World Cup 2014: Day eight — open thread

Richard Heathcote

Bye Spain! Bye Cameroon! Bye Australia! Now, who's next?

So what happened yesterday? Oh, nothing much. Just Australia and Netherlands passing the lead back and forth like a hot, terrifying potato, then the World Champions being shredded for the second time in a week and crashing out of the tournament, then Cameroon following them in a hail of recrimination, on-pitch fighting and Croatian goals. Just another day at this humdrum, run-of-the-mill World Cup. Yawn.

Today's games

Colombia vs. Ivory Coast, Brasilia, 12:00 ET/17:00 UK

Goals, goals, goals! Hopefully. Colombia only know how to attack, while the Ivory Coast look well set-up to take advantage of any space the South American side leave behind them.

Uruguay vs. England, São Paulo, 15:00 ET/20:00 UK

Well now. England rather predictably lost to Italy in their opening game, yet did so in a manner that has engendered not abuse or contempt but something that looks suspiciously like optimism. Most peculiar. Don't expect that to last if they lose tonight. They are probably slight favourites against a Uruguay side who lost in hilarious fashion to Costa Rca and missing their captain Diego Lugano (though it's perhaps debatable who benefits the most there). Luis Suarez, who hasn't played any football since having surgery on his knee, is expected to return, and Uruguay will need him somewhere near his best.

Japan vs. Greece, Natal, 18:00 ET/23:00 UK

Both sides were disappointing in their first game. Japan being thoroughly overpowered by the Ivory Coast while the Greeks never got close Colombia. If Japan can rediscover their pressing game here, life could get worse for the Greeks, who have retained their generally unappealing aesthetic but appear to have forgotten how to defend.

Today's United connections

Mostly England here. Wayne Rooney's presence in the line-up and position in the team have been the subject of much debate since he underwhelmed against Italy from the left, but all the signs are the he will keep his place and may be moved back into the middle behind the striker. Whether Danny Welbeck lines up alongside him is less clear, though he played pretty well against Italy.

United's other England players, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, will likely be on the bench. Elsewhere, Shinji Kagawa should start for Japan, but will need to improve on his opening-game showing if Japan are to flourish.

Other stuff

Once again, SBN is the place to go for previews. Our own Jack Sargeant has been busy on all three matches today: Colombia-GreeceUruguay-England and Japan-Greece.

Other stuff include a couple of Spain dissections, one looking at the tactical side of things, the other (by, er, me) at the wider picture. We're also doing regular morning roundups of the previous day, and the latest is here.

How to watch

Games one and three are on BBC1 in the UK, while England are on ITV1. Across the Atlantic, ESPN and Univison have the games in the USA, while CBC have them in Canada. All have streaming options available. For other countries, check LiveSoccerTV.

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