2010 World Cup final rematch between Spain, Netherlands featured Friday in Brazil

Yesterday in one sentence: World Cup officiating is probably going to be brutal and will ruin the tournament for some, no matter how deserved Brazil's 3-1 win was.

What's on tap today: Mexico vs. Cameroon, noon, ESPN2; Spain vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m., ESPN; Chile vs Australia, 6 p.m., ESPN2.


What you'll see: All eyes are on the Spain-Netherlands game, a rematch of the 2010 final. Spain has only reloaded since then, while the Dutch find themselves in something of a transitional phase.

It's not a good match for the young Dutch players to get acquainted with World Cup football, but if they can mesh with the old guard that finished second in 2010, we could have a match to live up to that final.


Spain went on to win in 2010 after losing to Switzerland in their opening match, but this isn't the banana peel they faced last time. If yesterday's game annoyed you for all the histrionics and bad officiating, watch this one to see two of the best examples of the world's game.

That's not to say there won't be drama in the first match. Mexican coach Miguel Herrera tweeted out his lineup yesterday to reveal no starting place for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. It appears goalkeeper Jose Corona's head injury is also keeping him out, in favor of Guillermo Ochoa.

Croatia's attacking verve has made that match with Mexico all the more anticipated but, El Tri face a tough test in Cameroon to start the tournament.

Chile-Australia might take place at a time when fatigue is setting in for viewers, but casual fans should watch if only to appreciate the play of Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, who would be lavished with praise if he played in England and instead simply goes about his business in Italy.