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June 23, 2014

The AP World Cup Digest at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 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-US-PORTUGAL

MANAUS, Brazil — With Cristiano Ronaldo on the field, a one-goal lead is never safe. The world player of the year rarely sparkled on a hot and humid night in the jungle, but his inch-perfect stoppage-time cross set up Varela for the equalizing goal Sunday in Portugal’s 2-2 draw against the United States at the World Cup. By Chris Lehourites.

WCUP-BELGIUM-RUSSIA

RIO DE JANEIRO — Twice now, Belgium has relied on a late revival boosted by stamina and its bench to turn desperate situations around at the World Cup. On Sunday, it was teenager Divock Origi who turned a listless Belgian performance into a late 1-0 win over Russia, enough to qualify for the next round. By Raf Casert.

WCUP-ALGERIA-SOUTH KOREA

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Islam Slimani scored one goal and made two more as Algeria swept to a 4-2 victory over South Korea on Sunday to become the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup match. The result gives Algeria a first World Cup win since 1982 and moves it into second place in Group H with one match left to play, against Russia. By Chris Brummitt.

NEW/DEVELOPING

WCUP-ROUNDUP

The goals kept coming at the World Cup Sunday and — unfortunately for the U.S. — the scoring didn’t stop until the last 30 seconds of its 2-2 draw with Portugal. Both teams stayed alive, while Belgium advanced and Algeria won its first World Cup game in 32 years. No teams were eliminated Sunday, but South Korea, Russia and Portugal are on the brink. By Janie McCauley.

WCUP-BRAZIL

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Sunday it would be “stupid” to think his team would consider playing deliberately for a draw against Cameroon in order to choose its second-round opponent at the World Cup. Scolari dismissed any chance that Brazil would not try to win Monday’s decisive Group A match in Brasilia. By Tales Azzoni.

WCUP-US

MANAUS, Brazil — They were less than 30 seconds away. The Americans were about to romp into the round of 16 at the World Cup, about to walk off with their first come-from-behind win at soccer’s showcase. About to advance with a game to spare. About to win consecutive World Cup games for the first time since 1930. By Ronald Blum.

WCUP--BELGIUM-ORIGI

RIO DE JANEIRO — Teenage striker Divock Origi is Belgium’s World Cup hero of the moment. Just last month, many of his teammates didn’t even know who he was. Yet Belgium has the 19-year-old Origi, who plays in France and whose father was a Kenya striker, to thank for a place in the last 16 in Brazil. By Gerald Imray.

WCUP-FIFA PAY

RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA has declined to comment on claims that annual payments were doubled for executive committee members after their bonuses were stopped. British newspaper The Sunday Times reported that the 25 board members now get a $200,000 stipend for their part-time duties. By Graham Dunbar.

WCUP-SOUTH KOREA-SLOPPY DEFENDING

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — For the man who led South Korea’s defense during its journey to the World Cup semifinals in 2002, the performance of the team’s backline and goalkeeper against Algeria on Sunday must have been particularly hard to watch. It seemed all too easy for Algeria, which scored three goals in the first 40 minutes. By Chris Brummitt.

WCUP-CAMEROON

BRASILIA, Brazil — Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o will not start against Brazil, further hampering the African team’s chances of upsetting the hosts in their World Cup match on Monday. Cameroon coach Volker Finke said Sunday that Eto’o has not recovered from a knee injury that also kept him out of a 4-0 defeat against Croatia that ensured the Africans’ early exit from the tournament. By Dusan Stojanovic.

WCUP-CROATIA

RECIFE, Brazil — Niko Kovac points to the resumes of his top attacking players as he outlines why he expects his Croatia team to be the first in this World Cup to score against Mexico. If he’s wrong, his team is going home. A scoreless draw, which would clinch a spot in the second round for Mexico, won’t do for Croatia on Monday in the last Group A game. Only a victory over stingy “El Tri” will see Croatia through, yet Kovac sounds a lot like a coach who believes he has the upper hand. By Brett Martel.

