The first full week of the 2014 World Cup is officially over after some terrific matches, but there should be even more exciting games to watch during Day 8.
Day 7 got started with a terrific match between Australia and the Netherlands. After dominating Spain in their opener, the Netherlands were able to come back from down 2-1 to take a 3-1 win thanks to second-half goals from Robin van Persie and Memphis Depay.
The big upset of the day was once again Spain, who fell 2-0 to Chile. With two devastating losses, the defending World Cup champions are already eliminated from advancing, ending their hopes at defending the title way earlier than they were expecting.
After the big upset, Croatia easily dominated Cameroon with a 4-0 win.
As teams get ready to start the second week of play, let's take a look at the scores from Day 7 along with the schedule and predictions for Day 8.
Day 7 Results
|Day 7 Results|
Day 8 Schedule
|Day 8 Schedule|
|Colombia vs. Ivory Coast||12 p.m.||ESPN|
|Uruguay vs. England||3 p.m.||ESPN|
|Japan vs. Greece||6 p.m.||ESPN|
Day 8 Predictions
England Won't Win Against Uruguay
After a tough 2-1 loss to Italy, England are looking to get some points so that they can stay alive in the group stage. However, they're going to have a very hard time getting three points in their second game against Uruguay.
Both teams are in jeopardy of not making it out of Group D after losing their openers. Uruguay rested their star player in Luis Suarez, but according to Carl Markham from The Independent, the talented striker is expected to be fit to play against England.
While attending Uruguay training, Sean Fletcher from Good Morning Britain noted that Suarez looks ready to go.
With their striker back, Uruguay will have an edge, but their defense is still a question after giving up three goals to Costa Rica in their opener. Uruguay will have to contend with England's potent midfield, a group led by Steven Gerrard and possessing the offensive firepower of Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge.
However, England have a suspect defense, and Suarez hasn't been afraid to publicly point that out.
''I know all the players in the England squad either because they're my teammates or because I've faced them,'' Suarez told Rob Harris from the Associated Press. ''They have some defensive flaws we can exploit.''
Suarez will likely have plenty of opportunities against that defense, but he'll have to hope that Uruguay's own defense can contain England's strikers. Still, with how much Rooney has struggled in World Cup play during his career, the best that the Three Lions can hope for is a draw.
Colombia Will Secure Spot in Knockout Stage
Few teams are as balanced in this year's World Cup as Colombia, and after a big win over Greece in their opener, Los Cafeteros should help secure a spot in the knockout stage with a win over the Ivory Coast on Thursday.
Colombia allowed the fewest goals of any team during qualifying while scoring plenty of goals of their own. They have plenty of talent on the attack along with some strong backs that can control the game at times. Their midfield isn't elite, but they're not going to be dominated against the Elephants' midfielders.
There's a lot to like about Colombia, but that doesn't mean that this will be an easy match. The Ivory Coast have some great attackers in Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Wilfried Bony. Those attackers helped the Elephants come back from down 1-0 with two second-half goals to beat Japan.
According to David Kent of the Daily Mail, Colombia will be without striker Carlos Bacca for the rest of group play. Fortunately for Colombia, FiveThirtyEight recently gave the team a 96.3 percent chance to advance out of Group C (taking into account each team's opener), and the side will be ready to head to the knockout stage with at least one point on Thursday.
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