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WORLD CUP 2014 KNOCKOUT STAGE – NIGERIA AND ALGERIA CARRY AFRICA’S HOPES

A total of 16 teams out of the 32 that qualified for the Brazil 2014 World Cup have made it to the second round of the competition which is also known as the knockout stage.

AFRICAN HOPES

We only have two African teams who qualified as the second best team in their groups; Nigeria and Algeria.

Nigeria who are also the current African champions, have been in the round of 16 twice before, in 1994 and 1998.

Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa scored twice against Argentina

Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa scored twice against Argentina

The Super Eagles have never qualified past this stage and France stands in their way this season. France is ranked 17th while Nigeria ranks 45th but the African champions are hopeful that they can win the match considering the last time the two teams met in a friendly, the Super Eagles won 1-0. The game will be on Monday 30th June at 7pm.

Algeria is set to face one of the tournament favorite, Germany. This is the first time the Desert Foxes have gone past the group stages and will have to work extra hard if they have any hopes of going past this stage.

The last time Algeria met Germany was back in 1982 at the group stages, the North African country won the game 2-1. On paper, Germany, which has won the World Cup three times, is the favorites, but this is a World Cup full of surprises, anything is possible.

SATURDAY MATCH PREVIEWS

It will be an all South American affair in the first knockout stage matches on Saturday night as four teams from the continent face off to determine who will go through to the quarter finals.

7pm – BRAZIL VS CHILE

Brazil and Chile have met in the World Cup three times and the Samba Boys have won in all the games. In 1962, they met in the semi-finals, 4-2; in 1998, they faced off in the round of 16, and the results were 4-1 and In 2010 they battled at the round of 16 once again, 3-0 was the full time score line.

Things might be different this time round with Chile playing an attacking style of football, having easily beaten the 2010 world Champions Spain 2-0 in the group stages. Brazil looks wanting at the back Chile attackers will definitely exploit this weakness.

Center Ref: Howard Webb (England)

11pm – COLOMBIA VS URUGUAY

The two teams have met in the World Cup only once in 1962 at the group stages, where Uruguay won 2-1. Luis Suarez, the Uruguay striker, will miss the game after being banned by FIFA for the rest of the tournament after biting the Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini, during their last group game against the Azzurris.

Center Ref: Bjourn Kuipers (Netherlands)

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