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World Cup Open Thread: Day 2

Three games are on the slate today: Mexico vs. Cameroon, Spain vs. Netherlands, and Chile vs. Australia

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

After Brazil's controversial win over Croatia yesterday, today we'll be seeing the rest of Group A and taking a first look at Group B as well. The headliner, it seems, is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Finals between Spain and Netherlands. Games are at noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m., and this thread will be open all day for you to predict, peruse, and otherwise pontificate. Probably.

Here's all the info you'll need for today.

Group A: Mexico vs. Cameroon

Time: Noon ET

Venue: Estadio das Dunas, Natal, Brazil


Online: ESPN3

All or nothing for Mexico and Cameroon Kevin McCauley

The great thing about undercard bouts is that, unlike the main event, they usually feature two sides with everything to gain and nothing to lose. This is probably going to be a lot more fun than the game that follows it because it's a must-win for both teams.

New fan's primer for Mexico vs. Cameroon Kevin McCauley

Team Mexico preview

Team Cameroon preview

Group B: Spain vs. Netherlands

Time: 3 p.m. ET

Venue: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil

TV Coverage: ESPN

Online: ESPN3

Tight game expected between Spain and Netherlands Jack Sargeant

Though they no longer look quite as dominant as they were at the height of their tiki-taka-ing powers, Spain is still one of the strongest teams in the tournament, and the Netherlands, well, aren't.

New fan's primer for Spain vs. Netherlands Zach Woosley

Team Spain preview

Team Netherlands preview

Group B: Chile vs. Australia

Time: 6 p.m. ET

Venue: Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba, Brazil

TV Coverage: ESPN2

Online: ESPN3

Chile should handle Australia comfortably Kevin McCauley

Four years from now, we might be thinking of Australia as a serious threat to get out of their group. But this Australia team has its limits and Postecoglou hasn't had enough time to get them playing the way he wants. Chile, meanwhile, know exactly what Sampaoli wants from them. If their World Cup qualifying performances are any indication, they'll win this game comfortably.

New Fan's primer for Chile vs. Australia Zach Woosley

Team Chile preview

Team Australia preview

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