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Two groups, four matches, fourteen goals and the verdict is a South American round of 16 derby between Brazil Chile and Netherlands will have to face difficult Mexico who will certainly want to go beyond the round of 16 for once in their history.

Jamie McDonald

GROUP A

Brazil, Croatia and Mexico went into this final group stage round hoping to qualify for the round of 16. The ranking of the teams did not change at all during both matches as Brazil stayed in First, Mexico in Second and Croatia in third. Brazil added three points with a 4-1 victory over Cameron. The goals were scored by Neyman twice, Fred and Fernandinho. Cameron consolation goal was scored by Matip. Mexico defeated Croatia in a match that witnessed four goals in the last 18 minutes of the match. Mexican goal scorers were Marquez, Guadrado and Hernandez while Croatia answered afterwards by Persic. There was a point were Brazil and Mexico had the same goal difference and any goal by Cameron or Mexico in their respective matches could have put Brazil against Netherlands in the round of 16 but the fourth goal by Brazil and the only goal of Croatia stopped that from happening.

GROUP B

The qualification in Group B has been set since round two in favor of Netherlands and Chile. Both teams went head to head in a contest to avoid playing Brazil as the likely winner of Group A and snatch the first rank in Group B. Netherlands prevailed victorious with Fer and Memphis goals against no goals from Chile to become the first team to get the full mark in the group stage. The other match was a consolation win for previous champions Spain over Australia 3-0. The three goals were scored by Villa, Torres and Mata.

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

2

2

-

-

5

1

+4

6

Ivory Coast

2

1

-

1

3

3

0

3

Japan

2

-

1

1

1

2

-1

1

Greece

2

-

1

1

0

3

-3

1

Group D

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Costa Rica

2

2

-

-

4

1

+3

6

Italy

2

1

-

1

2

2

0

3

Uruguay

2

1

-

1

3

4

-1

3

England

2

-

-

2

2

4

-2

0

Group E

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

France

2

2

-

-

8

2

+6

6

Ecuador

2

1

-

1

3

3

0

3

Switzerland

2

1

-

1

4

6

-2

3

Honduras

2

-

-

2

1

5

-4

0

Group F

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Argentina

2

2

-

-

3

1

+2

6

Nigeria

2

1

1

-

1

0

+1

4

Iran

2

-

1

1

0

1

-1

1

Bosnia-Herzegovina

2

-

-

2

1

3

-2

0

Group G

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Germany

2

1

1

-

6

2

+4

4

USA

2

1

1

-

4

3

+1

4

Ghana

2

-

1

1

3

4

-1

1

Portugal

2

-

1

1

2

6

-4

1

Group H

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Belgium

2

2

-

-

3

1

+2

6

Algeria

2

1

1

-

5

4

+1

3

Russia

2

-

1

1

1

2

-1

1

Korea Republic

2

-

1

1

3

5

-2

1

Golden Boot

Name

Team

Goals

Neymar

Brazil

4

Mueller

Germany

3

Robben

Netherlands

3

Van Persie

Netherlands

3

Benzema

France

3

Cahill

Australia

2

Mandzukic

Croatia

2

James

Colombia

2

Suarez

Uruguay

2

Messi

Argentina

2

Memphis

Netherlands

2

Perisic

Croatia

2

Peralta

Mexico

1

Alonso

Spain

1

De Vrij

Netherlands

1

Sanchez

Chile

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

Ayew

Ghana

2

Brooks

USA

1

Dempsey

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

Gyan

Ghana

1

Odemwingie

Nigeria

1

Origi

Belgium

1

H M Son

Korea Republic

1

J C Koo

Korea Republic

1

Hallichi

Algeria

1

Slimani

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

Knockout Stage is Shaping Up:

ROUND OF 16

QUARTER FINALS

SEMI FINAL

FINAL

CHAMPION

BRAZIL

CHILE

1C

2D

1E

2F

1G

2H

1H

THIRD PLACE

2G

1F

2E

1D

2C

NETHERLANDS

MEXICO

Day 13 Matches:

ITALY VS URUGUAY

COSTA RICA VS ENGLAND

JAPAN VS COLOMBIA

GREECE VS IVORY COAST