World Cup Picks: Brazil vs. Chile, Colombia vs. UruguayThe Brazilians finally came to life against hapless Cameroon in the final group stage match. The Seleção got multiple goals from Neymar in the opening half and then opened up the match with second half goals from Fred and Fernando Luiz Roza.
World Cup Picks: United States vs. Germany, Portugal vs. Ghana, Belgium vs. South Korea, Russia vs. AlgeriaThe United States were 30 seconds away from their second consecutive win, six points, and an improbable position in the Round of 16. Then Cristiano Ronaldo happened.
World Cup Picks: Argentina vs. Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran, Switzerland vs. Honduras, France vs. EcuadorSometimes stupendous players make stupendous plays. Well, that's exactly what it took for Argentina to be spared from one of the most embarrassing draws in their history.
World Cup Picks: Italy vs. Uruguay, England vs. Costa Rica, Colombia vs. Japan, Ivory Coast vs. GreeceItaly seemed lost in their defeat at the hands of Costa Rica. They couldn't maintain possession of the ball, they couldn't figure out how to get Andrea Pirlo involved, and most importantly they couldn't stay onside.
World Cup Picks: Netherlands vs. Chile, Spain vs. Australia, Brazil vs. Cameroon, Croatia vs. MexicoThe Netherlands have been one of the most impressive sides through their first two group stage games.
World Cup Picks: USA vs. Portugal, Belgium vs. Russia, and South Korea vs. AlgeriaBelgium were not particularly impressive in their match against Algeria. They allowed the first goal of the match on a penalty early in the first half and didn't equalize and later go ahead until well into the second.
World Cup Picks: Argentina vs. Iran, Germany vs. Ghana, and Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Nigeria Argentina were far from their best in their opening match with Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were gifted an own goal three minutes into the match, and then got a much needed moment of brilliance from superstar Lionel Messi.
World Cup Picks: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast, Uruguay vs. England, and Japan vs. GreeceNo Falcao, no problem. Colombia were exquisite in their opener against Greece. An early goal set the tone and they continued the dominance through the entire 90 minutes.
World Cup Picks: Netherlands vs. Australia, Spain vs. Chile, and Croatia vs. CameroonThe Netherlands provided the most stunning upset of the first set of matches with their 5-1 drubbing of defending champions Spain.