The road to the World Cup continues on as we kick off the Round of 16 today. We have two match ups that look to be pretty good on paper and fascinating contests on the pitch.
In the first game, we have hosts Brazil taking on new hipster favorites, Chile. The current Selecao is not the one of years past. After a controversial win in their first match against Croatia, Brazil seemed to lack much of anything in their 0-0 draw with Mexico. Neymar scored two against Cameroon in Brazil's final group match, but the favorites look far from dominating this World Cup.
Chile has jumped out of the gates, as they surprisingly came out as runners up of Group B (with the Netherlands winning the group) and kicked defending champions Spain out of the tournament. Names such as Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, Mauricio Isla, Edu Vargas, and Mauricio Pinilla may ring familiar with Serie A fans, but for many, this is the first time they have come across the talent that lies within the Chilean squad.
Oh, yes. This will be a rocking good time.
Who: Brazil v Chile
Where: Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
When: 18.00 CET / 12.00 pm ET / 9.00 am PT
Inter players featured: Hernanes (Brazil)
The second match of the day brings us to the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro for Colombia versus Uruguay. Colombia won Group C quite handily, collecting a full nine points from all three group matches. While many fretted that superstar Falcao would be missed due to injury, his teammates have more than stepped up with starlet James Rodriguez leading the charge. An abundance of Serie A talent is on the Colombian squad, including Inter's own Fredy Guarin.
Uruguay has been the focus of the worldwide media since last week, thanks to a certain Luis Suarez. While Suarez has been banned from football (among other things) for biting Giorgio Chiellini, there is more to this squad than the Liverpool striker. Former Palermo and Napoli striker Edinson Cavani is always a threat and this squad holds the experience from World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Again, many players represent Serie A, including Inter-owned Alvaro Pereira (currently on loan to Brazilian side, Sao Paulo) and ex-Inter man Walter Gargano.
At least we can all be assured that there will be no biting taking place in this match.
Who: Colombia v Uruguay
Where: Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When: 22.00 CET / 4.00 pm ET / 1.00 pm PT
Inter players featured: Fredy Guarin (Colombia), Alvaro Pereira (Uruguay; on loan from Inter to Sao Paulo)
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