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World Cup live blog: June 28

The knockout round begins with Brazil vs. Chile at noon followed by Uruguay vs. Colombia at 4 p.m.

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Lineups: Brazil vs. Chile

Scott Allen
June 28, 11:27 am
  • Scott Allen June 28, 11:27 am

How They Got Here: Brazil and Chile

(Via Google)

(Via Google)

Brazil, which finished first in Group A, meets Chile, which finished second in Group B, in the first of two knockout round games today.

The host Brazilians defeated Croatia (3-1), tied Mexico (0-0) and defeated Cameroon (4-1) in the group stage round. Chile defeated Australia (3-1) and Spain (2-0) before losing to Netherlands (2-0).

Scott Allen
June 28, 11:33 am
  • Scott Allen June 28, 11:33 am

It's beautiful today. Watch Brazil vs. Chile outside.

I’ll be inside, updating this live blog throughout the day, so that you can enjoy the great outdoors.

If you’re looking for a place to watch today’s matches outside, here are some great options.

Scott Allen
June 28, 11:40 am
  • Scott Allen June 28, 11:40 am

Luis Suarez on bite: 'I lost my balance'

Luis Suarez, who was banned for nine matches and for four months by FIFA for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chilellini during a World Cup match on Tuesday, told FIFA’s disciplinary panel that his bite was not deliberate.

“In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite,” Suarez wrote in a letter dated June 25. “After the impact…I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth.”

Here’s a look at how Uruguay can regain its balance in the wake of Suarez’s suspension. (Hope your teeth are feeling better, dude.)

Scott Allen
June 28, 11:48 am
  • Scott Allen June 28, 11:48 am

Comparing Brazil and Chile's populations

Brazil,  with a population of more than 200 million, ranks second to the United States in population among the 16 teams in the knockout round. Chile (population 17,363,894) ranks 10th.

Here’s a look at the populations of the 16 countries still alive in the World Cup.

Scott Allen
June 28, 11:53 am
  • Scott Allen June 28, 11:53 am

Brazil is a heavy favorite against Chile

Scott Allen
June 28, 11:57 am
  • Scott Allen June 28, 11:57 am

Speaking of watching outside...

Copacabana Beach is the place to be.

Scott Allen
June 28, 12:00 pm
  • Scott Allen June 28, 12:00 pm

Front page of Brazilian newspaper includes flight times back to Chile

Troll on, Brazil. Troll on. If Chile wins, we look forward to the table of flights to Brazil for the quarterfinal round.

Scott Allen
June 28, 12:05 pm
  • Scott Allen June 28, 12:05 pm

Marcelo with a good chance for Brazil

The Brazilian defender ripped a shot from outside the penalty box that sailed just wide.

Scott Allen
June 28, 12:09 pm
  • Scott Allen June 28, 12:09 pm
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