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World Cup 2014: what's happening on day six of the tournament
THE first round of games in the 2014 World Cup will be completed today, as Russia take on South Korea and Belgium play Algeria in Group H.
The first game today will see the Belgians start their campaign against Algeria at 5pm, before the host nation, Brazil, play their second game in Group A against Mexico, with an 8pm kick-off.
The hosts made it through their first match with a 3-1 win over Croatia, but many saw it as lucky win, aided by some controversial refereeing decisions.
Meanwhile, Mexico got past Cameroon 1-0 in their encounter.
Erica Karouk, who is supporting Brazil from Bournemouth, said: “It went well and it also didn’t.
“First of all Brazil scored a goal for Croatia and then there was a lot of debate.
“It was a good game.
“There is a lot of tension in Brazil and I think the footballers do have the responsibility that if they don’t perform it could have an effect on the politics of the country.
“I think Mexico is a very good team and they played very well against Cameroon.
“I believe that Brazil will perform well against Mexico and I’m expecting to win.
“Now everybody is a bit more relaxed and the pressure will lift off the shoulders of the players.”
Ana Munoz, who works in Bournemouth, is backing her native Mexico.
She said: “It was great. We’re feeling hopeful at the moment.
“Let’s hope that the boost in confidence is not too huge so they are not feeling too relaxed and hopefully we can win.
“It will be harder for sure.”
The final match today sees Russia against South Korea.
Junbeom Kim, who lives in Poole, will be cheering on his home nation, South Korea.
He said: “It’s a tough game I think, because if we lose the first game we can’t go the next round, I don’t think.
“We’re all excited about the World Cup (in South Korea). We’re not so interested in domestic teams, but everybody is crazy about the World Cup.
“I think it’s very difficult. We have many talented players, but there’s no leader in the team. We need a leader on the pitch.
“They are so young; the average age is only 25 years old.”
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