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World Cup: Day 2 recap/Day 3 preview

Recap of day 2 and preview of day 3 at the World Cup

Netherlands celebrating another goal
Netherlands celebrating another goal
Ian Walton

Day 2 recap

Mexico 1 - 0 Cameroon Group A

The day started with more questionable calls when Giovani dos Santos had two goals denied when he was ruled offside. Mexico dominated play but Cameroon had their chances throughout but El Tri notched the winner when Oribe Peralta jumped on the rebound from a Giovani dos Santos shot.

Spain 1 - 5 Netherlands Group B

In the rematch of the 2010 World Cup final, Spain controlled much of the first half and was up 1-0 when Xabi Alonso scored on a penalty in the 27th minute. The momentum changed when Robin van Persie scored the goal of the tournament (so far) with a diving header that looped over Iker Casillas just before the end of the half. The Dutch came out in the second half and proceeded to dismantle the defending champs with four more goals.

Chile 3 - 1 Australia Group B

Chile wanted to make sure they took advantage of Spain's drubbing earlier and get all three points. Two quick goals by Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia in the 12th and 14th minutes gave Chile the lead but Tim Cahill's header at the 35th minute breathed life back into the Aussies. While Chile was the better team, Australia kept pressing but Jean Beausejour's goal in stoppage time ended Australia's hopes for the match.

Day 3 preview

Colombia vs. Greece 11am ABC Group C

The Columbians hope to make their first appearance in 16 years better than 98 or 94 and despite some injuries they have the attacking weapons to get off to a good start. If the Greeks tight defense holds off their South American opponents the pressure will mount and swing in favor of Greece getting a decent result.

Prediction: Colombia 1-1 Greece

Uruguay vs. Costa Rica 2pm ABC Group D

Uruguay should be the clear favorites in this match but the Ticos have nothing to lose and could be dangerous.

Prediction: Uruguay 2 - 0 Costa Rica

England vs. Italy 5pm ESPN Group D

Two teams with so much history and so much fear of not advancing. Both teams will be wanting to give themselves the best chance to move on out of the group stage and play it conservatively to get a point.

Prediction: England 1-1 Italy

Ivory Coast vs. Japan 8pm ESPN Group C

The bigger names are on Ivory Coast (Drogba, Toure but Japan normally plays so well as a team so it should be a good match. Whichever team gets the lead will be able to drive the game and should come out on top.

Prediction: Ivory Coast 3-2 Japan