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World Cup Today: Thursday
by Paul Kennedy, by Ridge Mahoney, June 18th, 2014 8:26PM
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[BRAZIL 2014] England and Uruguay both look to recover from opening losses when they meet Thursday in Sao Paulo. The Celeste is expected to send out Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, who led the Premier League in scoring with 31 goals and was named its Player of the Year.

England-Uruguay

Its second game in Group D is not quite a case of déjà vu for England, but are certainly parallels in play when it takes on Uruguay.

Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli scored the goal by which Italy topped England, 2-1, in the group opener for both teams, and for Game 2 Uruguay is expected to send out Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, who led the Premier League in scoring with 31 goals and was named its Player of the Year. His club teammate, Daniel Sturridge, finished second to Suarez with 21 league goals and netted for England in its 2-1 loss to Italy.

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Suarez sat out Uruguay’s first match, a shocking 3-1 loss to Costa Rica that renders the England showdown as crucial for both teams. He underwent knee surgery May 22 and hasn’t played competitively since, but declared himself “100 percent” ready to play against England. Uruguay is already shorthanded: a troublesome left knee has ruled out captain Diego Lugano, and right back Maxi Pereira is suspended for incurring a red card against Costa Rica.

England may move Wayne Rooney, who set up Sturridge’s goal with a ball from the left wing but otherwise seldom influenced the game against Italy, back into the middle against Uruguay. Teammate Frank Lampard has urged fans and journalists to curtail what he perceives as “a fixation” with Rooney’s inability to score in his nine World Cup appearances but such is life for England's national team.

Thursday ...


June 19 in Brasilia
Group C: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast
ESPN, Univision/UDN noon ET
June 19 in Sao Paulo
Group D: Uruguay vs. England
ESPN, Univision/UDN 3 p.m. ET
June 19 in Natal
Group C: Japan vs. Greece
ESPN, Univision/UDN 6 p.m. ET

Croatia-Cameroon

Croatia stayed alive with a 4-0 lead over Cameroon, which finished with 10 players after a red card to Alex Song late in the first half. Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic, suspended for Croatia's opening game, scored twice to put the game away after it had opened up a two-goal lead on goals by Ivica Olic and Ivan Perisic.

Group A Results:
June 18 in Manaus
Croatia 4 Cameroon 0. Goals: Olic 10, Perisic 47, Mandzukic 64, 73.

Group A Schedule:
June 23 in Brasilia
Brazil-Cameroon
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision 4 p.m. ET
June 23 in Recife
Croatia vs. Mexico
ESPN, Univision/UDN 4 p.m. ET

Group A Scenarios:
-- Brazil advances with a win or tie against Cameroon. It also advances if Croatia loses to Mexico. It might advance if it loses and Mexico loses to Croatia.
-- Mexico advances with a win or tie against Croatia. It might advance if it loses and Brazil loses to Cameroon.
-- Croatia advances with a win against Mexico. It also advances if it ties Mexico and Brazil loses to Cameroon.
-- Cameroon is eliminated.

Group A:
TEAMS W-T-L GF/GA
4 Brazil 1-1-0 3/1
4 Mexico 1-1-0 1/0
3 Croatia 1-0-1 5/3
0 Cameroon 0-0-2 0/5

GOALS: 60 goals. 20 games. Average: 3.00.

Spain-Chile

Following Spain's 5-1 loss to the Netherlands, Coach Vicente Del Bosque made two changes for Wednesday's match against Chile, dropping playmaker Xavi and Pique for Pedro and Javi Martinez. But sloppy play and shaky defense again plagued Spain.

Eduardo Vargas, who plays in Spain for Valencia, and Charles Aranguiz put the final nails in the Spanish coffin with goals in the first half for Chile's Roja, which advances to the knockout stage in consecutive World Cups for the first time.

The Group B results set up Monday's finale between the Netherlands and Chile in Sao Paulo. The Dutch (which will be without the suspended Robin van Persie) have the edge in goal difference (plus-5 vs. plus-4) and will win the group with a win or tie. The winner plays the No. 2 team in Group A and runner-up plays the Group A winner. Brazil leads Group A on goal difference over Mexico.



