On Day Six of the of the 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil will be looking to superstar Neymar for a repeat of the brace he scored against Croatia in the opening match last Thursday, as a win over Mexico would see the Seleção progress to the second round.
Neymar's double fired Luis Felipe Scolari's side to victory last week, but they were far from convincing against a Croatia side that will feel aggrieved they did not get something from the game. However, they will likely be feeling more confident facing a a Mexico side that looked far from convincing in their own opening round victory of Cameroon.
Oribe Peralta scored the only goal in a game notable for the Mexicans having two goals ruled out for offside and an almighty downpour of rain in Natal. Fortaleza will be the venue for the second match in Group A, though the clash between the two losers from round one will not take place until Wednesday.
Brazil's second game is sandwich by the final two fixtures of round one, which sees Group H in action and one of many people's dark horses for the tournament. Belgium have an abundance of talent at their disposal with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Dried Mertens bolstering their attack.
The Belgians will be going up against Algeria in the first game of the day and the north Africans will have a tough task on their hands if they are to get something from the game. Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic had his team organised and defending solidly during qualification, but scoring goals was an issue.
Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj was a surprise inclusion in the Belgium squad for the finals after only confirming his international affiliation near the end of last season.
Group H will also provide a very intriguing encounter to round off the games on Day Six, as Russia will take on South Korea in Cuiaba. Fabio Capello takes the Russians into the tournament after a strong qualification campaign, but with bad memories of his 2010 campaign in South Africa where his England side were very poor.
South Korea are always tough opponents and will believe they can pull off a result against their European counterparts and they will need to if they are to have any hope of getting out of the group. Russia and Belgium are the two side fancied to progress, but there is more than enough talent in the South Korea squad to cause the others problems.
Day Six fixtures
Group H - Belgium vs Algeria - KO 17:00 (GMT) - UK TV: ITV
Group A - Brazil v Mexico - KO 20:00 (GMT) - UK TV: BBC
Group H - Russia v South Korea - KO 23:00 (GMT) - UK TV: BBC
Germany 4-0 Portugal
In the match billed as the crucial meeting between the two big guns in Group G, a moment of madness made sure that it was not the close contest many were hoping it would be. A Thomas Müller penalty and Mats Hummels header had put the Germans 2-0 inside half an hour, before Portugal centre-back Pepe reacted badly to some Müller playacting and an unthinkable head butt gave the referee no chance but to show a red. The Bayern Munich forward added another in first half injury time, before rounding off the scoring and securing his hat-trick with 12 minutes remaining as the game petered out. It was a implosion of epic proportions for Portugal, who will be worried the two injuries they picked up will compound Pepe's suspension, no to mention the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo looked a long was from full fitness.
Iran 0-0 Nigeria
Already the two teams least fancied to progress from Group F with Argentina and Bosnia Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria pulled off the one result that neither could really afford. With Lionel Messi leading the Albiceleste to victory over Bosnia, both Iran and Nigeria needed a win if they were going to have much chance of progressing, as wins in either of the final two games look unlikely. In what was the first draw and first game without a goal, both teams failed to create many chances and the defences were not exactly water tight - bleak times ahead for both.
Ghana 1-2 USA
Clint Dempsey scored the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history when he broke into the Ghanaian box in the 29th second to calmly slot home, but the Black Stars were the stronger side for much of the game. A series of missed opportunities for Kwesi Appiah's side could have had him thinking they would never score, but a beautiful back heel in the USA box by star man Asamoah Gyan set up Andre Ayew to equalise with only eight minutes remaining. From there only one team should have won it, as Jurgen Klinsmann's side looked exhausted and had been hanging on for a while, but half-time substitute John Brooks shocked the African side only four minutes after they get back into the game when he took advantage of some poor marking to head home the winner for a crucial victory.
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