As World Cup fever sweeps the world by storm, we take a look at the scenes from off the pitch of fans and the game’s frenzy.
Two wins and guaranteed advancing would have been nice, of course.
But every Team USA fan would have taken four points from the Ghana and Portugal matches with a chance to advance against Germany, and the main consequence of the United States’ last-second draw with Portugal on Sunday is that this is going to be a wild few hours of soccer that all Americans wish could have been avoided.
Heavy rains in Recife, Brazil, the location of today’s World Cup match between the U.S. and Germany, has caused extensive flooding, turning roads into rivers and making access to the stadium difficult. But FIFA says the U.S. game will be played as scheduled at noon ET.
While heavy rains impact the field as USA-Germany go head-to-head in Recife, Portugal and Ghana meet in Brasillia. The German team defeated the U.S. team 1-0 but the United States team advanced to the next stage with Portugal’s defeat of Ghana 2-1. Portugal will not advance despite the win. Algeria and Russia tied 1-1 leading the Algerian team to advance and the Russian team to pack their bags. Also Korea Republic lost to Belgium 1-0 and failed to advance. Belgium had already qualified for the next round.
Luis Suarez really bit someone again, England bored us again, Greece went through on a soft late penalty and there might not be a more enjoyable team in the tournament than Colombia.
Today, in Group F, Argentina has already advanced and has a pretty straightforward path to the top spot in the group.Both Argentina and Nigeria qualified to advance to the next round at the end of their Argentina winning 3-2 game. Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 but will not advance to the next round. Also Switzerland defeated Honduras 3-0 and qualify for the Round of 16. France and Ecuador end the game tied 0-0 and France qualified for the next round.
Uruguay defeated Italy, 1-0, to advance to the Round of 16, and Costa Rica and England played to a 0-0 draw in World Cup action Tuesday.
Spain defeated Australia, 3-0, Netherlands topped Chile, 2-0, Brazil beat Cameroon, 4-1, and Mexico bested Croatia, 3-1, in World Cup action Monday.
2014 FIFA World Cup: Portugal ties the US with seconds remaining, Algeria defeats South Korea 4-2, Belgium shuts down Russia 1-0
The United States is denied a win with last second goal by Portugal; ended with 2-2 draw. In earlier action, Algeria defeated South Korea 4-2 and Belgium shut down Russia 1-0.
The Arena de Sao Paulo, which is reported to have cost in excess of 200 million GBP, hosted the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and has a capacity of over 61,000. The total cost borne by Brazil for staging the 2014 World Cup is estimated to be 6.5 billion GBP, which critics have argued would have better spent on the millions of Brazilians living in poverty, such as in the adjacent poor neighborhood of Itaquera. Photos by Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images.
2014 FIFA World Cup: Nigeria wins tight finish, Ghana and Germany tie, Messi overage score gives Argentina win over Iran
The Nigerian team made a single goal last for a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, who fails to advance in their first World Cup. In a surprise that might help the United States, Ghana and Germany played to a 2-2 tie. The day’s opener saw Lionel Messi score in overage time to give Argentina the 1-0 victory over Iran.
2014 FIFA World Cup: Equador beats Honduras, England out of World Cup contest, France wins 5-2 over Switzerland
Get ready, North America. There might be days when there are better matches, or more important matches (the USA on Sunday), but no other day in Brazil will feature two CONCACAF teams. CONCACAF heroes Costa Rica can seal England’s fate with a point against Italy, who through one game is giving the Dutch a run for its money in terms of mixing in world-class older talent with some dynamic youngsters.
Switzerland and France also have a lot at stake in the middle match of the three . The Swiss played poorly for pretty much the entire game Sunday against Ecuador, only to steal a win in stoppage time.