Spain hoped against hope for a revival. Chile snuffed out those plans with a 2-0 victory at the Maracana. Mario Melchiot explained the reasons behind the defeat, while the Five Points noted how the performance veered away from Spain’s usual identity. Dermot Corrigan wraps up the end of this glorious era.
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Netherlands survives a fright from Australia
Tim Cahill scored the goal of the tournament, non-Robin van Persie division. Australia scrapped for 90 minutes. And the Socceroos almost snatched a result from it. Instead, the Dutch claimed a 3-2 victory to secure their place in the round of 16 and send the game Aussies home.
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Croatia ushers Cameroon out of the tournament.
Croatia just needed to stay out of the way and watch Cameroon self-destruct. Ivica Olic scored the opener. Alex Song lashed out at Mario Mandzukic. And the Croats coasted to a 4-0 victory to arrange a win-or-else date with Mexico on Monday.
Ronaldo Watch continues
Is Cristiano Ronaldo fit enough to play against the United States on Sunday? Portugal goalkeeper Beto says yes. Can the U.S. beat Portugal on Sunday anyways? Mario Melchiot thinks so.
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England, Uruguay face critical clash
England meets Uruguay (3:00p.m. ET) with both teams in desperate need of a win. Luis Suarez has declared himself fit. Wayne Rooney is ready as well, according to Paddy Barclay. Mario Melchiot discusses the entire slate of games – including Colombia-Côte d’Ivoire (12:00p.m. ET) and Greece-Japan (6:00p.m. ET) – in his latest video.