World Cup Results 2014: Tracking Final Scores, Golden Boot Contenders for Day 16

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2014

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 28:  Julio Cesar of Brazil celebrates with teammates after defeating Chile in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile at Estadio Mineirao on June 28, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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If you thought you could look away for a moment, think again. If you thought the knockout phase couldn't possibly live up to the group stage, think again. If you thought you would get anything less than a scintillating show, well, think again. 

Because Saturday's action at the World Cup was once again brilliant stuff. 

With four South American teams in action, including the hosts fighting to stay alive, a compelling set of matches was to be expected. Let's take a look back at the results and catch up on the Golden Boot watch as the Round of 16 commences. 

 

Results

Saturday Fixtures
Team 1ResultTeam 2
Brazil1-1 (3-2 pen)Chile
Colombia2-0Uruguay

 

Golden Boot Watch

World Cup Goalscorers
PlayerCountryGoals
James RodriguezColombia5
NeymarBrazil4
Lionel MessiArgentina4
Thomas MullerGermany4
Karim BenzemaFrance3
Enner ValenciaEcuador3
Arjen RobbenNetherlands3
Robin van PersieNetherlands3
Xherdan ShaqiriSwitzerland3
Jackson MartinezColombia2
GervinhoIvory Coast2
Luis SuarezUruguay2
Tim CahillAustralia2
Mario MandzukicCroatia2
Ahmed MusaNigeria2
Andre AyewGhana2
Clint DempseyUnited States2
Memphis DepayNetherlands2
Ivan PerisicCroatia2
Wilfried BonyIvory Coast2
Asamoah GyanGhana2
Islam SlimaniAlgeria2
Alexis SanchezChile2
David LuizBrazil1
Avdija VrsajevicBosnia and Herzegovina1
Reza GhoochannejhadIran1
Marcos RojoArgentina1
Juan CuadradoColombia1
Andreas SamarisGreece1
Georgios SamarasGreece1
Diego GodinUruguay1
Blaise MatuidiFrance1
Mathieu ValbuenaFrance1
Moussa SissokoFrance1
Blerim DzemailiSwitzerland1
Granit XhakaSwitzerland1
Bryan RuizCosta Rica1
Wayne RooneyEngland1
Juan QuinteroColombia1
Ivica OlicCroatia1
Mile JedinakAustralia1
Eduardo VargasChile1
Charles AranguizChile1
Sofiane FeghouliIran1
Marouane FellainiBelgium1
Dries MertensBelgium1
Lee Keun-HoSouth Korea1
Alexander KerzhakovRussia1
Mario BalotelliItaly1
Claudio MarchisioItaly1
Daniel SturridgeEngland1
Edinson CavaniUruguay1
Joel CampbellCosta Rica1
Oscar DuarteCosta Rica1
Marcos UrenaCosta Rica1
Pablo ArmeroColombia1
Teofilo GutierrezColombia1
Stefan de VrijNetherlands1
Xabi AlonsoSpain1
OscarBrazil1
Oribe PeraltaMexico1
Jorge ValdíviaChile1
Jean BeausejourChile1
Keisuke HondaJapan1
Admir MehmediSwitzerland1
Haris SeferovicSwitzerland1
Carlo CostlyHonduras1
Vedad IbisevicBosnia and Herzegovina1
Mats HummelsGermany1
Olivier GiroudFrance1
John Anthony BrooksUnited States1
Mario GotzeGermany1
Miroslav KloseGermany1
Edin DzekoBosnia and Herzegovina1
Peter OdemwingieNigeria1
Divock OrigiBelgium1
Miralem PjanicBosnia and Herzegovina1
Rafik HallicheAlgeria1
Abdelmoumene DjabouAlgeria1
Son Heung MinSouth Korea1
Yacine BrahimiAlgeria1
Koo JacheolSouth Korea1
NaniPortugal1
Jermaine JonesUnited States1
Silvestre VarelaPortugal1
David VillaSpain1
Fernando TorresSpain1
Juan MataSpain1
Leroy FerNetherlands1
Rafael MarquezMexico1
Andres GuardadoMexico1
Javier HernandezMexico1
Joel MatipCameroon1
FredBrazil1
FernandinhoBrazil1
Cristiano RonaldoPortugal1
Aleksandr KokorinRussia1
Jan VertonghenBelgium1
Saturday scorers highlighted

 

Analysis

Frank Augstein/Associated Press

If you were worried that the knockout phase wouldn't be as enthralling as the group stage was to open the World Cup, Brazil and Chile quickly put those concerns to rest, opening the Round of 16 with a thrilling match that required penalties to sort it all out.

