Finally, the first bracket is set! Brazil and Mexico will move on from Group A after their decisive wins today. They will face the winners of Group B, the Netherlands and Chile.
Since Brazil finished first, they will take on Group B’s second-place seed, Chile. Mexico, Group A’s second-place finisher, will face Group B’s champion, the Netherlands.
At this point previous scores and such are wiped clean and the tournament will play out in a standard bracket system.
The best news, perhaps? There will be no more draws. Each match’s decisive winner will move forward until there is only one left.
Brazil and Chile will play at noon on June 28.
The Netherlands and Mexico will play at noon on June 29.
With a decisive victory, including two goals from Neymar, Brazil clinched the top seed position in Group A and will face the second seed from Group B, Chile. Cameroon, meanwhile, finished at the bottom of the group.
Mexico had one heck of a day. One need only look at the team’s Coach Miguel Herrera (above) to see that. He literally jumped for joy. Multiple times. And it was awesome. Croatia, on the other hand, didn’t have a great day, although they got away with two handballs. It was the last-minute red card, however, that truly sealed the team’s fate and sad way to end their World Cup run. They, along with Cameroon, will be going home, while Mexico and Brazil will both go on to the tournament’s second round.
Whoops. Now Croatia must play out the rest of the match with just 10 men. It looks like they’ll have to settle for third place in the group, which, sadly for them, means they will not be moving on into the bracketed rounds.
Never say impossible. Ivan Perisic just put one in the net for Croatia. They’ll have to get three more in the next few minutes, however, to move on.
With this goal by Fernandinho, Brazil will now definitely clinch the top spot in Group A and go on to play Chile next.
Mexico is on fire right now! If they can clinch one more, Mexico will slide into the top spot from Group A to overtake Brazil.
Wow, just wow.
Neymar exits and Willian takes his place. This basically signals Brazil’s work is done. For Cameroon, Vincent Aboubakar went out and Edgar Salli went in. Cameroon still has one substitution left.