NETHERLANDS 2-1 MEXICO
The Dutch produced a late come back to rescue their World Cup dreams and eventually deny Mexico a spot in the final eight with a late penalty.
The Mexicans could not believe what happened as they were ‘robbed’ of their victory by Robben in the dying minutes of the game as far as they were concerned.
Dos Santos 22 yard strike goal early in the second half would have been enough to see the Mexicans through, until the Dutch equalized courtesy of a stunning strike from Wesley Sneijder in the 88th minute.
Deep into stoppage time, Robben was awarded a controversial penalty that substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar converted to make it 2-1.
The temperature at Fortaleza was extremely high with 39°C heat which meant Holland and Mexico were going to be given two cooling breaks for the first time in a World Cup. The referee allowed the players to cool off for three minutes, in the 30th minute after the start and in the 75th minutes of the game in the second half as directed by the new FIFA regulations.
COSTA RICA 5-3 GREECE
10-man Costa Rica held on to a famous win through penalty shootouts making it to the quarter finals for the first time in the nation’s history.
Costa Rica had taken an early lead in the second half courtesy of their captain Bryan Ruiz. In the 66th minute the defender Oscar Duarte was sent off for a mistimed tackle. The red card marked the 10th so far issued in this season’s World Cup.
The Greeks took full advantage as they were rewarded late on in stoppage time with a goal from Sokratis Papastiathopoulos that forced the game to go into extra time.
They were no goals in the added 30 minutes and the two teams were forced into a penalty shootout.
Greece were knocked out 5-3 after Costa Rica converted all their spot kicks.
QUARTER FINALS FIXTURE.
Sat 11pm Netherlands vs Costa Rica
LUCKY ESCAPE FOR BRAZIL, AS ‘TOOTHLESS’ URUGUAY BOOKED THEIR TICKET BACK HOME
BRAZIL 3-2 CHILE
The Samba boys booked their spot in the quarter finals after a dramatic penalty shootout win over Chile.
Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar made two important saves from the spot kick that ensured their victory and eventual knockout of an entertaining Chile side from the World Cup.
Earlier in the 18th minute of the game David Luiz got the Brazilians ahead from a corner but Sanchez equalized for Chile in the 32nd minute when he took advantage of a defensive lapse. The game failed to produce a winner even after 120 minutes forcing them into a penalty shoot out which Cesar came out as the hero.
COLOMBIA 2-0 URUGUAY
James Rodriguez has since light up this year’s World Cup tournament with some ranking him in the same level as Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He did not disappoint against Uruguay as he produced superb all round performance, scoring a sensational goal in the first half and adding another in the second half to give Colombia a well deserved qualification to the last eight.
Rodriguez goal could be the best goal of this season’s World Cup. He brought down the ball with his chest at the edge of the box and whacked a magnificent 20 yard dipping volley in off the woodwork.
The Monaco player scored his brace five minutes into the second half to send Uruguay out of the competition. Throughout the game, Uruguay looked toothless without their star man, Luiz Suarez, who is facing a ban after sinking his teeth on Italian Defender Chiellini.
Brazil vs Colombia, Fri 4th July 11pm.
NIGERIA AND ALGERIA ON THE PITCH FOR AFRICA
7PM – NIGERIA vs FRANCE
The two teams have only met once on a friendly game which the super eagles won 1-0.
France is ranked 17th in the FIFA rankings. They have appeared in the World Cup 14 times and won the cup once in 1998.
Nigeria who are the underdogs in this fixture have appeared 5 times in this competition and ranked 45th position. The current African champions are looking to break the jinx and qualify for the quarter finals for first time.
ALGERIA vs GERMANY
The two sides have only met once in the World Cup, back in 1982 at the group stages where Algeria won the game 2-1.
Germany are the second best team in the world according to FIFA ranking and have won the cup three times.
The desert foxes on the other hand are playing in the round of 16 for the first time, but the 1990 African champions look to pull the biggest surprise of the World Cup tournament tonight if they eliminate German.