Brazil to Battle Chile in Quarterfinals of 2014 World Cup

The action in Group A and Group B of the 2014 World Cup from Brazil is complete and the quarterfinals have been determined for the top two teams from each. In Group A, the host nation team led by Neymar, Hulk, Marcelo and company, finished atop the standings ahead of Mexico, earning their right to play the second place team from Group B, Chile.

In the group stage, Brazil won two games and earned one draw. In the opening game of the 2014 tournament, Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1. They followed that game up with a 0-0 draw against Mexico and in the final game, knocked off Cameroon 4-1 to earn their first place finish. With a +5 goal differential, Brazil is hoping to carry their momentum into the knockout stages against Chile.

Chile has already turned out to be one of the surprise teams in the 2014 tournament. In the group where the Netherlands and Spain were expected to come out on top, Chile shocked the world by beating the defending World Cup champions from Spain 2-0 in their second game, effectively knocking them out of the tournament. They came into that game having defeated Australia in their first game. Chile was unsuccessful in their quest to be 3-0, dropping to Netherlands 2-0 after succeeding two late goals.

The top goal scorer in the 2014 tournament thus far is the 22-year-old Brazilian star, Neymar. The Barcelona player scored two goals in each of the Brazilian victories and has shown the desire to succeed in the big games, where other major stars like Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo have struggled. Also leading the way for the Brazilians in their quest to win their sixth World Cup are Fred, Fernandinho, and Oscar, who have each added a goal during the tournament.

Thus far in the World Cup, five players from Chile have netted a single goal including Charles Aránguiz, Alexis Sánchez, Jean Beauséjour, Jorge Valdivia, and Eduardo Vargas. These players have helped paced the national team into the Knockout stages for their third straight run in the World Cup. Four years ago in South Africa, they were knocked out of the tournament by Brazil, 3-0.

Brazil and Chile will meet in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, June 28 at 12 p.m. ET from Estádio Mineirão. The facility originally opened in 1965 and was renovated in 2012. It can seat more than 57,000 fans and has seen at least 56,800 in each of the three games it has hosted thus far this World Cup. When the home team takes the pitch on Saturday to take on Chile, it will be a packed house filled with locals looking to continue the excitement that is the World Cup.

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