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World Cup 2014: Live Stream, Predictions, Preview for Day 12 Fixtures in Brazil

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18:  Arjen Robben of the Netherlands and Jason Davidson of Australia compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Vinicius Costa/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2014

Hosts Brazil can book their place in the knockout rounds on Day 12 of the 2014 World Cup when they face Cameroon in Group A in capital Brasilia.

Croatia and Mexico meet in Recife for what is likely to be a playoff for second place in the group behind Brazil, as El Tri sit just one point ahead of their European opponents after two matches.

Group B will also be concluded, but it is simply a matter of who takes top spot, as Chile and the Netherlands—who meet on Monday—are already through to the last 16 after two wins each.

Reigning champions Spain—who are already out of the competition—face Australia in a dead rubber.

Read on for live streaming information as well as a preview of Day 12's action and predictions for each game.

World Cup 2014: Day 12 Fixtures
Time (BST/ET)FixtureLive StreamPrediction
9 p.m./4 p.m.Cameroon vs. BrazilITV Player/ESPN Player0-2
9 p.m./4 p.m.Croatia vs. MexicoITV Player/ESPN Player1-1
5 p.m./noonAustralia vs. SpainITV Player/ESPN Player1-2
5 p.m./noonNetherlands vs. ChileITV Player/ESPN Player1-1
BBC Sport

 

Group A

TERESOPOLIS, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Neymar in action during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad's Granja Comary training complex, on June 20, 2014 in Teresopolis, 90 km from downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Me
Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Three teams are still in with a chance of qualifying out of Group A, with Brazil and Mexico needing just a point and Croatia likely a win.

Cameroon have lost both of their games so far in Brazil and are thus out of the tournament per the BBC's Farayi Mungazi:

However, they could still play a key role in deciding the outcome of the group. 

If they beat Brazil, there is a possibility that the hosts could be dumped out of the tournament. It is unlikely, though, after the African side's poor opening performances.

But the Selecao will be aiming to top the group with a convincing win, and they should have enough to overcome Cameroon despite not being at their best in the opening games.

Croatia and Mexico meet for a very important clash, which will be key in deciding the order of the group and the last 16 competitors. 

Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric make up a strong midfield duo for Croatia, and Mario Mandzukic proved his worth by returning from suspension to score twice as they thrashed Cameroon 4-0.

However, their opening 3-1 loss to Brazil and Mexico's draw with the hosts and victory over Cameroon means Croatia likely need to win to advance.

They certainly have the quality to overcome a decent Mexico side, but the pressure may tell in what is an absolutely crucial encounter for both sides. 

 

Group B

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18:  Tim Cahill of Australia acknowledges the fans after being defeated by the Netherlands 3-2 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto
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Amazingly, Spain are already out of the 2014 World Cup having been convincingly beaten by Chile and the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, Australia join them in exiting the tournament despite impressing in losses to the Dutch and the Chileans. 

Unfortunately for the Socceroos, star man Tim Cahill picked up a second yellow card against the Netherlands and will thus be suspended for the La Roja clash and likely bows out of World Cup, per NBC Sports' Arlo White: 

Spain have been very poor in Brazil and will want to put in at least one decent performance even if they are to be returning home earlier than many expected.

But Australia have shown great industry in their opening games and should be able to frustrate the Spanish, who have not been able to find their rhythm of late.

The clash for the top spot is likely to be a terrific encounter, although Robin van Persie is suspended having picked up two bookings.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Jordi Alba of Spain controls the ball against Alexis Sanchez of Chile during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie Sq
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Each side has looked impressive going forward in Brazil and with no danger of not qualifying, both teams will go all-out for the win in the hope of claiming an advantageous last 16 draw likely to be against Croatia or Mexico.

Arjen Robben has starred for the Dutch, scoring three goals in two games, and he will be vital for Louis van Gaal's side if they are to win the game.

If he is on form then he should be able to inspire the Netherlands to a victory that would cap off a very successful group stage and increase their chances of going deep into the tournament, potentially going one better than 2010 and actually winning it.   

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