Knockout Stage Day 17: Secret is Yellow

Alexandre Loureiro

The hosts were inches away from being knocked out of the World Cup but the goal posts, top bar and Julio Cesar denied Chile a deserved victory. Colombia knocked out Uruguay as they controlled the game and Viola’s Cuadrado leads the World Cup assists list with four in four matches.

BRAZIL 1-1 (P 3-2) CHILE

David Luiz opened the scoring for Brazil in the 18th minute and Alexis tied the score at minute 32. After Chile goal, the match was promising to be a thriller of goals but the brilliance of each team's goalkeeper kept that from happening. Bravo from Chile and Veteran Julio Cesar combined saved 10 difficult strikes including penalty kicks and the goal posts saved two. Bravo was tested and passed with flying colors throughout the match and most of the extra time halves but failed to match Julio's experience in the penalty shootouts for Brazil to emerge winners and wait not longer than a few hours to learn of their Quarterfinals South American opponents

URUGUAY 0-2 COLOMBIA

The all South American night ended with a match between Uruguay and Colombia. The irony here was that Uruguay was pretty much toothless. On the other side, Colombia was more than hungry especially Falcao understudy James. He scored two goals in the match; the first at the half hour mark with a long shot that hit the top bar and down to the net. The second goal was made in Italy as Udine's Armero crossed to the far post for Fiorentina's Cuadrado to head the ball down to World Cup current top goal scorer James to tap it in the net at minute 50. Argentinian coach Pekerman made some defensive substitutions and was successful in stopping any Uruguayan chances from posing any danger. Both Cuadrado and James left the field with standing ovations from the Maracana 73,000 spectators. Colombia goalkeeper Ospina deserves credits for keeping a clean sheet and saving a few time near the match end to demoralize Uruguay.

