World Cup 2014 Day 6: Day 5 recap, match times, TV info, odds, previews, and more

Son of a serviceman. Hero genes. - Laurence Griffiths

Just 24 hours ago, John Brooks was one of those guys idiots were decrying as not being American enough to be playing for the USMNT. Now he's the greatest American in decades.

SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Preview'

GERMANY
Müller 12' (pen)
Hummels 32'

Müller 45'+
Müller 78'
4-0 PORTUGAL


RED: Pepe 37'
IRAN 0-0 NIGERIA
GHANA

A. Ayew 82'
1-2 UNITED STATES
Dempsey 1'

Brooks 86'

After 10 minutes of defensive blunder after defensive blunder from both Germany and Portugal failed to result in any of several chances for the ball to fly into a wide-open net, João Pereira committed the biggest blunder of all. Pereira hauled down Mario Goetze in the box, and Thomas Müller drilled home the penalty to give Germany the lead. Just after the half-hour mark, Philipp Lamm delivered a perfect corner which Mats Hummels deftly headed in to double the lead. And then things got really bad for Portugal when Müller earned a Daytime Emmy nod with a ridiculous dive as they contested the ball... and Pepe, outraged by Müller's theatrics, head-butted him. Red card for Pepe, who'll now miss Portugal's tilt with the USA, and Portugal suddenly faced 50 minutes of playing a man down. Müller scored again in stoppage time after a failed clearance, and Die Mannschaft went to the half with a 3-0 lead. The Navigators actually hung on for the first 33 minutes of the second half, but Müller scored off a rebound with 12 minutes to go to earn the hattrick.

Iran and Nigeria... well, they played football for a little over ninety minutes, and let's just leave it at that.

Finally, the Stars and Stripes have put the Accravation behind them. Clint Dempsey scored in the first half-minute, the fastest World Cup goal in US history (and the third-fastest ever), to become the first American to ever score in three World Cups. And then the USA clung to that lead for dear life for eighty minutes. During that time, they lost Jozy Altidore to a hamstring strain, almost lost Clint Dempsey to a broken nose (but he played on!), had to sub out Matt Besler because he hurt his hammy, and had to contend with an extremely sub-par performance from the linchpin of their entire gameplan, Michael Bradley. And then disaster struck when André Ayew finally got one past Tim Howard for the equalizer with just eight minutes to go. But for once, the stars aligned; with less than five minutes in regulation, substitute Graham Zusi lofted a corner into the box, and substitute John Brooks deftly headed it under the crossbar. It was the first goal ever scored by an American sub in the World Cup, and nine minutes later (after a frightening five minutes of stoppage time), the USA had the three points.

Tuesday's Schedule

MATCH TIME (CT) NETWORK GROUP TEAMS / SITE ANNOUNCERS ODDS
15 10:30am ESPN H Belgium vs Algeria
Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Adrian Healey
Efan Ekoku
Belgium4:9
Draw 3:1
Algeria 7:1
17 1:30pm ESPN A Brazil vs Mexico
Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Fernando Palomo
Alejandro Moreno
Brazil 3:10
Draw 4:1
Mexico 9:1
16 4:30pm ESPN H Russia vs South Korea
Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Daniel Mann
Kasey Keller
Russia 21:20
Draw 11:5
South Korea 5:2

Game 15: Belgium-Algeria

The potential for a sneaky good game is high as the hip pick to surprise at this World Cup takes on an underrated African side. It's the third meeting between the two nations, with Belgium securing a win and a draw in the prior two.

BELGIUM (4-2-3-1)
NO. POS PLAYER CLUB (NATION) AGE CAPS GOALS
1 Goal Thibaut Courtois Atlético Madrid (ESP) 22 17 0
5 Back Jan Vertonghen Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 27 56 4
3 Back Thomas Vermaelen Arsenal (ENG) 28 47 1
4 Back Vincent Kompany
(captain)
Manchester City (ENG) 28 59 4
2 Back Toby Alderweireld Atlético Madrid (ESP) 25 34 1
8 Midfield Marouane Fellaini Manchester United (ENG) 26 50 8
6 Midfield Axel Witsel Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS) 25 48 5
10 Forward Eden Hazard Chelsea (ENG) 23 45 6
7 Forward Kevin de Bruyne VfL Wolfsburg (GER) 22 21 4
11 Forward Kevin Mirallas Everton (ENG) 26 44 9
9 Striker Romelu Lukaku Everton (ENG) 21 29 6

Marc Wilmots got bad news two weeks ago when Koen Casteels, keeper for German side 1899 Hoffenheim, was ruled out because his fractured tibia hasn't healed completely. But the Red Devils manager -- the last player to actually score a goal for Belgium in the World Cup back in 2002 -- got some good news over the weekend when Lukaku was pronounced fit to play against Algeria. Interesting tidbit: if Belgium does indeed run with this lineup, they'll be the only squad to send uniform numbers 1-11 onto the pitch.

