World Cup: Chile-Netherlands qualify for round of 16Updated: 2014-06-19 13:56:47 (KST)
Adios, espanoles and viva Chile
As I mentioned on Wednesday -- two wins or, on the flip side, two losses in the group stage means you are certain to keep going or start packing your bags.
This was the case in Group B as two teams -- the Netherlands and Chile -- won their two games and are in the knockout round.
Spain, along with Australia, will be flying home after they play each other next week in a meaningless final group game.
The Chile side was just too strong for the defending champions making Spain look ordinary in a comfortable TWO-NIL win in Rio.
First half goals from Eduardo Vargas, who plays in Spain's La Liga for Valencia, and Charles Aranguiz put Chile in control and they never looked in danger of losing their lead.
Only two countries have ever won back-to-back World Cups. Italy, all the way back in the 1930s, and Brazil for the '58 and '62 World Cups.
It was a fierce game in the other Group B match with the Netherlands beating Australia THREE-TWO in a pulsating match.
Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben both scored in their second straight game.
In Group A -- Croatia cruised past Cameroon FOUR-NIL -- but remain in third place in the group behind Brazil and Mexico. The African team are eliminated.
With that said, let's take a look at where the teams stand in their groups, a week after the World Cup kicked off last Thursday.
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Now this year's World Cup is a goalfest we are seeing many more goals than we have seen in World Cups gone by.
An average of three goals have been scored per game so far raising the bar for the world's top strikers to win the golden boot in Brazil.
The current leaders are tied at 3 goals each - Germany's Thomas Muller who scored a hat trick in the first match against Portugal -- and the Netherland's Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben.
The Dutch squad have scored the most goals so far at 8 -- Chile is next with 5.
And the Brazuca -- the official match ball -- may just be the reason.
Kim Min-ji tells us more about the most advanced soccer ball yet.
In Team Korea's first match at the Brazil World Cup against Russia, forward Lee Keun-ho connected on a long range goal.
The ball seemed to be in grasp of the Russian goalkeeper, but bounced off his hands and found its way into the net.
The Brazuca -- the official match ball of the 2014 World Cup -- has been pointed to as a possible reason behind the Russian player's miscue.
It has deeper and longer seams, which contribute to its aerodynamics.
Its unique surface makes it less air resistant.
Therefore, offensive players will find it easier to roll the ball with greater speed and accuracy, while making it harder for goalkeepers to snare.
"Simply put, it is like a volleyball. It will be hard to catch if the goalkeeper doesn't have a sensitive reaction to the ball."
To prepare for the Brazuca, Team Korea used a smaller ball during training.
"I was able to enhance my concentration by using a smaller ball during training sessions. As I have to dive for the ball faster, it requires more agility."
The Brazuca has made the Brazil World Cup a high scoring affair.
There's been an average of three goals per match so far, a figure not seen in more than 40 years at a World Cup tournament.
Faster and stronger -- the Brazuca may indeed be a deciding factor in future matches.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
And here's a look at today's games -- first to kick off is the top two in Group C -- Colombia and Cote d'Ivoire.
Then comes the matches these teams will fight to win -- the bottom two of groups C and D.
That will be one, four and seven a.m. on a Friday morning here in Korea.
Let's hope the players give us another day to remember with goals, goals and more goals This has been Song Ji-sun with the latest on the World Cup
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