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by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

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Every morning throughout the World Cup, evertonfc.com brings you a quickfire update of what's been going on in Brazil...

What happened last night?

There has yet to be a dull day at the World Cup and Wednesday showed no signs of the trend bucking any time soon.

The big shock was holders Spain bowing out of the tournament with the faintest of whimpers.

In last week's 5-1 hammering by the Netherlands, Vicente del Bosque's side looked a shadow of the force that has dominated international football for the last six years.

And against Chile they were arguably worse, suffering a 2-0 defeat and setting the unwanted record of being the first reigning champions to be eliminated after just two games.

Elsewhere, the Netherlands came out on top in a thrilling 3-2 battle with Australia.

And while there were no current Everton players in action, former Blue Tim Cahill scored what may just be the goal of the tournament with a rasping left-foot volley that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

Another ex-Toffee, Nikica Jelavic, was an unused substitute as Croatia dismantled Cameroon 4-0 to keep their hopes of progressing from Group A alive.

Who caught the eye?


Aside from Cahill's cracker, the sheer electric pace of the Chilean team was a joy to watch as Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas in particular tore the other La Roja apart.

In the late game, Bayern Munich forward Mario Manduzic was a two-goal hero, but Croatia owed much to the creative dynamism of Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic.

What’s happening today?


It's the big one for England - Uruguay.

After defeat to Italy, Roy Hodgson's men need to take something from their second game in Group D - and Blues trio Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley will be hoping to emulate Costa Rica in defeating La Celeste.

The day's other games are in Group C. Colombia and Ivory Coast both won their openers and now face each other at 5pm BST, with Japan and Greece competing for their first points on the board in the late game.

Who should I be looking out for?

Everton's Three Lions, of course.

With much debate around Hodgson opting for Wayne Rooney or Raheem Sterling in the coveted number 10 position, could Barkley force his way into the reckoning for a starting role?

At the back, Jagielka and Baines are likely to not only have to contend with Liverpool's Luis Suarez, but also the equally deadly Paris Saint Germain forward Edinson Cavani.

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