Brazil vs. Chile. - 9am PST - Belo Horizonte
Thus far, Brazil as a team have failed to impress. Neymar and Oscar have been amazing, but the rest of the team have been mediocre. They barely edged out an average Croatian side with help from a couple
Prediction: Chile 2-1 Brazil
Brazil go out in the round of 16, much to the dismay of the Brazilian public. I just don't think that Brazil will slow down Chile's powerful attack.
Colombia vs. Uruguay - 1pm PST - Rio de Janeiro
The Colombians easily defeated Greece, Ivory Coast, and Japan in the group stage. I see them as the favourites on their side of the bracket to reach the finals. Most teams will find it difficult with the likes of Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Teo, Quintero, and the rejuvenated Jackson Martinez.
Uruguay seemed to be ready to pack their bags
back to Montevideo after their were stunned by Costa Rica 3-1. They kept their hopes alive against the English on the back of Luiz Suarez brace. However, his biting incident in their win over Italy overshadowed the fact that they became only the 5th team in World Cup history to lost their first match and still progress to the knockout stage. I think that the loss of their all-time scorer in Suarez and the cloud of controversy hanging over the team will prove to be too much for this Uruguayan side to overcome.
Prediction: Colombia 3-1 Uruguay
Colombia's all-around skill with overwhelm Uruguay's average defense. Uruguay will find it difficult to generate a response to the Colombian attack.
France vs. Nigeria - 9am PST - Brasilia
France found themselves in a fairly straightforward group, bowling over Honduras and Switzerland before
Prediction: France 3-0 Nigeria
France's pacy attack will easily break down Nigeria. Stephen Keshi's team will bow out of the tournament with their heads held high.
Germany vs. Algeria - 1pm PST - Porto Alegre
Germany had no difficulties progressing to the round of 16, as they do every four years. Even though they were drawn into the second of the two "Group of Deaths", they handily defeated Portugal on the back of Thomas Muller's hat-trick (Who now has 9 career World Cup goals in 9 games). In their second game, Ghana caused the Germans some trouble on the counter in a wild affair, but the match ended 2-2. They went into their final game with a passage to the knockout stages all but guaranteed, as they played out a wet 1-0 win over the USA in Recife. Germany will see this game as an easy progression, expecting nothing less than a resounding victory.
Algeria surprised a few pundits with their attacking display against South Korea (Won 4-2). They finished behind Belgium but ahead of Russia, who were widly considered the second best team in Group H. Islam Slimani provided the tying goal in the crucial match against Russia to send the Algerians through to their first ever knockout stage appearance. Algeria will be happy just to have progressed to this stage and will surely bow out against the much better German side.
Prediction: Germany 4-1 Algeria
Algeria's historic World Cup ends here as the Germans win easily. Germany progress on their march to a 4th title.
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