World Cup 2014: United States vs. Germany, Portugal vs. Ghana, Algeria vs. Russia, South Korea vs. Belgium, match times, TV schedule, live streaming and more

Kevin C. Cox

United States controls their own destiny and can advance with a tie, win or some help from the Ghana-Portugal game.

Yesterday recap

Argentina 3 Nigeria 2

Behind superstar Lionel Messi's two goals (four in three games), the Argentines are moving to the knockout stage. Despite the loss, Nigeria is still moving on thanks to Iran's losing efforts. Argentina is set to face Switzerland and Nigeria is facing France in a single elimination bout.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 Iran 1

In a must-win game for Iran, they crumbled under the pressure and fell 3-1 to Bosnia. In their first ever World Cup, Bosnia picked up three points, but even with the win, they will make the trek back to Europe, placing third in Group F.

Switzerland 3 Honduras 0

Behind Shaqiri's hat trick, the Swiss are moving on to the Round of 16. Honduras put up a goose egg for the second time in the tournament and is leaving Brazil with zero points. Switzerland moves on with the win, as Ecuador couldn't post a win versus the Frenchmen.

Ecuador 0 France 0

In a game that meant do-or-die for Ecuador, they only managed a draw against a very strong French team. Ecuador's goalie Dominguez played out of his mind, attempting to be the hero for the South American country. France had plenty of chances, but the game ended in a 0-0 push. France moves on after earning seven points in Group E.

Today's matchups

And enter the gray hairs. If you were smart enough to call out sick to work, you're in for a thriller. United States and Germany square off at noon on ESPN in a game that the Yanks control their own destiny and can advance with a draw. If the United States can't hang on for a draw to the Germans, then US faithful must pray for a tie in the Portugal-Ghana game. There are a number of scenario's that favor the United States advancing, but this game would have been a tad less stressful had the US not conceded a goal to Portugal in the 95th minute.

Ghana and Portugal play at the same time the United States, Germany game is on. Remember that the tie-breaker in the Cup is goal differential which currently favors the United States. Portugal sits at a -4 goal differential while Ghana treads on to a -1 difference.

Yes, there are other games going on. Algeria and Russia play in a very important match in Group H. Algeria has three points and Russia has 1, so if the Russians can pull out a win, they will advance to the Round of 16.

Belgium and South Korea go head to head in Group H. Belgium is the frontrunner in the group, winning both of their games but unimpressively. South Korea dropped both of their matches thus far but are not yet out of the tournament. With a win and a quite a few goals, the Koreans can advance.

Players to watch

United States: #8 Clint Dempsey, forward

Germany: #19 Mario Gotze, midfielder

Ghana: #9 Kevin Prince-Boateng, midfielder

Portugal: #7 Christiano Ronaldo, midfielder

Algeria: #10 Sofiane Feghouli, midfielder

Russia: #19 Alexander Samedov, midfielder

Belgium: #10 Eden Hazard, midfielderSouth Korea: #9 Son Heung Min, forward

Date, time and location

June 26th, 12:00 p.m., Arena Pernambuco, Recife (United States vs. Germany) Group G, ESPN2

June 26th, 12:00 p.m., Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília (Ghana vs. Portugal) Group G, ESPN

June 26th, 4:00 p.m., Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (Algeria vs. Russia) Group H, ESPN2

June 26th, 4:00 p.m., Arena Corinthians, São Paulo (Belgium vs. South Korea) Group H, ESPN

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