Groups C and D on today's docket. Huge games for the USA and our potential last 16 opponent Germany:
Germany 0-1 Serbia: The question is not whether the Germans will play worse, but by how much. Watch for Werder Bremen's future superstar Mezut Ozil, a nationalized Turk, pulling the strings in the midfield. It's a must-win for the Serbians, who shot themselves in the foot against Ghana and now face Die Mannschaft in full flight.
Slovenia 2-2 USA: This is the sort of match that troubles the USA. We've had recent success against Brazil, England, and Spain, but counterattacking sides Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, and El Salvador have caused problems. A draw would be OK; a loss devastating. Slovenia rode its luck to beat Algeria; will history repeat itself?
England 0-0 Algeria: The Brits are peeved after demonstrating that football is a team sport played on the pitch, not a collection of individuals on paper. Look for Peter Crouch to continue his goal glut against weaker opposition, but who will partner Rooney in the knockout stages? And let's not get started on Robert Green in goal. Good luck, Algeria.