Welcome to the Gillette Boot Room for Day 12 of the 2014 World Cup!
Stavm your enthusiasm is welcomed!
Welcome back Zach. I thought eh U.S. performance was excellent, save for the first five minutes and last 40 seconds...
I'm good Ed, thanks. Bradley didn't have the best of games, did he? He moved the ball about well, but THAT miss and then giving the ball away for the equaliser may cost them dearly.
Morning Rugger! A disappointing blow for sure, but the U.S. have to be joint favourites to progress now - even a defeat by Germany could still see them through.
wwf, I see a 2-2 draw between Netherlands and Chile, and Spain dispatching Australia fairly comfortably.
Right, this is where the competition really gets interesting, with the fates of sides in Groups A and B decided once and for all - and that means four games today for you lucky folk, with two double-headers lying in wait. Let’s turn out attentions to the first two games of the day, due to kick off in just under 25 minutes at 12:00 ET / 17:00 BST…
You will know by now that Netherlands and Chile have both qualified for the knockout stages, but they will face off today at Arena de Sao Paulo to see who takes top spot in Group B. 2010 World Cup champions Spain, meanwhile, have surrendered their crown in meek fashion, and will take on Australia in a bid to avoid complete embarrassment at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba.
After that, we switch back to Group A, where host Brazil can guarantee progress to the knockout stages against Cameroon at Estadio Nacional. The African side have been in disarray at this competition, and are already out of the tournament - but they could still provide us with one of the all-time shocks if they manage to knock out the Selecao.
Alongside Brazil's game, Mexico and Croatia play each other for a place in the next round, and while a point would ensure progress for El Tricolor, a win for the Vatreni would see the Europeans progress. A defeat for Brazil, though, would mean a draw at Arena Pernambuco would send both these sides through.
The end of an era, Zac? Quite probably for Spain - but what do you make of La Roja? Is this just a natural blip that all great sides go through, or is it something more serious? Let’s have a poll…
Chris, I hope the descriptions below help!