The surprise package of this World Cup continued its stunning run by defeating the Italians 1-0 in Recife. Warren Barton breaks down the game, while the Five Points praises Jorge Luis Pinto’s tactics. The victory condemned England to a hasty exit, but Roy Hodgson will remain as manager through 2016.
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France rips apart Switzerland to pull clear in Group E
Les Bleus continued their romp through the group stage with a 5-2 victory over the overmatched and staggeringly rickety Swiss in Salvador. The scary part for other sides: France could have and should have hit seven or eight instead. Bad news for Ecuador’s chances for a berth in the round of 16, then.
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Enner Valencia 2, Honduras 1
The Pachuca striker settled a surprisingly entertaining game to give the Ecuadorians all three points. They will need to procure some sort of result against France – or hope Honduras pulls off a stunner against Switzerland – to book a place in the round of 16.
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Aron or Wondo?
It is the question consuming U.S. national team fans ahead of Sunday’s match against Portugal. The two players aren’t tipping their hands about the potential outcome, according to Leander Schaerlaeckens. Cristiano Ronaldo’s status isn’t much of a concern in USA camp, either.
Can the Germans give USA a helping hand?
Germany would take a significant step toward the round of 16 with a victory over Ghana (3:00p.m. ET) in Fortaleza. Amy Lawrence highlights the ties that bind the Boatengs, while Warren Barton has our preview of the Day 10 fixtures. Argentina-Iran (12:00p.m. ET) and Bosnia-Herzegovina-Nigeria (6:00p.m. ET) round out the Saturday schedule.