The difference between a place in the round of 16 and a nervy Thursday: a late, late header from Silvestre Varela to claim a 2-2 draw. Jamie Trecker has our match report, while Leander Schaerlaeckens filed from the scene in Manaus. Eric Wynalda discusses the fallout and offers his player ratings.
Belgium books its knockout round place
Divock Origi pounced two minutes from time to lift Belgium into the round of 16 with a 1-0 victory over Russia. Why did the Belgians leave it late to impress for a second consecutive match? ''Why were we good in last 10 minutes? Simple, the others were tired,'' Belgium coach Marc Wilmots told reporters. Eric Wynalda offered a few other thoughts on those tricky Red Devils.
Algeria romps over Korea Republic
Go ahead. Admit it. You had this game pegged as a dreadful bore. And you – like just about everyone else – were dead wrong about this 4-2 thriller.
Mexico meets Croatia with a round of 16 berth on the line
The task is simple for El Tri: get a result against the Croatians on Monday (4:00p.m. ET) or go home. Eric Wynalda has a few thoughts on the busy day in Group A.
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Chile, Netherlands battle to avoid Brazil
Everything is all settled in Group B. Chile and Netherlands are headed through. Australia and Spain are out. The only thing left to decide? The identity of the first-place finisher. Catch up on our Monday preview with Eric Wynalda