World Cup 2014 Standings: Updated Tables, Most Impressive Teams Entering Day 6

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IJune 16, 2014

Netherlands' Robin van Persie, left, prepares to take a shot watched by Spain's Gerard Pique during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Entering Day 6, it's too early for a team to have taken a commanding lead in the 2014 World Cup standings.

However, several teams have separated themselves from the pack on the field with overwhelming play.

Here are the most impressive teams in the tournament thus far, as well as updated group tables.

*All odds are according to Odds Shark

Group A
Group B
Group C
2Ivory Coast31110021
Group D
1Costa Rica32110031
Group E
Group F
4Bosnia and Herzegovina0-1100112
Group G
2United States31110021
Group H
4South Korea00000000

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4. France

Honduras have the worst odds to win the World Cup in the entire field. Comparatively, France have the sixth highest. When these teams faced off on Day 4, France were supposed to win.

But they weren't necessarily supposed to embarrass the entire nation of Honduras. France won by the score of 3-0, and Honduras didn't even look like they deserved to be on the same field. France possessed the ball a whopping 71 percent of the match.

France also finished with five times as many shot attempts as Honduras, which managed only one shot on goal the entire match. France entered the game favored to earn the first seed in Group E, and they're only a clearer favorite after their performance against Honduras.


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3. Colombia

Colombia won in similar fashion to France, except their opponent was a tad stronger. Greece only have the eighth-worst odds to win the World Cup, so Colombia were supposed to embarrass the entirety of their opponent's nation even less than France. But that didn't stop it.

Five minutes into the match, Colombia's Pablo Armero scored to put them up 1-0. Colombia led the rest of the game. And by its conclusion, Colombia had increased their lead to 3-0.

Colombia didn't dominate time of possession or shots on goal like France did. In fact, Greece actually held the ball more than Colombia. But obviously this made no difference.


June 16, 2014; Salvador, BRAZIL; Germany player Thomas Mueller celebrates a goal against Portugal during Group G play during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.  Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports
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2. Germany

Germany are in the Group of Death. It shouldn't matter that they're the favorite to earn the first seed in the Group of Death and have the third-highest odds to win the World Cup. Wins in the Group of Death shouldn't be easy to come by, especially against the second-best team of the group in Portugal.

However, not only was a win over Portugal on Day 5 easy to come by for Germany, it seemed effortless. Germany won by an unthinkable score of 4-0.

While the Germans entered favored, Portugal boast arguably the best player in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo. They should've at least put up a fight. They didn't, and Brazil should feel significantly less confident about being the team to beat in the World Cup after Germany's dominance.


Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

1. Netherlands

The Netherlands' Day 2 victory remains the most impressive performance of the 2014 World Cup. They started with the same odds to win the tournament as Portugal. And they played a team in Spain with comparable odds to Germany.

This time, though, the underdog dominated. The Netherlands routed Spain by the score of 5-1. Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben each outscored the 2010 World Cup champions by themselves.

Spain have had an amazing amount of success over the past four years, and they looked inferior to the Netherlands. Van Persie and company don't necessarily deserve Germany-like expectations just yet, but if they play this way the rest of the group stage, no one will want to play them in the Knockout Round.


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


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