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World Cup Today: Friday
by Paul Kennedy, June 20th, 2014 3:21PM
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[BRAZIL 2014]Costa Rica has played two games and beaten two former World Cup champions. In the process, the Ticos eliminated a third. The 1-0 win over Italy in a dominating performance sent Costa Rica into the round of 16 and knocked out England. France won its second game in spectacular fashion with a 5-2 win over Switzerland in a Group E match it led 5-0 at one point. Ecuador rallied to beat Honduras, 2-1, in Friday's third game.

Moving On
Colombia
Chile
Netherlands
Costa Rica

Going Home
Cameroon
Australia
Spain
England

Costa Rica-Italy

Costa Rica clinched a berth in the round of 16 -- and eliminated England in the process -- with a 1-0 win over Italy on Bryan Ruiz's goal late in the first half. The Ticos were in control almost all the way with a deserved victory that puts them through to the knockout phase for only the second time after Bora Milutinovic took them to the second round at Italia '90 with wins over Scotland and Sweden.

GOALS:77 goals. 26 games. Average: 2.96.

The Ticos now have wins over Uruguay, fourth at the 2010 World Cup and the reigning South American champion, and Italy, second at Euro 2012, to take the lead in Group D ahead of the three former World Cup champions.

Mario Balotelli, who had tweeted that he wanted a kiss on the cheek from the Queen of England if Italy beat Costa Rica and kept England's hopes alive, had a couple of chances in the first half but was otherwise quiet. He picked up a yellow card in the second half.

England, whose World Cup record in South America is two wins, six losses and one tie in nine games, is eliminated in the group stage for the first time since 1958 when it went out after losing a playoff game -- used to break the tie on points -- to the Soviet Union.

Group D Results:
June 20 in Recife
Italy 1 Costa Rica 0. Goal: Ruiz 44.

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

Group DSchedule:
Group D:Italy vs. Uruguay
ESPN, Univision/UDN noon ET
June 24 in Belo Horizonte

Group D:Costa Rica vs. England
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision noon ET

Group DScenarios:
Costa Rica advances.

Costa Rica wins group if ...
-- It beats or ties England.
-- Italy and Uruguay tie.
-- It loses to England and Italy beats Uruguay by a margin of two goals.
-- It loses to England and Italy beats Uruguay by a margin of three goals (depending on total goals scored).
-- It loses to England and Uruguay beats Italy by a margin of three goals.
-- It loses to England and Uruguay beats Italy by a margin of four goals (depending on total goals scored).

Italy advances if ...
-- It beats or ties Uruguay.

Uruguay advances if ..
-- It beats Italy.

England is eliminated.

France-Switzerland

France won its second game in spectacular fashion with a 5-2 win over Switzerland in a Group E match it led 5-0 at one point.

France got goals from five different players: Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzemaand Moussa Sissoko. Benzema, who had two goals in the 3-0 win over Honduras, also had two assists as he continued to make a case for himself as the tournament's best player. He also missed a penalty kick that rebounded to Yohan Cabaye, who hit the crossbar as the French ran rampant in the first half, leading 3-0.

The only consolation for the Swiss was that it got two late goals by Blerim Dzemaili on a 30-yard free kick and Granit Xhakawith a volley.

Group E
June 20 in Salvador
France 5 Switzerland 2.
Goals: Giroud 17, Matuidi 18, Valbuena 40, Benzema 67, Sissoko 73; Dzemaili 81, Xhaka 87.

Ecuador-Honduras

Ecuador picked up the seventh comeback win at the 2014 World Cup when it got two goals from Enner Valencia to beat Honduras. 2-1. The Catrachos had led briefly on a goal by Carlo Costly, the former Houston Dynamo forward, their first World Cup goal since 1982.

The result left all four Group E teams still alive, though France is all but assured of advancing with 3-0 and 5-2 wins.

Group E Results:
June 20 in Curitiba
Ecuador 2 Honduras 1. Goals: E.Valencia 33, 65; Costly 31.

Group E Standings:
PTS GAME W-T-L GF/GA
6 France 2-0-0 8/2
3 Ecuador 1-0-1 3/3
3 Switzerland 1-0-1 4/6
0 Honduras 0-0-2 1/5

Group E Schedule:
June 25 in Manaus
Group E:Honduras vs. Switzerland
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision 4 p.m. ET
June 25 in Rio de Janeiro
Group E:Ecuador vs. France
ESPN, Univision/UDN 4 p.m. ET

Group E Scenarios:
France advances if ...
-- It beats or ties Ecuador;
-- Switzerland and Honduras tie;
-- It loses to Ecuador by three or less goals;
-- The combined margins of its loss to Ecuador and Switzerland's win over Honduras is eight goals or less or Honduras' win over Switzerland is 10 or less.

