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World Cup Daily Digest: June 23rd

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More goals, more shock results, and more World Cup actions over the weekend. We brought you the latest updates in our latest World Cup Daily Digest.

Michael Steele
Day Nine, Ten, & Eleven Results

Italy 0 - Costa Rica 1

Costa Rica qualified from a group containing three former World Cup winners. No kiss on the cheek for you Mario.

Switzerland 2 - France 5

France looks like the real deal, hitting five goals past Switzerland, virtually securing their spot in the next round.

Honduras 1 - Ecuador 2

Honduras denied their first World Cup win, while Ecuador keeps their hope of making the knockout stage alive.

Argentina 1 - Iran 0

Lionel Messi to the rescue once again, as Argentina cruise to their second straight win.

Germany 2 - Ghana 2

Both sides traded blows but end up in a stalemate, with Klose equaling Ronaldo's record of 15 World Cup goals.

Nigeria 1 - Bosnia and Herzegovina 0

A goal from Peter Odemwingie eliminates Bosnia from the World Cup.

Belgium 1 - Russia 0

A late strike from substitute Divock Origi condemns Russia to a second straight defeat.

South Korea 2 - Algeria 4

A six goal thriller between these two sides, with Algeria bagging all three points.

USA 2 - Portugal 2

Silvestre Varela scored with the last kick of the game, keeping Portugal in the mix to make it to the next round.

Day 12 Previews

Netherlands vs Chile

Both sides will be looking for the win in order to finish as group winner and (possibly) avoid Brazil.

Australia vs Spain

A dead rubber, both sides will be looking for a win in their final game in Brazil.

Croatia vs Mexico

Only a point separate the two sides, only a win will do for Croatia, while a point is enough for Mexico.

Cameroon vs Brazil

Brazil will look to keep Cameroon winless and advance convincingly to the knockout stage.

Messi a "genius"

Alejandro Sabella praises his skipper, Lionel Messi, "We have a genius who is called Messi and fortunately he is Argentine" said the 59-year old.

Algeria head coach slams critics

After his side produce an astonishing display to down South Korea 4-2, Vahid Halilhodzic hits at critics citing that "You Journalist have always criticized me".

Giroud 'living the dream'

After France mauled Switzerland 5-2, Olivier Giroud has hailed their excellent start at the World Cup. "It was like a childhood dream, we need this to never stop" said the Arsenal marksman.

Wilmots praise match winner Origi

Another game and it was another substitute with the crucial goal for Belgium, this time it was Divock Origi, who received praise from Marc Wilmots for his speed and technical ability.

Klinsmann suspect bias; Portugal needs favor

Jurgen Klinsmann believes that the World Cup has been set to favor the tournament favorites. USA will have one less day to recover compared to Germany and have travelled the furthest thus far in the tournament. Disgruntled or valid?

Portugal however will need favor from the match between Germany and United States to have any real chance of qualifying, said Portugal boss Paulo Bento.

Džeko said referee should go home

Edin Džeko slams referee Peter O'Leary of New Zealand for not awarding a foul to Bosnia during the build-up to Nigeria's goal, "the referee was shameful", said the striker.

Italy needs to "recover", De Rossi doubtful vs Uruguay

Cesare Prandelli will be aiming for a bounce back performance against Uruguay in their decisive and penultimate group D clash. "We must only think about recovering, we will give everything against Uruguay" add the 56-year old.

But Italy will do battle with Uruguay without midfielder Daniele De Rossiwho is suffering from a calf injury.

Costa Rica unhappy over drug testing

Jorge Luis Pinto has voiced his displeasure over FIFA's decision to test seven Costa Rica players after the game against Italy. Goal scorer Bryan Ruiz was among the seven tested by FIFA.

Sampaoli criticized pitch in Sao Paulo

Jorge Sampaoli, whose side chose not to train in Arena Corinthians, the venue for their final group game against Netherlands, said that "the pitch in the stadium is in a bad state, we don't want  to destroy it more".

FIFA "playing tricks" - Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal claim FIFA are "playing tricks" over the scheduling of Brazil's match against Cameroon which will took place after Netherlands faced Chile.

"Stupid or Ill-Intended" - Scolari

To which Luiz Felipe Scolari responded angrily, saying that those who make such comments as either stupid or ill-intended.


All final group games will kick-off simultaneously:

Netherlands vs Chile (Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo. Kick-off: 17.00 BST)

Australia vs Spain (Arena da Baixada, Curitiba. Kick-off: 17.00 BST)

Mexico vs Croatia (Arena Pernambuco, Recife. Kick-off: 21.00 BST)

Brazil vs Cameroon (Estadio Nacional, Brasilia. Kick-off: 21.00 BST)