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World Cup Daily Digest: June 19th

We say goodbye to the defending champ.

Matthias Hangst
Day Seven Results

Australia 2 - Netherlands 3

The Dutch overcame a feisty and gritty Aussie side, and punch their ticket to the next round. Memphis Depay scored the winner on his World Cup debut aided by Matt Ryan's error.

Spain 0 - Chile 2

Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz scored as they sent Spain packing.

Cameroon 0 - Croatia 4

Mario Mandzukic returns and bagged a brace, as Croatia overpowered Cameroon and eliminate them from the World Cup.

Day Eight Previews

Colombia vs Ivory Coast

Both teams won their first group game and will be eager for another win in order to earn top spot in the group.

Uruguay vs England

Another big match from group D, both sides suffered defeats in the first game, and will be desperate for points to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Japan vs Greece

Japan showed promise in the loss against Colombia, Greece are notoriously hard to break down. Who will emerge victorious and remain in contention for a spot in the next round?

Dire consequences for Spain; Sampaoli offer sympathy

Vicente Del Bosque, despite having two years left on his contract, believes that his position and some of the players could be under threat following their disappointing World Cup exit at the hands of Chile.

His opposite number, Jorge Sampaolioffered a sympathetic word for Spain:

"Success is not forever."

Wise man.

Finke doesn't like team's behavior; Kovac said Croats can compete

Cameroon's defeat against Croatia eliminated them from the World Cup, but Volker Finke was disturbed with his players behavior. Alex Song was sent-off, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto head butted teammate Benjamin Moukandjo.

Niko Kovac, on the other hand, praise his team's response following the opening day defeat against Brazilsaying that they "can be at par with the best of them".

Van Gaal had no doubt; Postecoglou heartbroken

Louis van Gaal admits that Australia outperformed the Dutch in the first half, but never had any doubt that his side will ultimately win:

"I expected us to win. When (Australia's Mathew Leckie) missed that chance, I said to Patrick Kluivert, 'We're going to win this match."'

Meanwhile, Ange Postecogloupraised his side's determination but felt heartbroken that his side failed to reap the rewards.

Veterans played key role for Côte d'Ivoire

Yaya Toure revealed that the veteran players, Kolo Tore and Didier Drogba, reassured the team during half time, and helped them to win coming from behind against Japan.

Maniatis walked out, then changed his mind

Giannis Maniatis had already booked a flight back to Athens, after a training ground spat where he was enraged at the quality of crosses delivered by Giorgos Tzavellas. After being calmed down, he promptly changed his mind.

Lugano will miss clash vs England

Uruguay's captain, Diego Luganohas been ruled out from the clash against England due to a left knee injury. Luis Suarez however, should be fit to start the game.

Ronaldo limps out of training

Cristiano Ronaldo could not complete Portugal's training session yesterday, and had to left the field with his knee strapped with a pack of ice. Portugal will possibly miss four players for their upcoming game against USA.

Security breach in Maracana

Around 100 Chilean fans without tickets broke into the media centre in Estadio Maracana, causing some damage. After some time, they were detained by security.


Colombia vs Ivory Coast (Estadio Nacional, Brasilia. Kickoff: 17.00 BST)

Uruguay vs England (Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo. Kickoff: 20.00 BST)

Japan vs Greece (Arena das Dunas, Natal. Kickoff: 23.00 BST)