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World Cup Day 11: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After struggling for most of their World Cup opener, Belgium’s “golden generation” hope that they can put together a complete performance when they take the field at the Maracana.

In Group H action, the group favorites look to solidify their dominance when they take on Russia on Sunday afternoon. Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is making three changes to the starting eleven, inserting both goal scorers Dries Mertens and Marouane Fellaini. The Belgians will face a tough test however, as opening up Fabio Capello’s Russian defense is no small task.

South Korea and Algeria will also look to insert themselves back into the Group H discussion. Both sides are one win away from potentially seizing command of a spot in the next round, so Group H’s two less-heralded sides will have plenty to play for. Look for both sides to embrace the need for three points and put forth a more attacking effort than their tournament opener.

Finally, the U.S. Men’s National Team will take on Portugal with a chance to earn a spot in the knockout round. A U.S. victory will be enough to seal advancement while also eliminating Portugal from the tournament. However, a Portugal victory will throw Group G into chaos with everything to be decided in the group’s final day.

If you will be watching today’s matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (TV listings after the jump):

TODAY’S WORLD CUP SOCCER ON TV

12 p.m. – Belgium vs. Russia – ABC

3 p.m. – South Korea vs. Algeria – ABC

6 p.m. – United States vs. Portugal – ESPN

43 comments
  • St. Addi

    The Klinsy’s are staying at our hotel. Had to talk my wife out of fork-stabbing JonBoy. She’ll let it go one of these days.

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  • NATO

    Dear GOD

    it’s me, Can you allow Dempsey to get a hat trick and for Howard to keep a cleansheet?

    Thanks

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  • chuck

    Seriously why did ABC picked this and Korea v Algeria to broadcast nationally? Are they actively trying to lure casual fans away from soccer? Instead of the effing USMNT game?

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    • QuakerOtis

      It is odd. I think ESPN wants the big games, wants to stay the, uh, sports center… but yeah, odd.

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    • B

      I agree but apparently they didn’t pick it. They couldn’t broadcast any late weekend games, and it just so happens that’s when the USA was scheduled. I look forward to the day when local broadcast schedules don’t preempt our national team.

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      • Wansteiger

        Initially, the US/Portugal game was supposed to be the middle game but FIFA decided to only play night games in Manaus, so it got pushed back to the later time slot.

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    • Tyrone

      Exactly my thoughts. Korea v Algeria is probably the least interesting match they could have broadcast nationally. Missed opportunity to bring in new fans, I believe.

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  • JayAre

    Belgium and Russia sounds like a good game because of the big names on the team but if you can over look that for a second and look at the actually game quality on the field today. THESE GUYS ARE TRASH!

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      • QuakerOtis

        Not happening so far. And Russia looks lost. They should have buried that header in the first half.

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    • Tony Meola

      Suppose Russia and South Korea win today. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Belgium might crap the bed and no get out of the group. All South Korea would need is a tie against Belgium

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  • QuakerOtis

    Finally. Man, Russia looked sleepy on that counter. Hazard just waltzed in there.

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  • beachbum

    Hazard took over the last 10 minutes, started creating all kinds of problems in the Russian area and Belgium scores off of his creation. raised his game. that’s what the great ones do when it just has to get done. pretty cool

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    • beachbum

      and again he creates it all…Mirallas with the tame strike tho easily saved

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    • slowleftarm

      Wasn’t that bad. Belgium is clearly better but didn’t seem to be awake until the last twenty minutes or so.

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  • slowleftarm

    Belgium has top 5 or 6 talent on paper but haven’t put it together yet. Will be interesting if they do.

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  • The Garrincha

    Looks like we all hit the lazy Sunday afternoon snooze.
    Saving it up for the big game.
    I really don’t know if I can handle a rumble two nights in a row?.

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  • see2

    which Yanks will be making moves this summer with a great World Cup performance?

    Beckerman? Bradley? Brooks?

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    • The Garrincha

      See2,
      Brooks, will likely be a hot commodity, I hope Berlin, keeps him?.
      They never seem to put down the money,
      to be a top quality team congruent and inline with the city they represent.
      I never went to a game at Olympic Stadium, when they were relegated to B2.
      regarding MB, don’t know where Bradley, would go? somebody would have to want him enough to buy out a big contract and he would probably have to agree?.
      As for Becks, he could be useful to teams in Champions, or Europa aspirations.
      But he has surely become an MLS mainstay.
      Wiggy Jiggy, got to get it on tonight.

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    • JayAre

      If the US has a good tournament Toronto FC might be the smartest team in the world because they’ll definitely sell MB for over $10M

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      • see2

        sure hope so. He’s too good for MLS. Despite him helping the league grow and all, wanna see him back in Europe. In Spain

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  • JayAre

    Algeria South Korea is already more entertaining than the Belgium/Russia game in the first 4 minutes

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    • The Garrincha

      BTW good call JayAre,
      I almost hit that snooze bar one last time, I would have missed the fireworks.
      Algerians, could be making a play for second place in group H?.

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  • EspinDOHla

    Not a fan of the team but diggin’ the two home and away Russian jerseys. The dark red and the space-view white are pretty slick.

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  • The Garrincha

    Since it’s one of those days as good as any time to hand out some more Saint Ives awards.
    Sulley Muntari, for his civil and humanitarian efforts, and good sportmanship on the field (we’ll overlook that double yellow card next game suspension)
    anytime you clear a Neo Nazi Con, off the field with no violence that is a good thing.
    In any event I think Algeria, just woke us up.

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    • AMP

      Yurp, they let us down. Still have a chance at an exciting comeback though. 4 – 2 in the 72′.

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    • Gill King

      Looks like JK’s going to pack it in and try for a draw by playing Deuce up top. Who’d going to help him out up there? I think he’s going to do more drop-backs into a defensive posture. We’d damn sure better get the first goal! I think with the disruption of the Portugal lineup, we should have a better than decent shot at controlling possession and creating pressure. I guess that JK is more terrified of any Portugal countering attacks.
      GO USMNT!

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  • JayAre

    South Korea’s failure to SHOT in front of goal with haunt them for the next 4 years.

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