Every team has a game under their belts now at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The hosts and Mexico battled to a very entertaining scoreless draw today to open the second round of group matches. I thought Soccermogul would go through and give a quick thought on every team and every group just to get everybody ready for round 2!
Group A -
Brazil - a little chink in the armor? A ton of pressure on them, but they still control the group with only Cameroon left.
Mexico - wonderful result today and four points in their pocket. Only need a draw with Croatia to advance.
Croatia - hard done in the Brazil opener. Going to need wins over Cameroon and Mexico to advance. They have the talent to do that though.
Cameroon - look like the sacrificial lambs they were expected to be
Group B -
Netherlands - shocked the world with their blasting of Spain. Need to take care of business against Australia to guarantee passage.
Spain - Ouch on game one. The whole tourney now rests with Tuesday's Chile match. They must win two to have any chance with their blown goal differential.
Chile - a draw against Spain would go a long way to their advancing
Australia - not much to see here other than Tim Cahill
Group C -
Colombia - earned their designation as group favorites by blasting Greece. Too talented to be troubled in this group.
Ivory Coast - good rally against Japan should lend confidence. Will Drogba start against Colombia?
Japan - couldn't close out the Ivory Coast after good start. Must beat Greece to stay alive.
Greece - need to score goals to survive and they simply cannot.
Group D -
Italy - beat England in a match that was like watching paint dry. Next up is surprising Costa Rica. Take the group with a win.
Costa Rica - perhaps the surprise of the entire opening round with their dismantling of Uruguay. Can they trouble Italy? Doubtful.
Uruguay - one word. Disappointing. Must beat England to have any hope.
England - see above. Must beat Uruguay to have any hope. Rooney taking tons of criticism. How does he react?
Group E -
France - a classy performance to open. Can take the group with a win over the Swiss on Friday.
Switzerland - a stunning rally that could propel them to bigger things. Next up France.
Ecuador - a crushing defeat that will be hard to bounce back from.
Honduras - outclassed by France. Can they salvage some pride and steal a result somewhere?
Group F -
Argentina - nervy opening win. Need to be better, but Messi on the scoresheet.
Nigeria - boring. Nothing else to say.
Iran - a good draw to open keeps them alive.
Bosnia - can still grab 2nd in this group by beating Iran and Nigeria. Very possible.
Group G -
Germany - most complete performance from anyone so far. Look to be serious contenders
United States - a gritty, gutty win, but will they have the legs to keep trucking after losing Altidore. Michael Bradley has to be more of a factor and Dempsey has to overcome broken nose.
Portugal - almost dead after horrible showing against Germany. Can turn things around by beating the US Sunday.
Ghana - in a big hole with Germany next. Most likely a hole much to deep to dig out of.
Group H -
Belgium - not the expected opening but still a good rally that could propel them to bigger things in Brazil. A very friendly group should help.
Russia - avoided a bad result by rallying for a draw today. Concerning, but two very winnable games ahead.
South Korea - not happy with the draw, but everything to play for still .
Algeria - almost pulled off the upset of the tourney. Gritty but just not good enough.