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Your! Call: How will the World Cup's Round of 16 unfold?

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Nick Andrade
6/26/2014 11:09:31 PM
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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has seen its fair share of excitement over the last 15 days. A total of 133 goals have been scored and that's just been during group play. As the first stage of the tournament comes to an end, the bracket is finally set for the Round of 16.

There have been no shortage of storylines to go along with these matches and so moving forward, how do you see the Round of 16 unfolding?

Probably the team feeling the most pressure is Brazil. The host nation didn't win its group in dominant fashion. Despite that fact, Brazil have managed to create offence and have one of the best strikers in the tournament so far: Neymar. The 22-year-old is tied for the tournament lead in goals with four. Brazil, however, is in for a big test against Chile. Although Chile finished second in Group B, they have proven to have a great team dynamic led by Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas. These two teams are familiar with each other but Brazil has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the two nations. With both teams being from the same continent, it's sure to be an exciting battle.

Another all-South American match-up sees Colombia taking on Uruguay. Luis Suarez might have already overshadowed this game, but it's still going to be a wild affair. Uruguay will be without their star striker because of suspension, and it might be a big blow for the squad given that he has scored half of their goals. On the other side, Colombia has gotten stronger as the tournament has gone on. Even without their star Falcao, Colombia went undefeated and will look to James Rodriguez to lead them to the quarterfinals.

Another undefeated squad is the Netherlands. They've scored the most goals in the tournament with 10 and will look to add to that tally against Mexico. Led by Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, the Dutch haven't missed a beat from the squad in 2010 that finished as runners up to Spain. Mexico however has been one of the surprises of the tournament. They stumbled into Brazil after barely qualifying but have been one of the best teams so far, going undefeated in the group stage.

What about the dark horses? No one saw Costa Rica coming out of their group period - let alone in first place - and they have so far shocked the world. They have been the surprise team of Brazil 2014 and can continue to be with a victory against Greece. But Greece has a strong defensive mindset that can shut any top offence down. Will that be enough to get them through?

France, Argentina and Germany have also been impressive and have something to prove as well. Do they have what it takes to move on?

Who do you see booking their ticket to the quarterfinals for a chance at World Cup gold?

It's Your Call!

Neymar  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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