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World Cup Today: Friday
by Paul Kennedy, June 19th, 2014 11:51PM

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TAGS:  costa rica, france, italy, world cup 2014

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[BRAZIL 2014] France is riding high after a convincing 3-0 win over Honduras that featured two goals by Karim Benzema, one of few Real Madrid players not to feel the effects of the long European season that ended with their UEFA Champions League title. But the Bleus will have to go up against Switzerland on Friday. The Nati is full of confidence, too, after a dramatic 2-1 win over Ecuador in its first game.

Moving On
Colombia
Chile
Netherlands

Going Home
Cameroon
Australia
Spain

France-Switzerland

France's 3-0 win over Honduras, its first in its opening game since the 1998 tournament it hosted and won, is being treated as a good omen for Didier Deschamps' exciting young team, but it faces a big test Friday in Salvador, where it faces Switzerland, coming off a 2-1 win over Ecuador on Haris Seferovic's goal in stoppage time.

Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Mathieu Valbuena and Paul Pogba lead the French attack that overran Honduras on Sunday. The Bleus will be coming up against a more seasoned opponent in Switzerland's Nati, which is the Group E top seed.

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The Swiss showed they were particularly dangerous on counterattacks, racing from their penalty area down to the other end of the field for the late winner against Ecuador.

Seferovic hopes to exploit France's attacking spirit. "They are strong in attack," he said, "but it may be their weakness to want to attack too much," he said.

Italy-Costa Rica

Costa Rica will clinch a berth in the round of 16 with a win over Italy and eliminate England at the same time when the Ticos and Azzurri meet in Friday's early game in Recife. A Costa Rica-Italy tie would also eliminate England, while an Italy victory would leave all four teams alive and not be enough for the Azzurri to clinch a spot in the knockout phase.



Friday ...

June 20 in Recife
Group D: Italy vs. Costa Rica
ESPN, Univision/UDN noon ET
June 20 in Salvador
Group E: Switzerland vs. France
ESPN, Univision/UDN 3 p.m. ET
June 20 in Curitiba
Group E: Honduras vs. Ecuador
ESPN, Univision/UDN 6 p.m. ET



England-Uruguay

Group D
June 19 in Sao Paulo
Uruguay 2 England 1. Goals: Suarez 39, 85; Rooney 75.

Four weeks after undergoing meniscus surgery on his knee, Luis Suarez made his return to the Uruguay national team in dramatic fashion, scoring two goals to lead the Celeste past England, 2-1.

Wayne Rooney
ended his World Cup drought with his first goal in 10 games and England was knocking on the door in search of the go-ahead when Suarez struck the winner after his goalkeeper's punt deflected off the head of his Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, keeping him offside.

The loss left England's World Cup record in South America at two wins, six losses and one tie. Despite the second defeat, England remained alive. It will need to beat Costa Rica in Tuesday and have Italy beat the Ticos Friday and Uruguay Tuesday.

GOALS: 66 goals. 23 games. Average: 2.87.

Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L GF/GA
3 Costa Rica 1-0-0 3/1
3 Italy 1-0-0 2/1
3 Uruguay 1-0-1 3/4
0 England 0-0-2 2/4



Colombia-Ivory Coast

Goals by Monaco's James Rodriguez and Porto's Juan Quintero broke open a scoreless game and gave Colombia a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast in their Group C match in Brasilia. Roma's Gervinho scored a golazo to cut the Cafeteros' lead in an exciting final half hour. The Cafeteros became the third team to move into the round of 16 when Japan and 10-man Greece played to a 0-0 tie.

Group C
June 19 in Brasilia
Colombia 2 Ivory Coast 1. Goal: Rodriguez 64, Quintero 70; Gervinho 73.

June 19 in Natal.
Japan 0 Greece 0.

Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L GF/GA
6 Colombia 2-0-0 5/1
3 Ivory Coast 1-0-1 3/3
1 Japan 0-1-1 1/2
1 Greece 0-1-1 0/3

Schedule:
June 24 in Cuiaba
Group C: Japan vs. Colombia
ESPN, Univision/UDN 4 p.m. ET
June 24 in Fortaleza
Group C: Greece vs. Ivory Coast
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision 4 p.m. ET

Scenarios:
-- Colombia advances.
-- Ivory Coast advances with a win. It advances with a tie if Japan loses or ties against Colombia or doesn't beat Colombia by more than one goal (depending on total goals scored).
-- Japan advances if it beats Colombia by two or more goals and Ivory Coast and Greece tie or if beats Ivory Coast and Greece beats Ivory Coast by a margin of no more than one goal more than it beats Colombia.
-- Greece advances if beats Ivory Coast and Japan loses or ties Colombia or beats Colombia by a margin of more than two goals more than it beats Colombia.

Standings ...

Group A Standings:
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

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 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 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 is eliminated.

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 Gervinho, Ivory Coast
2 Mario Mandzukic, Croatia
2 Neymar
, Brazil
2 James Rodriguez, Colombia
2 Luis Suarez, Uruguay


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