The first of the knockout matches got underway on Saturday with hosts Brazil grinding out a hard-fought 3-2 penalty shootout win against Chile while Colombia simple walked over Uruguay thanks to star performer James Rodriguez.
Brazil will now face Colombia in the quarterfinals and they will no doubt have sleepless nights at the prospect of meeting Rodriguez and Co.
Here are our Top 5 moments of the day:
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5. BRAVO KEEPER!
A super save by Chile keeper Bravo to deny Dani Alves and keep the Chileans’ chins up. The worst time to concede is just before halftime.
Click here to watch video 4. LUIZ ‘GOAL’
Early on there was a crucial yet spot-on decision by referee Howard Webb not to award a penalty to Brazil in the opening minutes after Hulk had tumbled in the box. The hosts kept their focus, with their curly-haired motivator urging them on. Finally, the former Chelsea man got his first goal for Brazil – or did he? This one will surely become an own goal, but whoever gets the credit, it helped the hosts stay in the tournament.
Click here to watch video 3. HULK SULK
Hulk thought he had Brazil in the lead but referee Webb saw otherwise – control with the hand of Hulk, and scratched the goal off. Instead Hulk got a yellow for that misdemeanor. Did the ref get it right? Oh what a tangled Webb?
Click here to watch video 2. HAIL CESAR
Great save by Brazil keeper Julio Cesar to deny Charles Aranguiz. It was one of a number of decisive stops by the goalkeeper in this match as Cesar went on to become a hero in the penalty shootout as the hosts sneaked into the quarterfinals with a 3-2 win. This, though, was his top moment.
Click here to watch video 1. SUGARMAN RODRIGUEZ
They don’t come any sweeter than this, a serious contender for the goal of the tournament and our unanimous top moment of the day. James Rodriguez showed great technique here as he chest-controlled before firing a great volley. No chance for the keeper here. Five goals in four matches at this World Cup certainly places Rodriguez as a firm contender for the golden boot.