Who’s ready for the second of four “final days”?  Monday’s action gave the host nation a sigh of relief…after Cameroon tied things up in the 26th minute.  Mexico also punched its ticket to the next round…while the Netherlands gave everyone notice that they may be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.  Chile?  You get Brazil Saturday.  Take plenty of pictures.

Four more matches today with the usual multiple connotations:

Group C known in no circles whatsoever as the “El Pipe” Valderamma Group:

Colombia plays Japan— Colombia’s already in regardless.  Japan needs a win plus a loss by Ivory Coast, or a win plus an Ivory Coast-Greece tie if they outscore Colombia by 2+ goals, unless they score 3+ more goals than Ivory Coast does today.

Greece faces Ivory Coast— Greece is in with a victory plus a loss or tie by Japan.  Ivory Coast advances with a win, or a tie if Japan loses or ties, or a tie if Japan doesn’t outscore Colombia by more than 1 goal and doesn’t score 3+ more goals than they do this afternoon.

Group D–also known as the Paolo Rossi Group:

Italy faces Uruguay— the winner advances.  If there’s a tie–Italy’s off to the Knockout Stage. Either winner remains in contention for taking the group if Costa Rica loses, depending on their margin of victory.

Costa Rica meets England— Costa Rica already assured of reaching the next round, wraps up the Group with a tie, or an Italy-Ghana tie, or a loss where their margin of goals remains better than the winner of Italy (right now +3 to 0)-Uruguay (currently +3 to -1).

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