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World Cup Round of 16 set as U.S., Algeria advance

The World Cup round of 16 is set, and the tournament now changes as every team begins its win or go home mentality.

The U.S. and Algeria joined group winners Germany and Belgium as the final four teams to move out of the group stage and into the knockout rounds. The U.S. moved forward despite a 1-0 loss to Germany, while Algeria's Islam Slimani scored on a header in the 60th minute to draw Russia and secure a spot for the African nation.

Here's a look at the World Cup round of 16:


12 p.m. ABC: Brazil vs. Chile - The host and Group A winner open their knockout stage with a mighty difficult task. Chile is an attacking, no-fear group who is familiar with the South American rivals. 

Prediction: Neymar leads the hosts to a close win in a game that will have all of Brazil nervous for nearly 90 minutes.

4 p.m. ABC: Colombia vs. Uruguay - Another thrilling South American match up, this narrative will be dominated by the absence of Luis Suarez. 

Prediction: James Rodgriguez continues his fantastic tournament to lead Colombia into the quarterfinals.


12 p.m. ESPN: Netherlands vs. Mexico - The Mexican side was able to put aside the issues that plagued them through qualifying and have looked confident. Holland, meanwhile, has cruised through the tournament. This should be a wide open game.

Prediction: Mexico shocks the world and downs the Netherlands to move into the quarterfinals. 

4 p.m. ESPN: Costa Rica vs. Greece - The Ticos are the surprise of the tournament, while Greece's defensive approach saw them through. Two underdogs meet in this game.

Prediction: Costa Rica will be able to break Greece down and have been too organized defensively to give much away. Ticos stay alive.


12 p.m. ESPN: France vs. Nigeria - France has looked to be as in-form as any favorite in this tournament and should be pleased with this draw against Nigeria, which emerged from a weak group.

Prediction: Benzema leads France to a big win and into the quarterfinals as a true challenger to win it all.

4 p.m. ESPN: Germany vs. Algeria - The German midfield is one of the best in the world, and they have shown it through all three group games. Algeria is an underrated side, however. 

Prediction: Algeria will give Germany all it can handle early, but the Germans simply have too much firepower and too much organization to be upset this early.


12 p.m. ESPN: Argentina vs. Switzerland - Messi has been carrying Argentina on his back through a mediocre showing so far in the group stage. Switzerland, though, has been inconsistent as well.

Prediction: This continues to be Messi's World Cup. He'll put on a show against the Swiss to lead Argentina to the quarters.

4 p.m. ESPN: Belgium vs. United States - The Red Devils have not shown their true potential yet, and still won the group. The U.S., meanwhile, deservingly advanced after showing good grit and an ability to control the game against a European team.

Prediction: This is a tough game to call. The U.S. will take Belgium to extra time, and that alone will shock many, but the Red Devils will have enough to send home the last of the three CONCACAF sides. 

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