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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Uruguay, without Suarez and proper defending, stunned 3-1 by Costa Rica

    Jun 14, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Semifinalists from four years ago, a porous Uruguay were bested by a CONCACAF opponents in the Group of Champions.

  6. 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.

  7. At halftime: Cavani nets penalty for 1-0 Uruguay lead over Costa Rica – FOLLOW LIVE

    Jun 14, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

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    In a match of few risks by either side, physical play by Costa Rica has let them down.

  8. Game on: Luis Suarez on the bench as Uruguay takes on Costa Rica

    Jun 14, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

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    Edinson Cavani will be the talisman for Uruguay as Luis Suarez begins on the bench as a complete unknown.

  9. Colombia has little trouble seeing Greece off, 3-0

    Jun 14, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

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    Falcao who? Pablo Armero, Teófilo Gutiérrez and James Rodríguez all scored for Colombia, bolstering their hope of getting out of Group C.

  10. At halftime: Colombia lead Greece 1-0 (FOLLOW LIVE)

    Jun 14, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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    A goal from Pablo Armero put Colombia ahead after just five minutes – is there any way Greece can come back?

  11. Croatia upset at referee’s inability to communicate during match with Brazil

    Jun 14, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Vedran Corluka accused Yuichi Nishimura of being unable to speak English. However, it seems the Japanese referee can, in fact, do so.

  12. Game on: Colombia and Greece kick off Saturday’s World Cup games

    Jun 14, 2014, 11:27 AM EDT

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    Lineups are in for Colombia vs. Greece, the first match of Group C and the first of your Saturday World Cup viewing.

  13. Update: Gianluigi Buffon to miss Italy clash with England

    Jun 14, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT

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    Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu will step in for tonight’s marquee match in Manaus.

  14. Spain’s players accept blame for disastrous loss to Netherlands

    Jun 14, 2014, 10:24 AM EDT

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    La Roja are furious – at themselves. The players spoke about the need to make changes prior to Wednesday’s Group B match against Chile.

  15. Defense is not most important, insists Greece manager

    Jun 14, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

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    Fernando Santos wants to clear up a little misunderstanding about the Greece national team.

  16. Buffon a doubt for Italy against England

    Jun 14, 2014, 8:37 AM EDT

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    Fans of the azzurri will anxiously await the results of tests conducted on the goalkeeper’s ankle, which he twisted during training.

  17. Luis Suárez won’t start Uruguay’s opening match against Costa Rica

    Jun 14, 2014, 7:55 AM EDT

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    Suárez may come on as a substitute on Saturday, but it’s almost certain he won’t start until Uruguay face England next week.

  18. World Cup Today: Four, that’s right, four, games to watch

    Jun 14, 2014, 7:01 AM EDT

    England v Honduras - International Friendly

    Nearly 12 hours of World Cup soccer kick off at 12 noon ET, with all four teams from both Groups C and D facing off.

  19. Courtois insists on playing as Number 1 keeper somewhere next season

    Jun 13, 2014, 11:39 PM EDT

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    The Belgian youngster has reiterated his intentions to start next year, and certainly will not sit behind Petr Cech.

  20. Fan fest in Natal cancelled as heavy rains wreak havoc

    Jun 13, 2014, 10:57 PM EDT

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    Pictures of mudslides and parking lot lakes came through as rain soaked the Brazilian city of Natal.

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