TUESDAY SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)
Belgium vs. Algeria - Noon, ESPN
Brazil vs. Mexico - 3 p.m., ESPN
Russia vs. South Korea - 6 p.m., ESPN
Easy start for the highly-rated Belgians against one of the tournament's worst teams. Look out for Axel Witsel in center mid, he will be vital for their hopes of success.
The Samba should continue in Brazil as the home nation flexes its muscles against a Mexican team that struggled scoring goals in qualifying.
Sasha Kerzhakov could be instrumental for the Russians, who have hopes of not just qualifying, but of topping the group.
Belgium should get the momentum rolling vs. an always resilient Algeria squad.
This should be a fantastic match as Brazil will be obligated to take the attacking initiative. Mexico is coming off its best display in two years, but Brazil should own this match.
South Korea always talented and very Fit. However, Fabio Capello opportunity to navigate Russia's passage to the next round.
Absolutely everyone is backing Belgium as a dark horse in this tournament, and considering their squad and the manner in which they qualified, it’s easy to see why. Lowly Algeria is unlikely to cause a threat.
Brazil-Mexico should be a thoroughly entertaining affair with plenty of theatrics, but the home side's quality should shine through in the end and Brazil should come away with a win.
Fabio Capello’s Russia are a seriously underrated side in this tournament, and they shall expect to qualify along with Belgium. A hard-fought 1-0 against a decent Korea side with plenty of European-based talent could be on the cards.
Belgium vs. Algeria: Every time you blink, another talented Belgian appears.
Russia vs. South Korea: It's pretty safe to say that Vladimir Putin will somehow have a goal scored by South Korea count for Russia.