Belgium 2 Algeria 1
Algeria capitalized on an early penalty in the box and calmly delivered a penalty kick. Belgium, ranked the fifth favorite team to win the World Cup, would answer when Fellaini used his height and his fro to send in a beautiful header off of the top of the bar. Dries Mertens also netted one for the Belgians in the 80th, and it stood to be the game-winner.
Brazil 0 Mexico 0
In the most anticipated game of the day, Brazil and Mexico both failed to put a goal in the back of the net. Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa had one of the best goalkeeping games in recent memory, saving six shots, including a few that appeared to be going in for sure. Mexico knocked on the door a few times but they will certainly settle for a tie.
Russia 1 South Korea 1
Russia and South Korea debuted in the 2014 World Cup and each team left the game with a point for the standings. South Korea struck first with an ambitious shot from Lee that was mishandled by Russian keeper Akinfeev. Russia would answer and the score held at one a piece.
Australia and the Netherlands start off the action on Wednesday. The Aussies are coming off a loss to Chile which saw Tim Cahill score the only goal for Australia. The Dutch enter the game after completing their revenge from the 2010 World Cup, embarrassing former champion Spain 5-1.
Spain and Chile are set to kickoff tomorrow afternoon in Rio. The Spaniards look to bounce back and completely forget about their four goal loss to Holland, while Chile looks to keep the wheels turning and pull of the upset from one of the top squads in the world.
Cameroon and Croatia are headlined for the night game. Both teams lost their World Cup opener, Cameroon to Mexico and Croatia to Brazil. Essentially, the loser of this game will be out of contention to get out of the group stage.
Players to watch
Australia: #4 Tim Cahill, forward
Netherlands: #9 Robin Van Persie, forward
Spain: #14 Xabi Alonso, midfielder
Chile: #7 Alexis Sanchez, forward
Cameroon: #9 Samuel Eto'o, forward
Croatia: #10 Luka Modric, midfielder
Date, time and location
June 18th, 12:00 p.m., Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (Australia v. Netherlands) Group B, ESPN
June 18th, 3:00 p.m., Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (Spain v. Chile) Group B, ESPN
June 18th, 6:00 p.m., Arena Amazônia, Manaus (Cameroon v. Croatia) Group A, ESPN