World Cup 2014 Knockout Bracket: Real-Time Scores, Results and Key Facts

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

World Cup 2014 Knockout Bracket: Real-Time Scores, Results and Key Facts

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    No more points. No more draws. No more concerns about goal differential. From here on out, it's win or go home at the 2014 World Cup.

    The knockout phase is here. 

    And boy, if it is anything like the group stage, we're in for a wild ride. The storylines the group stage offered were truly incredible. 

    Two of the players under the most pressure to succeed in this tournament, Lionel Messi and Neymar, are currently tied with Thomas Mueller in the Golden Boot chase, with four goals apiece. We watched Luis Suarez, the hero against England after notching a brace, booted from the tournament after baring his teeth once more against Italy.     

    Five teams from South America and a shocking three teams from CONCACAF have reached the round of 16. The defending champions, Spain, are out. So too is defending Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. 

    We saw last-minute winners. We saw an insane amount of upsets. We saw some truly atrocious decisions from the officials.    

    So what will we see next?

    No matter what happens moving forward, you'll be able to track every result here. With a full viewing schedule and an updated bracket, this slideshow will keep you in the know. Brazil 2014 surely has some twists and turns left—keep it here to stay up to date on all of them.

Teams

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    B/R

    Algeria Key Facts

    ManagerVahid Halilhodzic

    Players to Watch: Islam Slimani, Madjid Bougherra, Sofiane Feghouli

    Previous World Cup Finish: Group Stage (2010)

    Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage (1982, 1986, 2010)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 22

    Group Stage Finish: Second in Group H (four points)

    Leading Scorer(s)Islam Slimani (two goals)

     

    Argentina Key Facts

    ManagerAlejandro Sabella

    Players to Watch: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria

    Previous World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (2010)

    Best World Cup Finish: Champions (1978, 1986)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 5

    Group Stage Finish: First in Group F (nine points)

    Leading Scorer(s): Lionel Messi (four goals)

     

    Belgium Key Facts

    ManagerMarc Wilmots

    Players to WatchEden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku

    Previous World Cup Finish: Round of 16 (2002, 2014)

    Best World Cup Finish: Fourth Place (1986)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 11

    Group Stage Finish: First in Group H (nine points)

    Leading Scorer(s)Marouane Fellaini, Dries Mertens, Divock Origi, Jan Vertonghen (one goal) 

     

    Brazil Key Facts

    ManagerLuiz Felipe Scolari  

    Players to Watch: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Oscar

    Previous World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (2010)

    Best World Cup FinishChampions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 3

    Group Stage Finish: First in Group A (seven points)

    Leading Scorer(s): Neymar (four goals)

     

    Chile Key Facts

    ManagerJorge Sampaoli

    Players to Watch: Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas

    Previous World Cup Finish: Round of 16 (2010)

    Best World Cup Finish: Third Place (1962)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 14

    Group Stage Finish: Second in Group B (six points)

    Leading Scorer(s): Alexis Sanchez (two goals)

     

    Colombia Key Facts

    Manager: Jose Pekerman

    Players to Watch: James Rodriguez, Jackson Martinez, Juan Cuadrado

    Previous World Cup Finish: Group Stage (1998)

    Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (2014)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 8

    Group Stage Finish: First in Group C (nine points)

    Leading Scorer(s): James Rodriguez (five goals)

     

    Costa Rica Key Facts

    ManagerJorge Luis Pinto

    Players to Watch: Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas

    Previous World Cup Finish: Group Stage (2006)

    Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (2014)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 28

    Group Stage Finish: First in Group D (seven points)

    Leading Scorer(s)Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Oscar Duarte, Marcos Urena (one goal)

     

    France Key Facts

    ManagerDidier Deschamps

    Players to Watch: Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema, Blaise Matuidi

    Previous World Cup Finish: Group Stage (2010)

    Best World Cup Finish: Champions (1998)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 17

    Group Stage Finish: First in Group E (seven points)

