This morning starts of interestingly enough as we finally reach the knockout stage of the tourney with hosts Brazil taking on a surprisingly strong Chile side. Brazil got off to a shaky start in World Cup in their first match of the tourney against Croatia needed a little help from the refs to break through, then on to a 0-0 draw against Mexico before finally showing some strength in a 4-1 win over Cameroon when Barcelona star Neymar had one of the best showings so far scoring two goals. Chile on the other hand easily handled the Socceroos of Australia in the first match, defeated the defending champs Spain 2-1 (and basically sent them home from the World Cup two games in), only losing to the unstoppable looking Netherlands on Monday in Group play. A tough schedule so far should have the Chile team as ready as they’ve ever been to play their Brazilian neighbors, going into the game winning only eight of their past 68 meetings, including a loss to them in the same stage of the 2010 World Cup.
Colombia-Uruguay this afternoon will probably devolve into nothing but discussions over suspended shark enthusiast Luis Suarez. Uruguay without the forward lost to Costa Rica 3-1 the opening round, before going on to beat England 2-1 and Italy 1-0. Replacing Suarez will be (my personal favorite, no idea why) Diego Forlán.
Colombia came out of a relatively weak Group C, easily beating Greece and Japan and were only really challenged by Cote d’Ivoire. They’re hoping to move forward to their first quarterfinals ever in the World Cup and look to have the odds stacked in their favor; a distracted opponent and a recent win against the Uruguayan side in 2012 qualifiers. Colombia became a hip pick to make it to the finals before the tourney started, today we see if all the fortunetellers predictions are going to come true.