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FIFA World Cup: 22 June 2014: Live Thread

Live thread for the World Cup matches played on the eleventh day of the 2014 World Cup

Kevin C. Cox

Apparently, in terms of matches played, today signified the midway point of the 2014 FIFA World Cup; which means we're some way closer to the start of pre-season (thankfully). Of course, the majority of people are still enjoying the tournament though, so this is supposed to be a sad occasion.

Whatever, I'll just be glad when the season proper starts again -- there's just something about international football that just doesn't appeal to me. Anyway, to recap yesterday's action, Lionel Messi scored against a parked bus (shame he couldn't do that in any of the six matches we played against Atletico huh?). Germany aren't actually that good and neither are Bosnia. Onto today's games:

Belgium vs Russia, Kickoff: 6pm CET

A second tier European clash to start off a second tier day of action. Russia looked mediocre en route to a 1-1 draw with South Korea and Belgium nearly fell to a laughable defeat against the mighty Algeria, before pulling it back to win. Now, the two teams face each other and will hopefully create something resembling a decent match in the early kickoff.

Algeria vs South Korea, Kickoff: 9pm CET

It's the game we've all been waiting for! Oh wait, no, it's Algeria vs South Korea, probably the exact opposite. There's a lot to play for in this group as the winner of this match could well position themselves for a run at second place. Still, yawn.

Portugal vs USA, Kickoff: 0am CET

Pepe is suspended, Fabio Coentrao is injured, as is Bruno Alves; Portugal are down to their bare bones and their already flimsy squad depth is going to be tested further against a buoyant USA side led by Jurgen Klinsmann. Just a note to all the Culés preparing to laugh at Ronaldo if Portugal go out -- he did win the Champions League this year...

That's the schedule for today, enjoy!

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