    Leading Scorer(s): Karim Benzema (three goals)

     

    Germany Key Facts

    Manager: Joachim Low

    Players to Watch: Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller, Philipp Lahm

    Previous World Cup Finish: Third Place (2010)

    Best World Cup Finish: Champions (1954, 1974, 1990)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 2

    Group Stage Finish: First in Group G (seven points)

    Leading Scorer(s): Thomas Mueller (four goals)

     

    Greece Key Facts

    ManagerFernando Santos

    Players to WatchGiorgos Karagounis, Georgios Samaras, Konstantinos Mitroglou

    Previous World Cup Finish: Group Stage (2010)

    Best World Cup Finish: Round of 16 (2014)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 12

    Group Stage Finish: Second in Group C (four points)

    Leading Scorer(s)Andreas Samaris, Georgios Samaras (one goal)

     

    Mexico Key Facts

    ManagerMiguel Herrera

    Players to Watch: Javier Hernandez, Giovani dos Santos, Andres Guardado

    Previous World Cup Finish: Round of 16 (2010)  

    Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (1970, 1986)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 20

    Group Stage Finish: Second in Group A (seven points)

    Leading Scorer(s)Oribe Peralta, Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado, Javier Hernandez (one goal)

     

    Netherlands Key Facts

    ManagerLouis van Gaal

    Players to Watch: Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder

    Previous World Cup Finish: Runner-Up (2010)

    Best World Cup Finish: Runner-Up (1974, 1978, 2010)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 15

    Group Stage Finish: First in Group B (nine points)

    Leading Scorer(s): Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie (three goals) 

     

    Nigeria Key Facts

    ManagerStephen Keshi

    Players to WatchJohn Obi Mikel, Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Moses

    Previous World Cup Finish: Group Stage (2010)

    Best World Cup Finish: Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 44

    Group Stage Finish: Second in Group F (four points)

    Leading Scorer(s)Ahmed Musa (two goals)

     

    Switzerland Key Facts

    ManagerOttmar Hitzfeld

    Players to WatchXherdan Shaqiri, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Gokhan Inler

    Previous World Cup Finish: Group Stage (2010)

    Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 6

    Group Stage Finish: Second in Group E (six points)

    Leading Scorer(s)Xherdan Shaqiri (three goals)

     

    United States Key Facts

    ManagerJurgen Klinsmann

    Players to Watch: Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson

    Previous World Cup Finish: Round of 16 (2010)

    Best World Cup Finish: Third Place (1930)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 13

    Group Stage Finish: Second in Group G (four points)

    Leading Scorer(s): Clint Dempsey (two goals)

     

    Uruguay Key Facts

    ManagerOscar Washington Tabarez

    Players to Watch: Cristian Rodriguez, Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan

    Previous World Cup Finish: Fourth Place (2010)

    Best World Cup Finish: Champions (1930, 1950)

    Current FIFA Ranking: 7

    Group Stage Finish: Second in Group D (six points)

    Leading Scorer(s): Luis Suarez (two goals, banned for remainder of tournament)

Round of 16

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    GameMatchupDateTime (ET)WatchStreamResult
    1Brazil vs. ChileSaturday, June 28NoonABCWatchESPNBRA win, 1-1 (3-2)
    2Colombia vs. UruguaySaturday, June 284 p.m.ABCWatchESPNCOL win, 2-0
    3Netherlands vs. MexicoSunday, June 29NoonESPNWatchESPNNED win, 2-1
    4Costa Rica vs. GreeceSunday, June 294 p.m.ESPNWatchESPNCRC win, 1-1 (5-3)
    5France vs. NigeriaMonday, June 30NoonESPNWatchESPNFRA win, 2-0
    6Germany vs. AlgeriaMonday, June 304 p.m.ESPNWatchESPNGER win, 2-1 (aet)
    7Argentina vs. SwitzerlandTuesday, July 1NoonESPNWatchESPNARG win, 1-0 (aet)
    8Belgium vs. United StatesTuesday, July 14 p.m.ESPNWatchESPNBEL win, 2-1 (aet)

     

    Round of 16 Trivia

    Between 1934 and 1978, just 16 teams in total participated in the World Cup. The "round of 16" wouldn't be introduced until the 1986 World Cup. The current format that includes 32 teams in the tournament wasn't introduced until 1998, however.