GROUP STAGE STANDINGS

Group A

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Brazil

3

2

1

-

7

2

+5

7

Mexico

3

2

1

-

4

1

+3

7

Croatia

3

1

-

2

6

6

0

3

Cameron

3

-

-

3

1

9

-8

0

Group B

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Netherlands

3

3

-

-

10

3

+7

9

Chile

3

2

-

1

5

3

+2

6

Spain

3

1

-

2

4

7

-3

3

Australia

3

-

-

3

3

9

-6

0

Group C

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Colombia

3

3

-

-

9

2

+7

9

Greece

3

1

1

1

2

4

-2

4

Ivory Coast

3

1

-

2

4

5

-1

3

Japan

3

-

1

2

2

6

-4

1

Group D

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Costa Rica

3

2

1

-

4

1

+3

7

Uruguay

3

2

-

1

4

4

0

6

Italy

3

1

-

1

2

3

-1

3

England

3

-

1

2

2

4

-2

1

Group E

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

France

3

2

1

-

8

2

+6

7

Switzerland

3

2

-

1

7

6

+1

6

Ecuador

3

1

1

1

3

3

0

4

Honduras

3

-

-

3

1

8

-7

0

Group F

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Argentina

3

3

-

-

6

3

+3

9

Nigeria

3

1

1

1

3

3

0

4

Bosnia-Herzegovina

3

1

-

2

4

4

0

3

Iran

3

-

1

2

2

3

-1

1

Group G

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Germany

3

2

1

-

7

2

+5

7

USA

3

1

1

1

4

4

0

4

Portugal

3

1

1

1

4

7

-3

4

Ghana

3

-

1

2

4

6

-2

1

Group H

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Belgium

3

3

-

-

4

1

+3

9

Algeria

3

1

2

-

6

5

+1

4

Russia

3

-

2

1

2

3

-1

2

Korea Republic

3

-

1

2

3

6

-3

1

Golden Boot

Name

Team

Goals

James

Colombia

5

Neymar

Brazil

4

Messi

Argentina

4

Mueller

Germany

4

Robben

Netherlands

3

Van Persie

Netherlands

3

Benzema

France

3

Shaqiri

Switzerland

3

Cahill

Australia

2

Mandzukic

Croatia

2

Gyan

Ghana

2

Suarez

Uruguay

2

Memphis

Netherlands

2

Perisic

Croatia

2

Jackson

Colombia

2

Ayew

Ghana

2

Musa

Nigeria

2

Slimani

Algeria

2

Dempsey

USA

2

Sanchez

Chile

2

Peralta

Mexico

1

Alonso

Spain

1

De Vrij

Netherlands

1

Valdivia

Chile

1

Beausejour

Chile

1

Ruiz

Costa Rica

1

Armero

Colombia

1

Gutierrez

Colombia

1

Cavani

Uruguay

1

Campbell

Costa Rica

1

Duarte

Costa Rica

1

Urena

Costa Rica

1

Marchisio

Italy

1

Balotelli

Italy

1

Sturridge

England

1

Bony

Ivory Coast

1

Gervinho

Ivory Coast

1

Honda

Japan

1

Valencia

Ecuador

1

Mehmedi

Switzerland

1

Seferovic

Switzerland

1

Ibisevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Hummels

Germany

1

Brooks

USA

1

Feghouli

Algeria

1

Fellani

Belgium

1

Mertens

Belgium

1

K H Lee

Korea Republic

1

Kerzhakov

Russia

1

Jedinak

Australia

1

Vargas

Chile

1

Aranguiz

Chile

1

Olic

Croatia

1

Quintero

Colombia

1

Rooney

England

1

Dzemaili

Switzerland

1

Xhaka

Switzerland

1

Matuidi

France

1

Giroud

France

1

Valbuena

France

1

Sissoko

France

1

Odemwingie

Nigeria

1

Origi

Belgium

1

H M Son

Korea Republic

1

J C Koo

Korea Republic

1

Hallichi

Algeria

1

Brahimi

Algeria

1

Djabou

Algeria

1

Fer

Netherlands

1

Torres

Spain

1

Villa

Spain

1

Mata

Spain

1

Matip

Cameron

1

Fernandinho

Brazil

1

Fred

Brazil

1

Marquez

Mexico

1

Hernandez

Mexico

1

Guardado

Mexico

1

Godin

Uruguay

1

Okazaki

Japan

1

Cuadrado

Colombia

1

Rojo

Argentina

1

Dzeko

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Pjanic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Vrsajevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Boye

Portugal

1

Ronaldo

Portugal

1

Vertonghen

Belgium

1

Kokorin

Russia

1

Luiz

Brazil

1

CONTINENTS PERCETAGE QUALIFICATION TO THE ROUND OF 16:

Qualification Section

Number of Teams

Qualified to Knockout Stage

Ratio

Percentage

North, Central America & Caribbean

4

3

3/4

75%

South America

6

5

5/6

83%

Europe

13

6

6/13

46%

Africa

5

2

2/5

40%

Asia

4

0

0

0%

Oceania

0

0

0

0%

*Indicates that there is still team(s) with undecided results in the last day of group stage

CONTINENTS PERCETAGE QUALIFICATION TO QUARTERFINALS:

Qualification Section

Round of 16

Qualified To Quarterfinals

Ratio

Percentage

North, Central America & Caribbean

3

0 (3)

0

0

South America

5

2 (1)

2/5

40%

Europe

6

0 (6)

0

0

Africa

2

0 (2)

0

0

Knockout Stage is Shaping Up:

ROUND OF 16

QUARTER FINALS

SEMI FINAL

FINAL

CHAMPION

BRAZIL

1*

BRAZIL

CHILE

1

COLOMBIA

2

COLOMBIA

ECUADOR

0

FRANCE

NIGERIA

GERMANY

ALGERIA

BELGIUM

THIRD PLACE

USA

ARGENTINA

SWITZERLAND

COSTA RICA

GREECE

NETHERLANDS

MEXICO

*Brazil won 3-2 penalty shootouts

Day 17 Matches:

NETHERLANDS VS MEXICO

COSTA RICA VS GREECE

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