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World Cup 2014: June 30, Napoli - style (getting Foxy)

Ian Walton

Sorry for failing to bring the World Cup updates straight to the front of The Siren's Song over the past few days, but sometimes life gets in the way. Life, and poor internet connections. We trust you've managed to catch up, however.

Still, we'll give you a quick rundown of the past 24 hours

  • Time moved at a snail's pace for 45 minutes, as Mexico and Netherlands did nearly nothing in 100 degree heat.
  • We got water breaks!
  • Arjen Robben admitted to diving. But he didn't dive to win a stoppage time penalty. And if you think the ref shouldn't have awarded that penalty, you're showing way too much affection to Rafa Marquez.
  • Greece were forced to attack.
  • Greece were forced to reveal they are bad at attacking.
  • We got more penalties! But first, we had to sit through an additional 30 minutes of some sort of Greek tragicomedy that had everyone weeping tears of delirium.
  • In the end, Netherlands and Costa Rica go through, Mexico and Greece go home.

The matches

Group Location Time (CET/ET)
France vs. Nigeria E vs. F Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília 6 p.m./ noon
Germany vs. Algeria G vs. H Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre 10 p.m./ 4 p.m.


Any Napoli players involved?

We can only hope. Apparently there's rumors of a shakeup coming out of the Algeria camp, so let's cross our fingers that Faouzi Ghoulam makes it back into the squad. Either way, though, it'd be rather amusing to see the Fennec Foxes upend Germany.

How do I watch these games?

In Italy? You're on SkyGO or Sky Mondiale. In the US it's ESPN in English and Univision in Spanish, and both have online streaming platforms, while Canadians friends have CBC and the CBC Sports player. In the UK you can watch  ITV for the first match and BBC One for the rest of the day, or use the ITV or BBC players online. If you live elsewhere, check LiveSoccerTV for listings in your country.