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World Cup 2014: Updated Group Standings and Scores Following Day 3 Results

Uruguay's Maxi Pereira (16) struggles with Costa Rica's Junior Diaz during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 15, 2014

As shocking as the Netherlands' Day 2 thrashing of Spain was, Day 3 of the 2014 World Cup was even more surprising.

Costa Rica entered with only 241-20 odds to defeat Uruguay according to Odds Shark. Not only did Costa Rica win, it won in style. The massive underdog went into half-time down 1-0, but they stormed back to win 3-0.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, it marked an historic occasion for both teams.

Here are updated group standings and more scores from Day 3.

Tables
PosTeamPtsGDPWDLFA
Group A
1Brazil32110031
2Mexico31110010
3Cameroon0-1100101
4Croatia0-2100113
Group B
1Netherlands34110051
2Chile32110031
3Australia0-2100113
4Spain0-4100115
Group C
1Colombia33110030
2Ivory Coast31110021
3Japan0-1100112
4Greece0-3100103
Group D
1Costa Rica32110031
2Italy31110021
3England0-1100112
4Uruguay0-2100113
Group E
1Switzerland00000000
2Ecuador00000000
3France00000000
4Honduras00000000
Group F
1Argentina00000000
2Bosnia-Herzegovina00000000
3Iran00000000
4Nigeria00000000
Group G
1Germany00000000
2Portugal00000000
3Ghana00000000
4United States00000000
Group H
1Belgium00000000
2Algeria00000000
3Russia00000000
4South Korea00000000
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Costa Rica wasn't the only high-scoring club on Saturday.

Just five minutes into Colombia vs. Greece, Colombia's Pablo Armero scored the first goal of the match to give it a 1-0 lead. The goal would be all Colombia needed, but it offered no mercy.

By the time the referee blew the final whistle, Colombia had routed Greece by the score of 3-0. Teofilo Gutierrez launched another goal past Greece goalie Orestis Karnezis, 58 minutes in, and James Rodriguez, 93 minutes in.

The score could've been uglier, too. Karnezis finished the game with three saves.

Another win like this and Colombia will establish itself as a major threat to Brazil's World Cup title pursuit on its own turf. According to Odds Shark, Colombia entered with 69-2 odds to win it all, just the 10th-highest out of any team.

Italy, which has the seventh-highest odds to win the World Cup, showed why against England.

The score was knotted at 0-0 for the first 35 minutes before Italy's Claudio Marchisio scored a goal to break the tie. Italy didn't hold the lead for long, though. Just two minutes later, Daniel Sturridge sent the score to 1-1 with a goal of his own.

It was the closest World Cup match yet. Italy finished with a slight lead in time of possession, and England finished with a slight lead in shots on goal. But with 50 minutes in, Mario Balotelli scored the game-winning goal off his head.

Italy was already favored to win Group D. After Uruguay's loss earlier in the day, it's an even greater favorite.

Ivory Coast isn't a favorite in its group just yet, but it's definitely now favored to advance. It trailed Japan 48 of the first 64 minutes of the match. Two minutes later, though, Wilfried Bony and Gervinho had Ivory Coast on top.

Ivory Coast didn't dominate like Colombia, but its offense proved it has the quick-strike capability to challenge for the first seed in Group C. 

 

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

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