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World Cup 2014 Open Thread - Colombia v Ivory Coast, Uruguay v England, Japan v Greece

Yesterday saw two teams out. Today promises that it will try to pass that action and excitement. Group C could see a team through, while two former champions search for win number one.

Once they were happy. Only once.
Once they were happy. Only once.
Claudio Villa

Australia, Spain and Cameroon are stuck with a dead leg in the tournament after their eliminations yesterday. By the end of today Group C action another team can be out and with Uruguay and England facing off there is a chance that another former Champion gets a meaningless third group match.

GROUP D19 JUN, 2014 - noon - espn URUGUAY VS ENGLAND
GROUP C19 JUN, 2014 - 3 pm - espn JAPAN VS GREECE

The Colombia side has a couple players with MLS history, but not the one we want the most. They dominated a team that is known for defense in their first game. Ivory Coast needed to make a change to beat Japan. Once they inserted Drogba the match shifted.

Uruguay and England both could have had MLS players, but Alvaro Fernandez just missed the cut (he's now a Free). Defoe was also in the 30-man roster, but was only a consideration if an injury occurred it didn't. Their wise managers will look less wise when one probably gets to play a meaningless third game.

The intriguing part about Japan v Greece will be seeing if Asia can get their first win. At this point they look a weak confederation that gets too many teams.

Cross Confederation performance

Confederation Win Loss Draw GD Points PPM
CONMEBOL 5 2 1 7 16 2.00
CONCACAF 3 1 1 1 10 2.00
UEFA 5 4 1 2 16 1.60
CAF 1 4 1 -6 4 0.67
AFC 0 3 2 -4 2 0.40

This is your Wednesday June 19th World Cup Open Thread - oh ayyyy ahhhhhhh.

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