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World Cup Round of 16, Day 1

The group stage of this edition of the World Cup was something special. Great games, exciting finishes, special efforts by special players (Messi, Neymar, etc.) and USA found a way to get through. This is no mean achievement. They really were in a group of death. Jermaine Jones is playing as well as I have ever seen him play.

Now it's on to the Round of 16, which will come 2 by 2 daily (2 games each of the next 4 days,) Here are today's games and picks:

Round of 16 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil -1 over Chile. On form, Chile is playing better than Brazil. But Brazil showed some flashes against Cameroon (weak competition). The reality is this is a gut pick, not a form pick, which really should have Chile a pick here. Minimum investment. Should be a great game though.

Round of 16 - Rio de Janeiro, Colombia - over Uruguay. 20 years ago this month, Colombia entered the World Cup (held in the USA) as one of the favorites, having a great team that dominated South American qualifying, even beating Argentina in Buenos Aires by 5-0. At a friendly a few weeks before the tournament, Colombia drew over 77,000 to the Meadowlands. Instead of meeting expectations, Colombia flamed out, even losing to USA on an own goal by Andres Escobar. Of course, Escobar was later killed when he returned to Colombia.

The story of this current Colombia team certainly suffers under that shadow to some extent. But they have played beautiful soccer. Suarez did what he did, and Uruguay s not particularly good without him. I like Colombia a lot in this spot.

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    Brazil 1 Chile 1 at half (none / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 12:05:07 PM EST
    Kind of a weird game to me. Oddly paced. But this will be a seriously pressure-packed half of futbol for the yellow jerseys, that's for sure. HUGE pressure. Chile will be more relaxed, no doubt. Here we go...

    Just tuning in (none / 0) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 12:46:15 PM EST
    Heh, the announcer just called Columbia (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by nycstray on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 02:58:41 PM EST
    the 'most attractive team at the trials' and I thought no, that would be those sexy beasts for Uruguay, then I realized he was talking about their play . . .  :P

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    Very spicy game (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 03:41:09 PM EST
    Rodriguez of Columbia's (none / 0) (#15)
    by jondee on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 04:09:26 PM EST
    first goal was Pele-worthy.

    A phenomenal goal that only a great player can make look that easy.

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    Jones broke his nose against Germany (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 12:21:06 PM EST
    Just saw that. LINK

    When he and Bedoya cracked skulls, sheesh, I thought both of them were down for the count.

    So the US is team busted beak. I can't imagine having to head the ball with a freshly broken honker. Egad.

    Spicy entertainment (none / 0) (#6)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 04:05:24 PM EST
    As the spicy Colombia vs. Sexy Beasts game continues

    Colbert

    Sexy beasts are out (none / 0) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 05:00:18 PM EST
    Cavani at least ripped his shirt off for some us saying goodbye :)

    This was supposed to be Luis Suarez's golden days.  Did he sacrifice glory in order to bite people when he is frustrated?

    Diego Forlan will probably not come this way again....sigh

    Martin Caceres might :)

    aargh! (none / 0) (#8)
    by nycstray on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 05:14:38 PM EST
    I missed the shirt rip!!!!  >(

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    It was short (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 05:28:10 PM EST
    The FIFA camera persons have their priorities skewed :)

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    This reads like watching a Brad Pitt flick. (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 08:33:51 PM EST
    It was like 8 Brad Pitts (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 08:50:18 PM EST
    I could link you to each hot Uruguay player, but that's too much shallow, unacceptable female behavior.

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    You know what's really funny (none / 0) (#12)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 08:54:18 PM EST
    I thought Luis Suarez was attractive in a way because he doesn't insist on having a perfect smile.  My husband's teeth are less than perfect and he doesn't care....and then...look who runs around leaving less than perfect dental indentions on people?

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    Makes it so much easier for the forensic (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by oculus on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 08:58:10 PM EST
    dental expert to finger the perp.

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    I just googled for my visuals :) (none / 0) (#14)
    by nycstray on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 10:47:43 PM EST