We've already finished seven days of play in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, and to say that we've seen some shocking results would be an understatement.
Did anyone see Spain's 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands coming? How about Uruguay's 3-1 loss to Costa Rica? And boy, the officiating has sure been a huge talking point so far.
There's plenty more action to dive into on Day 8. With three fixtures on the schedule, fans will be kept busy throughout the day. Don't miss a single minute of Day 8. Below is all your essential viewing info, including a brief breakdown of Day 8's must-watch game.
All games can be watched online at WatchESPN.com.
|2014 World Cup Day 8 Schedule|
|June 19||12 p.m.||C||Colombia vs. Ivory Coast||ESPN|
|June 19||3 p.m.||D||Uruguay vs. England||ESPN|
|June 19||6 p.m.||C||Japan vs. Greece||ESPN|
Match to Watch on Day 8
Of the three matches on Thursday, one in particular sticks out. Uruguay and England will compete on Day 8, and the loser's chances at advancing into the knockout stage will essentially be squashed. This is a must-win for both countries.
Uruguay would have been at a disadvantage had Luis Suarez not been fit to play, but Sky Sports tweeted that the striker will be ready to go against England:
Being at full strength is important for Uruguay. To put it simply, their effort against Costa Rica was horrendous. They played horrible defense, as allowing three goals to a far inferior team is inexcusable. Offensively, they couldn't find rhythm and couldn't capitalize on space. This loss should light a fire under the team heading into Day 8.
Suarez, a star at Liverpool, should be able to take advantage of an England defense that can be suspect at times. He'll look to make plays on his own while also setting up his teammates.
England also lost its first match, dropping 2-1 to Italy. Still, there were positives to take from the match. The defense did a very good job of limiting Italy's opportunities. The Italians are a potent bunch on offense, and their matches can get out of hand quickly.
Another positive was that Wayne Rooney had multiple open looks at the net. He obviously didn't convert them all, but the fact that he had good looks means that something is going right offensively.
Midfielder Adam Lallana is confident in his team's chances against Uruguay, given the outcome of the Italy match, via FIFA.com:
It's massive for us. We have to go all-out, but we know we need the win and we're confident. There were signs the other night that we're close and the lads know that it's all-or-nothing really. We're got great confidence in the camp and I'm certainly confident that we're going to get the win.
We knew from the start that we'd be in a tough group and the Uruguayans are a tough team, but we're a strong team and we've got a great group of players. With just a few tweaks we can get this result.
This game is going to come down to Uruguay's defense. If they allow England—a much better offensive team—to get the same looks as Costa Rica, then this match could get out of hand in a hurry. Rooney won't miss on multiple looks at the net again. He'll be a major factor in the outcome of this Group D matchup.