After a frantic opening weekend the World Cup has calmed down just a bit, with yesterday's games being the least eventful of the bunch by quite some margin. Still, seeing as how "least eventful of the bunch" included and out-of-this-world performance from Mexico 'keeper Guillermo Ochoa, a tense fightback from a Belgium team that has a great deal to prove if they hope to live up to the hype, and two of the most hilariously bad goalkeeping howlers you're likely to see in some time, things could be a lot worse.
Today we'll see if how the Netherlands can follow up one of the most stunning performances in World Cup history, as well as how likely it is Spain are to make that opening game look like nothing more than an amusing footnote as they take on a dangerous Chile side. With Brazil and Mexico both on four points after two games, it's also possible that the Group A picture becomes a bit clearer should Cameroon and Croatia share the spoils from their clash.
|Australia-Netherlands||B||Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre||5 p.m.|
|Spain-Chile||B||Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro||8 p.m.|
|Cameroon-Croatia||A||Arena Amazonia, Manaus||11 p.m.|
The World Cup Wrap-Up
Each day during the World Cup, our very own Jack Grimse is hosting the World Cup Wrap-Up on KRNU radio. You can listen live tomorrow morning at 8 AM Central time (2 PM UK time) by going here and clicking on KRNU2. And below you’ll find this morning’s episode!
Any Villa players involved?
Ron Vlaar played out of his mind against Spain in the Netherlands' opener, and one would think Australia would be a pretty easy-going assignment after having to deal with the defending World Cup champions. Of course, as anyone that follows Villa could tell you, level of competition is not necessarily an indicator of likelihood to succeed. Confidential to Lord Roncrete: that Tim Cahill guy is pretty good in the air. You should keep an eye on him.
How do I watch these games?
In the UK you can use ITV or the ITV player online. In the US it's ESPN in English and Univision in Spanish, and both have online streaming platforms, while our Canadian friends have CBC and the CBC Sports player. If you live elsewhere, check LiveSoccerTV for listings in your country.