WASHINGTON, June 29, 2014 — With four of the Round of 16 games completed, there are now 10 matches left in the World Cup 2014.
To recap those games, Brazil managed to beat Chile in a shootout, after a game that left some fans longing for the much-touted Brazilian brilliance.
Colombia defeated Uruguay 2-0. Not only did Colombia display the best dance of the tournament, but also showed fans beautiful soccer. Uruguay, without “the cannibal” Louis Suarez was simply unable to keep up.
After a slow start, Netherlands defeated Mexico 2-1. Mexico played a very strong game, leading 1-0 with three minutes left in the match. Netherlands scored, then scored again in stoppage time.
The Costa Rica-Greece game ended 1-1 at the end of regular and over time. Costa Rica played one man down much of the game, but held out and, exhausted, pulled out a win in an emotional shoot out.
Two games take place tomorrow, June 30. The first game, France v. Nigeria, will be televised by ESPN and Univision. France is favored to win, although Nigeria’s speed and strength will make for an interesting game.
Germany plays Algeria at 4:00 ET. Again, the match will be on ESPN and Univision. Germany is having an outstanding tournament, and is expected to win.
July 1, Argentina plays Switzerland at 12:00 ET. ESPN and Univision will televise the game. Argentina, with superstar Lionel Messi, who has scored in every game so far, is the favorite in the match.
At 4:00 ET on ESPN, Team USA takes on Belgium. While Belgium has the slight edge in the match, the US is expected to make a strong showing, with odds-makers giving Belgium a 66% chance and USA a 42% chance. Although Belgium is dangerous, the USA could prevail.
After July 1, the tournament moves into the Quarterfinal Round.
The first Quarterfinal game will take place between the winners of France/Nigeria and Germany/Algeria, at 12:00 ET on July 4 on ESPN2. Of the four teams, Germany is currently ranked the highest.
AT 4:00 ET on July 4 on ESPN, Brazil will play Colombia. This is being billed as the most exciting match to date. Colombia is playing extremely well, with James Rodriguez scoring what may have been the most beautiful goal of the tournament so far. Brazil remains one of the top teams in the world, and odds-makers give Brazil the lead.
July 5 at 12pm ET will have the winner of Argentina/Switzerland playing the winner of USA/Belgium on ABC. Argentina is almost unanimously seen as the strongest player among those four.
At 4:00 ET, ESPN will broadcast Netherlands v. Costa Rica. Netherlands is the favorite in this match-up.
The first semifinals game takes place on July 8, 4:00pm on ESPN. It will be between the winner of Brazil/Colombia and the winner of the France/Nigeria and Germany/Algeria game.
The second semifinal will take place on July 9, 4:00pm on ESPN. It will pit the winner of Netherlands/Costa Rica v. the winner of Argentina/Switzerland v. Belgium/USA.
July 12 at 4:00 ET on ESPN is the third place game.
At 3:00 ET on July 13, ABC will show the World Cup finals. Current odds favor a Brazil v. Argentina match up, but Colombia, Germany, Netherlands and tiny Costa Rica are poised to play the role of the Spoiler.