Day 2 of the 2014 World Cup will bring fans three excellent matches to enjoy, including a repeat of 2010's epic final between Spain and the Netherlands. This will be our first look at how the teams in Group B stack up against each other, while Mexico and Cameroon will also be looking to start their campaign with a win.
As you would expect, football's biggest tournament will be covered live from every conceivable angle, so fans won't have to miss a single kick of the 2014 World Cup.
Here's the schedule for the tournament's second day of competition:
|2014 World Cup Day 2 Schedule|
|Time||Home||Away||TV Guide||Live Stream|
|5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET||Mexico||Cameroon||ESPN2/ITV||WatchESPN/ITV Player|
|8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET||Spain||Netherlands||ESPN/BBC1||WatchESPN/BBC iPlayer|
|11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET||Chile||Australia||ESPN2/ITV||WatchESPN/ITV Player|
Mexico v Cameroon
Everyone will be looking forward to the fixture between Spain and the Netherlands, but the day's most important match just might be the very first. Mexico and Cameroon both have a strong chance of surviving the group stages, and the winner of this fixture will be in a great position to do just that.
Brazil are widely expected to top Group A when all is said and done, but the race for the second ticket to the knockout stages is wide open.
The Mexican team won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics but struggled during qualifiers for this year's World Cup, the team seemingly lacking both chemistry and consistency. Preparations didn't go as smoothly as manager Miguel Herrera had hoped, but that isn't necessarily a guarantee for a bad World Cup.
La Verde still field arguably the most talented squad behind Brazil in Group A, and while star striker Javier Hernandez may have struggled for minutes at Manchester United during the 2013-14 season, his production was nothing to scoff at, as shared by OptaJean:
Cameroon's preparations for the tournament hit a speed bump when the team refused to board the plane to Brazil over a payment dispute, as reported by The Guardian.
On the pitch, their 2-2 draw in Germany stands out the most. Samuel Eto'o is on a mission to prove he can still be a productive striker for a top club, and there's no better stage to prove your abilities than the World Cup.
Spain v Netherlands
Spain are the defending champions, and they'll be looking to add a second consecutive World Cup to prove to the world their embarrassing loss in the final of the Confederations Cup was nothing but a fluke.
Spanish teams are holders of the World Cup, European Cup, UEFA Champions League and Europa League trophies, so La Roja must be feeling good about their chances of surviving a tricky draw in Group B. No one is expecting much from Australia, but Chile and the Netherlands both have the potential to upset the Spanish.
Oranje suffered through a dreadful Euro 2012 tournament and lost midfielder Kevin Strootman to injury earlier this season, and their young squad has struggled implementing the new 5-3-2 formation Louis van Gaal is looking to use in Brazil.
But in Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, the Dutch have three veteran superstars capable of deciding a match on their own. With expectations in Holland at an all-time low, a lack of pressure could liberate a team desperate for their first-ever World Cup trophy.
Chile v Australia
AS English believes Chile won't be without Juventus' Arturo Vidal for their opener against Australia, contrary to reports earlier this week:
Whether Vidal plays or not shouldn't matter—on paper, this should be the least exciting match of the day. The Chileans are fast, strong and playing close to home, and while it's never a good idea to underestimate a team that made it to the World Cup, the Socceroos shouldn't present much of a challenge for the South Americans.
Australia haven't won an official match since 2012, and their squad simply isn't as talented as the one that nearly beat eventual champions Italy in 2006. Tim Cahill is the team's biggest star, but the pressure will be on stopper Mathew Ryan to deal with the wave of attacks all three Group B opponents will throw his way.
Goal difference could play a big factor in determining which teams progress to the knockout stages in this group, so Chile will look to score early and often in this one. Alexis Sanchez enjoyed a solid season with Barcelona and could be on the move this summer, and a strong showing in Brazil will only boost his stock.
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