France 2 Nigeria 0
The score may reflect that France walked away with a simple win, but that was certainly not the case. Nigeria gave all France they could handle, putting six shots on target and controlling 51 percent of possession, but France's dominance came out late in the match. After several close calls in the second half, Paul Pogba finally delivered a perfectly headed goal on a corner in the 79th minute. The French sealed the deal in stoppage time after they Joseph Yabo netted a goal off of a cross from Cabaye.
Germany 2 Algeria 1
It took extra time to decide a winner in Brazil, but Germany proved to be too strong and too deep to defeat in the Round of 16 as they advance to a record 16th consecutive quarterfinal. Germany truly dominated the match, putting an unprecedented 22 shots on target and controlling 70 percent of the possession. Substitute Andre Shurrle provided the first goal of extra time in the 92nd minute and Mesut Ozil tacked on one in the 120th. Algeria bounced back to scare the Germans, scoring one in the 121st minute and nearly netting another one as time was set to expire. Germany and France are set to face each other in a clash of the titans in the quarters.
Argentina and Switzerland headline the opening game tomorrow at noon. Argentina swept Group F, winning all three games over Bosnia, Nigeria and Iran thanks to Lionel Messi's four goals so far this Cup. Switzerland crawled their way into the tournament, defeating Honduras and Ecuador but being blown out by France. The Swiss are coming off of a great performance against Honduras which saw Shaqiri net a hat trick. Argentina has outscored Switzerland 14-3 in their six ever meetings.
The United States and Belgium are set to face off in Brazil at 4:00 p.m. ET. The Yanks survived the Group of Death after defeating Ghana, drawing to Portugal and losing narrowly to Germany. Belgium enters the game boasting a 3-0 Cup record after putting down Algeria, South Korea and Russia in order. Jozy Altidore is healthy and could return to the pitch after missing the past two games due to a hamstring injury. Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and company look to spoil the United States run while the Yanks have other goals in sight: the quarterfinals. For more, take a look at this preview.
Players to watch:
Argentina: #10 Lionel Messi, forward
Switzerland: #23 Xherdan Shaqiri, midfielder
Belgium: #10 Eden Hazard, midfielder
United States: #8 Clint Dempsey, forward