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5 things: What to watch for Friday at the World Cup

5 things: What to watch for Friday at the World Cup
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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 9:07am

It's that time in the World Cup where everyone breaks out the crystal ball and the statistics manual, trying to determine how every game will affect their team's chances to advance to the next round. It's enough to make your head hurt.

Whether you're a die-hard fan or just enjoying the spectacular play in Brazil, there's lots to watch during Friday's World Cup matches:

1. Costa Rica: lucky break or the little engine that could?

Costa Rica takes on Italy after a shocking 3-1 win over Uruguay. Clearly the underdog, we'll see if they can hold their own against Italy, which whomped England 2-1.

The two teams have apparently only played once before.

2. All eyes on Italy's mohawked striker

If you watched Italy's defeat of England this week, you saw the amazing header into the net by Italy's Mario Balotelli.

Now as Italy sets its sights on the World Cup finals, the team's fans will be looking to Balotelli, who could be the key to his team's success.

Balotelli knows that Italy's win over Costa Rica would mean England stays in the World Cup, so he only has one request: "If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen," he tweeted.

3. Neighbor vs. neighbor: France takes on Switzerland

France is looking good after its 3-0 win over Honduras. Friday mid-afternoon, they'll take on Switzerland, which could be more of a match. Most are putting their money on France to win.

4. The end for Ecuador or Honduras

The loser in the Ecuador-Honduras match will be going home. So that has some characterizing this battle as a fight to the death.

5. Who knew? Rihanna a World Cup fan

World Cup fever has infected Rihanna: the singer's 35+ million Twitter followers may have wondered who Rooney and Suarez were on Thursday. This was her tweet: "Man they know better than to give Suarez that much room bruh!"

It wasn't the first time Rihanna has taken to Twitter to urge favorite soccer players on. Who knows? Maybe we'll see her predicting the winners and losers on ESPN.

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