June 26, 2014
Marc Wilmots' men were far from their best once again, but it was still enough to see off the Asian nation on Thursday night
Cristiano Ronaldo's winner secured all three points for Paulo Bento's men but it wasn't enough to see them through as they failed to overcome the goal difference deficit
Jurgen Klinsmann's side are through to the second round of the World Cup despite losing to Joachim Low's charges
The 24-year-old joins from Athletic Bilbao and has signed a four-year deal at Old Trafford, insisting it is a "dream come true" to sign for Louis van Gaal's side
Luis Suarez was today handed a record four-month ban by Fifa after being found guilty of biting an opponent for the third time in his chequered career.
Algeria gave themselves the best chance to go second in the group with their victory over South Korea in their last match and now only have to secure a draw against Russia to make it through, that is unless South Korea crushes Blegium by four goals or more.
South Korea still have a slim chance to advance, but it will be a task if they are to defeat Belgium as the Red Devils continue to meet and overcome every obstacle in their path. The Belgians are already guaranteed a place in the knockout stages and will be looking to make a few changes in their first team to rest some players for their next round of matches. Meanwhile Korea will be pulling out all the stops hoping for a lifeline after losing to Algeria and not hoping that a Belgium relief side with some rested players will be easier to overcome.
As previously mentioned in the USA versus Germany preview, the two nations at the current top of the table have the best chances of getting through to the knockout stages knowing that a draw guarantee's they both go however.
In one of the most anticipated matches in United States World Cup history, the Red, White and Blue take on one of the World Cup favorites in Germany.
June 25, 2014
The Bayern Munich man answered a few critics with a brilliant treble in Manaus to seal Ottmar Hitzfeld's side the three points they needed to leapfrog Ecuador
The Manchester United winger was sent off for the second time in four international fixtures as les Bleus finished top of the group ahead of Switzerland
The attacker went level at the top of the Golden Boot standings, helping to prevent Ahmed Musa's doubles from gifting Stephen Keshi's men a point
The star duo both on the scoresheet in the opening two thirds, before a goal apiece from both teams in the final 10 minutes settled the result
Either side could still advance today as Honduras and Switzerland meet for the final match of Group E in the opening round of World Cup action.
Ecuador is staring their chance at qualification straight in the face. In a must win match against France to ensure their knockout stage progression, they could not have asked for a worse time to face the hottest team in the tournament.