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World Cup live blog: June 18

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Astronauts are watching the World Cup from the International Space Station

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station aren’t missing out on the World Cup.

If FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s dream comes true, maybe one day the astronauts will have a front-row seat.

Matt Bonesteel
June 18, 10:19 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 18, 10:19 am

Where to watch Netherlands-Australia in the D.C. area

(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Going Out Gurus saloon enthusiast Fritz Hahn has written his latest enstallment of World Cup Lunch, today talking about where to watch Netherlands-Australia in the DMV.

Matt Bonesteel
June 18, 10:23 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 18, 10:23 am

It's a sea of orange in Porto Alegre

Netherlands fans have turned the streets of Porto Alegre orange before their match with Australia, which begins at noon.

Matt Bonesteel
June 18, 10:29 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 18, 10:29 am

Wednesday's World Cup advancement/elimination possibilities

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

We’ve gotten to the second leg of the World Cup’s group stage, when teams can start to make their plans for the knockout round or start making plans for World Cup 2018. First off, Wednesday’s schedule:

Group B: Australia vs. Netherlands in Porto Alegre, noon (ESPN)

Group B: Spain vs. Chile in Rio de Janeiro, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Group A: Cameroon vs. Croatia in Manaus, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Now, a look at each team’s chances of advancement/elimination.

Netherlands (3 points)

– The Netherlands is almost certain to advance to the knockout round with a win over Australia. It will be guaranteed with a win over Australia and a Chile win or draw against Spain.

Chile (3 points)

– Like the Netherlands, a Chile win over Spain would almost certainly send it to the round of 16. It will be guaranteed with a win and a Netherlands win or draw against Australia.

Spain (0 points)

– The defending champion will be eliminated from knockout-round consideration with a loss and a Netherlands win or tie against Australia.

Australia (0 points)

– The Socceroos will be eliminated from knockout round consideration with a loss and a Chile win or tie against Spain.

Cameroon and Croatia (0 points)

– If there is a losing team, it will be eliminated from knockout-round consideration.

Matt Bonesteel
June 18, 11:04 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 18, 11:04 am

Starting lineups for Netherlands-Australia

Matt Bonesteel
June 18, 11:08 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 18, 11:08 am

Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera finds termites in his bed, foul play (or bad housekeeping) suspected

Yahoo has breaking bug news out of Uruguayan camp.

Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera found what he originally thought were ants in his hotel room bed at 2 am two nights before his side’s 3-1 loss to Costa Rica last Saturday. But an investigation led by Brazil’s federal police has since revealed that they were actually termites and foul play is suspected, according to a report in the Tribuna do Ceara.

A source inside the police department told the site that they weren’t ruling out that Muslera just left food on his bed either though.

Matt Bonesteel
June 18, 11:27 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 18, 11:27 am

Because of Rio's astronomical hotel prices, they're camping on the beach

(Reuters)

(Reuters)

Camping near the beach in Rio is usually not allowed, but with the World Cup in town, Brazilian police are letting things slide as fans — many of them from other South American countries — look to avoid the city’s high hotel prices.

Here’s Reuters with more:

Hundreds of cost-conscious soccer fans have found a cheaper way to attend the World Cup in one of Brazil’s most expensive cities – camping by Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach.

Most of them drove thousands of miles from other South American countries to support their national teams, avoiding expensive flights as well as Rio’s notoriously pricey hotels.

The largest contingent of supporters camping by the beach is Argentine, but Colombians, Chileans and Ecuadoreans could also be seen parking old cars, trailers and even small buses turned into rolling dormitories along Avenida Atlantica, one of Rio’s most famous postcards.

Fabian Alvarez told Reuters that he drove 3,107 miles from Santiago, Chile, to Cuiaba — to watch his home country defeat Australia on Friday — and then to Rio, site of Tuesday’s Chile-Spain game.

Alvarez said he decided to sleep in his van after failing to find affordable hotels in Rio. He plans to spend about one million Chilean pesos ($1,789) during the whole trip, including on gasoline, food and maybe even one more World Cup ticket.

Echoing most World Cup campers, Alvarez said the trip was exhausting but he would do it again.

“It’s all worth it. It’s such an emotion when we sing the national anthem in the stadium. It gives me goose bumps.”

Matt Bonesteel
June 18, 11:55 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 18, 11:55 am

Australian fans bring the heat

(Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

(Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

Or at least this one’s not letting it escape from his head. Or his face.

Marissa Payne
June 18, 12:16 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 18, 12:16 pm

It's a slow start to Netherlands vs. Australia

King Willem-Alexander  and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Over 15 minutes in, neither side has gotten a real chance on goal. It looks like fans are starting to feel it in the stadium, as it seems to have quieted down a bit.

Marissa Payne
June 18, 12:17 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 18, 12:17 pm

Arjen Robben puts Netherlands up, 1-0, on Australia

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

The Netherlands’ Arjen Robben gained control of the ball at midfield and did the rest himself in the 20th minute, racing downfield and putting a left-footed shot past Australia goalkeeper Matthew Ryan.

Matt Bonesteel
June 18, 12:21 pm
  • Matt Bonesteel June 18, 12:21 pm
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