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World Cup live blog: June 23

June 23, 2014

Two games at noon, Netherlands vs. Chile and Australia vs. Spain, followed by two at 4, Mexico vs. Croatia and Cameroon vs. Brazil.

Viewer’s guide to today’s games | Full tournament schedule and TV listings  |  Streaming coverage  |  Full tournament coverage

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(KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

(KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Finally, the first bracket is set! Brazil and Mexico will move on from Group A after their decisive wins today. They will face the winners of Group B, the Netherlands and Chile.

Since Brazil finished first, they will take on Group B’s second-place seed, Chile. Mexico, Group A’s second-place finisher, will face Group B’s champion, the Netherlands.

At this point previous scores and such are wiped clean and the tournament will play out in a standard bracket system.

The best news, perhaps? There will be no more draws. Each match’s decisive winner will move forward until there is only one left.

Brazil and Chile will play at noon on June 28.

The Netherlands and Mexico will play at noon on June 29.

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(Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

(Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

With a decisive victory, including two goals from Neymar, Brazil clinched the top seed position in Group A and will face the second seed from Group B, Chile. Cameroon, meanwhile, finished at the bottom of the group.

Read the complete match recap here and take a loot at the full match stats.

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Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after Chicharito scores. (Ruben Sprich/Reuters)

Mexico’s coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after Chicharito scores. (Ruben Sprich/Reuters)

Mexico had one heck of a day. One need only look at the team’s Coach Miguel Herrera (above) to see that. He literally jumped for joy. Multiple times. And it was awesome. Croatia, on the other hand, didn’t have a great day, although they got away with two handballs. It was the last-minute red card, however, that truly sealed the team’s fate and sad way to end their World Cup run. They, along with Cameroon, will be going home, while Mexico and Brazil will both go on to the tournament’s second round.

Read the full recap here and view the complete stats.

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Whoops. Now Croatia must play out the rest of the match with just 10 men. It looks like they’ll have to settle for third place in the group, which, sadly for them, means they will not be moving on into the bracketed rounds.

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Never say impossible. Ivan Perisic just put one in the net for Croatia. They’ll have to get three more in the next few minutes, however, to move on.

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With this goal by Fernandinho, Brazil will now definitely clinch the top spot in Group A and go on to play Chile next.

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Mexico is on fire right now! If they can clinch one more, Mexico will slide into the top spot from Group A to overtake Brazil.

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Wow, just wow.

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Neymar exits and Willian takes his place. This basically signals Brazil’s work is done. For Cameroon, Vincent Aboubakar went out and Edgar Salli went in. Cameroon still has one substitution left.

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And with that, Andres Guardado probably just did clinch Mexico’s continuation in the tournament. Croatia’s defense was nowhere to be seen.

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Thirty-five-year-old Rafael Marquez may have clinched it for Mexico with that header! 

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(SRDJAN SUKI/EPA)

(SRDJAN SUKI/EPA)

The team is hoping the 20-year-old Rebic can make something happen.

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This is Brazil’s second substitution. The country has one left.

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If Mexico goes through, he will miss the next game, as he was previously booked with a yellow in the game against Brazil.

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Again! Chicarito is LIVID. As is pretty much anyone with eyes.

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Giovani dos Santos exits; Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez comes in.

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 Benjamin Moukandjo exits and Edgar Salli enters.

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Paul Aguilar of Mexico, left, and Sime Vrsaljko of Croatia in action.  (SRDJAN SUKI/EPA)

Paul Aguilar of Mexico, left, and Sime Vrsaljko of Croatia in action. (SRDJAN SUKI/EPA)

Sime Vrsaljko exits; Mateo Kovacic enters. It seems Croatia is upping their attacking game now, which they need to do. Their future in this World Cup tournament will end without a goal.

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The best name in the tournament finally gets one on the board (although… he might’ve slid by without getting an offside call). Regardless, Fred did it!

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