World Cup Daily: Knockout round begins

World Cup Daily: Knockout round begins
June 28, 2014, 11:00 am
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Game of the Day: Brazil vs. Chile, 12 p.m. ET (ABC)

Brazil faces Chile in the first game of the knockout round, which should be one of the most entertaining games we see in this round. Neymar and Alexis Sanchez highlight the attacking talent on both teams, and should keep this game entertaining the whole time. 

Brazil won Group A despite a draw against Mexico, while Chile finished second in Group B after they lost on the final day to the Netherlands. 

Player of the Day: F Edinson Cavani, Uruguay

With Luis Suarez suspended, Cavani will be relied upon heavily to carry the attacking load for Uruguay. No Suarez is a huge issue for Uruguay as he had been their most dangerous player, and while Cavani has looked good in his own right, he's not quite the player Suarez is. It also means that aging Diego Forlan gets thrust back in an attacking role. 

Meanwhile, James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez are starting to click for Colombia, and if Uruguay have any hope of keeping up, Cavani will need a big day. 

World Cup Rewind: The United States lost to Germany, 1-0, but still advanced thanks to Portugal defeating Ghana 2-1. Cristiano Ronaldo put in the perfect cross to assist the game-tying goal against the US in their match, but scored the game-winning goal for Portugal to help them advance. A disappointing tournament for Ronaldo, unless you're a fan of the United States. 

Football Follies: Spain, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ivory Coast, Italy, England, Portugal and Russia all came to Brazil with decent odds to advance to the knockout round and for one reason or another none will advance. One thing seven of those eight teams have in common -- they're from Europe. European teams have traditionally struggled in World Cups in South America and that tradition continued in 2014. 

Predictions: Brazil 2, Chile 1. Colombia 2, Uruguay 0.