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World Cup Results 2014: Scores, Updated Group Table and Fixtures After Day 6

Belgium's Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Algeria at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 18, 2014

We're six days through the 2014 World Cup, and all of the 32 teams included have officially made their debuts.

Group H was the last four-some to open up play in Brazil, and they did so on Tuesday with Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea becoming the final four teams to take the pitch.

That wasn't all on tap, as Brazil and Mexico dueled to a scoreless draw in Group A for the second match of the tournament for both sides.

Let's break down all of the Day 6 results and take a look at the updated group table.

2014 World Cup Group Standings
TeamPtsGDPWDL
Group A
Brazil422110
Mexico412110
Cameroon0-11001
Croatia0-21001
Group B
Netherlands341100
Chile321100
Australia0-21001
Spain0-41001
Group C
Colombia331100
Ivory Coast311100
Japan0-11001
Greece0-31001
Group D
Costa Rica321100
Italy311100
England0-11001
Uruguay0-21001
Group E
France331100
Switzerland311100
Ecuador0-11001
Honduras0-31001
Group F
Argentina311100
Nigeria101010
Iran101010
Bosnia-Herzegovina0-11001
Group G
Germany341100
United States311100
Ghana0-11001
Portugal0-41001
Group H
Belgium311100
South Korea101010
Russia101010
Algeria0-11001
FIFA.com

 

2014 World Cup: Upcoming Matches After Day 6
MatchupDateTime (ET)Group
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
Argentina vs. IranJune 2112 p.m.F
Germany vs. GhanaJune 213 p.m.G
Nigeria vs. Bosnia-HerzegovinaJune 216 p.m.F
FIFA.com

 

 

Day 6 Results

Belgium 2, Algeria 1

Hassan Ammar/Associated Press

It's been a World Cup of comebacks, and Belgium kept that going on Tuesday. Although results from the past few days have gotten away from the trend of comebacks, Group H favorites Belgium brought it back by rattling off two second-half goals to top Algeria.

The Belgians were in trouble early, when they gave up a penalty in the 25th minute. Sofiane Feghouli confidently netted it to give the Algerians a stunning 1-0 lead.

That didn't immediately wake Belgium up, as they continued sluggish play on into the second half. But with their opening match slipping away, they turned to substitutions to get the job done.

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was subbed in during the 65th minute. Five minutes later, he rose above a contesting defender to head in the equalizer. Some 10 minutes after that, Dries Mertens cut into the box and ripped home the winner.

It was far from a perfect performance from Belgium, but head coach Marc Wilmots was pleased with the way his team responded at half, per The Guardian's Owen Gibson:

"At half-time the players were a bit down but I said: 'Don’t worry, we will completely change the course of the match.' We deserved to win."

"The first half was very difficult because Algeria played very well in a block with good organisation," he said. "In the second half there was a lot more space. It was a very good team performance. Physically speaking it was a bit more difficult for Algeria. We showed patience and that’s important – not to become too nervous."

The result was nothing short of crucial for the Belgians. As one of the dark horses in Brazil with 14-1 odds of winning it all, per Odds Shark, they couldn't afford an early loss. Next up for them is a battle with Russia on June 22.

Meanwhile, Algeria came awfully close to an inspiring victory but instead are left with no points. That puts them in last place in Group H, meaning their upcoming game against South Korea could end their shot at advancing. 

 

Brazil 0, Mexico 0

Themba Hadebe/Associated Press

The World Cup's first second match, if you will, matched up Brazil and Mexico with both having won their opening matches in Group A. But neither could separate itself from the other, playing to a surprisingly exciting scoreless draw.

Both teams put their speed and skill on display in the first half, going back-and-forth for a number of decent scoring chances. But defense on both sides was tough to penetrate.

Mexico were the aggressor for the better part of the second half, forcing Brazil to defend a slew of solid chances. But for the final 20 minutes, it was a Brazilian onslaught on the Mexican goal—and the man standing between the posts came up huge.

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was a brick wall with six saves, turning back a number of chances that each looked destined for the back of the net.

Ochoa's impact on the match was undeniable. It was one of the true dominant performances thus far in Brazil, coming against the host country, no less.

The way his goalkeeper performed captivated Mexico manager Miguel Herrera, per ESPN FC's Tom Marshall:

There's no telling how this result truly impacts both teams until they see how Croatia and Cameroon play out on Wednesday. Both now have four points through two games, but Brazil have an advantage in goal differential over Mexico.

But there's no doubt that the result is felt quite differently from one team to the next. Brazil have to be deflated to fail to win at home and take the outright lead, while Mexico are certainly excited to get any sort of result against the host country as they head into an important final match against Croatia. 

 

South Korea 1, Russia 1

Felipe Dana/Associated Press

The viewing public has been spoiled with comeback victory after goal-scoring explosion after thrilling finish so far in Brazil. But there's this thing called a draw, too, and Tuesday made that clear with South Korea and Russia playing to the second draw of the day, 1-1. 

Tuesday's nightcap lacked pace and decent scoring chances for the better part of the first half, but things picked up just before half-time. Russia found quality chances, and South Korea answered back with counters—but both sides were still scoreless after 45 minutes.

In the 68th minute, the match shifted significantly with one awkward bounce off Igor Akinfeev's palms. South Korea's Lee Keun-Ho ripped a shot on target, and Akinfeev was right in position—only for it to bounce backward off his hands and fall into the net. 

Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

It was a crazy way for the Russians to face their first deficit in Brazil, but they responded with authority. Russia pushed the ball into the South Korean penalty area over and over, and in the 74th minute, Alexander Kerzhakov equalized off a rebound.

South Korea can't feel great about giving up the lead, but this one was destined for a draw. If anything, they should be lauded for strong defense that kept all but one of Russia's 18 shots at bay. 

Meanwhile, Russia avoided what would have been a crushing early defeat to arguably the easiest foe they will face in Group H. They will enter the upcoming match against Belgium hoping for a big result to put them in control of the group.

 

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