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Group C - Colombia 3 (Armero 4', Gutierrez 57', Rodriguez 90+2') Greece 0
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Group D - Uruguay 1 (Cavani 23' pen) Costa Rica 3 (Campbell 53', Duarte 56', Urena 83')
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Group D - England 1 (Sturridge 36') Italy 2 (Marchisio 34', Balotelli 49')
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Group C - Ivory Coast 2 (Bony 63', Gervinho 65') Japan 1 (Honda 15')
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Greece are hoping to get their opening loss out of the system quickly, with coach Fernando Santos hoping they can bounce back after losing to a 'better team'. "It's not a tragedy," he said. "It is a setback that complicates the situation."

Colombia, meanwhile, are calling for more of the same after the comprehensive 3-0 win. "We have two more games and we have to show the same responsibility and will to win as we did here," said goalscorer James Rodriguez.

The Costa Rica camp is still in disbelief after their shock win over Urugay, with coach Jorge Luis Pinto hailing a 'historic triumph'.

Uruguay faced questions about missing superstar Luis Suarez though, as coach Oscar Tabarez revealed that the Liverpool striker was 'no longer injured' despite staying on the bench against Costa Rica.

Roy Hodgson is remaining optimistic that England can qualify for the knockout stages, despite losing to Italy in their Group D opener. "We were hoping for a perfect start, but we don't live in a perfect world," Hodgson told the BBC.


Australia are down to one specialist full back after it was confirmed that Ivan Franjic had torn his hamstring. The 26-year-old was injured against Chile and it appears his World Cup tournament is over.

Iker Casillas has accepted blame for Spain's astonishing 5-1 humiliation to the Netherlands in their World Cup opener. "I wasn't up to scratch and I accept that," he told Marca.

Keep your heads up, Samuel Eto'o has told his Cameroon teammates after their 1-0 loss to Mexico. The captain is keen to see his teammates retain their confidence as they prepare to take on Croatia in the second round of fixtures.

Argentina are ready to walk the walk rather than talk the talk, as coach Alejandro Sabella played down their favourites tag ahead of their game against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Tim Howard is expecting a physical game as the USA prepares to face nemesis Ghana in their first World Cup match this tournament. The Americans will be hoping to avenge the defeat four years ago that saw them knocked out in Rustenburg.

Chile may have won their first game against Australia, but Gonzalo Jara is taking nothing for granted as he warned his teammates to watch out for a wounded Spain in the second round.

Will Russia's entirely home-based squad give them an element of surprise coming into this World Cup? Striker Maxim Kanunnikov certainly thinks so, as Fabio Capello's men prepare to start off their finals series by taking on South Korea.

Franck Ribery has revealed that he turned down cortisone injections while trying to recover from a back injury before the World Cup. The Bayern Munich star was subsequently cut from the France team after failing to take part in any warm up games.

Despite a lively individual performance in Brazil's opening win over Croatia, Oscar has admitted that the team needs improvement if they are to fulfill the hopes of a nation and lift the World Cup on home soil.

Franz Beckenbauer will not make his planned trip to the World Cup after claiming he would "not be welcomed" by FIFA. The 68-year-old was suspended for 90 days from all football-related activity by the FIFA ethics committee.


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