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Match day two stage comes to an end with a late Belgian qualifier against Russia, an Asian/African thriller in favor of the Algerians and a ruined breathtaking American comeback with a Varela equalizer.

Kevin C. Cox

GROUP H

BELGIUM 1-0 RUSSIA

An anticipated match between two European teams with the odds in their favor to qualify from Group H. The entertainment was on the lowest level as Belgium and Russia played a safe game for most of the 90 minutes. Belgium's Hazard awakened in the last 10 minutes and created a chance after chance until he set up Origi to score a late winner.

ALGERIA 4-2 KOREA REPUBLIC

Both teams turned and showed a wholly different face from their first matches. Algeria turned on the attacking engines scoring three early goals by Slimani, Hallichi and Djabou. Korea on the other hand had no idea what was going on but soon recovered and took one back by H M Son. After the hour mark, Brahimi sealed the match fate scoring a team goal. The match continued with several attacks for the Asians. They managed to score a second goal by J C Koo.

Algeria qualification scenarios:

1)      Win over Russia regardless of the other match result

2)      Draw with Russia provided Korea Republic loses or draws against Belgium or wins with a goal difference similar or less than that of Algeria loss.

Korea qualification scenarios:

1)      If Russia defeats Algeria, Korea has to have higher goal difference in their win

2)      If Russia and Algeria draw, Korea needs to win with more than three goals difference

GROUP G

PORTUGAL 2-2 USA

The last match of the day delivered entertainment, stress, goals, injuries and a ruined comeback. USA defender Cameron assisted Nani by mistake in scoring the first goal at minute 5. The remaining of the first half was all about USA trying to take a goal back and about a horrible player called Nani who was never able to neither receive any ball properly nor fulfill his duties as a right wing. The second half took off where things stopped at the half time whistle. At minute 64 after a cleared corner kick cross, USA Jones braced the ball leaving Beto stunned with the net vibrating behind him. Dempsey put the American ahead with nine minutes left on the match time. USA was only one minute short from booking their ticket to the round of 16 when Varela headed a Ronaldo perfect cross past Howard. The goal keeps Portugal's chances alive as well as Ghana's.

All teams in this group have the chance to qualify at this point. Germany and USA with four points, Portugal and Ghana with one point each. A draw between Germany and USA gets both teams to the round of 16.

STANDINGS

Group A

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Brazil

2

1

1

-

3

1

+2

4

Mexico

2

1

1

-

1

0

+1

4

Croatia

2

1

-

1

5

4

+1

3

Cameron

2

-

-

2

0

5

-5

0

Group B

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Netherlands

2

2

-

-

8

3

+5

6

Chile

2

2

-

-

5

1

+4

6

Australia

2

-

-

2

3

6

-3

0

Spain

2

-

-

2

1

7

-6

0

Group C

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Colombia

2

2

-

-

5

1

+4

6

Ivory Coast

2

1

-

1

3

3

0

3

Japan

2

-

1

1

1

2

-1

1

Greece

2

-

1

1

0

3

-3

1

Group D

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Costa Rica

2

2

-

-

4

1

+3

6

Italy

2

1

-

1

2

2

0

3

Uruguay

2

1

-

1

3

4

-1

3

England

2

-

-

2

2

4

-2

0

Group E

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

France

2

2

-

-

8

2

+6

6

Ecuador

2

1

-

1

3

3

0

3

Switzerland

2

1

-

1

4

6

-2

3

Honduras

2

-

-

2

1

5

-4

0

Group F

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Argentina

2

2

-

-

3

1

+2

6

Nigeria

2

1

1

-

1

0

+1

4

Iran

2

-

1

1

0

1

-1

1

Bosnia-Herzegovina

2

-

-

2

1

3

-2

0

Group G

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Germany

2

1

1

-

6

2

+4

4

USA

2

1

1

-

4

3

+1

4

Ghana

2

-

1

1

3

4

-1

1

Portugal

2

-

1

1

2

6

-4

1

Group H

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Belgium

2

2

-

-

3

1

+2

6

Algeria

2

1

1

-

5

4

+1

3

Russia

2

-

1

1

1

2

-1

1

Korea Republic

2

-

1

1

3

5

-2

1

Golden Boot

Name

Team

Goals

Mueller

Germany

3

Robben

Netherlands

3

Van Persie

Netherlands

3

Benzema

France

3

Neymar

Brazil

2

Cahill

Australia

2

Mandzukic

Croatia

2

James

Colombia

2

Suarez

Uruguay

2

Messi

Argentina

2

Peralta

Mexico

1

Alonso

Spain

1

De Vrij

Netherlands

1

Sanchez

Chile

1

Valdivia

Chile

1

Beausejour

Chile

1

Ruiz

Costa Rica

1

Armero

Colombia

1

Gutierrez

Colombia

1

Cavani

Uruguay

1

Campbell

Costa Rica

1

Duarte

Costa Rica

1

Urena

Costa Rica

1

Marchisio

Italy

1

Balotelli

Italy

1

Sturridge

England

1

Bony

Ivory Coast

1

Gervinho

Ivory Coast

1

Honda

Japan

1

Valencia

Ecuador

1

Mehmedi

Switzerland

1

Seferovic

Switzerland

1

Ibisevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Hummels

Germany

1

Ayew

Ghana

2

Brooks

USA

1

Dempsey

USA

1

Feghouli

Algeria

1

Fellani

Belgium

1

Mertens

Belgium

1

K H Lee

Korea Republic

1

Kerzhakov

Russia

1

Jedinak

Australia

1

Memphis

Netherlands

1

Vargas

Chile

1

Aranguiz

Chile

1

Olic

Croatia

1

Perisic

Croatia

1

Quintero

Colombia

1

Rooney

England

1

Dzemaili

Switzerland

1

Xhaka

Switzerland

1

Matuidi

France

1

Giroud

France

1

Valbuena

France

1

Sissoko

France

1

Gyan

Ghana

1

Odemwingie

Nigeria

1

Origi

Belgium

1

H M Son

Korea Republic

1

J C Koo

Korea Republic

1

Hallichi

Algeria

1

Slimani

Algeria

1

Brahimi

Algeria

1

Djabou

Algeria

1

Qualified Teams to the Round of 16 at the End of Day 10:

1)      Netherlands (Possible opponents: Brazil, Mexico, Croatia)

2)      Chile (Possible opponents: Brazil, Mexico, Croatia)

3)      Colombia (Possible opponents: Costa Rica, Italy, Uruguay)

4)      Costa Rica (Possible opponents: Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Greece)

5)      Argentina (Possible opponents: France, Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras)

6)      Belgium (Possible opponents: Germany, USA, Ghana, Portugal)

Teams Packing:

1)      Cameron (Group A)

2)      Spain (Group B)

3)      Australia (Group B)

4)      England (Group D)

5)      Bosnia-Herzegovina (Group F)

Day 12 Matches:

Match Day Three stage takes off and the round of 16 matches will be shaping up two matches every day.

Netherlands vs Chile

Australian vs Spain

Cameron vs Brazil

Croatia vs Mexico