WCUP-GERMANY FANS

RIO DE JANEIRO — The man who invaded the pitch during the Germany-Ghana match at the World Cup was a neo-Nazi sympathizer, according to a report that will be delivered to FIFA on Monday. The fans’ anti-discrimination network, Fare, is preparing a report on Saturday’s incident, when a shirtless fan interrupted play. By Graham Dunbar.

WCUP-ARGENTINA-MARADONA

RIO DE JANEIRO — Diego Maradona has responded to being called a “bad luck charm” by Argentina’s football association president by showing him the middle finger on live TV. Maradona was responding to reports that Julio Grondona called him a jinx after Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Iran on Saturday.

WCUP-SPAIN-DEL BOSQUE

CURITIBA, Brazil — Spain coach Vicente del Bosque was struggling Sunday to answer just why his team had endured failure at a major tournament for the first time in eight years. Spain heads home after Monday’s Group B match against Australia as the first defending champion to be knocked out of the tournament after just two games. Spain has won consecutive European Championships around the 2010 edition since exiting the World Cup in the first knockout stage to France in 2006. By Paul Logothetis.

WCUP-ENGLAND

RIO DE JANEIRO — After England’s World Cup fiasco, Roy Hodgson realizes the country is searching for a scapegoat, and accepts he’s fortunate to have survived as coach. Despite England failing to reach the second round at a tournament for the first time since 1958, the Football Association wants Hodgson to see out his contract until the 2016 European Championship. By Rob Harris.

WCUP-MESSI’S MAGIC WAND

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — It’s hardly a secret weapon. Everyone knows Lionel Messi shoots with his left foot nine times out of 10. Yet over 90 minutes there’s bound to be that one moment when he finds enough space to unleash a left-foot strike that can’t be stopped even if you see it coming. By Karl Ritter.

WCUP-LATIN AMERICA’S CUP

RIO DE JANEIRO — Latin Americans are cheering for each other at the World Cup. But that camaraderie will disappear in a few days when the knockout games arrive. For now, there’s Latin fusion. By Stephen Wade.

WCUP-CHILE

SAO PAULO — Chile’s star midfielder Arturo Vidal said Sunday he is ready to play against the Netherlands in his team’s final Group B match at the World Cup. The Juventus standout has been recovering from right knee surgery last month and has also hurt his right Achilles tendon during the tournament. By Aron Heller.

WCUP-NETHERLANDS

SAO PAULO — Louis van Gaal will have to shuffle his defense and attack in the Netherlands’ final World Cup Group B match against Chile after center back Bruno Martins Indi was ruled out with a concussion and Robin van Persie through suspension. The good news for the Dutch is that the enforced changes come in a match between two teams already qualified for the round of 16. By Mike Corder.

WCUP-ITALY-BUFFON

NATAL, Brazil — It will be nothing new for Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon when the Azzurri face Uruguay on Tuesday with a spot in the second round of the World Cup on the line. Italy will advance with a win or a draw in the Group D match. By andrew Dampf.

WCUP--GREECE-IVORY COAST

FORTALEZA, Brazil — After a troubled start, the smiles are returning to West Africa at the World Cup. Nigeria has earned its first victory after a stalemate with Iran, and Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw after losing to the United States. Now Ivory Coast is looking for a place in the last 16 by beating Greece after its earlier loss to Colombia. By Derek Gatopoulos.

WCUP-JAPAN-COLOMBIA

CUIABA, Brazil — Alberto Zaccheroni is facing arguably the most important team selection of his four-year tenure in Japan, and once again it revolves around whether to start star playmaker Shinji Kagawa. With just one point from its first two Group C matches, Japan must beat already-qualified Colombia on Tuesday and hope for a slip-up by second-place Ivory Coast in the group’s other game to reach the knockout stage for the third time in four World Cups. By Steve Douglas.

WCUP-COSTA RICA-ANTI-DOPING

SANTOS, Brazil — Costa Rica’s football federation has sent a letter to FIFA demanding an explanation for why so many of its players were required to submit to anti-doping controls after a surprise victory over Italy. Seven Costa Rica players were tested after Friday’s 1-0 win, angering team officials who say it could lead to people believing that football’s world governing body suspects Costa Ricans of doping.

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