The 2014 FIFA World Cup is now down to just eight teams after the first set of matches from the Knockout Round completed. As of Thursday, July 3, 2014, the full television schedule has been released for the four games in the quarterfinal round, and there are some incredibly intriguing match-ups.
In the opening round of 16 for the "Knockout" portion of the World Cup, there were some fantastic matches. A lot of the results had fans mere minutes away from seeing what could have been a very different-looking third round.
Belgium opened things up in extra time against the United States, but the Americans almost made a miraculous comeback to tie it up. It was a good run by the United States, but Belgium prevailed and will go on to face Lionel Messi and Argentina.
France got past Nigeria and will face off with a very strong Germany team who was able to defeat Algeria.
Host-country Brazil almost didn't advance after going into extra time against Chile and then having to duke it out in penalty kicks. It all came down to the final penalty kick for Chile which bounced off the side post and down the pitch.
Here is the full schedule for the next round of four games.
Friday, July 4, 2014
- France vs. Germany on ESPN2, 12:00 p.m. ET
- Brazil vs. Colombia on ESPN, 4:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, July 5, 2014
- Argentina vs. Belgium on ABC, 12:00 p.m. ET
- Netherlands vs. Costa Rica on ESPN, 4:00 p.m. ET
All four games are also also being broadcast on ESPN3 so you'll be able to catch the World Cup Quarterfinals wherever you are while on the go.
Once this round is over, the first World Cup Seminfinal will be played on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, and the second on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. After those games are completed, the Finals will begin on July 12, 2014 for the losers of the Semifinal matches.
The Championship Game will be played between the two Semifinal winners on Sunday, July 13, 2014.