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    World Cup Host Brazil Reaches Second Round

    • Russia's Sergey Ignashevich fights for the ball with Belgium's Divock Origi during their match at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, June 22, 2014.
    • Belgium's Divock Origi scores against Russia during their match at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, June 22, 2014.
    • A spectator holds up a message for Russia before the start of the 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Belgium at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, June 22, 2014.
    • A fan of South Korea shouts before their match against Algeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, June 22, 2014.
    • South Korea's Son Heung-min scores past Algeria's Rais Mbolhi during their match at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, June 22, 2014.
    • Algeria's Yacine Brahimi (11) scores against South Korea during their match at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, June 22, 2014.
    • From left: Algeria's Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche, Rafik Halliche, Nabil Bentaleb, Yacine Brahimi, Essaid Belkalem and Sofiane Feghouli celebrate their win over South Korea at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre, June 22, 2014.
    • A fan shows his colors before the match between Portugal and U.S. at the Amazonia arena in Manaus, June 22, 2014.
    • Clint Dempsey of the U.S. watches after knocking the ball into the net against Portugal at the Amazonia arena in Manaus, June 22, 2014. 
    • Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (7) watches teammate Nani (17) score a goal during their match between against the U.S. at the Amazonia arena in Manaus, June 22, 2014.
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    At football's World Cup Monday, host Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands and Chile all advanced to the second round.

    Brazil defeated winless Cameroon in the capital Brasilia, 4-1, to finish atop Group A with seven points. Mexico also finished with seven points after a 3-1 win over Croatia in Recife, but Brazil had a better goal differential (+X).

    In Group B, the Netherlands got late goals from two substitute players to defeat Chile, 2-0, in Sao Paulo. Both reach the second round.
     
    Netherlands' Memphis Depay, left, celebrates with teammate Arjen Robben after scoring his side's second goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile in Sao Paulo, June 23, 2014.Netherlands' Memphis Depay, left, celebrates with teammate Arjen Robben after scoring his side's second goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile in Sao Paulo, June 23, 2014.
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    Netherlands' Memphis Depay, left, celebrates with teammate Arjen Robben after scoring his side's second goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile in Sao Paulo, June 23, 2014.
    Netherlands' Memphis Depay, left, celebrates with teammate Arjen Robben after scoring his side's second goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile in Sao Paulo, June 23, 2014.

    The Dutch topped the group with three wins from three matches.  Chile had earlier defeated Australia and upset Spain.  Defending champion Spain finished up with a 3-0 victory over Australia Monday in Curitiba, but both are headed home.

    In the next round, Brazil will face Chile and the Netherlands will play Mexico.

    In Sunday's late game, the U.S. Soccer team yielded a goal in the final minute to settle for a 2-2 draw against Portugal in Manaus. The U.S. and Germany both have four points in Group G, and both will advance if they play to a draw on Thursday. Portugal and Ghana each have one point and are still alive, though barely. They play one another Thursday and either would need a win to have a chance of advancing.  If they draw, the U.S. and Germany would both reach the second round no matter what happens in their match.

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