(BRAZIL) – On Saturday, two games were played in the FIFA World Cup round of 16 (the knockout stage). The first game was played between the host team Brazil and Chile. It was a more than interesting game as no one had expected such a thriller. The enthusiasm of the football fans, especially that of Brazilian fans, was worth watching, as they witnessed such a close game that never seemed to end. Brazil’s David Luiz gave his team a lead of 1-0 over Chile just in the 18th minute of the game.
Chile fought back and leveled the scores just in the 32nd minute, via a shot by Alexis Sanchez, one of the key players for Chile. The teams went in the first half 1-1.
In the second half, both teams showed what they were capable of, and did not allow anyone to score a goal. The match was tied by the end of the second half. The teams were given an extra time of 30 minutes (two halves of 15 minutes each). However, no goal was scored in this time too, and the match once again was tied. According to the rules, the result of the match was decided on penalty shootout. It appeared that the penalty shootout was also insufficient to yield a result, as the game was once again tied with both scoring two penalties out of four. However, Brazil’s Neymar made sure that he did not miss the target on the last penalty, and scored a much needed goal giving his team a lead of 3-2. Chile had to score on their last penalty to make sure that they are still in the game. However, Chile’s Gonzalo Jara missed the all important goal, which ultimately led to their defeat 3-2.
Brazil qualified for the quarterfinals, while Chile has been knocked out.
Meanwhile, FIFA is investigating a scuffle that took place during the half time in the game between Brazil and Chile. It involved Rodrigo Paiva, the communications director for Brazil, and Chile’s Mauricio Pinilla. Rodrigo Paiva admitted that he was involved in the scuffle, however, he said that he reacted in self-defence.
The second game was played between Colombia and Uruguay. The unbeaten Colombia played to the best of their abilities and dominated the game throughout. Uruguay missed their striker Luis Sanchez, who had been banned by FIFA for nine games. However, Colombia’s James Rodriguez once again proved to be a handy player for their side and scored two goals. He gave his team a lead of 1-0 in the 28th minute. Uruguay tried but could not manage to level the scores in the first half. In the 50th minute of the second half, James scored another goal for their team dragging the lead to 2-0. The scores remained the same till the end of the match and Colombia won the match 2-0. Colombia qualified, while Uruguay was eliminated.
On Sunday, two games were played in the second stage round of 16. In the first game, Netherlands was up against Mexico. Netherlands had performed better than Mexico in the World Cup, and were expected to perform well in this game too. No goal was scored in the first half and the teams went 0-0. However, all the excitement began in the second half, as Mexico opened their account in the 48th minute via a goal by Giovani dos Santos. Mexico was leading the scores till the 87th minute of the game, and they were sensing a victory there. However, things turned around, and Netherlands came back just at the right time. Wesley Sneijder scored the timely goal for the Dutch team and leveled the scores. Just when the match was about to finish, Netherlands scored another goal to take their lead to 2-1. Mexico did not have enough time to strike back and Netherlands won the game 2-1. With this win, the Dutch team qualified for the quarterfinals, whereas, Mexico make their way home.
The next game was played between Costa Rica and Greece. It was another interesting game as the match was once again decided on a penalty shootout. Costa Rica was leading the scores 1-0, till the 90th minute of the game, however, Greece jumped back and scored a goal in the extra time after 90 minutes of play. This leveled the scores 1-1. The teams were given an extra time of 30 minutes, but no goal was scored in this time. Costa Rica performed well in the penalty shootout and won the game 5-3.
Costa Rica, for the first time, qualified for the quarterfinals, while Greece was eliminated
Today, two games will be played in the FIFA World Cup knockout stage. The first match will be played between France and Nigeria at 13:00 local time.
Estadio Nacional, Brasilia (Brazil)
France stood first in its group with two wins. One game against Ecuador ended in a draw. France will be expecting something extraordinary from its striker Karim Benzema, who has already scored two goals for his side. On the other hand, Nigeria had only grabbed a single win in their three matches of the World Cup. They lost once, while one game ended in a draw. Nigeria’s hopes would be with Ahmed Musa, who scored two goals for his side in the tournament.
|DRAW||World Cup 2014 (25.06.2014)||France – Ecuador||0:0|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (20.06.2014)||France – Switzerland||2:5|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (15.06.2014)||France – Honduras||3:0|
|LOST||World Cup 2014 (25.06.2014)||Nigeria – Argentina||2:3|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (21.06.2014)||Bosnia-Hz – Nigeria||0:1|
|DRAW||World Cup 2014 (16.06.2014)||Nigeria – Iran||0:0|
Today’s second game will be played between Germany and Algeria at 17:00 local time.
Arena Pernambuco, Recife (Brazil)
Germany won two of its three games of the World Cup. It has beaten Portugal and USA, while its game against Ghana ended in a draw. Germany will be relying on Thomas Muller who scored three goals in the game against Portugal. On the other side, Algeria has won a single match in its three games of the World Cup. It lost once, while one game was tied. Algeria’s Islam Slimani played an important part and scored two goals for his team.
|WON||World Cup 2014 (26.06.2014)||USA – Germany||0:1|
|DRAW||World Cup 2014 (21.06.2014)||Germany – Ghana||2:2|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (16.06.2014)||Portugal– Germany||0:4|
|DRAW||World Cup 2014 (26.06.2014)||Russia – Alegria||1:1|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (22.06.2014)||Alegria – South Korea||4:2|
|LOST||World Cup 2014 (17.06.2014)||Alegria – Belgium||1:2|
The team standings in the FIFA World Cup so far are as follows:
|Côte d’Ivoire [Eliminated]||3||1||0||2||4||5||3|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina [Eliminated]||3||1||0||2||4||4||3|
|Korea Republic [Eliminated]||3||0||1||2||3||6||1|
MP: Matches Played, W: Won, D: Drawn, L: Loose, GF: Goal For, GA: Goal Against, Pts: Points