Belgium 1 Russia 0
Belgium defeated Russia in thrilling fashion, scoring the game-winning goal in the 88th minute. The game was controlled by the Belgians but they finally capitalized on a late opportunity. Belgium sits atop the Group H table with six points, Russia has one point.
Algeria 4 South Korea 2
Algeria outplayed South Korea from the inception of the match and the score reflected that. After three unanswered goals from the Desert Foxes, South Korea tacked on a goal but it was too little, too late. Algeria now has three points and is in second place in the group, with only a game against Russia remaining.
United States 2 Portugal 2
Ugh, I don't even want to talk about it. United States outplayed the Portugese for the majority of the match and were leading 2-1 until a heartbreaking equilizer from Valero from a beautiful cross from Player of the Year Christiano Ronaldo. The United States showed a lot of promise and could have netted more goals (looking at you Michael Bradley) but will settle for the tie. With the draw, the United States have four points and control their own destiny entering Thursday's match against Germany.
It's crunch time yet the noon games today mean absolutely nothing. Spain and Australia are both mathematically eliminated from the tournament. 2010 World Cup champs Spain dropped consecutive games, losing to Netherlands and Chile while Australia is also 0-2 entering the day.
The Netherlands and Chile square off in a match to determine who gets the one and two seed in the Group. The winner of the game receives the one seed and thus plays the two seed of Group A (either Mexico, Brazil or Croatia). Chile has surprised many this cup and is one of the most explosive underrated teams in recent memory.
Brazil and Cameroon hit the pitch for their third and final opening stage game. Hometown Brazil has four points and are tied atop Group A but will look to solidify their position with a win or a tie. Cameroon is eliminated from the tournament but get one more chance to prove they belong in the cup.
Croatia and Mexico are set to play in a 4 p.m. ET game. Croatia holds three points and Mexico has four after a win over Cameroon and a draw against Brazil. It's winner-take-all in what's sure to be an exciting matchup.
Players to watch
Spain: #14 Xabi Alonso, midfielder
Australia: #4 Tim Cahill, forward
Netherlands: #10 Arjen Robben, midfielder
Chile: #9 Alexis, Sanchez, forward
Brazil: #10 Neymar, forward
Cameroon: #13 Eric Chuopo-Moting, forward
Croatia: #10 Luka Modric, midfielder
Mexico: #13 Guillermo Ochoa, goalie
Date, time and location
June 23rd, 12:00 p.m., Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (Australia v. Spain) Group B, ESPN2
June 23rd, 12:00 p.m., Arena Corinthians, São Paulo (Netherlands v. Chile) Group B, ESPN
June 23rd, 4:00 p.m., Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília (Brazil v. Cameroon) Group A, ESPN2
June 23rd, 4:00 p.m., Arena Pernambuco, Recife (Croatia v. Mexico) Group A, ESPN