World Cup Results 2014: Scores, Updated Group Table and Fixtures After Day 14

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World Cup Results 2014: Scores, Updated Group Table and Fixtures After Day 14
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The group stage of the 2014 World Cup is drawing to a close, but not before some of the groups work themselves out and decide who will advance onto the next round.

That continued on Wednesday, as Group E and Group F played their final matches of this round. And as expected, France and Argentina won those respective groups.

Argentina was first up to the test against Nigeria, and who else but Lionel Messi to be the star in leading the Argentines to a 3-2 victory as shown by Bleacher Report UK:

It didn't take long for Argentina to go in front. In the match's opening minutes, Messi ripped a rebound into the top of the net as they took a 1-0 lead. But Nigeria answered right back with an equalizer.

Messi again put the Argentines in front in first-half stoppage time with his second perfect free-kick, this one actually getting past Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. Nigeria again equalized off Ahmed Musa's second goal, but Marcos Rojo put Argentina in front for good in the 50th minute.

Squawka Football noted Messi's magnificent stat line:

ESPN's Ian Darke said it was about time:

Nigeria-Argentina wasn't the only Group F fixture going on at the time, as Bosnia-Herzegovina took on Iran.

Iran could have advanced through with a win and help from Argentina, but it wasn't in the cards. Instead, Bosnia showed the form they had indicated having at times earlier in Brazil, and exploded with goals.

Edin Dzeko got them started in the 23rd minute, and that was all until Miralem Pjanic scored in the 59th minute. Iran would draw to 2-1 in the closing moments, but Bosnia quickly answered back with another to distance themselves.

Shortly after the match, it was announced that Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz was done with the club. Owen Gibson of The Guardian summed up what it could mean for England's manager:

Argentina's win means they went on to win the group, as most expected. Despite losing their final match, Nigeria will go through after Iran failed to pick up three points in their match to Bosnia. 

In the final slate of matches, all France had to do was not lose by five-plus goals, and they were in position to advance. They surely would've liked to continue their magnificent form that they started the World Cup with but instead sputtered to a scoreless draw against Ecuador.

France controlled the match with 60 percent possession, in some part due to a 50th-minute red card on Antonio Valencia that allowed the French to press again and again. But despite 20 shots and 13 on goal, they couldn't get past Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez—who had a whopping nine saves.

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The next match in Group E was much more friendly in the goal-scoring department. Switzerland found the net early and often and routed Honduras 3-0 in their final group-stage match.

ESPN SportsCenter summed up what it means moving forward:

After all of the unbelievable results and shocking finishes at the World Cup, Wednesday saw a bit of a return to normalcy. France and Switzerland got through Group E as many expected, and Argentina won Group F with the talented Nigerians also advancing—much less shocking than Costa Rica or Greece going through, as we saw the previous two days.

Switzerland will get the tougher draw heading into the round of 16, facing Messi-led Argentina with the chance to pull one of the most stunning upsets of the tournament on Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, France will move on to face Nigeria in the round of 16 in Monday's match.

When Wednesday's action drew to a close, only two groups stood unsettled. Belgium are the only team playing on Thursday that has their spot in the next round secure. 

Let's take a look at the updated group tables and the rest of the group-stage fixtures. 

2014 World Cup Group Standings
Group A P W D L GD Pts
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 7
Mexico 3 2 1 0 3 7
Croatia 3 1 0 2 0 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 2 -8 0
Group B P W D L GD Pts
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 7 9
Chile 3 2 0 1 2 6
Spain 3 1 0 2 -3 3
Australia 3 0 0 3 -6 0
Group C P W D L GD Pts
Colombia 3 3 0 0 7 9
Greece 3 1 1 1 -2 4
Ivory Coast 3 1 0 2 -1 3
Japan 3 0 1 2 -4 1
Group D P W D L GD Pts
Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 3 7
Uruguay 3 2 0 1 0 6
Italy 3 1 0 2 -1 3
England 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group E P W D L GD Pts
France 3 2 1 0 6 7
Switzerland 3 2 0 1 1 6
Ecuador 3 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 0 3 -7 0
Group F P W D L GD Pts
Argentina 3 3 0 0 3 9
Nigeria 3 1 1 1 0 4
Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 1 0 2 0 3
Iran 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group G P W D L GD Pts
Germany 2 1 1 0 4 4
United States 2 1 1 0 1 4
Ghana 2 0 1 1 -1 1
Portugal 2 0 1 1 -4 1
Group H P W D L GD Pts
Belgium 2 2 0 0 2 6
Algeria 2 1 0 1 1 3
Russia 2 0 1 1 -1 1
Korea Republic 2 0 1 1 -2 1

FIFA.com

2014 World Cup Upcoming Fixtures
Date Time (ET) Matchup TV
Thu., June 26 12 p.m. United States vs. Germany ESPN
12 p.m. Portugal vs. Ghana ESPN2
4 p.m. South Korea vs. Belgium ESPN
4 p.m. Algeria vs. Russia ESPN2
Sat., June 28 12 p.m. Brazil vs. Chile ABC
4 p.m. Colombia vs. Uruguay ABC
Sun., June 29 12 p.m. Netherlands vs. Mexico ESPN
4 p.m. Costa Rica vs. Greece ESPN
Mon., June 30 12 p.m. France vs. Nigeria ESPN

FIFA.com

 

 

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