The 2014 World Cup continues, but now the knockout round is here. This format features 16 teams competing for global dominance. No longer can teams lose and tie to advance.
Now, it's do or die for each team in single-elimination games from here on out. Knockout plya begins on June 28, with the quarter-finals starting on July 4. The semi-finals then take place on July 8 and 9, with the final of the tournament scheduled for July 13.
All four teams from the semi-finals are assured one more game. The losers of both semifinal games will play in a 3rd-place match held in Brasilia on July 12, one day before the final.
Here is an outline of how the knockout play works.
Knockout Round Schedule
|June 28||5 p.m./Noon||Brazil vs. Chile|
|June 28||9 p.m./4 p.m.||Colombia vs. Uruguay|
|June 29||5 p.m./Noon||Netherlands vs. Mexico|
|June 29||9 p.m./4 p.m.||Costa Rica vs. Greece|
|June 30||5 p.m./Noon||France vs. Nigeria|
|June 30||9 p.m./4 p.m.||Germany vs. Algeria|
|July 1||5 p.m./Noon||Argentina vs. Switzerland|
|July 1||9 p.m./4 p.m.||Belgium vs. USA|
Odds to Reach Quarter-finals, via Odds Shark.
You may recall the US tying Portugal during group play. There will be no ties in this round. If after 90 minutes the match ends in a draw, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes each will be played. If the score is level after extra time penalty kicks will be taken to determine the winner.
Full Remaining World Cup Schedule
|Sat, June 28||Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up||12 p.m.||ABC||WatchESPN|
|Sat, June 28||Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up||4 p.m.||ABC||WatchESPN|
|Sun, June 29||Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up||12 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Sun, June 29||Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up||4 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Mon, June 30||Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up||12 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Mon, June 30||Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up||4 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Tue, July 1||Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up||12 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Tue, July 1||Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up||4 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Sat, July 5||Quarterfinal||12 p.m.||ABC||WatchESPN|
|Sat, July 5||Quarterfinal||4 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Tue, July 8||Semifinal||4 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Wed, July 9||Semifinal||4 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Sat, July 12||Third Place Game||4 p.m.||ESPN/ITV||WatchESPN|
|Sun, July 13||Final||4 p.m.||ABC/BBC 1||WatchESPN|