The group stage is over, now the real fun begins in the World Cup. June 28 marks the first day of the Round of 16 with four teams hoping to stave off elimination and clinch a spot in the quarterfinals. Can host country Brazil keep World Cup fever alive, or with the streets of Rio de Janeiro be flooded with heartbreak? Watch the live stream below to find out!
Win and you move on, lose and you go home — the knockout stage in the World Cup is something Americans can understand! The stakes have officially been raised in Brazil as the Round of 16 kicks off with a slew of South American teams — the host country will face off against Chile, and Colombia will face off against Uruguay (minus the sharp-toothed Luis Suarez). Don’t miss a minute of the action — watch the live stream below!
World Cup Live Stream 2014 — Watch Brazil Vs. Chile
Here are the two massively important games on deck on June 28:
12:00 p.m. ET — Brazil Vs. Chile
I knew Brazil would be here, but I can’t be the only one who’s surprised to see Chile escape a group that seemed destined to be dominated by Spain and the Netherlands. But Chile shocked the defending champions, and now they’re looking to shock the top-ranked favorites from Brazil. I can’t see Neymar and the rest of the Canarinhos letting this one get away from them, but if the 2014 World Cup has taught me anything, it’s that nothing is a sure thing.
4:00 p.m. ET — Colombia Vs. Uruguay
Let’s get this out of the way — Luis Suarez, perhaps still picking Giorgio Chiellini‘s shoulder out of his teeth, will not be playing for Uruguay in this game thanks to the four-month suspension that FIFA hit him with on June 26. That’s going to be a huge factor in this game — with two goals in the tournament, he’s Uruguay’s gamebreaker. They could certainly use him in this game against Colombia, who looked downright unstoppable in the group stage, and now they’ll have to find some scoring elsewhere on their roster — god knows they need it.
Which of these game are YOU looking forward to the most? You know what, it doesn’t even matter — because you can stream both of them above! (Note: to stream the World Cup on ESPN, you must have a cable subscription.)
— Andrew Gruttadaro