Scores were lopsided on the final day of A and B group stage play in the 2014 World Cup.
Playing only for pride, Spain imposed its will on Australia, winning 3-0. Australia earned a zero on the scoreboard and in the shots-on-goal category.
The other early game also ended in a shutout, with a Robin van Persie-less Netherlands edging Chile thanks to two late goals by substitutes. Netherlands can also thank Chile for taking a whopping one shot on goal.
Mexico and Croatia was tight long into the second half, but the final score doesn't tell it. Mexico won 3-1, but all four goals were scored after the 71st minute.
Neymar scored as many goals as Cameroon, Croatia, Chile and Australia combined on Monday. He scored two, and Brazil beat Cameroon 4-1.
Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands and Chile will advance. The rest will watch.
Here's how to watch Day 13 action, as well as predictions for each showdown.
|Day 13 Schedule|
|12 p.m.||Italy vs. Uruguay||ESPN||2-2, Draw|
|12 p.m.||Costa Rica vs. England||ESPN2||2-1, Costa Rica|
|4 p.m.||Japan vs. Colombia||ESPN||2-0, Colombia|
|4 p.m.||Greece vs. Ivory Coast||ESPN2||1-0, Ivory Coast|
Italy vs. Uruguay
Uruguay needs a win to advance to the knockout round. Italy needs a win or a draw because it leads in goal differential. They have a common opponent in Costa Rica, and Costa Rica defeated Uruguay by the score of 3-1, beating Italy just 1-0.
Of course, Uruguay didn't have Luis Suarez then. When he returned from injury, he single-handedly outscored England, 2-1.
Italy entered the favorite to win Group D, and while Uruguay enters Day 13 as the hotter team, they're so evenly match that a draw is the most likely outcome.
Costa Rica vs. England
Costa Rica would need to lose and blow a three-goal lead over Italy in the standings to lose Group D. It already clinched a spot in the knockout round, but holding on to the first seed would earn it a more favorable matchup.
England is a heavy, 33-100 favorite to beat Costa Rica, but Uruguay and Italy were heavy favorites too. Costa Rica could rest its starters, but that could be risky given the squad's momentum. More influential will likely be the fact that England is already eliminated, which is sure to steal some of its motivation.
Expect a close match, but one after which Costa Rica remains undefeated.
Japan vs. Colombia
Colombia is in the same situation as Costa Rica. It's already guaranteed to play on, and Ivory Coast needs a miracle to leapfrog Colombia in the standings.
Japan has far more to compete for. It can advance with a win and an Ivory Coast loss, or a win by two goals and an Ivory Coast draw. But the greatest problem for Japan isn't its reliance on Ivory Coast. Japan has only scored a grand total of one goal in its two matches.
Colombia has scored five. Even if it rests it starters, Colombia should still come out on top.
Greece vs. Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast is in with a win. And it couldn't have asked for a better matchup. While Ivory Coast has struggled in the World Cup, few teams have struggled more than Greece.
Greece's defense isn't pitiful. It's only allowed three goals. But Greece still has yet to score itself.
While Greece's defense is competent, if Ivory Coast can score on Colombia, it can muster up one measly goal against Greece, which is all it should need.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.
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