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Shock and Awe at World Cup

The Reigning World Cup Champions Germany shocked the Soccer world by being eliminated in the Group Stage. South Korea beat Germany 2-0 thereby eliminating them. The result put Mexico through even though they lost 3-0 to Sweden.

After the Germany match Mexican fans were seen carrying South Korean fans on their shoulders, calling them brothers on social media. They went to the South Korean Embassy and got the South Korean Ambassador to do a shot of Tequila.

Colombia beat Senegal in their last match which made Japan very happy after their loss to Poland. Japan went through on the Fair Play rule, and Senegal became the first team to be eliminated on the number of yellow cards they received. Poland were eliminated despite having Bayern Munich star Striker Robert Lewandowski.

Argentina advanced with a win over Nigeria after their shock opening match draw with Iceland and a loss to Croatia. They seemed to have righted the ship after some dissention among the team and coach. But due to finishing second in the group to Croatia must face France in the next round. Croatia have impressed as they finished top of their group with three wins from three matches. After rumors of dissension in the Argentina locker room, Argentine Legend Diego Maradona took to Twitter.

Hosts Russia started the tournament with a 5-1 win over Saudi Arabia, then followed that up with a 3-1 victory over Egypt. But picked up an early red card in the 36th minute and lost to Uruguay 3-0 and as a result meant they faced Spain in the next round. They then shocked Spain by eliminating them on penalties. They must face Croatia in the quarterfinals.

Some Iranian fans found a creative way to try and disrupt Portugal Superstar Ronaldo ahead of their match. They sang and chanted outside of his hotel, prompting Ronaldo to come to the window of his room and makes signs of needing his sleep. Did it work well Ronaldo did not score a goal in that game and even missed a penalty. Portugal tied the game and finished second in the group and must face Luis Suarez. Quite the intriguing match-up.

Brazil started the tournament with a 1-1 draw with Switzerland, then two 2-0 wins against Serbia and Costa Rica. They topped the group and now must face Mexico in the next round. Brazil will look to their Superstar Neymar to carry them past Mexico. Brazil beat Mexico in their round of 16 match but all the headlines seemed to center on Brazilian superstar Neymar’s flopping on the pitch.

The group stage was full of drama, upsets, VAR awarded goals penalties and stunning upsets. So can the round of 16 top that? The round of 16 is dominated by European and South American teams, with only one North American and Asian team advancing. So can Mexico and Japan pull off stunning upsets against Brazil and Belgium? The last three World Cups have been won by European teams so will the trend continue or can a South American team go home with the trophy in a European hosted World Cup?