El Tri booked its place in the round of 16 with a 3-1 victory over Croatia in Recife. Mario Melchiot discussed the triumph, while Five Points lauded Mexico’s balance on the day.
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Fred scores, Brazil wins
The beleaguered center forward turned home from close range in Brazil’s comfortable 4-1 win over Cameroon in Brasilia. The victory sent Brazil through at the top of Group A.
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Netherlands defeats Chile to claim top spot in Group B
Louis van Gaal did not appreciate the scheduling. It didn’t matter in the end, though. Netherlands dispatched Chile 2-0 to avoid Brazil and seal first place in this four-team pool. Leander Schaerlaeckens filed from the scene. Chile must face its South American nemesis in the round of 16 instead, while the Dutch will face Mexico.
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Spain signs off with victory over Australia
This World Cup did not proceed according to plan for the departing champions. This final match – complete with a goal for David Villa and an emotional exit after the interval – offered at least scant consolation with a 3-0 victory over the Socceroos
Italy and Uruguay decide their fate in Group D
It’s pretty simple: Uruguay must defeat Italy (12:00p.m. ET) to advance. Mario Melchiot has our preview. Costa Rica will end England’s participation after three matches (12:00p.m. ET), while Group C will sort itself out with Colombia – Japan (4:00p.m. ET) and Côte d’Ivoire – Greece (4:00p.m. ET) on tap.