World Cup Results 2014: Tracking Final Scores, Golden Boot Contenders for Day 11

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World Cup Results 2014: Tracking Final Scores, Golden Boot Contenders for Day 11
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The intensity keeps growing, the surprises keep coming and the best teams are emerging, as each team will have played two games upon the conclusion of Day 11 of the 2014 World Cup.

With each passing match, teams are jockeying for position in an effort to reach the coveted round of 16, while the world's best goal scorers remain in a tight race for the Golden Boot.

Groups G and H are in action on Sunday.

Will Belgium take control in Group H, and will the United States do the unthinkable and win its first two games in the brutal Group G?

Let's take a look at the Day 11 results as they happen, as well as keep a keen eye on the race for the Golden Boot.

 

Results

2014 World Cup Day 11 Results
Group Team 1 Result Team 2
H Belgium 1-0 Russia
H Korea Republic 2-4 Algeria
G United States 2-2 Portugal

FIFA.com

 

Golden Boot Watch

 

2014 World Cup Scorers
Player Country Goals
Karim Benzema France 3
Enner Valencia Ecuador 3
Arjen Robben Netherlands 3
Robin van Persie Netherlands 3
Thomas Mueller Germany 3
James Rodriguez Colombia 2
Gervinho Ivory Coast 2
Luis Suarez Uruguay 2
Tim Cahill Australia 2
Neymar Brazil 2
Mario Mandzukic Croatia 2
Lionel Messi Argentina 2
Andre Ayew Ghana 2
Clint Dempsey United States 2
Blaise Matuidi France 1
Mathieu Valbuena France 1
Moussa Sissoko France 1
Blerim Dzemaili Switzerland 1
Granit Xhaka Switzerland 1
Bryan Ruiz Costa Rica 1
Wayne Rooney England 1
Juan Quintero Colombia 1
Ivan Perisic Croatia 1
Ivica Olic Croatia 1
Mile Jedinak Australia 1
Memphis Depay Netherlands 1
Eduardo Vargas Chile 1
Charles Aranguiz Chile 1
Sofiane Feghouli Iran 1
Marouane Fellaini Belgium 1
Dries Mertens Belgium 1
Lee Keun-Ho South Korea 1
Alexander Kerzhakov Russia 1
Mario Balotelli Italy 1
Claudio Marchisio Italy 1
Daniel Sturridge England 1
Edinson Cavani Uruguay 1
Joel Campbell Costa Rica 1
Oscar Duarte Costa Rica 1
Marcos Urena Costa Rica 1
Pablo Armero Colombia 1
Teofilo Gutierrez Colombia 1
Stefan de Vrij Netherlands 1
Xabi Alonso Spain 1
Oscar Brazil 1
Oribe Peralta Mexico 1
Alexis Sanchez Chile 1
Jorge Valdívia Chile 1
Jean Beausejour Chile 1
Wilfried Bony Ivory Coast 1
Keisuke Honda Japan 1
Admir Mehmedi Switzerland 1
Haris Seferovic Switzerland 1
Carlo Costly Honduras 1
Vedad Ibisevic Bosnia-Herzegovina 1
Mats Hummels Germany 1
Olivier Giroud France 1
John Anthony Brooks United States 1
Mario Gotze Germany 1
Miroslav Klose Germany 1
Asamoah Gyan Ghana 1
Peter Odemwingie Nigeria 1
Divock Origi Belgium 1
Islam Slimani Algeria 1
Rafik Halliche Algeria 1
Abdelmoumene Djabou Algeria 1
Son Heung Min South Korea 1
Yacine Brahimi Algeria 1
Koo Jacheol South Korea 1
Nani Portugal 1
Jermaine Jones United States 1
Silvestre Verela Portugal 1

FIFA.com

 

Day 11 Analysis

Belgium and Russia kicked off the day with a rather sloppy contest. Poor passing and bad balls all over the pitch made for some terrible possessions between both teams, as the game entered halftime at 0-0.

A tweet from Bleacher Report UK really summed up the atmosphere:

Fortunately, the match changed in a big way over the final 10 minutes.

After Russia had been more aggressive on the offensive end earlier in the match, Belgium turned up the pressure late. Divock Origi finally broke through Russia's defenses and netted the go-ahead goal in the 88th minute. Here's a look at his decisive strike, courtesy of Football Tweets:

With Origi's goal, he became the youngest goal scorer in Belgium's World Cup history, according to ESPN Stats and Info:

The 1-0 victory moves Belgium through the group stage and into the round of 16. Russia now teeters on the brink of elimination and awaits Korea Republic's match against Algeria.

The second match of Day 11 featured a big change of pace.

After a defensive showdown between Belgium and Russia, Algeria and South Korea put on an offensive spectacle in the following game.

Coming into the match, Algeria was the underdog according to a poll from ESPN Stats & Info:

That was proven wrong rather quickly.

Islam Slimani kicked off the scoring with a brilliant goal in the game's 26th minute. It didn't take long for Algeria to catch fire once more, as Rafik Halliche scored two-minutes later on a great header following a corner. Here's a look, courtesy of Football Live Scores:

The rout appeared to be on after this fantastic goal from Abdelmoumene Djabou in the 38th minute, courtesy of 2014 World Cup:

After the break, South Korea was already well against the ropes. However, it suddenly began to dig itself out of a huge hole when Son Heung Min found the back of the net in the 50th minute.

It was not to be for South Korea, as Yacine Brahimi put Algeria back up by three in the 62nd minute, dashing the hopes of the Koreans.

A tweet from The Big Lead really sums up Algeria's final goal and overall play in the match:

Koo Jacheol tacked on one more for South Korea in the 72nd minute, but the deficit was too large to overcome.

Algeria's win was a historic one. The country had not scored a goal in a World Cup since 1986, according to Nick Schwartz of USA Today. Sunday's sudden outburst of scoring could allow Algeria to make it past the group stage for its first time ever in a World Cup.

With the win, Algeria can now advance to the round of 16 with a victory over Russia on Thursday. The Koreans and Russians have some work to do if either is to advance to the knockout rounds.

The third game of the day may have been one of the most exhilarating of the 2014 World Cup thus far.

Things didn't look good for the Americans early, as Nani netted the matches first goal at just the fifth minute.

Early match defense has been the United States' Achilles' heel in recent World Cups, and it reared its ugly head once more on Sunday. A terrible clearance by the Americans led to this goal for Portugal:

With both goalkeepers playing well through the duration of the first half, Portugal entered the break with a 1-0 lead over the United States.

Although, the Americans were resilient and came out with a big head of steam in the second half.

Jermaine Jones pounded a Lionel Messi-esque strike in the 60th minute to even the game at one goal each. Here's a look at his brilliant goal:

The United States wouldn't settle for the draw, as it kept plenty of pressure on Portugal's end of the pitch. That's when Clint Dempsey struck.

After multiple rebounds, Dempsey charged the goal at an opportune moment, and used his midsection to propel the ball into the back of the net:

It looked like a win and a trip to the round of 16 was imminent for the Americans.

Cristiano Ronaldo had a different idea.

A flawless cross in the 95th—and final—minute of the match proved to be the equalizer for Portugal. Here's a look at the flawless goal:

ESPN Stats & Info compared Ronaldo's cross to that of the entire United States team:

In the wake of the contest, each team from Group G remains alive in this year's World Cup.

The Americans play the Germans next, and a win or draw would propel either team into the round of 16. Portugal plays Ghana next and will need some help to advance.

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