As the group stage continues in the 2014 World Cup, there are a few exciting games to watch in Day 7, as well as a couple of things to expect during the games.
So far, there have been a ton of thrilling endings to this year's World Cup matches, and Day 6 was no exception.
Belgium got things started on Tuesday with a dramatic win over Algeria. After Algeria went up in the 24th minute thanks to a penalty kick, the Belgians weren't able to tie things up until the second half. However, Belgium scored two goals in the 70th and 80th minutes to come back and get the 2-1 win.
Mexico and Brazil played in a scoreless draw, but it was arguably the most exciting match of the day with both goalkeepers making some terrific saves. In the final game of the day, Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev fumbled an easy save to give South Korea their only goal in a 1-1 draw.
Now that another day is in the books, let's take a look at the scores for Day 6 along with the schedule for Day 7 and a couple of predictions for the games.
Day 6 Scores
Day 7 Schedule
|Colombia vs. Ivory Coast||12 p.m.||ESPN|
|Uruguay vs. England||3 p.m.||ESPN|
|Japan vs. Greece||6 p.m.||ESPN|
Day 7 Predictions
Wayne Rooney Will Score His First World Cup Goal
While Wayne Rooney has become a superstar in the Premier League with Manchester United, he's never had a goal in the World Cup, although he has drawn a red card. He was able to get an assist in the 1-2 loss to Italy, but going against Uruguay, he should be able to finally get his first World Cup goal.
Rooney received plenty of criticism after the team's opener against Italy, especially after an awful corner kick in the second half. There has been constant criticism regarding Rooney in international play, and teammate Frank Lampard believes there's an agenda against him, according to Sky Sports, saying:
There has been a fixation with one player in every World Cup I've been involved in. It's frustrating when you're in a team group and that happens. There is a fixation on one player and rather than a debate. It becomes an agenda so I think we need to drop the agenda and look at the team, whoever plays.
Rooney is determined at every tournament. A lot of furore has been built up around him but I see the same Wayne. He wants to play well and give everything for the team.
With all of the buzz around Rooney's struggles, he's kept focused. According to England's Twitter account, the 28-year-old requested additional training after the team's loss.
This game against Uruguay will be a great opportunity for Rooney. While Uruguay has some great strikers in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, they have a questionable midfield and defense, not to mention an inconsistent goalkeeper in Fernando Muslera. England doesn't have a ton of goal-scoring options, which means that whenever they do score, there's a good chance it will come from Rooney.
Greece's Defense Will Turn Things Around vs. Japan
For a team that made its way to the World Cup thanks to their defense, it was quite a surprise to see Greece concede three goals to Colombia in their opener. However, that won't happen again when they go up against Japan on Wednesday.
What will the result be for Japan vs. Greece?
"That wasn't what people expected," Greece forward Andreas Samaris told Jim Vertuno of the Associated Press. "I know what everyone expected of Greece though: that we would have 11 men behind the ball, defend, defend, defend and give everything to keep a clean sheet.
In 12 qualifying matches, Greece had given up just six goals. They play much differently than the other teams in Group C, preferring to slow the pace down and focus on their defense, although they've recently been able to push the tempo when needed to get some offense going.
This is a crucial game for both teams, as a loss for both teams would likely mean the end of their World Cup hopes. According to FiveThirtyEight.com, Greece currently has just a 14.2 percent chance of advancing out of the group stage, while Japan has just an 10.4 percent chance.
The key for Greece on defense will be Socratis Papastathopoulos, who is the anchor for their backs. They'll need him to play at the top of his game against an aggressive-minded midfield from Japan with players like Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda in order to limit their scoring chances.
With how strong they were in qualifiers, I expect Greece to turn things around defensively and help them avoid a second loss.