Just like that, the field of 32 teams competing in the 2014 World Cup has been divided in half.
There's already been a bevy of incredible games featuring dramatic finishes and upset victories.
Before the World Cup began, proposing the idea that Spain, Italy, England and Portugal would all be eliminated early, and the United States would survive the "Group of Death," would seem preposterous.
Well, that's exactly what happened.
The intensity will only continue to grow from here. To ensure not a moment of action is missed going forward, let's take a look at the World Cup's updated bracket, complete viewing information and odds for the knockout stages.
|Date||Time (ET)||Fixture||TV Info|
|Sat., June 28||12 p.m.||Brazil vs. Chile||ABC|
|Sat., June 28||4 p.m.||Colombia vs. Uruguay||ABC|
|Sun., June 29||12 p.m.||Netherlands vs. Mexico||ESPN|
|Sun., June 29||4 p.m.||Costa Rica vs. Greece||ESPN|
|Mon., June 30||12 p.m.||France vs. Nigeria||ESPN|
|Mon., June 30||4 p.m.||Germany vs. Algeria||ESPN|
|Tue., July 1||12 p.m.||Argentina vs. Switzerland||ESPN|
|Tue., July 1||4 p.m.||Belgium vs. USA||ESPN|
Odds courtesy of Vegas Insider.
Round of 16 Facts
The round of 16 features plenty of football powerhouses, but it's also comprised of some very surprising teams. Here's a look at some of the most intriguing facts so far in this year's World Cup.
Thomas Mueller scored Germany's lone goal in the team's win against the U.S. on Thursday. His strike was impressive in its own right, but his World Cup record is simply astounding. Genius Football tweeted his stats:
Thomas Müller World Cup record. - 9 games - 9 goals - 4 assists And he's only 24! pic.twitter.com/q5iaOFA3fx— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) June 26, 2014
Due to Germany's well-rounded team, Mueller has a great chance to add to those numbers in the knockout stages.
Algeria made their own history on Thursday, as the country advanced to the round of 16 for the first time, according to a tweet from Peter Pedroncelli of Goal.com:
After the disappointment of Ghana going out, it is great to see #Algeria progress! Well done! First time in history for the North Africans— Peter Pedroncelli (@Peterpedron) June 26, 2014
There's plenty to celebrate for this team, and that showed in the players' reactions after the match, courtesy of a tweet from Squawka Football:
Of course, the round of 16 always has its usual suspects. Paulo Freitas tweeted the impressive runs of Mexico, Brazil and Germany:
Mexico reached the #WorldCup round of 16 for the 6th time in a row, every time since 1994, only Brazil and Germany have a similar record.— Paulo Freitas (@Cynegeticus) June 23, 2014
Speaking of the round of 16's regulars, half of this year's teams are the same squads from the 2010 World Cup, according to Paul Carr of ESPN:
Eight of the 2014 Round of 16 teams are back from the 2010 Round of 16: ARG, BRA, CHI, GER, MEX, NED, URU, USA.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) June 26, 2014
For the Americans, the team has found itself in uncharted territory after advancing to the round of 16 for the second consecutive World Cup, according to IndyStar Sports:
Taking it one step further, this is the first time in World Cup history three teams from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) have reached the round of 16. Fox Soccer tweeted the record:
With so many historical feats already taking place in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup, the knockout rounds promise to deliver even more awe-inspiring action.
Hang on for a wild ride.