Group B
June 18 in Rio de Janeiro
Spain 0 Chile 2. Goal: Vargas 20, Aranguiz 44.

Group B Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L GF/GA
6 Netherlands 2-0-0 8/3
6 Chile 2-0-0 5/1
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0 Australia 0-0-2 3/6
0 Spain 0-0-2 1/7

Group B Schedule:
June 23 in Curitiba
Australia vs. Spain
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision noon ET
June 23 in Sao Paulo
Netherlands vs. Chile
ESPN, Univision/UDN noon ET

Group B Scenarios:
-- Netherlands and Chile advance.
-- Netherlands wins group with win or tie against Chile. It finishes second if it loses.
-- Chile wins group with win against Netherlands. It finishes second if it ties or loses.
-- Australia are eliminated.

Before the game, ticketless Chile fans broke through a security area and invaded the Maracana media center seeking to gain entrance to the game. According to Rio police, 85 fans were arrested in the incident.



Netherlands-Australia

The Netherlands came back from 2-1 down to beat Australia, 3-2, and all but clinch a berth in the round of 16. Sub Memphis Depay set up van Persie for the equalizer and scored the winner himself after the Socceroos had gone ahead on goals by Tim Cahill with the goal of the tournament and Mile Jedinak from the penalty spot. Both Van Persie and Cahill picked up yellow cards, ruling them out of the final matches of the group stage.

Sub Memphis Depay, the 20-year-old winger, set up Robin van Persie and scored the winner himself after the Socceroos had gone ahead on goals by Tim Cahill with the goal of the tournament and Mile Jedinak from the penalty spot.

Cahill scored when he took a long pass from Ryan McGowan out of the air and hit it on the volley past Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen with his left foot. The goal was his 34th international goal -- an Australian record.

Both Van Persie and Cahill picked up yellow cards, ruling them out of the final matches of the group stage. For Cahill, it may mean the end of his international career.

''They just kept running," said van Persie. "They actually scored well. The second half we went to our own system, what we're used to. But everyone did well. I'm really happy with the result.''

Group B
June 18 in Porto Alegre
Netherlands 3 Australia 2. Goals: Robben 20, Van Persie 58, Depay 68; Cahill 21, Jedinak pen. 54.



Standings ...

Group C:
PTS TEAM W-T-L GF/GA
3 Colombia 1-0-0 3/0
3 Ivory Coast 1-0-0 2/1
0 Japan 0-0-1 1/2
0 Greece 0-0-1 0/3

Group D:
PTS TEAM W-T-L GF/GA
3 Costa Rica 1-0-0 3/1
3 Italy 1-0-0 2/1
0 England 0-0-1 1/2
0 Uruguay 0-0-1 1/3

Group E:
PTS GAME W-T-L GF/GA
3 France 1-0-0 3/0
3 Switzerland 1-0-0 2/1
0 Honduras 0-0-0 0/3
0 Ecuador 0-0-1 1/2

Group F:
PTS GAME W-T-L GF/GA
3 Argentina 1-0-0 2/1
1 Iran 0-1-0 0/0
1 Nigeria 0-1-0 0/0
0 Bosnia-Herze. 0-0-1 1/2

Group G:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
3 Germany 1-0-0 4/0
3 USA 1-0-0 2/1
0 Ghana 0-0-1 1/2
0 Portugal 0-0-1 0/4

Group H:
TEAMS W-T-L GF/GA
3 Belgium 1-0-0 2/1
1 Russia 0-1-0 1/1
1 South Korea 0-1-0 1/1
0 Algeria 0-0-0 1/2

Leading Scorers:
G PLAYER, TEAM
3 Thomas Mueller
, Germany
3 Arjen Robben, Netherlands
3 Robin van Persie, Netherlands
2 Karim Benzema, France
2 Tim Cahill, Australia
2 Mario Mandzukic, Croatia
2 Neymar
, Brazil


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