Ecuador advances if ...
-- It beats France by four or more goals;
-- It beats or ties France and Honduras beats or ties Switzerland.
-- It beats France and Switzerland beats Honduras by no more than one more goal than it beats France.
-- It loses to France and Honduras beats Switzerland by a combined margin of four goals (depending on total goals scored).

Switzerland advances if
-- It beats Honduras and Ecuador ties or loses to Honduras;
-- It ties Honduras and Ecuador loses to France;
-- It loses to Honduras by no more than one goal and Ecuador loses to France by three or more goals.

Honduras advances if
-- It beats Switzerland by two or more goals and Ecuador loses to France by three or more goals.
-- It beats Switzerland by two or more goals and Ecuador loses to France by two or more goals (depending on total goals scored).

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

Group A Scenarios:
Brazil advances if ...
-- It beats or ties Cameroon.
-- Croatia loses to Mexico.
-- It loses to Cameroon and Mexico loses to Croatia by the same or larger margin.
-- It loses to Cameroon by one more goal than Mexico loses to Croatia (depending on total goals scored).

Mexico advances if ...
-- It beats or ties Croatia.
-- It loses to Croatia by two less goals than Brazil loses to Cameroon.
-- It loses to Croatia by one less goal than Brazil loses to Cameroon (depending on total goals scored).

Croatia advances if ...
-- It beats Mexico.
-- 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 Schedule:
June 23 in Curitiba
Group B:Australia vs. Spain
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision noon ET
June 23 in Sao Paulo
Group B:Netherlands vs. Chile
ESPN, Univision/UDN noon ET

Group B Scenarios:
Netherlands and Chile advance.

Netherlands wins group if ...
-- It beats or ties Chile. It finishes second if it loses.

Chile wins group if ...
-- It beats Netherlands. If finishes second if it ties or loses.

-- Australia and Spain are eliminated.

Group C 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

Group C 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

Group C Scenarios:
Colombia advances.

Colombia wins group if ...
-- It beats or ties Japan.
-- Greece beats or ties Ivory Coast.
-- It loses to Japan and Ivory Coast beats Greece by a combined margin of four or less goals (depending on total goals scored).

Ivory Coast advances if ...
-- It beats Greece.
-- It ties Greece and Japan loses to or ties Colombia or beats Colombia by one goal (depending on total goals scored).

Japan advances if ...
-- It beats Colombia and Ivory Coast and Greece tie or Greece beats Ivory Coast by a margin of no more than one goal more than it beats Colombia.

Greece advances if ...
-- It beats Ivory Coast and Japan ties or loses to Colombia;
-- It beats Ivory Coast by a margin of two more goals than Japan beats Colombia (depending on total goals scored).

Group F Standings:
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 F Schedule:
June 21 in Belo Horizonte
Group F:Argentina vs. Iran
ESPN, Univision/UDN noon ET
June 21 in Cuiaba
Group F:Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herze.
ESPN, Univision/UDN 6 p.m. ET
June 25 in Porto Alegre
Group F:Nigeria vs. Argentina
ESPN, Univision/UDN noon ET
June 25 in Salvador

Group F:Bosnia-Herze. vs. Iran
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision noon ET

Group GStandings:
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 G Schedule:
June 21 in Fortaleza
Group G:Germany vs. Ghana
ESPN, Univision/UDN 3 p.m. ET
June 22 in Porto Alegre
Group H:South Korea vs. Algeria
ABC, Univision/UDN 3 p.m. ET
June 26 in Recife
Group G:USA vs. Germany
ESPN, Univision/UDN noon ET
June 26 in Brasilia
Group G:Portugal vs. Ghana
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision noon ET

Group HStandings:
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

Group H Schedule:
June 22 in Rio de Janeiro
Group H:Belgium vs. Russia
ABC, Univision/UDN noon ET
June 22 in Manaus
Group G:USA vs. Portugal
ESPN, Univision/UDN 6 p.m. ET
June 26 in Sao Paulo
Group H:South Korea vs. Belgium
ESPN, Univision/UDN 4 p.m. ET
June 26 in Curitiba
Group H:Algeria vs. Russia
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision 4 p.m. ET

Leading Scorers:
G PLAYER, TEAM
3 Karim Benzema, France
3 Thomas Mueller, Germany
3 Arjen Robben, Netherlands
3 Enner Valencia, Ecuador
3 Robin van Persie
, Netherlands
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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