Dutch world vice-champions became the main revelation of the first days of the competition crushing 5-1 the best world team representing Spain. After such a bright opener it is just a matter of qualification to go through to 1/8 elimination round, the task may be practically resolved in a match with Australia which will be held at 5 p.m. GMT in the city of Porto Alegre. Players from the ‘green continent’ defeated Chile completely in the debut confirming the status of a group outsider.
According to the World Cup regulations in case of equal points of different teams in one group the main criterion will be the goal difference in all matches, because even a draw actually does not permit Spain to qualify for playoffs, as after the first round they are six goals behind Chile.
Cameroon and Croatia will play at 11 p.m. GMT on Thursday in the Group A second round. This will be the first game of two teams in their history. Both of them lost in openers to Mexico and Brazil, respectively, but if the African team showed almost nothing in attack and a 0-1 score does not reflect advantage of the rival Croatia can blame the fate and the Japanese referee for the failure in the opening match.