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World Cup Daily Digest: June 18th

The latest results, previews, and news from the World Cup, as the first round of games in the group stage concludes.

Day Six Results

Belgium 2 - Algeria 1

Two goals in the second half gave Belgium a wining start in their World Cup campaign. Substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens scored Belgium's goals.

Brazil 0 - Mexico 0

You can throw everything you've got against Guillermo Ochoa, but the Mexican keeper just refused to concede a goal.

Russia 1 - Korea 1

Igor Akinfeev commit a laughable error, which was soon followed by poor goalkeeping from Jung Sung-Ryong, as both team settle for a point each.

Day Seven Previews

Netherlands vs Australia: Netherlands looks to secure a last-16 berth against an Australia side that's still reeling from their defeat against Chile.

Spain vs Chile: Spain will be desperate for three points unless they plan to gave the worst title-defending performance ever, against a Chilean side that looks dangerous on attack but vulnerable defensively.

Cameroon vs Croatia: These two sides will look to take advantage of the goalless draw between Brazil and Mexico, in order to stay alive in the tournament heading into the final group games.

No complaints for Scolari; Praises for Ochoa

Luiz Felipe Scolari felt that the goalless draw against Mexico was a fair result, citing both teams overall performance in what was a good game.

Meanwhile, Migue Herrera praises man-of-the-match Ochoa for his performance against Brazil, with the goalkeeper himself admitting that its "the greatest game of my life".

Wilmots confident with team

Despite going into half-time trailing by a goal, Marc Wilmots did not lose his cool and assured his team that they will win the game. Algeria's head coach, Vahid Halilhodzic, felt that his team deserved at least a draw.

Capello hails Rusia's reaction; Hong seeks to improve

Fabio Capello felt his side responded well after going a goal down thanks to Akinfeev's error. His opposite number, Hong Myung-bo, expected his side to improve in their next games.

Del Bosque urges Spain to rebel; Vidal not thinking about revenge

Ahead of their crucial match against Chile, Spain's head coach Vicente del Bosque urges his squad to rebel against their current predicament, while suggesting that some changes could take place.

Meanwhile, Arturo Vidal is simply focusing on getting all three points and making the next round stating that "We came to Brazil with the hope of becoming world champions".

Finke wants players to move on

Volker Finke urges his squad to be "ready for the challenge" and to forget their 1-0 defeat against Mexico as they prepare to take on Croatia later today.

Australia won't park the bus

Head coach Ange Postecoglou insist his side won't be looking to "park the bus" against Netherlands, citing both teams will be highly motivated to get a result. Australia will be without Ivan Franjic and Mark Milligan for this game.

Van Gaal mum on tactics; complaints about dugout

Louis van Gaal remains tight-lipped regarding whether to keep the 5-3-2 or to revert to the more traditional 4-3-3. He also complaints regarding the match view in Estadio Beira-Rio, saying that it is below ground level.

Injury news

Fabio Coentrao will not be involved any further as he has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a groin injury.

But his teammates, Hugo Almeida and Rui Patricio, both of which suffered thigh injuries, is likely to feature again.

Jozy Altidore awaits the result of MRI scan on his left hamstring. Jurgen Klinsmann is optimistic Altidore can recover in time to play again in the World Cup.

Mats Hummels, who limped out against Portugal with a thigh injury, does not think that his tournament is over.

Colombia will be without the service of Carlos Bacca for the next two games after he suffered a leg muscle strain.


Netherlands vs Australia (Estadio Beira-RIo, Porto Alegre. Kick-off: 17.00 BST)

Spain vs Chile (Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro. Kick-off: 20.00 BST)

Cameroon vs Croatia (Arena Amazonia, Manaus. Kick-off: 23.00 BST)