World Cup 2014 -- Knockout stage
Brazil defeats Chile 3-2 in penalty shootout
Brazil took on Chile in the first game of the Round of 16. An own goal off a corner kick by Chile in the 18th minute gave the hosting team a 1-0 lead. Chile's Alexis Sanchez tied the game, 1-1, in the 32nd minute. Both teams were unable to score another goal, sending the game into a penalty shootout. With goalkeeper Julio Cesar saving the first two attempts from Mauricio Pinilla and Sanchez, Neymar scored the winning penalty to give Brazil a 3-2 victory over Chile, after David Luiz and Marcelo also scored for the home team.
Colombia reaches quarterfinals with 2-0 win over Uruguay
Without forward Luis Suarez, who was banned by FIFA for nine games, Uruguay struggled against Colombia. In the 28th minute, James Rodriguez (10) scored one of the best goals of the World Cup with a chest-to-volley strike from distance, giving his team a 1-0 lead. His second goal of the match, which came in the 50th minute, earned Colombia its first quarterfinal appearance in a World Cup, where it will face Brazil on July 4.
Netherlands rally, beats Mexico 2-1
The Dutch made an incredible comeback against Mexico on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Mexico forward Giovani Dos Santos scored his first goal of the World Cup in the 48th minute. "El Tri" lost their 1-0 lead in the 88th minute when Wesley Sneijder evened things up with a goal off a corner kick. The Netherlands eliminated Mexico after a controversial penalty kick was called in the 94th minute of stoppage time. Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored the game-winning goal after Arjen Robben drew the late penalty.
Costa Rica ousts Greece in penalties
Despite playing with 10 men, Costa Rica held on to its 1-1 tie in extra time and forced a penalty shootout against Greece on Sunday, June 29, 2014. The "Ticos" defeated Greece 5-3 and reached the quarterfinals for the first time ever. Costa Rica put the ball into the net first when Christian Bolanos connected with Bryan Ruiz in the 52nd minute. Greece matched Costa Rica in the 91st minute when Sokratis Papastathopoulos netted a goal off a rebound, which was missed by goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Switzerland falls to Argentina 1-0 in extra time
Lionel Messi has scored four of Argentina's seven goals, including an injury-time winner against Iran. On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, he was once again the difference maker. The FC Barcelona superstar drew multiple defenders every time he touched the ball, and though he was contained for much of the game, things changed in the 118th minute. Messi escaped Switzerland's tackles to find an unmarked Angel di Maria, who scored his 10th goal for Argentina.
United States suffers 2-1 loss to Belgium
Goalkeeper Tim Howard put on a performance for the ages on Tuesday. Belgium attacked Howard with an onslaught of 27 shots on goal. However, the USMNT found a way to stay in the game as Howard finished with 16 saves, the most by a goalkeeper in a World Cup since 1966. In the end, Belgium scored back-to-back goals in the 93rd and 105th minute. Julian Greene gave Americans hope with his goal in the 107th minute, but the team ran out of time and was eliminated.
Germany scores early, holds off France in 1-0 victory
In the first quarterfinals matchup of July 4, 2014, Germany faced off against France. The only goal of the game came in the 13th minute when defender Mats Hummels scored a header past Hugo Lloris. France put up nine shots on goal, but trailed for the first time in the World Cup, and failed to reach the semifinals for the first time in their last six appearances in the knockout stage. Germany on the other hand, has reached the semifinals for the fourth straight time.
Argentina eliminates Belgium with 1-0 win
Argentina played Belgium in the first quarterfinal game on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil. Lionel Messi, who has led the attack for his team, took more of a defensive role against Belgium. At the eighth minute, Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal of the match off of a deflection made by Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen. With the win, Argentina advances to the semifinals of the World Cup for the first time in 24 years.
Netherlands outshoots Costa Rica 4-3
The World Cup cinderella fairytale finally ended for Costa Rica on Saturday, July 5, 2014. "The Ticos" made 14 saves and played the Netherlands tough for 121 minutes at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. However, it was Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul, who made the two biggest saves of the game. Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal put in Krul just seconds before the end of extra time, and the move paid off. Krul saved two shots to give his team a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Costa Rica.
Germany annihilates Brazil 7-1, makes World Cup Final
Without Neymar and Thiago Silva, Brazil fell apart against Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on July 8. Germany scored five goals in the first 29 minutes of the semifinal game. Even though the hosting country finished with 13 shots on goal, seven corner kicks, and possessed the ball more, Germany still won the match 7-1. Miroslav Klose scored his 16th career goal in the 23rd minute, passing Brazil legend Ronaldo for the most goals scored by a single player in the history of the World Cup.
Argentina finishes Netherlands 4-2 in penalties
In the last semifinal game of the World Cup, Argentina played the Netherlands at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Both teams had few scoring opportunities. Argentina finished with five shots on goal, while the Dutch only had three. After battling for 105 minutes, the Netherlands run finally came to an end. Goalkeeper Sergio "Chiquito" Romero came up big for Argentina. His two clutch saves helped Argentina to beat the Netherlands 4-2 in penalties.
Netherlands shuts out Brazil 3-0, wins third place game
The final game of the World Cup for both the Netherlands and Brazil took place on Saturday, July 12. The Dutch jumped all over the home team by scoring early and often. Robin van Persie put his team ahead in the third minute by scoring off a penalty kick. The Netherlands added two more goals, and finished the tournament in third place. Brazil lost for the second straight time at home, something that hadn't happened since 1940.
Germany scores late against Argentina, wins World Cup with 1-0 victory
In a rematch from the 1986 World Cup final, Germany and Argentina squared off at the Maracana Stadium on July 13, 2014. Both teams had 10 total shots on goal, but headed into extra time tied at 0-0. In the 113th minute, Germany midfielder Mario Gotze scored in between two Argentina defenders, just seven minutes before the end of the game. Down 1-0, Messi and Argentina could not make a comeback and lost the World Cup title.