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World Cup Results 2014: Scores, Updated Group Table and Fixtures After Day 12

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Juan Mata of Spain (L) celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Fernando Torres during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Spain at Arena da Baixada on June 23, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 23, 2014

Day 12 results for the 2014 World Cup involved Spain ending its tournament on as high of a note as possible for a defending champion eliminated before the knockout round.

The 2010 World Cup champs lost their first two group-stage matches by the combined score of 7-1. On Monday against Australia with nothing to play for but pride, they made their country proud. 

Thirty-six minutes into the match, David Villa broke the 0-0 tie with his first goal of the tournament. 

Fernando Torres built Spain's lead 69 minutes in, and 13 minutes later, Juan Mata made it a blowout with a goal of his own.

When the referee blew the final whistle, Spain had beaten Australia by the score of 3-0. Spain possessed the ball just slightly more than Australia55 percent of the matchbut Australia finished with zero shots on goal. Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina had the easiest outing of his life.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:  Memphis Depay of the Netherlands shoots and scores his team's second goal past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo of Chile during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between the Netherlands and Chile at Arena de Sao Paulo on J
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Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo didn't. Chile had already clinched a spot in the knockout round prior to facing the Netherlands on Day 12, but the top seed in Group B would've been nice. With Robin van Persie sitting out due to a yellow card ban, Bravo should've had an easier outing, but the Netherlands' substitutes stepped up.

Chile held Arjen Robben, who entered the day tied for the World Cup lead in scoring, without a goal. But Leroy Fer scored two minutes after he subbed in at the 75th minute to put Netherlands up 1-0. For the sake of style points, substitute Memphis Depay scored another goal in the 92nd minute, and his team won 2-0. 

Chile never had a chance the way its offense played on Monday. Netherlands possessed the ball 64 percent of the match and attempted eight shots on goal compared to just one for Chile. Netherlands' knockout round opponent can't be pleased it played so effectively without Van Persie.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Neymar of Brazil celebrates scoring his team's second goal and his second of the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Brazil at Estadio Nacional on June 23, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (P
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With Van Persie and Robben going goalless, Neymar took advantage and now leads the race for the Golden Boot.

After being shut out by Mexico, it only took 17 minutes for Brazil to score against Cameroon. Neymar scored the first goal to put Brazil ahead.

And after Cameroon's Joel Matip tied the match nine minutes later, Neymar scored again eight minutes after that to regain the leadhis fourth goal of the World Cup.

Brazil held the lead the rest of the way. However, it not only needed to hold its lead to earn the Group A top seed but also edge Mexico in goal differential. Fred and Fernandinho goals in the 49th and 84th minutes, respectively, did just that, though, and Brazil won 4-1 in its most sound performance of the tournament.

While Brazil attempted 11 shots on goal, Cameroon mustered just one. Mexico didn't have nearly as easy of an outing against Croatia.

Jun 23, 2014; Recife, Pernambuco, BRAZIL; Mexico midfielder Jose Vazquez (23) and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric (10) battle for the ball during the first half of a 2014 World Cup game at Arena Pernambuco. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sport
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For the first 71 minutes of their match, neither team could score. They could barely get respectable shots off. Mexico and Croatia combined for just seven shots on goal.

But in the final minutes, the defensive battle turned into a blowout. Mexico's Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier Hernandez all scored within 11 minutes of each other to build a 3-0 lead. This pleased their head coach, Miguel Herrera.

Ivan Perisic scored 87 minutes in to put Croatia on the board, but it was way too little, way too late in a 3-1 defeat. As a result, Mexico will advance to the knockout round, and Croatia will watch.

Here are the updated standings and the remaining group-stage schedule following Day 12.

Tables
PosTeamPtsGDPWDLFA
Group A
1Brazil72321072
2Mexico31321041
3Croatia32310266
4Cameroon0-5300319
Group B
1Netherlands973300103
2Chile62320153
3Spain0-3310247
4Australia0-6300339
Group C
1Colombia64220051
2Ivory Coast30210133
3Japan1-1201112
4Greece1-3201103
Group D
1Costa Rica63220041
2Italy30210122
3Uruguay3-1210134
4England0-2200224
Group E
1France66220082
2Ecuador30210133
3Switzerland3-2210146
4Honduras0-4200215
Group F
1Argentina62220031
2Nigeria41211010
3Iran1-1201101
4Bosnia and Herzegovina0-2200213
Group G
1Germany44211062
2United States41211043
3Ghana1-1201134
4Portugal1-4201126
Group H
1Belgium62220031
2Algeria31210154
3Russia1-1201112
4South Korea1-2201135
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Schedule
DateTime (ET)FixtureNetwork
Tues., June 2412 p.m.Italy vs. UruguayESPN
12 p.m.Costa Rica vs. EnglandESPN2
4 p.m.Japan vs. ColombiaESPN
4 p.m.Greece vs. Ivory CoastESPN2
Wed., June 2512 p.m.Nigeria vs. ArgentinaESPN
12 p.m.Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. IranESPN2
4 p.m.Honduras vs. SwitzerlandESPN2
4 p.m.Ecuador vs. FranceESPN
Thu., June 2612 p.m.United States vs. GermanyESPN
12 p.m.Portugal vs. GhanaESPN2
4 p.m.South Korea vs. BelgiumESPN
4 p.m.Algeria vs. RussiaESPN2
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David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report.

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