Ivory Coast Holds Off Japan 2-1: World Cup Live Updates

PHOTO: Japans Makoto Hasebe, right, and Ivory Coasts Wilfried Bony go for a header during the group C World Cup soccer match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Well, the 2014 World Cup escalated quickly.

A day after a controversial penalty given to Brazil helped the hosts defeat Croatia, the Netherlands beat down defending champion Spain in a highly anticipated rematch of the 2010 final. Mexico also defeated Cameroon and Chile beat Australia.

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Today in Group C, Colombia - minus star forward Radamel Falcao - takes on Greece, while the Ivory Coast plays Japan later.

While in Group D, Uruguay - which won the 1950 World Cup against then hosts Brazil - plays Costa Rica, followed by the much-anticipated match between England and Italy in Manaus, Brazil.

The World Cup will feature 32 nations -- placed in eight groups with four teams apiece -- and a total of 64 games. The United States has qualified for its seventh straight World Cup and will be looking to get out of a challenging group that features Germany, Portugal and Ghana.

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