Brazil 2014 - Knockout Stage

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The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Brazil 2014: Knockout Stage.

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The top 16 footballing nations in the world continue on the Road to Rio.

Second Round Quarter-finals Semi-finals The Final
1) Brazil vs Chile
Belo Horizonte (1:1aet 3:2pens)
Q1) Brazil vs Colombia
Fortaleza (2:1)
Semi Final 1
Brazil vs Germany
Belo Horizonte (1:7)
2014 World Cup Final
Germany v Argentina
Rio de Janeiro (1:0aet)
2) Colombia vs Uruguay
Rio de Janeiro (2:0)
5) France vs Nigeria
Brasilia (2:0)
Q2) France vs Germany
Rio de Janeiro (0:1)
6) Germany vs Algeria
Porto Alegre (2:1aet)
3) Netherlands vs Mexico
Fortaleza (2:1)
Q3) Netherlands vs Costa Rica
Salvador (0:0aet 4:3pens)
Semi Final 2
Netherlands vs Argentina
Sao Paulo (0:0aet 2:4pens)
Third-Place Match
Brazil v Netherlands
Brasilia (0:3)
4) Costa Rica vs Greece
Recife (1:1aet 5:3pens)
7) Argentina vs Switzerland
Sao Paulo (1:0aet)
Q4) Argentina vs Belgium
Brasilia (1:0)
8) Belgium vs USA
Salvador (2:1aet)

Second Round

Two games a day from Saturday, 28th June to Tuesday, 1st July.

Saturday, 28th June

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Chile Chile
Belo Horizonte (1:1aet 3:2pens)

Travel to Colombia Colombia vs Uruguay Uruguay
Rio de Janeiro (2:0)

Sunday, 29th June

Netherlands Netherlands vs Mexico Mexico
Fortaleza (2:1)

Costa Rica Costa Rica vs Greece Travel to Greece
Recife (1:1aet 5:3pens)

Monday, 30th June

Football in France France vs Nigeria Football in Nigeria
Brasilia (2:0)

Football in Germany Germany vs Algeria Football in Algeria
Porto Alegre (2:1aet)

Tuesday, 1st July

Football in Argentina Argentina vs Switzerland Football in Switzerland
Sao Paulo (1:0aet)

Football in Belgium Belgium vs USA Football in the United States
Salvador (2:1aet)


Time to find out who will make the final four.

Friday, 4th July

Football in France France vs Germany Football in Germany
Rio de Janeiro (0:1)

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Colombia Travel to Colombia
Fortaleza (2:1)

Saturday, 5th July

Football in Argentina Argentina vs Belgium Football in Belgium
Brasilia (1:0)

Netherlands Netherlands vs Costa Rica Costa Rica
Salvador (0:0aet 4:3pens)

Semi-finals - The Final Four

Tuesday, 8th July

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Germany Football in Germany
Belo Horizonte (1:7)

Wednesday, 9th July

Netherlands Netherlands vs Argentina Football in Argentina
Sao Paulo (0:0aet 2:4pens)

The Wooden Spoon - Third-Place Match

Saturday, 12th July

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Netherlands Netherlands
Brasilia (0:3)

The Brazil 2014 World Cup Final

Sunday, 13th July

2014 World Cup Final
Football in Germany Germany vs Argentina Football in Argentina
Rio de Janeiro (1:0aet)

2014 World Cup Teams by Group

Group A:
Travel to Brazil Brazil; Travel to Cameroon Cameroon; Travel to Croatia Croatia; Travel to Mexico Mexico.

Group B:
Travel to Australia Australia; Travel to Chile Chile; Travel to Holland Netherlands; Travel to Spain Spain.

Group C:
Travel to Colombia Colombia; Travel to C�te d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire; Travel to Greece Greece; Travel to Japan Japan.

Group D:
Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica; Travel to England England; Travel to Italy Italy; Travel to Uruguay Uruguay.

Group E:
Travel to Ecuador Ecuador; Travel to France France; Travel to Honduras Honduras; Travel to Switzerland Switzerland.

Group F:
Travel to Argentina Argentina; Travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina; Travel to Iran Iran; Travel to Nigeria Nigeria.

Group G:
Travel to Germany Germany; Travel to Ghana Ghana; Travel to Portugal Portugal; Travel to USA USA.

Group H:
Travel to Algeria Algeria; Travel to Belgium Belgium; Travel to Russia Russia; Travel to South Korea South Korea.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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