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World Cup Day 14: Broken Curse

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Messi has broken the World Cup curse as Argentina pass through Nigeria with the full mark. Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Iran 3-1 to gift Nigeria qualification to the round of 16. France sent Ecuador off with a goalless draw while Switzerland hammer Honduras with three goals to qualify in second.

Ian Walton

GROUP F

Argentina won against Nigeria with three goals by Messi (2) and Rojo against two goals by Musa for Nigeria. With the win, Argentina had to wait for a few hours to know if their knockout stage opponents will be South Americans or Switzerland. Bosnia win against Iran witnessed goals from Man City's Dzeko, Roma's Pjanic and Vrsajevic while Reza score for Iran. Since Bosnia-Herzegovina were out of the World Cup, their win against Iran allowed Nigeria to qualify with the four points they have accumulated in the first two rounds. Nigeria was set to face France in the knockout stage unless something catastrophic happens.

GROUP E

Ecuador became the only South American team to leave the World Cup from the group stage after a scoreless draw against France. Switzerland redeemed what is left of European football face in this World Cup winning 3-0 against Honduras (Not the best redemption). Switzerland goals were scored by Shaqiri to record the second hattrick of this World Cup. France at 7 points moves on to face Nigeria while Switzerland will finally face a real test after their supposed redemption against Argentina.

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

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

Messi

Argentina

4

Mueller

Germany

3

Robben

Netherlands

3

Van Persie

Netherlands

3

Benzema

France

3

James

Colombia

3

Shaqiri

Switzerland

3

Cahill

Australia

2

Mandzukic

Croatia

2

Suarez

Uruguay

2

Memphis

Netherlands

2

Perisic

Croatia

2

Jackson

Colombia

2

Ayew

Ghana

2

Musa

Nigeria

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

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

Godin

Uruguay

1

Okazaki

Japan

1

Cuadrado

Colombia

1

Rojo

Argentina

1

Dzeko

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Pjanic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Vrsajevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

CONTINENTS PERCETAGE QUALIFICATION:

Qualification Section

Number of Teams

Qualified to Knockout Stage

Ratio

Percentage

North, Central America & Caribbean

4

2 (1)*

1/2

50%

South America

6

5

5/6

83%

Europe

13

5 (3)*

5/13

38%

Africa

5

1 (2)*

1/5

20%

Asia

4

0 (1)*

0

0%

Oceania

4

2 (1)*

1/2

50%

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

Knockout Stage is Shaping Up:

ROUND OF 16

QUARTER FINALS

SEMI FINAL

FINAL

CHAMPION

BRAZIL

CHILE

COLOMBIA

ECUADOR

FRANCE

NIGERIA

1G

2H

1H

THIRD PLACE

2G

ARGENTINA

SWITZERLAND

COSTA RICA

GREECE

NETHERLANDS

MEXICO

Day 15 Matches:

PORTUGAL VS GHANA

USA VS GERMANY

KOREA REPUBLIC VS BELGIUM

ALGERIA VS RUSSIA