World Cup Schedule 2014: Kick-off Times, Live Stream Info for Upcoming Fixtures

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 26:   (EDITORS NOTE: This image was taken using a fish eye lens.)  A general view of the stadium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between South Korea and Belgium at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 26, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal side may be headed home as the World Cup gears up for the round of 16, but the action is truly just beginning in Brazil with the pretenders now out of the way.

What an odd batch of pretenders they are, too. Mainstays such as England and Italy are out, as are defending champions Spain.

To console those who wanted to see the same old sides in contention, understand that the fresh blood remaining opens things up for a new generation of fans around the globe. On an international scale, the proceedings are very much still an entertaining affair.

Here is a look at how to catch the upcoming fixtures and a glimpse at the overall bracket.

DateRoundMatch #MatchupTime (ET)Where
June 28Round of 1649Brazil vs. Chile12 p.m.Belo Horizonte
June 28Round of 1650Colombia vs. Uruguay4 p.m.Rio De Janeiro
June 29Round of 1651Netherlands vs. Mexico12 p.m.Fortaleza
June 29Round of 1652Costa Rica vs. Greece4 p.m.Recife
June 30Round of 1653France vs. Nigeria12 p.m.Brasilia
June 30Round of 1654Germany vs. Algeria4 p.m.Porto Alegre
July 1Round of 1655Argentina vs. Switzerland12 p.m.Sao Paulo
July 1Round of 1656Belgium vs. United States4 p.m.Salvador
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Note: Matches can be watched online at ESPN3.

 

Matches to Watch

Brazil vs. Chile

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It was rather predictable that the home side would make it out of Group A, and really, Neymar and Co. would have done so no matter the locale.

Croatia was no match, succumbing 3-1. The Mexican side forced a draw before Brazil posted four goals in the triumph over Cameroon. Next up is Chile, a side that have scored five goals so far, and who were able to upend Spain, 2-0.

It has to be a sour feeling for Chile, a side routinely dominated by its South American rival. Brazil have never lost to the Chilean side at home, nor at all over the past decade. Yet it was Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari who wanted to avoid the rival in the second round back when the draw was announced, per The Associated Press, via ABC News:

When I talked about Chile then, people made fun of me, they said Chile wasn't good enough. But I already knew the work of coach [Jorge] Sampaoli and their players. We already knew how they played.

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The upset potential is there as it is the best side Chile has fielded in a long time, but Brazil's form is top notch at the moment. Neymar has scored four goals in three matches to put his name up there with the likes of Lionel Messi and Thomas Mueller, while the home-pitch advantage truly starts to come into effect in the knockout stage.

There is a reason the Brazilian side has not been eliminated in the second round since 1990. Likewise, the Chilean side has only made it past the second round once—at home in 1962.

Prediction: Brazil 2-1 Chile

 

Netherlands vs. Mexico

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Wesley Sneijder of Netherlands competes for the ball with Gerard Pique (L) and Cesar Azpilicueta of Spain during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 i
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Perhaps the biggest match of the next stage features the most dominant side of all through group play, Netherlands.

But, as Tom Marshall of ESPN notes, there is a lot on the line for the hungry El Tri side:

Wins over Cameroon and Croatia by a combined 4-1 margin say a lot about the Mexican side, but it is the aforementioned goal-free draw with Brazil in hostile territory that shows what they are about.

It's unfortunate that the surprising Mexican side has to dance with Netherlands, because it has the look of a massacre.

Netherlands have brutalized sides on their way to the knockout stage, winning three matches by a combined score of 10-3, including a 5-1 triumph over Spain.

For those keeping track, the match should be a high-scoring affair by all accounts. But when it comes down to it, Netherlands is simply more talented and on a bigger roll thanks to stars like Robin van Persie, who has three goals in just two matches after missing the game against Chile for consecutive yellow cards.

Bank on the Dutch to pull away late.

Prediction: Netherlands 4-2 Mexico

 

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