Colombia (4-1) Japan

Japan vs. Colombia: Japan’s Very Long Shot at the Round of 16 (UPDATE: Colombia Trounces Japan)


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Japan has a long shot at making the Round of 16, but it is possible.

UPDATE: Colombia wins over Japan, 4-1, to advance to the knockout round as the top team in Group C.

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After a draw and a loss in their last two matches, Japan is hoping for its first win of the tournament. To get it, they’ll have to beat Colombia, a team that hasn’t lost yet at the Cup, and has already qualified for the Round of 16. If Japan does beat Colombia, they’ll then have to hope for a winless Greece team to upset Cote d’Ivoire in order to advance to the next round. It’s a long-shot for sure, but it is possible. See what happens today at 4 PM ET (8 PM UTC).

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Greece (2-1) Cote d'Ivoire

Greece vs. Cote d’Ivoire: First Round of 16 for One…or Neither (UPDATE: Penalty Kick Gives Greece The Win)


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Can Cote d'Ivoire advance for the first time? Or will it be Greece?

UPDATE: On a stunning penalty kick in the 92 minute of  play, Greece beats Cote d’Ivoire, 2-1. With the victory, Greece advances to the Round of 16, and denies Cote d’Ivoire’s dreams of making it past group play for the first time in the country’s World Cup history.

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Greece and Cote d’Ivoire have each been to the World Cup three times – Greece in 1994, 2010, and 2014, and Cote d’Ivoire from 2006 to 2014. But neither has ever made it out of group play. That could change today as the two teams face off at 4 PM ET (8 PM UTC). Cote d’Ivoire is ahead of Greece in the Group C standings, and is the favorite to advance. But in such a close group, it’s possible that either one of these two teams – or group rival Japan – could advance.

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Will Either Team Survive?

Japan vs. Greece: A Long Road to the Knockout Stage


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The Greek National Team practices prior to the World Cup.

With Colombia and Cote d’Ivoire rounding out Group C, there’s little doubt that the loser of today’s Japan/Greece match will be eliminated from the World Cup. And a draw between the two teams will likely eliminate both of them from contention.

But a win today is no guarantee, either: if Japan wins, they’ll still have to beat Group C favorite Colombia in a tough match. If Greece wins, they’ll have to get by a tough Cote d’Ivoire squad.

Who will make it out alive: Japan, Greece…or neither? Find out when they face off today at 6 PM ET (10 PM UTC) in Natal.

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Colombia (2-1) Cote d'Ivoire

Colombia-Cote d’Ivoire: Feels Like the First Time (Because It Is!) (UPDATE: Colombia Victorious)


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UPDATE: Despite a late goal from Cote d’Ivoire, they were unable to tie the match, and Colombia won 2-1.

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Today’s Group C match between Colombia and Cote d’Ivoire will certainly be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. That’s because this meeting is the first ever between the two countries’ national teams. With Group C supremacy on the line, and so many unanswered questions about how the teams will play each other, this match at 12 PM ET (4 PM UTC) is surely one to watch.

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