With the World Cup 2014 matches progressing through almost half of the tournament, it’s easy to get an overview of what will happen during the final stage of the tournament.
Through Day 8, 14 of the 32 teams have played their second game in the group stage. During day 8, 14 out of the 32 teams have already reached the top 16 spots. Others, have been eliminated, including one team to have done so unexpectedly.
Brazil is still a safe bet to push beyond a Group A match despite incurring a loss against Mexico, even if Brazil has not played to its maximum potential during the tournament. Mexico maintains four points, influenced mainly by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa’s simultaneous goals in a scoreless draw.
“There’s no goalkeeper in a World Cup that has done what Ochoa did against Brazil,” Mexico manager
Miguel Herrera, was quoted as saying to a Guardian reporter. “Memo makes great saves and gives us a lot of security at the back.”
Although their winning potentials look good in the horizon, Mexico isn’t guaranteed to challenge out Croatia in a final group play match. Croatia leads the match by three points. If they triumph over Mexico, they’ll surely make it to the final elimination round.
Mario Mandzukic was the main player in Croatia to take his team on a winning streak against Cameroon, as reported by the ESPN stats and info, which in turn, keep track of the achievements and career milestones of World Cup players.