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June 30, 2014

The AP World Cup Digest at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT). The supervisor of the World Cup desk in Rio de Janeiro is Simon Haydon. The desk can be reached at 0055 21 348 264 84.

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WCUP-FRANCE-NIGERIA

BRASILIA, Brazil — France looks to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2006 when it takes on African champion Nigeria, which is in the round of 16 for the first time since 1998. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m. EDT/1900 GMT.

WCUP-GERMANY-ALGERIA

PORTO ALEGRE — Three-time champion Germany meets unheralded Algeria in what is shaping up as an emotionally charged round of 16 match. Algeria wants revenge for the “Disgrace of Gijon” from the 1982 tournament and has never been this far, while Germany has not beaten Algeria in two previous attempts. Some Algeria players could fast for Ramadan. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT/2300 GMT. By Andrew Dampf.

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WCUP-US

SALVADOR, Brazil — Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey know this could be their last appearance at the World Cup and they could define it as a success if the United States beats Belgium on Tuesday night and reaches the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT/2300 GMT.

WCUP-NETHERLANDS-DAY AFTER

FORTALEZA, Brazil — This Netherlands team is no clockwork orange. After shocking the World Cup with its opening match destruction of defending champion Spain and racking up three straight wins to top a tough group, the Netherlands came within two minutes of elimination against Mexico in a performance ultimately high on character, but lacking quality. By Mike Corder. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m. EDT/1900 GMT.

WCUP-ARGENTINA

SAO PAULO — Coach Alejandro Sabella is preparing Lionel Messi and his Argentina team for how to best create chances and attack a swarming Switzerland defense in the World Cup’s round of 16 on Tuesday, when Ezequiel Lavezzi could be called upon to play again in a three-man front missing injured striker Sergio Aguero. By Karl Ritter. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m. EDT/1900 GMT.

WCUP-BRAZIL’S PRESSURE

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil — Luiz Felipe Scolari says the responsibility of having to win at home is hurting Brazil’s young squad at the World Cup. The coach is blaming the team’s struggles at the home tournament on the players’ difficulties to cope with the pressure of having to succeed in front of the home fans. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 10 a.m. EDT/1400 GMT.

WCUP-LOST OR ROBBED

RIO DE JANEIRO — Distracted by the World Cup atmosphere, American fan Jack Smith slipped his card into an ATM in a Rio airport. He believes the card was cloned in an instant and, over several days before he discovered it, his account was debited for $12,000, a loss he said his bank would cover. By Jorge Sainz and Stephen Wade. SENT. 800 words.

WCUP-BELGIUM-5 THINGS TO KNOW

MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil — If Belgium has a reputation for self-indulgence because of its love of chocolate and beer, it is time to look at its World Cup squad and admire discipline, stamina and determination. So far, this has been a hard team to appreciate despite its perfect group record ahead of Tuesday’s clash with the United States. By Raf Casert. SENT. 600 words.

WCUP-GREECE-KARAGOUNIS

RECIFE, Brazil — Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis retired from international football Sunday after his country’s World Cup elimination in a penalty shootout loss to Costa Rica. Karagounis leaves as Greece’s most capped player with 139 appearances over 15 years since making his debut in 1999. He also won the European Championship with Greece in 2004. By Gerald Imiray. 500 words.

WCUP-MEXICO’S-CURSE

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Mexico’s second-round curse at the World Cup remains unbroken. Playing in the round of 16 for the sixth straight tournament, the Mexicans looked like they had finally done everything right against the Netherlands on Sunday. By Derek Gatopoulos. 400 words.

WCUP-ALGERIA-FASTING

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Algeria’s players are being left to decide whether or not they observe the Ramadan fast during Monday’s World Cup game against Germany, with coach Vahid Halilhodzic saying it’s not a divisive issue. Observant Muslims avoid food and liquids from dawn to dusk during Ramadan but can, and often do, skip it if travelling or doing hard physical labor. Some devout Muslim athletes choose to fast during training or competition, but it can create selection difficulties for the coaches in team sports. By Chris Brummitt. 500 words.

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— RIO DE JANEIRO — WCUP-ROUNDUP. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, by 5 p.m. EDT/2100 GMT.

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— UNDATED — WCUP-ON THIS DAY. SENT.

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