World Cup Schedule 2014: TV Info, Live Stream and Start Times for Day 17

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World Cup Schedule 2014: TV Info, Live Stream and Start Times for Day 17
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World Cup fans could hardly hope for a more entertaining portion of fixtures on the first day of this year's round of 16, with no less than four South American giants taking to the stage.

Group A winners and tournament hosts Brazil face a difficult task in the shape of Jorge Sampaoli's Chile on Saturday, the same side who dealt a comfortable 2-0 defeat to title holders Spain in the group stage.

As if that fixture wasn't enough, Colombia and Uruguay will meet at the Maracana later in the day, with sparks certain to fly between these fiery, offensively orientated outfits.

Read on for a full breakdown of the television and streaming info for Saturday's matchups, neither of which you'll want to miss a minute of.

 

Brazil vs. Chile 

Date: Saturday, June 28

Time: 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET

Live Stream: BBC Sport website (UK), ESPN Watch (US, subscription required)

TV Info: BBC One (UK), ABC (US)

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On the face of things, it's incredibly difficult to pull apart these two sides as things stand. Brazil have shown glimpses of the form that the home support will be wanting to see from their Selecao, most notably whenever Neymar has the ball at his feet.

However, Mexico's 0-0 draw with Luiz Felipe Scolari's men showed tactics can be their undoing.

ESPN's Miguel Delaney noted how unimpressive Brazil have been at times, questioning their credentials as one of the favourites for this year's title:

And if a tactical master plan is what's needed to overcome Scolari's setup, Sampaoli may be just the man to oust Brazil from the running, having shown against Spain that his malleable, attack-minded structure can pacify titans.

Back in November, Sky Sports' Paulo Freitas praised Sampaoli's strategic nuances, tracing back to his time as manager of Universidad de Chile:

The Chilean helmsman is a big fan of the teachings of Marcelo Bielsa, widely regarded as one of the most tactically sound coaches of this generation. His side are content when working without the ball at times, pressing with great enthusiasm, which they are bound to do a lot on Saturday.

The Estadio Mineirao is bound to be an intimidating cauldron of Brazilian support this weekend, and that too may have an effect on the Chile line-up, but their game is dictated by aggression and ferocity, so their mental state undoubtedly rides along the same lines.

 

Colombia vs. Uruguay

Date: Saturday, June 28

Time: 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET

Live Stream: BBC Sport website (UK), ESPN Watch (US, subscription required)

TV Info: BBC One (UK), ABC (US)

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If there were some fans unaware of just what a threat Colombia posed prior to this tournament, they will very much be aware of the South American upstarts by now.

The Mail On Sunday's Rob Draper even goes as far as to call Jose Pekerman's team his favourite in the competition, with Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado and Monaco's James Rodriguez  the stars who have impressed most:

Greece, Japan and the Ivory Coast were each unable to slow Colombia during the competition's group stage, but Uruguay could well be a superior threat to any of those, regardless of Luis Suarez's non-involvement on Saturday.

The striker's supposed bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini earlier this week once again landed Suarez in hot water, so Uruguay undoubtedly will have spent most of the week preparing for the scenario of operating without their talisman.

Suarez is not Uruguay's only threat. Edinson Cavani is yet to spark to life in the tournament, and a sense of unity can surely be expected within the camp as Oscar Tabarez looks to plot a way into the quarter-finals.

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