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World Cup 2014: Updated Group Standings and Scores Following Day 14 Results

Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, is carried by his teammates Argentina's Angel di Maria (7) and Argentina's Marcos Rojo after scoring his side's first goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 26, 2014

The fates of two more groups were decided on Day 14 of the 2014 World Cup.

No team in Group E had clinched a spot in the knockout round prior to Wednesday's action. Winning the group with its effort was France.

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - JUNE 20:  Alexander Dominguez of Ecuador looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Honduras and Ecuador at Arena da Baixada on June 20, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Ecuador managed to hold the highest scoring offense in the World Cup scoreless. But it couldn't score either. The game ended in a 0-0 tie, and Ecuador goalie Alexander Dominguez won Man of the Match for recording a whopping nine saves.

France's Hugo Lloris only needed to make two saves. Dominguez's performance was in vain, though. Ecuador was eliminated as a result of its draw and Switzerland's win. 

Switzerland will advance with the second seed after defeating Honduras by the score of 3-0. Xherdan Shaqiri scored all three of Switzerland's goals, putting him within striking distance of the Golden Boot award, which goes to the player with the most goals scored in the World Cup. Here's his first.

On Wednesday alone, Shaqiri scored more goals by himself than Honduras has the entire tournament.

Tied with Neymar for first in the race for the Golden Boot after his Day 14 performance is Lionel Messi. He scored in each of Argentina's first two matches and added his third and fourth goals in a 3-2 victory over Nigeria. Here's his second goal off of a free kick.

Argentina had already locked up a spot in the knockout round, but Nigeria could've won the group with a win.

Nigeria will still advance, though, after Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Iran 3-1. Due to Nigeria's loss, Iran could've leapfrogged in the standings with a win. But Bosnia and Herzegovina, playing only for pride, dominated.

Here are the updated standings entering the final day of group-stage action when the fates of Groups G and H will be decided. 

Tables
PosTeamPtsGDPWDLFA
Group A
1Brazil75321072
2Mexico73321041
3Croatia30310266
4Cameroon0-8300319
Group B
1Netherlands973300103
2Chile62320153
3Spain3-3310247
4Australia0-6300339
Group C
1Colombia97330092
2Greece4-2311124
3Ivory Coast3-1310245
4Japan1-4301226
Group D
1Costa Rica73321041
2Uruguay60320144
3Italy3-1310223
4England1-2301224
Group E
1France76321082
2Switzerland61320176
3Ecuador40311133
4Honduras0-7300318
Group F
1Argentina93330031
2Nigeria40311130
3Bosnia and Herzegovina30310241
4Iran1-3301243
Group G
1Germany44211062
2United States41211043
3Ghana1-1201134
4Portugal1-4201126
Group H
1Belgium62220031
2Algeria31210154
3Russia1-1201112
4South Korea1-2201135
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David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

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