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5 things: What to watch for at the World Cup on Sunday

By Ben Brumfield, CNN
updated 2:44 PM EDT, Sun June 29, 2014
The Costa Rican national team celebrates after defeating Greece in a penalty shootout during a World Cup game in Recife, Brazil, on Sunday, June 29. This elimination round game ended with a final score of 1-1. Costa Rica pulled out a win in a penalty kick shootout with a score of 5-3. The Costa Rican national team celebrates after defeating Greece in a penalty shootout during a World Cup game in Recife, Brazil, on Sunday, June 29. This elimination round game ended with a final score of 1-1. Costa Rica pulled out a win in a penalty kick shootout with a score of 5-3.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Brazil has reason to party after its team squeaked past Chile
  • Offensive powerhouse Netherlands face Mexico's nearly airtight defense Sunday
  • Guess who has always won when Algeria has played Germany in the past?
  • Everybody loves Colombia and James Rodriguez

(CNN) -- Who would have thought it? Team Brazil just scraping by in a cliffhanger penalty kick shootout.

But from here on out, where every game means somebody's going home, there's a 12th man on the field, a true equalizer -- roaring determination.

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And it nearly snatched victory for Chile.

But Brazil's dream of winning a World Cup on its own soil has survived.

It meets Colombia in the quarterfinals after it sent Uruguay home to join striker Luis Suarez, whom FIFA suspended for biting an Italian player last week.

That may have cost Uruguay the game, but at the same time, Colombia has hit the World Cup like a whirlwind, and fans are swooning for their stand-out midfielder James Rodriguez. He has shot half of Colombia's total 10 goals in the tournament so far.

Newby fans of Team USA soccer who left the television on over the weekend instead of waiting for America's faceoff with Belgium on Tuesday, must certainly have caught footy fever from Saturday's exhilarating matches.

More to come, in the Round of 16 knockout matches -- see viewing times and channels below. Also included: a nice treat at bottom. Here's what to watch for:

1. Hangovers

They may be epidemic in Brazil after the celebration parties. Three factors are at work here:

A. It was a Saturday night.

B. Brazil won.

C. Duh, it's Brazil during World Cup.

But Brazil fans have a lot of time to recover from the party, since Brazil doesn't play again until Friday. If they win that quarterfinal match against Colombia, get ready of a repeat of last night.

In the meantime, fans can take in two games on Sunday while vegging in front of the TV.

2. Offense vs. Defense

Netherlands vs. Mexico, noon ET Sunday, ESPN and Univision

The Dutch players could easily be mistaken for a road repair crew if they wear their hunter-orange jerseys on Sunday. But the color should be taken seriously as a symbol of how on fire they are.

They have shot the most goals in group play at this year's World Cup -- 10, topping Germany and Brazil, which had seven each.

They dominated their group, roundly stomping reigning world champ Spain 5-1 in their first game.

But offense isn't everything, as Mexico's team will attest. They practically put a brick wall in front of their goal during group play, allowing just one ball to get in. They held Brazil to a 0-0 tie.

All they need to do now is score more. Javier Hernandez might just have it in him. He's been quite a goal-getter in the past.

And Dutch fans certainly make an impression parading down Brazil's streets in those bright jerseys.

3. Feels like the first time

Costa Rica vs. Greece, 4 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN and Univision

They've never met before, FIFA says. Not once. And at the World Cup, this is only Costa Rica's third appearance, and only Greece's second.

Costa Rica has shot twice as many goals so far as Greece, while allowing only one and putting away major contenders Italy and Uruguay.

Sound like Greece is the underdog? FIFA ranks the team 12th in the world and Costa Rica 28th.

4. Line-dance craze

Colombia has not only won each of its games so far, it has also won the hearts of millions of fans.

The spirit of the team's play, the scoring surge by Rodriguez. But crowds also love Colombia's signature celebration group dance. If Colombia continues its winning streak, it may catch on.

Watch for it in a disco near you.

Click the pic to play!

5. Monday reality checks

What betting odds would you give on these Round of 16 matches coming up Monday?

* First, France vs. Nigeria. France has won a previous World Cup title, has shot eight goals in group play and is currently ranked 17 in the world. Nigeria has shot only three goals in the tournament and is ranked 44th.

* Second, Germany vs. Algeria. Germany has three previous World Cup titles and is ranked 2nd globally behind Spain, which lost in group play -- making Germany the top team left in this year's cup. Algeria has never won a World Cup title, has only even participated three times and is ranked 22nd globally.

Com'on. Pony up that those odds. No? Already know you're in for a surprise, eh?

You're right. France has yet to beat Nigeria. They've met once before, and Nigeria won. And -- saving the best for last -- Germany has lost to Algeria both times they went toe-to-toe. Algeria has four goals from those two meets to Germany's one.

But Germans believe in their team and are gearing up for them to go all the way. It has spawned a flurry of homemade online music videos, each one worse than the next -- all in good fun.

The real fave seems to be by 15-year-old Fritz, a singer without finesse but full of gawky charm, braces and all.

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