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Thursday's World Cup Action Features Pivotal Matches

  • Spain's Diego Costa reacts during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Chile at the Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, June 18, 2014.
  • A Spanish soccer fan holds her head as she watches, on a giant display, the World Cup soccer match between Spain and Chile, in Madrid, Spain, June 18, 2014.
  • Fans of Chile celebrate the team's victory over Spain in their second 2014 World Cup match, in Santiago, June 18, 2014.
  • Croatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring a goal with teammate Ivica Olic (top) during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Cameroon, at the Amazonia arena, in Manaus, June 18, 2014.
  • Cameroon's Charles Itandje (left) fails to stop Croatia's third goal during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Amazonia arena, Manaus, June 18, 2014.
  • Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (left) fights for the ball with Cameroon's Dany Nounkeu during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Amazonia arena, in Manaus, June 18, 2014.
  • Fans watch the 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match between the Netherlands and Australia on a laptop, at a camel market, near Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, June 18, 2014.
  • Brazilian police check soccer fans before they go into the stadium to watch Portugal's training session in Campinas, Brazil, June 18, 2014.
  • Bus driver Edilson, 45, also known as "Fumassa", is photographed wearing a Brazil national soccer team jersey outside a city bus decorated with the colors of the Brazilian flag and 2014 World Cup icons, in Santo Andre, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, June 18, 2014.
2014 Brazil World Cup Moments, June 19
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Thursday features pivotal matches for four teams at the World Cup in Brazil, as England, Uruguay, Greece and Japan try avoid a second loss that would knock them out of contention.
 
In Sao Paulo, Uruguay could get a boost from striker Luis Suarez in its match against England. Suarez missed Uruguay's opening loss to Costa Rica as he recovers from knee surgery last month.
 
England dropped its first match to Italy, leaving both teams in Thursday's Group D contest in need of earning at least a draw to have a chance of advancing to the final round of 16.
 
In Group C, Japan and Greece have the same challenge, after Japan lost to Ivory Coast and Greece fell to Colombia last Saturday.
 
Ivory Coast and Colombia face each other on Thursday in a battle for the group lead.
 
Defending World cup champion Spain was eliminated Wednesday after picking up its second loss in a 2-0 defeat to Chile in Group B.
 
The win for Chile assured it and the Netherlands will take the group's two spots in the next round.
 
The Netherlands overcame a goal by Australia in the 51st minute Wednesday, scoring two of its own in the next 15 minutes to win 3-2.  
In Group A, Croatia kept its World Cup dreams alive with a 4-0 rout of Cameroon. After two matches, Croatia and its three points sit just behind group-leading Brazil and Mexico, which each have four points.
 
In other news, Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to be in Brazil for the end of the World Cup.  He will take part in a handover ceremony after the tournament championship game on July 13.  Russia will host the next World Cup in 2018.


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