Vincent Kompany

Belgium's national soccer player Vincent Kompany attends a news conference before a training session at Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte on Monday. Belgium will face Algeria in their first 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match on Tuesday. (Sergio Perez / REUTERS / June 16, 2014)

Yesterday in one sentence: Jack Bauer narrated the introductions and Clint Dempsey scored and I was very happy, very quickly but slowly realized that America would not score again, then buried my head in my hands after the Ghana goal and peaked through my fingers to see John Brooks prove me wrong and ensure that America can still win the World Cup; Germany is pretty good though.

What’s on tap: Belgium vs. Algeria, noon, ESPN; Brazil vs. Mexico, 3 p.m., ESPN; Russia vs. South Korea, 6 p.m., ESPN.

What you’ll see: Everything would be considered a letdown after the United States plays, but there are some top sides in action Tuesday. We open with Belgium, a loaded squad with attacking options and strong defenders who are favorites in Group H and have some buzz to win the whole thing. They’ll face an Algeria side most famous for being scored on by Landon Donovan to send the U.S. through in the 2010 World Cup.

Brazil and Mexico begin the first of what will be group-deciding games with their showdown Tuesday. Each won their opening game and a win from either would all but assure not only a spot in the Round of 16 but probably the top spot in the group.

That’s crucial, given the two teams who advance from this group will be matched up with two of three Group B powers — the Netherlands, Spain, or Chile. Neither side looked their best in victory last week, but there’s too much on the line to play poorly today.

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