    Greece got past the group stage for the first time in their history at this year's World Cup.

    Of the remaining teams in the tournament, Colombia, Costa Rica, Greece and Nigeria have never gotten past the round of 16.

    The most goals ever scored in a round of 16 match is four, set by Spain's Emilio Butragueno in 1986 versus Denmark. Spain won the match, 5-1.

Quarterfinals

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    GameMatchupDateTime (ET)WatchStreamResult
    9France vs. Germany Friday, July 4NoonESPN2WatchESPNGER win, 1-0
    10 Brazil vs. ColombiaFriday, July 44 p.m.ESPN WatchESPNBRA win, 2-1
    11 Argentina vs. BelgiumSaturday, July 5NoonABCWatchESPN ARG win, 1-0
    12 Netherlands vs. Costa RicaSaturday, July 5 4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPNNED win, 0-0 (4-3)

     

    Quarterfinals Trivia

    The most goals ever scored in a quarterfinals match is four, set by Portugal's Eusebio in 1966 against North Korea. Portugal won that game, 5-3.   

    In the 1954 quarterfinal between Austria and Switzerland, the two teams combined to score 12 goals, the most ever scored in a World Cup match. Austria won the match, 7-5.

    The quarterfinals have seen some epic penalty shootouts in World Cup history. Both the 1986 quarterfinal between Spain and Belgium and the 1994 quarterfinal between Romania and Sweden required nine kicks to settle the shootout, tied for the most in tournament history. Belgium and Sweden won, respectively.

Semifinals

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    GameMatchupDateTime (ET)WatchStreamResult
    13Germany vs. BrazilTuesday, July 84 p.m.ESPNWatchESPNGER win, 7-1
    14Argentina vs. NetherlandsWednesday, July 94 p.m.ESPN WatchESPN ARG win, 0-0 (4-2)

     

    Semifinals Trivia

    Germany have reached the most semifinals (12).

    Of the 16 teams that reached the knockout phase, nine countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States and Uruguay) have reached the semifinals.

    Argentina reached the semifinals for the first time in 24 years with their victory over Belgium. They lost to West Germany in the final in 1990.

    Entering extra time against Costa Rica, Netherlands had the most appearances (4) of any team without advancing past extra time or penalty kicks in a World Cup. That ended Saturday, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Third-Place Game and Final

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    GameMatchupDateTimeWatchStreamResult
    15Brazil vs. NetherlandsSaturday, July 124 p.m.ESPNWatchESPNNED win, 3-0
    16Germany vs. ArgentinaSunday, July 133 p.m.ABCWatchESPNGER win, 1-0

     

    Third-Place Game and Final Trivia

    (A hat tip to Clemente Lisi of USSoccerPlayers.com for many of these notes.)

    Uruguay won the first World Cup in 1930. Brazil leads all nations with five World Cup titles. The Netherlands have reached the most finals (three) without ever winning the title. Pele won three World Cup titles, the most of any player in history.

    England’s Geoff Hurst notched a hat-trick in the 1966 final against West Germany, the only man to ever do so. 

    Luis Monti appeared in two World Cup finals for two different nations—Argentina (1930) and Italy (1934)—the only player to ever do so.

    Here's a sobering stat—3.2 billion people watched the 2010 World Cup final.

    Turkey's Hakan Sukur scored 11 seconds into the 2002 third-place game against South Korea, the fastest goal in World Cup history.

    The 1950 final between Brazil and Uruguay had the largest attendance in World Cup history, as 173,850 spectators watched Uruguay defeat the host nation, 2-1.

     

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