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Ochoa excels as Mexico hold Brazil

Fortaleza, June 18 ( Mexico, who suffered through a disastrous qualifying campaign in the CONCACAF zone, were inspired against Brazil in Fortaleza and earned a 0-0 draw against the much-fancied hosts.

Subs inspire Belgian comeback

Belo Horizonte, June 17 ( Second-half goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens enabled Belgium to come from behind and beat Algeria 2-1 in their Group H opener.

Goals dry up as Iran, Nigeria draw

Curitiba, June 17 ( It was only a matter of time before the free-scoring 2014 FIFA World Cup produced its first goalless stalemate, and Iran and Nigeria provided it, playing out a 0-0 draw in Curitiba at the Arena da Baixada.

Avenged Americans beat Black Stars

Natal, June 17 ( A first-minute goal by Clint Dempsey and a late winner from substitute John Brooks helped USA avenge their 2010 exit to Ghana with a 2-1 victory over the Black Stars in Natal.

German lessons for CR7's Portugal

Salvador, June 16 ( Germany sent a message to the rest of the competitors here in Brazil with a 4-0 demolition of Portugal.

Benzema bags brace as Bleus beat Honduras

Porto Alegre, June 16, ( France have made a perfect start to their Brazil 2014 campaign with a Karim Benzema-inspired 3-0 win over ten-man Honduras. The Real Madrid striker scored twice and had a large hand in another as Les Bleus moved to the top of Group E with an emphatic victory at Porto Alegre's Estadio Beira-Rio.

Bosnia beaten by Messi marvel

Rio De Janeiro, June 16 ( Lionel Messi created one goal and scored a brilliant second as Argentina kicked off their FIFA World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Last-gasp Seferovic snatches Swtizerland victory

Brasilia, June 15 ( secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ecuador in the latest turnaround of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, with Haris Seferovic scoring in stoppage-time after Enner Valencia and Admir Mehmedi looked to have secured a point for both sides.

Elephant charge flattens Japan

Recife, June 15 ( The Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire charged late in their Group C opener in Recife, scoring twice in two second-half minutes to overturn an early deficit against Japan.

Italy secure slim win over England

Manaus, June 15 ( Italy held out against diligent England to earn a 2-1 win, courtesy of goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli, which leaves them second on goal difference in Group D at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Daniel Sturridge had equalised soon after the Juventus midfielder had opened the scoring, but Cesare Prandelli's side held on to their lead for the second time following an early goal after the break.

Costa Rican comeback undoes Uruguay

Fortaleza, June 15 ( Costa Rica stunned Uruguay with two quick-fire goals en route to a 3-1 comeback victory in their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil opener. Edinson Cavani had given the South Americans the lead from the penalty spot, but Joel Campbell and Oscar Duarte struck with minutes of one another before Marco Urena rounded off an unexpected win.

WC: Italy's Gianluigi Buffon to miss opener

Manaus, une 14 (IBNS):Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has indicated he is likely to miss their opening FIFA World Cup game against England on Saturday due to injury.

Colombia back with a bang

Belo Horizonte, June 14 ( Colombia marked their long-awaited return to the FIFA World Cup with a 3-0 win over Greece at a packed Estadio Minerao.

RVP, Robben inspire incredible Spanish thrashing

Salvador, June 13 ( Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben inspired the Netherlands to a 5-1 comeback thrashing of Spain in one of the most unforeseen results in FIFA World Cup history.

Peralta downs Cameroon, gets Mexico rolling

Natal, June 13 ( Oribe Peralta was the hero as Mexico edged Cameroon in a pulsating Group A game that somehow finished with only one goal.