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World Cup 2014 Open Thread: Belgium v Algeria, Brazil v Mexico, Russia v South Korea

The final opening games of group play take place today while Brazil and Mexico get their second matches.

Buda Mendes

You do not get to relax. You do not get to rest. There are three more World Cup games today. Let's catch up on yesterday for a moment.

Germany crushed Portugal. That helps the USA a bunch, not just due to goal differential, but because the Portuguese played down a man for so long. There may be tired legs.

Iran and Nigeria played to the first draw of World Cup 2014. Don't read about it. It was a boring nil-nil.

USA USA USA!!!! wins 2-1 over Ghana. In case you forgot or something.

Through yesterdays' results matches between Confederations have the following results.

Confederation Win Loss Draw GD Points PPM
CONCACAF 3 1 0 1 9 2.25
CONMEBOL 4 2 0 5 12 2.00
UEFA 2 3 0 -2 6 1.20
CAF 1 2 1 -1 4 1.00
AFC 0 2 1 -3 1 0.33

I'll track this throughout the tourney.

Today's action should be quite fun.

GROUP H17 JUN, 2014 - 9 am - espn BELGIUM VS ALGERIA
GROUP A17 JUN, 2014 - noon - espn BRAZIL VS MEXICO
GROUP H17 JUN, 2014 - 3 pm - espn RUSSIA VS SOUTH KOREA

Obviously the biggest game of the day is the hosts taking on Mexico. Brazil looked a little rough in their opening win, but Mexico isn't a defensive stalwart. If Mexico can snag a point here they're basically through. It would also be a shock.

Belgium is a Euro dark horse. They are young, talented and multi-national. Algeria is an intriguing team of mixed heritage. They are the only Arab nation in the tournament.

[insert words about Russia and Korea here] Yeah, ummmm, I don't know. I'll still watch it.

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