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
Netherlands Going Home
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
' 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
, 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. WORLD CUP: Complete 2014 Viewing Schedule
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.
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
ESPN, Univision/UDN 6 p.m. ET England-Uruguay
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.
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.
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
Greece vs. Ivory Coast
ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision 4 p.m. ET Scenarios:
-- 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
-- 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
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
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
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
, Brazil 2 James Rodriguez
, Colombia 2 Luis