Match Preview

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Following defeats to Cote d'Ivoire and Colombia respectively, head coaches Alberto Zaccheroni and Fernando Santos know nothing but victory will suffice on Thursday

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Everything for the South American side hinges on the return of their star striker, as England contemplate an early exit unless they avoid defeat

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With Radamel Falcao missing the tournament, the South Americans have been dealt another blow thanks to the Sevilla forward's training knock

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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The striker had confirmed that he will sit out the match but now insists he will fight to be ready, while the Croats can bring back the Bayern Munich forward following suspension

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The 2010 champions must recover from the embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Netherlands, while the South Americans look to build on victory in their opener

Monday, June 16, 2014

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Fabio Capello's men are looking to hit the ground running at their first World Cup since 2002, while Hong Myung-Bo is hoping a blend of youth and experience can thrive

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Marc Wilmots has concerns over Kevin De Bruyne and Divock Origi but the Chelsea striker is set to lead the line against the African nation on Tuesday

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Victory for either side will go a long way to securing top spot, with the host nation already thinking about qualifying as winners to avoid the best of a formidably tough Group B

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Carlos Queiroz has built the Persian Stars a formidable and physical defensive unit but Stephen Keshi's men need a win if they are to kick on from their 2013 Afcon triumph

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Injury concerns hang over both camps with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira all in danger of missing the match between the group favourites

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Unlike in the previous two World Cups this time it’s not a win-or-go-home match but, with Germany and Portugal waiting, it remains a game both teams need to win

Saturday, June 14, 2014

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The Bayern Munich star's omission from the squad has led to a tactical rethink for coach Didier Deschamps, as the central American side look to cause a significant upset

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The Nati beat Spain in the opening fixture four years ago and will have to be on their mettle against Antonio Valencia and Co. on Sunday

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The Barcelona striker wants to emulate Maradona's 1986 performances and starts his campaign against the World Cup debutants at the Maracana on Sunday

Friday, June 13, 2014

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The prolific forward's omission from the tournament has led to a rethink in attack for Jose Pekerman's side, who are not short of options to fill his position

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The African side have never managed to get beyond the group stage in the finals but a win over Alberto Zaccheroni's men will boost their chances of progressing

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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The Group A underdogs face each other in their first match, both aware that a victory in Arena das Dunas is a must to have a real chance of progressing in the tournament