Half of the knockout stage bracket is set. One quarter will be a mini Copa America with Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile all competing for one semifinal spot. So, this insane tournament might get even more insane. But, we still have half a bracket to make up. That begins today with Groups E and F playing their final games.
Yesterday in Brazil
Uruguay topped Italy 1-0 to send the Azzuri home. No one really is talking about that. All the focus is on Luis Suarez who may have (probably?) bit a player. Suarez denies it, but he's done this before. Also there's this picture:
Uruguay finishes second, behind Costa Rica.Costa Rica played to a scoreless draw with England.
Colombia continued it's roll through the group stages with a 4-1 win over Japan. No word yet on if Japanese fans have been contracted to stay for the entire tournament and help with stadium clean-up. Joining Colombia in the group stages is Greece, who got past Ivory Coast 2-1, thanks to a penalty in stoppage time. Sadly, this means the knockout stages will be 0% Elephants. Adding to the hurt is that Newcastle's Cheick Tiote had a bad giveaway the led to Greece's first goal.
Today in Brazil
Group F - Matches are at 12:00 Eastern
Iran-Bosnia and Herzegovina
Who to watch: Dare to Shola? Dare to Shola. Nigeria could win the group with a win. Though, you may want to have the remote handy. An Iran win might see them advance.
Group E - Matches are at 4:00 Eastern
Mathieu Debuchy says he loves France's attacking play. Cough Cough Cough....