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CONCACAF giants Mexico heads into their Round of 16 encounter with European powerhouse the Netherlands full of confidence after impressing in the group stages finishing second in Group A ahead of Croatia and Cameroon. They finished on the same points tally as hosts Brazil but with an inferior goal difference to the five time World Champions.

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Photo: Nigeria celebrating being African Cup of Nations Champions (FIFA.COM)

Nigeria is the latest African country to be afflicted by the World Cup “money bug”. The Cameroon team refused to board the plane for Brazil before issues regarding player bonuses were sorted out. The Ghana team refused to train during the tournament until appearance fees owed to them were paid and now both those teams are heading home, having failed to make it out of the group stages.

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Photo: James Rodriguez has three goals in the World Cup so far. (Getty Images)

Another epic battle looms in game two of "South American Saturday" as the knock -out round begins in the FIFA World Cup. The impressive Colombians will take on a Uruguay team that is reeling from the suspension of star striker Luis Suarez. Los Cafeteros has been the best South American team on show thus far despite the absence of star striker Radamel Falcao and they will hope to improve on their performances in order to go as far a possible.

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Photo: Alexis Sanchez and Neymar battle for the ball (Getty Images)

The group stages are now over and the 16 teams that remain will be gunning for a place in the final 8 (quarter-finals) as the knock-out stages kicks off on Saturday. Hosts Brazil has a tough fixture on their hands as they take on neighbours Chile in a crunch clash in Belo Horizonte.

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Photo: Luis Suarez holding his teeth after the biting incident (Getty Images)

The World Cup Group C decider between Uruguay and Italy was always going to provide sparks, especially since the game featured two of football's most controversial strikers in Italy's Mario Balotelli and Uruguay's Luis Suarez. The stakes at hand - the winner of the game would advance to the round of 16 while the loser would head home.

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Photo: Fer celebrates his goal against Chile (Getty Images)


With both teams already qualified for the second round of the World Cup, the winner of the game between the Netherlands and Chile was would avoid tournament hosts Brazil in the next round.

With Captain Robin Van Persie absent through suspension, it gave Leroy Fer, who had come on twice to replace his captain in previous games, a chance to play from the start.

The cagey first half failed to deliver much as both teams spent more time nullifying each other than creating opportunities.

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Photo: Neymar celebrates after scoring against Cameroon (Getty Images)


After two less than stellar performances in the first round of the FIFA World Cup the hosts and one of the tournament favourites Brazil finally showed up with a scintillating attacking display to sweep aside Cameroon 4-1 and top Group A with a total of 7 points.

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Photo: David Villa scores his final World Cup and International goal for Spain with an audacious flick in the 3-0 win over Australia. (Getty Images)


When David Villa Sanchez was given his international debut for Spain in February 2005 under the management of the late Luis Aragones, no one had envisioned that six years later he would have been a world champion and Spain's all time leading scorer. It took the prolific striker just 72 appearances to overtake Raul's tally of 44 goals, leaving his mark on Spanish Football as their greatest ever striker.

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Photo: Varela celbrates his stoppage time leveler against the USA. The game between Portugal and the USA ended 2-2 (AP)


The FIFA World Cup in Brazil keeps serving up epic encounters and the final game of day 11 between European heavy weights Portugal and CONCACAF representatives USA provided another thriller in Manaus.

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Photo: Clint Dempsey and Cristiano Ronaldo (Getty Images)


The World Cup in Brazil has not gone to script. The upsets during the first ten days are numerous with the defending champions Spain already being bounced out of the tournament with one game left to play. Another favourite, Portugal, face a possible elimination game today when they meet the USA .