ALGERIA (4-2-3-1)
NO. POS PLAYER CLUB (NATION) AGE CAPS GOALS
23 Goal Rais M'Bolhi CSKA Sofia (HUN) 28 28 0
3 Back Faouzi Ghoulam Napoli (ITA) 23 6 0
2 Back Madjid Bougherra
(captain)
Lekhwiya (QAT) 31 62 4
4 Back Essaïd Belkalem Watford (ENG) 25 13 1
20 Back Aïssa Mandi Reims (FRA) 22 2 0
7 Midfield Hassan Yebda Udinese (ITA) 30 25 2
19 Midfield Saphir Taïder Internazionale (ITA) 22 11 3
15 Forward El Arbi Hillel Soudani Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 26 22 11
11 Forward Yacine Brahimi Granada (ESP) 24 6 0
10 Forward Sofiane Feghouli Valencia (ESP) 24 19 5
13 Striker Islam Slimani Sporting CP (POR) 25 20 1

Hassan Yebda is now listed as doubtful after suffering an ankle ding. If unable to go, his place would probably be taken by Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who Bosnian boss Vahid Halilhodžic might also tap in for Brahimi if Yebda is able to play. In the back, either Djamel Mesbah of Italian eleven Lovorno or Mallorca defender Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaïba could find their way into the lineup; Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez and Porto's Nabil Ghilas are options up front for the Fennec Foxes.

Belgium is talented. But Algeria is better than you think, and this match could result in a surprising outcome. SB Nation's Jack Sargeant provides the full match preview.

Game 17: Brazil-Mexico

With both teams emerging victorious in the first flight, the winner of this match (assuming there is one) will secure advancement. The teams have played 34 times with Brazil taking 20; there have been seven draws and seven Mexican victories.

As we've already introduced you to the squads for this game, our attention here (and for remaining games after today) will be on what happened before and what's changed. For Brazil, who beat Croatia but seemed a little off, the only real change will likely be in formation. Mexico, on the other hand, isn't even expected to change that; they're riding high after their dominating win over Cameroon. Now, if they could just stay onside... The winner of this game will advance, and will likely win the group. If it were to come down to it, Brazil can afford a loss better than Mexico, since Brazil has the lesser opponent in the group's final contest. Jack Sargeant strikes again with the SB Nation match preview.

Game 16: Russia-South Korea

The final game of the first flight takes place after the first game of the second, because scheduling. It's the second meeting between the two sides; Russia won the first, which took place not long before the draw for this very competition.

RUSSIA (4-1-4-1)
NO. POS PLAYER CLUB (NATION) AGE CAPS GOALS
1 Goal Igor Akinfeev CSKA Moscow (RUS) 28 69 0
14 Back Vasili Berezutski
(captain)
CSKA Moscow (RUS) 31 78 4
4 Back Sergei Ignashevich CSKA Moscow (RUS) 34 98 5
22 Back Andrey Yeschchenko Anzhi Makhachkala (RUS) 30 12 0
3 Back Georgi Shchennikov CSKA Moscow (RUS) 23 4 0
7 Midfield Igor Denisov Dynamo Moscow (RUS) 30 44 0
18 Forward Yuri Zhirkov Dynamo Moscow (RUS) 30 61 1
19 Forward Aleksandr Samedov Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS) 29 17 3
20 Forward Viktor Fayzulin Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS) 28 19 4
17 Forward Oleg Shatov Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS) 23 7 2
9 Striker Aleksandr Kokorin Dynamo Moscow (RUS) 23 22 5

Russia's normal captain, Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Roman Shirokov, was removed from the roster due to an achilles injury, so he's not able to help Italian mastermind Fabio Capello. There is, however, little disagreement in the media as to the lineup; Spartak Moscow defender Dmitri Kombarov might replace Shchennikov, and CSKA midfielder Alan Dzagoev could supplant Shatov.

SOUTH KOREA (4-2-3-1)
NO. POS PLAYER CLUB (NATION) AGE CAPS GOALS
1 Goal Jung Sung-ryong Suwon Bluewings (KOR) 29 61 0
12 Back Lee Yong Ulsan Hyundai (KOR) 27 12 0
20 Back Hong Jeong-ho FC Augsburg (GER) 24 25 1
5 Back Kim Young-gwon Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN) 24 21 1
22 Back Park Joo-ho Mainz 05 (GER) 27 14 0
16 Midfield Ki Sung-yueng Sunderland (ENG) 25 58 5
15 Midfield Park Jong-woo Guangzhou R&F (CHN) 25 10 0
13 Forward Koo Ja-cheol
(captain)
Mainz 05 (GER) 25 37 12
17 Forward Lee Chung-yong Bolton Wanderers (ENG) 25 55 6
9 Forward Son Heung-min Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 21 25 6
10 Striker Park Chu-young Watford (ENG) 28 64 24

Hong Myung-bo seems settled on the above lineup for the Taeguk Warriors, with an outside chance Kim Chang-soo steps in for Joo-ho on the back line.

South Korea has, of late, been allowing opponents to find the net with alacrity, but Russia's attack isn't exactly reminiscent of the Dutch. Russia should prevail, but probably not in a blowout. Inexplicably, SB Nation has no preview of this game yet, so I can't link you to it. I'm sure if it turns up, someone will post in the comments. Meanwhile, this is your open thread for Tuesday. Relax, bask in the glow of the American victory, and enjoy another trio of games!

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