

Louis van Gaal reflects on his side's win over Spain.

Omen? The Netherlands beat Australia 2-0 in the field hockey world cup final.


The biggest question is really if Spain can regain their form.

Chile's Arturo Vidal says Spain are stronger now than they were four years ago.

Chile is serious about winning this tournament, despite "suicidal" style.


SB Nation figures that Croatia should win this.

Croatia has to put nude photo scandal behind them. Linked because we get at least one story like this every tournament.

Cameroon will likely be without Eto'o for this match.


The Americans won. Here's how the game winner looked from the stands.

All in all, it sounds like a pretty good time in Brazil.

There may be reason for optimism about Jozy Altidore.

Clint Dempsey broke his nose, but will play Sunday.

Portugal will be missing a number of players.