Today is decision day for Group C and D teams as they try to battle their ways to the next round.
Costa Rica takes on England at noon EST at Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte. With two wins under its belt and a strong start that surprised most watchers, Costa Rica has the edge in this line-up as it looks for a group win before it moves on to the final 16. England lost both of its matches 2-1 against Italy and Uruguay, but Wayne Rooney could still present a challenge to the Costa Rican side. If Costa Rica pulls off a win, they would be one of the most successful underdogs in recent World Cup memory.
Italy faces Uruguay at noon EST at Estádio das Dunas in Natal. With one win and one loss each, this is a deciding match for both teams as they look to move on in the tournament. With Italy coming off of a loss, momentum is on the side of Uruguay. When the two teams met at last year’s Confederations Cup, Italy won 3-2 on penalties. Mario Balotelli and Luis Suarez have both scored in the tournament and will be key players to watch. With so much on the line for both teams, this is today’s match to watch.
Greece plays Cote d’Ivoire at 4 p.m. EST at Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza. Cote d’Ivoire comes into this match-up stronger with one win and one loss to Greece’s one loss and one draw. Cote d’Ivoire has the edge in this line-up.
Japan faces Colombia at 4 p.m. EST at Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá. Japan lost to Cote d’Ivoire and tied Greece while Colombia comes into this match-up with two wins behind it and a spot secured in the final 16. Japan needs a win to stand any chance of moving forward. Colombia is the favorite in this pairing.
Italy vs. Uruguay and Japan vs. Colombia will be shown on ESPN and Univision. Costa Rica vs. England and Greece vs. Cote d’Ivoire will air on ESPN2 and Univison.