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Game on: Lineups and talking points for South Korea vs. Algeria

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Algeria got off to a fantastic start in their first match, with Sofiane Feghouli converting a penalty to end their run of a run of 506 minutes of World Cup play without a goal. Alas, Belgium managed to rain on their parade, coming back to win 2-1. South Korea, too, found themselves with a surprising lead. Theirs came courtesy of a major blunder from Igor Akinfeev, with the keeper pushing Lee Keun-ho’s shot along into the back of the net. Russia came back, however, and both sides left with a point.

What is everyone hoping for from this game? Quite frankly, one that is more interesting than the dull match between Belgium and Russia, which immediately proceeded it. Tune in at 3 p.m. ET to find out if Algeria and South Korea are able to provide more excitement.

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South Korea: S R Jung, S Y Yun, Y G Kim, H M Son, C Y Park, Y Lee, J C Koo, K Y Han, S Y Ki, C Y Lee, J H Hong

Algeria: Mbolhi, Bouguerra, Halliche, Mesbah, Feghouli, Brahimi, Medjani, Slimani, Bentaleb, Djabou, Mandi

Talking points

Will either side seize the day?
Both Algeria and South Korea played it safe in their first match, preferring to avoid defeat rather than take a risk. It paid off for South Korea, but Algeria’s loss puts them bottom of the group. Algeria may be more intent on attacking, as they could really use a result to keep their hopes of advancing alive.

Who will join Belgium in the knockout round?
Belgium are through to the next round. Who can hope to join them? If this one plays out to a draw, it’ll be South Korea on two points, and Russia and Algeria both with one. We could legitimately see three sides tied on two points come the end of the group stages.

Algeria is both solid defensively and has the ability to hit teams hard on the break. Expect them to allow South Korea to take control – but then maybe, just maybe, wrench it back through a solid counterattack.

One blogger’s prediction
I’ve failed to provide the correct answer each time I’ve been asked to make one. This seems like it has dull draw written all over it, so you should go put money on a 4-3 thriller.*

*Fake money, of course, unless you live in an area in which this is legal.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.