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  1. Fuzzy numbers, Klinsmann, and Captain Clint: Talking points after the U.S.’s win over Ghana

    Jun 16, 2014, 9:51 PM EDT

    Ghana's Sulley Muntari, right, is fouled by United States' Jermaine Jones during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

    Out of the season of topics after the U.S.’s dramatic win, here are six of the most pressing:

  2. Dempsey at the gun, Brooks at the death deliver victory for the U.S., 2-1 over Ghana

    Jun 16, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: John Brooks of the United States (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Fabian Johnson during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.

    For the first time since 2002, the U.S. has opened its World Cup with a win.

  3. At halftime: Dempsey’s early opener has U.S. in front of Ghana — FOLLOW LIVE

    Jun 16, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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    The fastest goal in U.S. World Cup history get the Americans off to the perfect start.

  4. Short on goals, chances, Nigeria and Iran play to 2014 World Cup’s first draw

    Jun 16, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

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    The tournament’s first scoreless draw leaves both teams second in Group F.

  5. Game on: Lineups, talking points as the U.S. opens against Ghana

    Jun 16, 2014, 4:56 PM EDT

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    The Black Stars have become their nemesis, but shortly in Natal, the U.S. can exorcise 2006′s, 2010′s demons.

  6. At halftime: Chances scarce as Iran, Nigeria reach intermission scoreless — FOLLOW LIVE

    Jun 16, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

    Iran's Khosro Heydari chases Nigeria's Mikel John Obi during the group F World Cup soccer match between Iran and Nigeria at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Defensive first wins out as the Super Eagles are unable to break down Iran.

  7. Beasley, Beckerman, chances in numbers: Three areas of focus for the U.S. against Ghana

    Jun 16, 2014, 3:16 PM EDT

    Beckerman is key to stopping Germany's offense from clicking into life.

    The Black Stars’ attacking strength will be on display, but will those stars help in the middle of the park?

  8. Zaccheroni’s dare, wondering about Group C: Talking points after the Ivory Coast defeated Japan

    Jun 15, 2014, 12:18 AM EDT

    RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 14: Head coach Alberto Zaccheroni of Japan looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.

    The Ivorians took a big step on Saturday, but questions remain thanks to Japan’s passive approach.

  9. Bony, Gervinho goals see Ivory Coast come back to down Japan, 2-1

    Jun 14, 2014, 11:02 PM EDT

    Can the Ivory Coast seal their first every berth in the knockout stages?

    Two second half goals helped the Ivorians claim full points from their stiffest competition in Group C.

  10. At halftime: Keisuke Honda blast has Japan up 1-0 on Ivory Coast (FOLLOW LIVE)

    Jun 14, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

    RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 14: Cheick Tiote of the Ivory Coast tackles Keisuke Honda of Japan during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.

    Execution off an early throw-in has given Asia’s champions a first half lead.

  11. Prandelli’s progress, England’s threat, forgetting basics: Talking points from Italy’s win over England

    Jun 14, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT

    The Italian team celebrate scoring the opening goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, pool)

    Italy took full points, but England gave fans reason to think they’ll still get out of their group.

  12. Game on: Lineups, talking points as Ivory Coast starts Didier Drogba on the bench against Japan

    Jun 14, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

    Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba, right, and Yaya Toure, left, practices during a training session of Ivory Coast at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. Ivory Coast play in group C of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

    The star-studded Ivorians take on the Asian champions in Saturday’s finale.

  13. Balotelli’s winner sends Italy to 2-1 win over England

    Jun 14, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

    Italy's Mario Balotelli (9) heads the ball past England's Gary Cahill (5) and goalkeeper Joe Hart, left, to score Italy's second goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    England’s speed troubled the Azzurri, but come the final whistle, one goal was not enough.

  14. At halftime: Marchisio, Sturridge leave Italy, England even – FOLLOW LIVE

    Jun 14, 2014, 6:57 PM EDT

    Italy's Marco Verratti, right, is challenged by England's Raheem Sterling, left, and Jordan Henderson, center, during the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Italy dominates the ball, but each team shows they’ll be able to test the other’s keeper in the second half.

  15. Game on: Italy missing Buffon, Sterling starts for England

    Jun 14, 2014, 5:13 PM EDT

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    With five World Cup between them, Italy and England wage the marquee matchup of the tournament’s opening weekend.

  16. England’s XI against Italy: Raheem Sterling gets the call; Adam Lallana gives way

    Jun 14, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 09: Roy Hodgson, manager of England (R) talks with Raheem Sterling of England during a training session at the Urca military base (Forte de Urca) training ground on June 9, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Liverpool’s 19-year-old talent gets his chance at the expense of a Southampton star.

  17. WATCH: Highlights of Brazil’s win, opening the 2014 World Cup

    Jun 12, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT

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    Miss Thursday’s opener? These highlights will get you caught up on Game 1 of 64.

  18. BPL update: How the Premier League’s stars performed on day one

    Jun 12, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

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    Oscar was the strongest of the BPL’s representatives in Thursday’s opener.

  19. World Cup Group A Snapshot: How the dynamics changed after day one

    Jun 12, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Brazil takes its first step, while Croatia’s margin for error narrows.

  20. Dive, poor officiating get 2014 World Cup off to a bad start

    Jun 12, 2014, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Blame the player, blame the official, but blame the game, too. And in that way, we should probably blame ourselves.

  21. Nerves, Nishimura, Pletikosa: Talking points after Brazil’s victory over Croatia

    Jun 12, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

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    Brazil overcomes their nerves, Yuishi Nishimura becomes famous, and Stipe Pletikosa can’t save Croatia

  22. Two Neymar goals, moment of controversy see Brazil start with 3-1 win over Croatia

    Jun 12, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

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    A disputed 69th minute penalty may have cost Croatia an opening game point.

  23. At halftime: Own goal, Neymar score leave Brazil even with Croatia — FOLLOW LIVE

    Jun 12, 2014, 4:56 PM EDT

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    Croatia provides an early scare, but Brazils biggest star responds.

  24. Cristiano Ronaldo leaves training with ice on ailing knee

    Jun 12, 2014, 3:54 PM EDT

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    Though he returned in Portugals’ last friendly, things are now looking worse for Cristiano Ronaldo.