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World Cup, Brazil 2014: Day 7, Open Thread

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More ties, more 0-0s. boooo. Up next, Australia vs Netherlands, Spain vs Chile, Cameroon vs Croatia.

Never mind Igor, no-one was watching.
Never mind Igor, no-one was watching.
Warren Little

Day 6 saw the end of the first round of group stage games. First up was Belgium vs Algeria, Belgium looking oddly flat for most of the game, and Algeria scoring their first world cup goal in a long time via a first half penalty. Enter Belgium's Drogba, Marouane Felliani. Rather than merely inspiring just by being there, he got the first goal himself heading home a cross, before Algeria went on the attack for one of the few times in the game and got burned on the counter attack and Dries Mertans got the winner.

After that it was Mexico vs Brazil and the second 0-0 draw, though much more entertaining than that sounds. Julio Cesar made some good saves and Mexico's goalie Memo Ochoa made a lot of good saves, some of them really good, one in particular to stop a Neymar header right on the line. Both teams now have 4 points so know a draw in their last game is all they need to advance.

Then it was back to group H, for Russia vs South Korea and the first absolutely terrible goalkeeping error, courtesy of Russian goalie Igor Akinfeev who let a long shot hit right at him squirm through his hands and into the net as he dived despairingly after it.  Fortunately for him the Russians equalised and it ended 1-1, leaving Belgium alone at the top of the group.

Today, we start off with what the big winners so far, the Netherlands, taking on everyone's favourite plucky losers, Timmy Cahill and his adorable socceroos at 12 Eastern. It could be a huge mismatch, but really, are the Dutch going to keep it going all tournament, that wouldn't be like them at all. It might be the most Holland thing ever for them to follow up that great first game with a collapse here.

Then it's the most intriguing game of the day, Spain vs Chile. Can the Spanish rebound after that first round thumping? They need a good result here to keep their hopes of qualification open, never mind start to regain some of their former swagger. Does Iker Casillas start again, or does Del Bosque get ruthless and move to one of his more than capable backups?

Then it's back to group A for two desperate teams, lose and they're out, Cameroon vs Croatia, so hopefully that desperation will lead to a good game to end the day with.