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BrazilFIFAWorldCup2014

 |  Written by Yashiema Love  |  0

Photo: Pogba celebrates his first goal of the World Cup with his teammates. (Getty Images)

Young Juventus midfielder and the rising star of French Football Paul Pogba showed his class against African Champions Nigeria to set-up a 2-0 victory in their round of 16 encounter. The classy midfielder broke the deadlock late on and an own goal from Joseph Yobo in stoppage time gave Les Bleus a hard fought win in a game where they were really pushed to the limit.

 |  Written by Delano Campbell  |  0

Photo: Brazil celebrates David Luiz's goal against Chile (Getty Images)

The business end of the World cup got underway on Saturday with host nation and one the favourites, Brazil and "Dark Horse" Chile which was an all South American match up . The game had all the hype and excitement leading up to the kick-off as many expected the Brazilians to find their "SAMBA" rhythm and the Chilean's to bring their usual fluent and flamboyant attacking style.

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Photo: Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas saves Theofanis Gekas' penalty in the shout-out to secure a 5-3 for his team. (Getty Images)

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas who plies his trade in La Liga with Levante, came up big when it really mattered in their Round of 16 clash against Euro 2004 Champions Greece. The 6ft shot stopper dived to his right to get a strong hand on Theofanis Gekas' penalty in the shout-out to secure a 5-3 "lottery" win for La Sele.

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Photo: Huntelaar celebrates scoring the winning penalty for the Netherlands, they defeated Mexico 2-1. (Getty Images)

The 'perennial bridesmaid' of world football, the Netherlands, seemed to be down and out but rallied late on to score twice in six minutes and break Mexican hearts. Substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar replaced his captain Robin van Persie and needed just two critical touches to send Holland to the last eight. The Schalke striker assisted Wesley Sneijder and then converted a penalty in stoppage time.

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Photo: Lionel Messi (Getty Images)

South American giants Argentina faces a tough test in the Round of 16 against a young and vibrant Switzerland team. The two time World Champions should face their toughest test in the World Cup to date against Ottmar Hitzfeld's very skillful and hard working team.

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Photo: James Rodriguez celebrates his second goal agaisnt Uruguay, he is now the leading goal scorer in the World Cup with 5 goals. (Getty Images)

Colombia's 22 year old Monaco playmaker James Rodriguez produced another master class at the World Cup where he scored twice to give Colombia a big 2-0 victory over Copa America Champions Uruguay. The 5ft 11in left footed genius scored perhaps the best goal of the tournament in the first half then finished off an excellent team move to book a date for Los Cafeteros with Brazil in the quarter-finals.

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Photo: Julio Cesar is the hero as his two crucial saves helped Brazil overcome a very stubborn Chile in a penalty shootout. (Getty Images)

On a day dubbed 'South American Saturday,' Julio Cesar came up trumps for hosts Brazil as he made two crucial saves in the penalty shout-out to send then into the last eight. Not even extra time was enough to separate Chile from the Selecao as both teams fought for every blade of grass in Belo Horizonte. David Luiz had given Brazil an early lead but La Roja fought back through Alexis who drew them level before half time.

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Photo: German hit-man Muller celebrates with his teammates (Getty Images)

Algeria is one of two African nations in the knock-out stages of the World Cup but they face a daunting task against Joachim Low's Germany. The Algerians are out to repeat their stunning 1982 victory over then European Champions West Germany. The Algerians would not have forgotten that the Germans deliberately let them get eliminated in their final group game against Austria back then.

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Photo: Members of the French team (Getty Images)

Reigning African Cup of Nations champions Nigeria will be hoping to reach the quarter-finals as they take on 1998 World Champions France. The Super Eagles reached the final 8 back in 1998 and has not reached that stage since then but they may feel they have a genuine chance against this French Team.

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Photo: Joel Campbell celebrates scoring with his teammates

There have been many surprises at the 2014 World Cup so far and none bigger than CONCACAF outfit Costa Rica defying all the odds to secure top spot in Group D ahead of Uruguay sending home England and Italy. The next hurdle in their way comes in the form of a stubborn Greece team. No matter the outcome of this fixture, history will be made because neither country has ever reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

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