posted at 19:50
Author: Sam Laird
World Cup Weekend Recap: Knockout Stage Delivers Drama Overdose
It's simply the understandable after-effect of an opening weekend of World Cup knockout play that delivered enough drama, excitement and emotion to last Earth's seven billion people for years. We're just getting started with half the World Cup's round of 16 still to come, followed by the quarterfinals, semi-finals and July 13 title match. Let's take a moment to consider a truly epic World Cup weekend. In Saturday's opening knockout match, South American upstart Chile, who so unceremoniously dumped defending champ Spain in group play, took host Brazil down to the wire in a match that exceeded regulation's 90 minutes, didn't see a goal during 30 minutes of extra time and wasn't decided until Chile's fifth and final penalty kick. Ultimately, Chile can head home proud of its performance at this World Cup, while Brazil is left with more questions than answers heading into a quarterfinal showdown with red-hot Colombia. Unknown to casual soccer fans before the World Cup, he's now a household name, albeit one with an unconventional pronunciation. Rodriguez entered the Uruguay match already atop many pundits' World Cup player ranking after a stellar group-stage. Then he outdid himself in Saturday's first half, scoring the most jaw-dropping goal of the World Cup so far.

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