Today’s summary of the Round of 16 matches at the FIFA World Cup for Sunday, June 28 in Brazil.
Brazil advance to quarter-finals
Brazil became the first country through to the Quarter-Final Stage by defeating Chile 3-2 on penalties after the sides were even at 120 minutes.
The two teams showcased their talents to the world as goals to David Luiz and Alexis Sanchez saw the game finish 1-1 after regular time.
The five-time champions dominated in the first 20 minutes, finally taking advantage of numerous set-pieces when Luiz tapped home from a Neymar corner flicked on by captain Thiago Silva. Sanchez silenced the 57,000-strong Belo Horizonte crowd when Brazil’s defence made a shambolic mistake while trying to play out from the back. The Barcelona attacker seized his chance to equalise.
Both goalkeepers were forced to make impressive saves throughout the match. Julio Cesar stopped what would have been a wonder team goal as Chile played their way into a goal-scoring position.
Hulk thought he had given Brazil the lead after 55 minutes but Howard Webb disallowed the goal and cautioned the Zenit St-Petersburg star for controlling the ball with his arm.
The players having given their all in normal time, extra time saw few fireworks. Chilean Mauricio Pinilla had the only genuine chance, his shot cannoning off the crossbar.
The penalty shoot-out was the only thing that could separate the sides. The hosts prevailed when Gonzalo Jara missed Chile’s fifth shot.
Brazil wins 3-2, Chile eliminated
Rodriguez “ha-mez” last nail into Uruguay’s coffin
Two goals from James Rodriguez took Colombia to their first quarter-final appearance, defeating the Luis Suarez-less Uruguay 2-0. The packed Estadio do Maracana saw the Colombian attacker score what has already been hailed one of the greatest goals of all time. With his back facing the goal, he showed awareness and maturity beyond his years to chest, spin and then volley the ball under the crossbar in the 28th minute. Colombia’s sturdy defence made it hard for La Celeste to create any genuine chances until David Ospina saved a Maxi Pereira shot from close range. That brief opportunity was woefully inadequate though. The 22-year-old Rodriguez then smashed home a Juan Cuadrado header to score his fifth goal in four matches and seal the victory. Colombia will face hosts Brazil in the quarter-finals next Saturday for a place in the final four.
Colombia wins 2-0, Uruguay eliminated
Report by Chris Matthews-Darby
Top photo of Brazil celebrating their Round of 16 triumph from Fox Soccer’s Twitter feed.