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In pictures: the first half of the World Cup in London

Posted at 7:20 pm, June 27, 2014 in Fun London, Photos of London
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The group stages of Brazil 2014 are over, and though Roy Hodgson’s England were among the first round casualties, Londoners have been busy enjoying every last second of the 96 games played so far. Here are some of the first-round highlights, thanks to our chums at World in London.

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Despite drawing with Mexico, hosts Brazil have been impressive so far. They play Chile in the second round on Saturday – head to the Coronet in Elephant and Castle to watch it with these lovely people.

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Champions Spain, meanwhile, crashed out after losing to both Holland and Chile. Cue lots of flabbergasted arm-folding.

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A surprisingly lively Columbia have been one of the stories of the tournament, scoring a whopping nine goals in their group matches. Expect more scenes like this when they face Uruguay on Saturday, who will miss talismanic shoulder-biter Louis Suarez.

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Having failed to score a single goal at the 2010 tournament, Algeria are among the surprising second-rounders. Expect the bongo slapping to be decidedly muted when they play the mighty Germany on Monday.

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Striker Tim Cahill scored one of the best goals of the tournament so far, but a spirited Aussie side still crashed out after coming bottom of a very tough group.

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Over-achievers Costa Rica beat Italy AND Uruguay to top Group D and could even make their first ever quarter final after drawing a below-par Greek team in the second round. Kick-off is 9pm on Sunday.

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Perennial underdogs Iran put up a spirited fight against Argentina, but a lack of firepower up front meant they still ended up bottom of their group.

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Holland were one of the first to qualify for the second round, after convincing wins against Spain and Australia. They take on Mexico at 5pm on Sunday.

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Time to pack the novelty jewellery away for another four years – Ghana crashed out after securing just a single point.

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Portugal were probably the best team not to make it out of their group – a heavy loss in their first game meant they lost out to USA on goal difference.

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South Korea are heading home having taken just one point from Group H. Chin up buddy – we’re sure that massive drum will come in use for something else.

Check out World in London for tips on where to watch the remaining games, and to buy tickets for exclusive match day experiences.

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