When the dust had cleared, Neymar and Brazil had survived, winning 1-1 (3-2 on penalties).

And boy, was it a marathon affair. Brazil were the stronger side early, putting the Chileans under pressure from the start. That would lead to them scoring in the 18th minute off a set piece, as David Luiz took credit for what was probably a Chile own goal.

ESPN FC has the replay:

But Chile weren't intimidated, and it wouldn't take long for them to level the score. A bad Hulk giveaway on a throw-in would be all Chile needed, as Alexis Sanchez quickly netted the equaliser:

One of the reasons Chile are so tough to play against is their aggressive, pressing style. The Sanchez goal was the perfect embodiment of that system working perfectly. 

And then things would get really, really interesting, as both teams tried to find a winner in the second half. It appeared as though Hulk had found one about 10 minutes into the second frame, deftly controlling a lobbed ball over the top and nicking a ball across the face of goal and past Claudio Bravo.

But official Howard Webb was having none of it, calling Hulk for a handball and giving him a card. Was it a handball, though? Decide for yourself:

With neither team able to find another goal in regulation, the game headed to overtime. Chile appeared to be playing for penalties at that point while it was Brazil who continued to ask questions and seek another score, but, in the 120th minute, it was Chile's Mauricio Pinilla who smacked the bar on a shot, nearly ending Brazil's World Cup. 

In fact, Brazil was this close to disappointing an entire nation, as Bleacher Report on Twitter noted:

Apparently, both versions of football are games of inches.

And so a shootout was forthcoming, and Julio Cesar and Neymar stepped up as the heroes. Watch the entire pressure-packed ordeal for yourself:

How about the ice in the veins of Neymar in that situation? No player in this World Cup is under more pressure, and no player has stepped up in a bigger way than he has. Dermot Corrigan of ESPN puts it all in perspective:

Meanwhile, after a disastrous World Cup in 2010, Cesar had his retribution, which he spoke on afterwards to James Horncastle of BT Sport:

It was truly a match that neither team deserved to lose. It was a spectacle that provided so much drama, you never wanted it to end. It was the perfect way to start the knockout phase.

And Chile's manager Jorge Sampaoli knew it and expressed great pride in his team after all was said and done, via Henry Winter of The Daily Telegraph:

It's hard to top a game like that. But James Rodriguez did his best to do just that.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 28: James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Colombian star was once again amazing for his home country, notching a brace as Colombia defeated the Luis Suarez-less Uruguayans, 2-0. His first goal in particular was special, and perhaps the strike of the tournament thus far.

Check it out for yourself:

For good measure, he'd make it two.

Is there any doubt that this man is the top player thus far? Colombia were supposed to struggle without Radamel Falcao at striker. Instead, they've thrived with Rodriguez leading the way. What a talent he is.

With all of that going on, the Golden Boot remains firmly up for grabs, with Rodriguez in the lead at five goals, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Thomas Mueller tied with four goals apiece and Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Karim Benzema knocking on the door with three tallies. 

Before Saturday, you might have gotten the feeling that Neymar would be tough to top in this competition. He's Brazil's go-to guy, and it's become very clear that he isn't going to be bogged down by any pressure or nerves. There are some incredibly talented scorers left in this tournament, but beating Neymar on home soil will be no easy task.

But goodness, Rodriguez has been otherworldly. He sure looks capable of crashing Neymar's party and spoiling this World Cup for the Brazilians in the process. 

Of course, given the way things have gone thus far at the World Cup, anything can happen. And probably will, for that matter.

 

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