World Cup Bracket 2014: Standings, Schedule and Predictions for Day 6 in Brazil

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2014

In this Thursday, June 12, 2014 photo, Brazilians celebrate after their team scores a goal against Croatia in the 2014 soccer World Cup opening game at a Fan Fest complex in Recife, Brazil. With Brazil struggling and down a goal against a spirited Croatian team, Neymar came through to lead his team to a 3-1 win in the opening match, scoring once in each half. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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We're nearing the end of the first full week of the 2014 World Cup, and already the tournament has surpassed its previous edition in several key categories such as excitement, comebacks and heart-stopping drama.

ESPN Stats & Info has the roundup of key figures that prove this World Cup is operating at an absurdly high level of play:

The stat gurus at ESPN also pointed out just about every half in this year's World Cup has given fans something to celebrate:

By Day 4, the 2014 World Cup had easily featured more comebacks than in all of 2010:

Legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel summed up many fans' feelings about the global game's finest exhibition:

With so many wonderful moments already on the books, it makes sense that we soldier on and take a look at the matchups in store for fans on Day 6.

Brazil returns to World Cup play against a dangerous Mexico side to kick off the second round of Group A play. Don't sleep on Group H, though, as tournament darling Belgium takes on Algeria, and Russia squares off against South Korea to round out the final matches of the first round of group-stage play.

Here are the updated standings, a schedule for upcoming fixtures and match predictions for Day 6 of the World Cup.

2014 World Cup Standings
Group A
Group B
Group C
Ivory Coast110013
Group D
Costa Rica110023
Group E
Group F
Group G
United States110013
Group H
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2014 World Cup—Upcoming Fixtures
MatchupDateTime (ET)Group
Belgium vs. AlgeriaJune 1712 p.m.H
Brazil vs. MexicoJune 173 p.m.A
Russia vs. Korea RepublicJune 176 p.m.H
Australia vs. NetherlandsJune 1812 p.m.B
Spain vs. ChileJune 183 p.m.B
Croatia vs. CameroonJune 186 p.m.A
Colombia vs. Ivory CoastJune 1912 p.m.C
Uruguay vs. EnglandJune 193 p.m.D
Japan vs. GreeceJune 196 p.m.C
Italy vs. Costa RicaJune 2012 p.m.D
Switzerland vs. FranceJune 203 p.m.E
Honduras vs. EcuadorJune 206 p.m.E

Day 6 Predictions

Brazil vs. Mexico

Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press

This match could be a decisive one for Mexico, as it will look to beat out Croatia for the runner-up spot in the group. Look for this match to feature plenty of aggressive, fluid attacking play.

Mexico slipped past Cameroon with a 1-0 victory, but the scoreline is completely deceptive, as it dominated the run of play. Mexico and Cameroon were nearly even in shots on goal, but El Tri were definitely the more dangerous, aggressive team on the day.

Giovani dos Santos played especially well; he had two goals overturned due to incorrect offside calls, and it was his deflected effort that Oribe Peralta swept into the goal to give Mexico the advantage it would never relinquish. Dos Santos and Peralta looked good enough against Cameroon to notch a goal or two against Brazil.

Andre Penner/Associated Press

Brazil will be the more confident team in the match. Neymar, Oscar and Hulk will look to combine in the attacking third and go straight at Mexico's defense. According to TV Globo commentator Jon Cotterill, Brazil expects to beat any team it faces. Via David Hytner of The Guardian:

There is a phrase that is bandied about here that roughly translates as 'Brazil can only lose to itself'. In other words, defeats are not down to the quality of the opposition, merely Brazil's own shortcomings. Is it cocky? Yes. But they have won five World Cups.

Brazil will take that national pride and use it as fuel for an exciting victory full of wide-open play on Tuesday.

Prediction: Brazil 3-2 Mexico

Belgium vs. Algeria


Belgium should have no trouble dispatching Algeria in the first of two Group H matches on Tuesday. Belgium went undefeated in UEFA World Cup qualification, notching eight wins and two draws in 10 matches with a plus-14 goal differential.

The Red Devils feature a dazzling dribbler in Eden Hazard, a powerful striker in Romelu Lukaku and a fearless leader in Vincent Kompany on the back line.

Algeria is just no match for this powerful Belgian squad. It is a rather scattershot group of players; every single member of the roster plays for a different club team.

It will be up to head coach Vahid Halilhodzic to marshal his players into a coherent side. Algeria's best shot in this game is to put 10 men behind the ball and play for a draw, but that is unlikely to happen with national pride at stake. Sporting Lisbon's crafty Islam Slimani is Algeria's best bet for stealing a goal against Belgium.

Slimani will likely snatch a goal, but Algeria will be lucky to escape this draw against Belgium with its World Cup hopes intact.

Prediction: Belgium 4-1 Algeria

Russia vs. South Korea

Lee Jin-man/Associated Press

Russia will be looking to avoid another disastrous performance at a World Cup. It failed to advance from a soft group in the 2002 World Cup and missed out in both 2006 and 2010.

Alexander Kerzhakov is the only member of that 2002 World Cup team in Brazil, and he has a strong belief in coach Fabio Capello's ability to bring out the best in his teammates.

"We are bidding to win this tournament," said Kerzhakov, per a Reuters report (via The Moscow Times). "All of our players have been thriving in Russia, but people outside the country do not know us. What's important, though, is that our coach, Fabio Capello, knows us and our strengths."

Russia also might get a boost from the players' familiarity with each other; every single member of the national team plays in the Russian Premier League.

The Russians might be a little bit overconfident considering their eagerness to make amends for previous failures. South Korea, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund's Ji Dong-won leading the line, should be able to shock Russia and hold it to a stalemate on Tuesday.

Prediction: Russia 1-1 South Korea


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