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5 Things: What to expect Wednesday at the World Cup

By Steve Almasy, CNN
updated 6:38 AM EDT, Wed June 18, 2014
South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng applauds after his team's match against Russia during the World Cup on Tuesday, June 17, in Cuiaba, Brazil. The game ended 1-1. South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng applauds after his team's match against Russia during the World Cup on Tuesday, June 17, in Cuiaba, Brazil. The game ended 1-1.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Aussies are primed for a fight
  • Spain will make some changes after its resounding loss
  • Croatia gets a star player back

(CNN) -- We're a week into the World Cup and all 32 teams have now played. We've seen 49 goals in 16 matches. We've seen comebacks denied and comeuppance delivered.

Here's hoping the streak continues Wednesday.

1. AUSTRALIA vs. THE NETHERLANDS

You better run, you better take cover: Nope, not happening, say the Socceroos.

The Aussies have seen the way the Dutch pummeled Spain. The incredible precision with which the Flying Dutchman decimated the defending champs was a thing of beauty. (Ten shots on goal, five goals!).

You'd figure the Aussies would sit back Wednesday, defend with numbers and try to get a shock goal and win 1-0. But, they say, they're not about to cower.

"We can't just defend for 90 minutes," Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said. "We just have to believe in what we do and we will get a chance to find out where we are at."

2. SPAIN vs. CHILE

With a rebel yell: Ordinarily, Chile would be no match for Spain. After all, the Spaniards beat the Chileans on their way to World Cup victory four years ago.

But these aren't ordinary times. Friday's 5-1 Dutch thumping has left Spain questioning everything. Coach Vicente del Bosque says there'll be changes made.

He also wants La Roja to be motivated by last week's embarrassing defeat.

"I hope the players will rebel against a defeat that was hard to take and we can continue," he said, according to the Guardian newspaper.

3. CAMEROON vs. CROATIA

I feel good: You have to be, if you're a Croatia fan. Your opponent's star striker is probably out, and yours is back.

Cameroon will likely miss its all-time goal leader Samuel Eto'o to a pesky knee injury. But Croatia gets Mario Mandzukic back from a red card suspension.

It sure could have used Mandzukic against its opener with Brazil. The Croats lost 3-1.

This is a must-get-points-to-advance-to-the-next-round game for them.

Ditto for Cameroon. It too lost its opening game -- to Mexico 1-0.

The boys can't lose again. They're the Indomitable Lions, darnit.

4. THE SECOND STRINGERS

Substitute me for him: If the trend holds, keep an eye out for the substitutes. They've swooped in to save the day in several matches this World Cup.

Ten of the 49 goals so far have come from players deemed not good enough to make it to the main roster.

Subs accounted for both goals Tuesday in Russia's 1-1 draw with South Korea.

5. GUILLERMO OCHOA

A hero lies in you: Half of Brazil was already celebrating Tuesday as Neymar's cracking header zipped toward the goal line just inside the left post. But suddenly there was a flash of blue as Mexico's goalie Guillermo Ochoa dove to his right and parried the ball away at the last second, maybe the last 10th of a second.

It was the kind of save perfect for a gif or a Vine video so you could just watch it over and over and over. It's still hard to believe he got there.

Ochoa had six sizzling saves against the World Cup favorites. Not only did he come up big for his team, he came up huge while scouts from the top club teams are looking at the 28-year-old soon-to-be free agent. Cha-ching.

JUST FOR KICKS

While you wait for the games to begin, here is some soccer-related stuff that's making waves this Wednesday at the World Cup:

Enter Sad Man: Playing for country can bring out all sorts of emotions, as can losing for country. The folks at Sad Footballers have kindly collected images of the moments when a tissue timeout might be necessary.

Sometimes, the ball finds you: Watching the World Cup leaves you in awe because you cannot do what these highly skilled professionals do. Watching this video of not-ready-for-prime-time players will leave you with a far different feeling.

Just (don't) do it: Really, it's not necessary. Soccer would be so much better without the theatrics, don't you think?

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