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World Cup Match Day 14 Open Thread

It's a Newcastle heavy day today in Brazil, when Shola Ameobi's Nigeria and Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy's France are in action.

Sissoko became the sixth Newcastle player to score in a world cup.
Sissoko became the sixth Newcastle player to score in a world cup.
Adam Pretty

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


Nigeria is seeking an upset.

Lionel Messi had a birthday, which Nigeria is in no mood to celebrate. NO MOOD!

Messi says that Argentina's performance will improve.

Shola says he'd come back to Newcastle, because of course.

Iran-Bosnia and Herzegovina

Iran needs a win to have any chance of advancing.

Iran doesn't typically go on the offensive, but will need to do so now.

Bosnia's manager may resign after the tournament.

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


France only need a draw to win the group. Ecuador would like some insurance.

Ecuador are hoping for some home (continent) advantage.

Moussa Sissoko became just the sixth Newcastle player to score in the World Cup.

Mathieu Debuchy says he loves France's attacking play. Cough Cough Cough....

He also says France won't let up for Ecuador.


Both sides can make the knockout stages.

The Swiss team is made up of immigrants, and their home country is voting to close those doors in the future.

Honduras thinks they can attack Switzerland.