Day 18 of the World Cup in Brazil. 2 games, and 2 teams through, Brazil and Columbia. Chile became the first team knocked out on penalties.
Results for Saturday 28th June 2014
Round of 16
Brazil 1-1 Chile – Brazil win 3-2 on penalties
David Luiz 18′ Sánchez 32′
Ref: Howard Webb
Colombia 2-0 Uruguay
Rodríguez 28′, 50′
Ref: Björn Kuipers
Fixtures for Sunday 29th June 2014
Netherlands v Mexico. Match 51, kick off at 5pm BST, live on ITV at the Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza.
Referee: Pedro PROENÇA (POR)
Assistant Referees: Bertino MIRANDA (POR) and Tiago TRIGO (POR)
Fourth Official: Carlos VERA (ECU)
Costa Rica v Greece. Match 52, kick off at 9pm BST, live on ITV at the Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Referee: Benjamin WILLIAMS (AUS)
Assistant Referees: Matthew CREAM (AUS) and Hakan ANAZ (AUS)
Fourth Official: Nawaf SHUKRALLA (BHR)
TV Schedules for the round of 16 http://www.exeweb.com/2014/06/27/brazil-2014-round-of-16-tv-schedule/
Columbia v Uruguay
Jose Pekerman, Colombia coach
I’d like to congratulate the whole of Colombia because they deserved this. We made some alterations because we knew how strong our opponents were – it’s really important to know about the opposition. The main factor [in this win] was the first half, when we were very solid and managed to get ahead. It’s great to have a player like James Rodriguez, and his confidence was very high after our previous game.
James Rodriguez, Colombia attacker and Man of the Match
It’s historic, a dream come true: I always wanted to score in the Maracana and now I have. If you want to win, every player is important. Uruguay had a lot of men behind the ball, so we needed plenty of movement up front and we got it. Now things are going to get even harder, but we can go far.
Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay coach
We knew Colombia had a very good side, one that is able to keep possession and featuring very good players who contribute to the team. In the first half, they dictated the tempo and we conceded one of the goals of the tournament. In the second half, we made mistakes and conceded again. Then we had to take risks to reduce the deficit, but we came up against a ‘keeper who performed extraordinarily well and didn’t let us back into the match. But I’m proud of these players: once again they showed character and gave it their all.
Brazil v Chile
Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil coach
We knew when the draw was made we were going to be in for a tough time. They’re a very organised team with a good tactical system and fine players. Every credit to Chile but this penalty shootout win says a lot about us and about our desire to progress. The players can have a break now and, as they recover, we’ll have a look at how we won, go through all the tricky situations we were in and a whole lot of other details. The idea is to build on this. When you win like this you come out stronger. We’re going to tell them that so they can appreciate what they’ve done.
Jorge Sampaoli, Chile coach
I’m not happy. We gave everything we had and we were up against a whole stadium, against the hosts and we didn’t go through. Our players made history and they did their country proud. We had possession of the ball, we put in a lot of effort, we took more risks and we fought till the end. If that shot hadn’t hit the bar, then everything might have been different. But it wasn’t. I hope that the pain that we’re feeling right now becomes something else in the future. With time we’ll look at it differently and we’ll come to appreciate what this team has done.
Julio Cesar, Brazil goalkeeper and Man of the Match
We had a good first half and created a lot of chances. After the equaliser Chile came into the game and made life hard for us. All we can do is thank the fans and our team-mates for keeping the faith. There’s huge pressure in representing our country, and it was tough on a psychological and emotional level. I got very emotional four years ago, and today I was crying again, but this time out of happiness. Not many people know what I’ve been through, but I knew my international career wasn’t over. We’ve got three more steps to go now and I want to see Brazil celebrating. That’s my big dream.