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World Cup Daily Digest: June 24th

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Groups A and B concludes as the knockout stage pictures looks even clearer.

Julian Finney
Day 12 Results:

Netherlands 2 - Chile 0

Netherlands finished the group stage with another win and secures top spot in group B.

Spain 3 - Australia 0

Spain avoid finishing bottom and get their only win in this World Cup.

Croatia 1 - Mexico 3

Mexico will face the Dutch in the last 16, while Croatia is eliminated.

Cameroon 1 - Brazil 4

Brazil routs Cameroon en route to a showdown with fellow South American side, Chile in the last 16.

Day 13 Previews

Italy vs Uruguay

Two former world champions, only one will make it through to the next round.

Costa Rica vs England

Costa Rica seeks top spot of Group D, but can England deny them and salvage some pride?

Japan vs Colombia

Only a win will do for Samurai Blue if they want to avoid a summer full of blue.

Greece vs Ivory Coast

It's now or never for both, only a win will do for the Greeks, while Côte d'Ivoire will be eager to (finally) secure a first knockout stage appearance.

Winning is all that matters

Louis van Gaal insist that he is only concerned with getting the win against Chile, with his team sitting deep and soaking pressure for most of the game:

"You just have to play according to your strengths, it's all about winning. I'll pick a system that helps me win."

Chile prepared for anyone

Defeat against Netherlands means that Chile will now play host and favorites Brazil in the round of 16, but Jorge Sampaoli believes his side will be ready to face anyone, including Brazil.

Drastic changes unnecessary

Vicente Del Bosque believe that Spain have a good base of young players as a platform for the future and urge his team to come back stronger.

Ange happy with effort

Despite exiting the World Cup with no points, Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou is happy with his side, "I think we've shined in this tournament with the right intent", the former Brisbane Roar coach said.

Neymar hails Brazil's performance

After their 4-1 thrashing of Cameroon, star striker Neymar feels that was Brazil's best performance so far in the tournament. The striker with four goals in the tournament said:

"If I am not mistaken, this was our best game, everyone deserves to be praised for working hard until the end I think"

Cameroon suffering

Volker Finke said that his team is suffering after a disappointing World Cup campaign. Cameroon finishes the group stage losing all games, conceding nine goals, and scoring just once.

Herrera criticize officiating

Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera hits out at what he perceived as bad officiating in Mexico's matches, citing the two disallowed goals from Giovanni dos Santos against Cameroon.


Costa Rica vs England (Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte. Kick-off: 17.00 BST)

Italy vs Uruguay (Estadio das Dunas, Natal. Kick-off: 17.00 BST)

Greece vs Ivory Coast (Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza. Kick-off: 21.00 BST)

Japan vs Colombia (Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba. Kick-off: 21.00 BST)