All eight of the Round of 16 matches were tightly contested, and provided some colorful kit matchups. We’re watching out for Who Wore What for the victors in a preview for the Quarterfinals set to kick off this weekend.
The host nation Brazil outlasted South American rival Chile in the first match of the Round of 16 on Saturday. The match had to be decided in a penalty shootout, where the composure of the five-time World Cup champions showed through in a 1-1, 3-2 win. Brazil, with longtime technical supplier Nike, wore canary yellow shirts with white socks and shorts.
They’ll be facing one of the hottest revelations in this World Cup, Colombia and the soon to be 23 year old Monaco striker James (pronounced “HAHM-ez”) Rodríguez. In the second half of the South American Saturday doubleheader in the Round of 16, James scored a brace in Colombia’s 2-0 victory over Uruguay. Colombia were in adidas gear, and also had a yellow/white/white combination, but featured blue and red details.
Sunday’s opener had Netherlands dramatically come from behind to break the hearts of El Tri fans everywhere. An 88′ goal from Wesley Sneijder, followed by a penalty scored at the last minute from Klaas Jan Huntelaar sealed Mexico’s fate 2-1. The victorious Dutch were monochrome in orange, with kits supplied from Nike.
Surprising Costa Rica awaits them in the Quarterfinal round. The lone CONCACAF survivor in this World Cup, Los Ticos are also the only nation in this World Cup whose kits are supplied by Lotto. They wore their all white kits, designated as the away kit, against the designated away team in this matchup, Greece. Costa Rica would advance 1-1, 5-3 on penalties.
Monday’s intense Europe vs. Africa doubleheader started with France’s big win over Nigeria in the nation’s capitial, Brasilia. The French showed their class with their equally elegant white and navy blue Nike away kit, with the gray “Marinière” hooped pattern, defeating the Super Eagles 2-0.
Mighty European neighbors Germany are knocking next for the French in the Quarterfinals. Die Mannschaft, in pursuit of World Cup title #4, were challenged by Algeria for over 120 minutes. In the end, however, Germany would prevail 2-1 after extra time. The Germans were in their adidas all-white kits for this match, with the three tones of red trim signifying “Young Germany.”
Finally, Tuesday’s matches opened up with Argentina facing Switzerland. Lionel Messi and the Argentines were pushed into extra time, but came up with the winning goal in the second period, and are moving on after a tightly contested 1-0 victory. Adidas-clad Argentina wore all-white, with the well-known white with sky blue striped jersey.
Belgium awaits their South American opponent in the last match in this World Cup’s Top 8. The Red Devils displayed an attacking barrage on a very valiant United States, with 39 shots total, but would only come away with a 2-1 win after extra time. The Belgians are also the only World Cup client of Switzerland-based BURRDA. They wore their home red monochrome kits with black and yellow trim.
The tension mounts even further as we are all set for the quarterfinal round in this World Cup. With the world watching, who will continue to impress, and who will falter? The competition will become even tighter from here, in what will be a very dramatic third act to this World Cup story. It’s not too late to snag World Cup gear from WorldSoccerShop.com, the largest seller of soccer apparel in the U.S., is the source for everything you need for the World Cup!