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June 28, 2014

Brazil Faces Chile in World Cup's First Knockout Game: South American rivals Brazil and Chile meet Saturday in the World Cup round of 16. Brazil hasn't lost to Chile since a cup qualifier in 2000, winning 10 out of their last 12 meetings, and has beaten Chile three times in knockout games. Chile has only reached the final four of the tournament once, in 1962, where they lost to Brazil 4-2 and it went on to hoist the trophy. Neymar, Thiago Silva and two other Brazilians enter this match on yellow cards.

posted by rcade to soccer at 11:26 AM - 6 comments

ESPN's Darke and McManaman made sure the hotel staff gave their tongues a good overnight soak in battery acid before today's match. The commentary has thus far not been favorable to anyone.

A tart nugget among many: that Julio Cesar is not good enough for QPR, but he's good enough for Brazil.

posted by beaverboard at 12:58 PM on June 28

I am ready for something other than penalties to decide knockout matches.

posted by bender at 03:02 PM on June 28

A tart nugget among many: that Julio Cesar is not good enough for QPR, but he's good enough for Brazil.

He seemed pretty fucking good to me during the penalty kicks....

posted by grum@work at 03:11 PM on June 28

I am ready for something other than penalties to decide knockout matches.

I love penalties. If every knockout game was tense and hard fought and then ended in a shoot out I'd be delighted.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 03:23 PM on June 28

Brazilian fans drowning out the Chile national anthem with boos was an exceptional display of bad sportsmanship.

I'm glad Chile lost after they played so long just for the shootout. They were the better side in the second half. They should have been more aggressive.

posted by rcade at 03:43 PM on June 28

I think they ran out of steam. One of the consequences of the pressing style they play.

Tactically, Chile were all over Brasil. However they needed to win in 90 minutes - still they hit the bar in the last minute of extra time and the shootout could have gone either way.

Are Big Phil and the Brasilian national myth cheerleaders ready for Colombia? Or are they so far up themselves they won't see it coming?

posted by owlhouse at 01:57 AM on June 29

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