Game on: Lineups and talking points as Russia opens its World Cup against South Korea

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Belgium has set the pace in Group H with its 2-1 win over Algeria. Now Russia and South Korea have a chance to keep up.

Completing Tuesday’s action in Brazil, the only two teams who’ve yet to kick off finally take the field in Cuiabá. A winner joins the Red Devils at the top of their group, while Algeria awaits the loser at the bottom.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Starting lineups

Russia: Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Glushakov, Kokorin, Berezutskiy, Shatov, Zhirkov, Samedov, Fayzulin, Eshchenko, Kombarov.

South Korea: Jung; Yun, Kim, Son, Park, Y. Lee, Koo, Han, Ki, C. Lee, Hong

Talking points

1.  Will Capello’s iron pay off? Russia is not as talented a they were at the 2008 or 2012 European Championships. That group of Zenit stars has slowly phased out. What Russia is, however, is more solid than they were before. That’s Fabio Capello for you, and although it may keep the Russians from playing the type of stylish soccer that captured so many hearts during Andrei Arshavin’s heyday, it should prevent them from being upset by the South Koreas and Algerias of the world.

2.  Can youth pay off for Korea? That’s not to say the Koreans can’t snare a point, just as Algeria and the United States did against Capello’s England four years ago, but it will take improvement from what we’ve seen in the run up to the World Cup. With 14 players on his squad 25 or younger, Hong Myung-bo may see that progress. More likely: Today will be another step toward building a stronger side for 2018.

Expectation: Russia’s generally seen as the favorites. Part of that is Capello. Part of that is the European affiliation. Part of that is the legacy or the Arshavin teams. Regardless, few are picking South Korea.

One blogger’s prediction: Though the methods are dubious, the crowd’s outcome make sense. Russia, 2-0.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.