Japan ( 1 - 2) Cote D'Ivoire

Group C Action: Japan v. Cote D’Ivoire

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WCup Japan Stars

Brazil Soccer WCup Ivory Coast

The Elephants may very well trample over the low-ranked Samurai Blue, but you can be sure the Japanese aren’t going down without a fight. Group C’s other matchup (Colombia beat Greece earlier) opens action at 9 p.m. USEDT (1 a.m. GMT) Look to Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda to lead the way for Japan, while Didier Drogba leads a stellar cast for Ivory Coast.

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Clash of the European Titans: Group D

The Blues Meet The Three Lions


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Mario Balotelli

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney has never scored a World Cup goal in the two tournaments he has appeared in (Germany, 2006; South Africa, 2010). Mario Balotelli is considered one of the best free kickers in world football.

Their two teams — England and Italy– will clash for the first time in the 2014 World Cup at the sweltering Brazilian city of Manaus with kick-off scheduled for 6 p.m. USEDT (10 p.m. GMT).

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Uruguay ( 1 - 3 ) Costa Rica

Uruguay Takes On Costa Rica

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Diego Forlan

Uruguay’s Diego Forlan controls the ball during a training session at Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014.

(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

The last time Uruguay played in the World Cup on Brazilian soil, the upstart visitors upset the hosts to win the title in a game that has achieved mythic qualities. And not just in Latin America.

Uruguay wants to do it again, and they kick off that effort against Costa Rica, beginning at 3 p.m. USEDT (7 p.m. GMT)

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Colombia ( 3 - 0 ) Greece

For Group C Glory!

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Brazil Soccer WCup Colombia Greece

Colombia’s James Rodriguez, center, exercises with the ball during an official training session the day before the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Greece at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia takes on Greece today to open up Group C’s play, with kick-off scheduled for 12 p.m. USEDT (4 p.m. GMT)

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