Round of 16 reflected fierce competition from the contenders. Chile, Uruguay, Nigeria, Algeria, Mexico, Greece, Switzerland and the United States have been knocked out. Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Costa Rica, Argentina and Belgium shall proceed to the next round and battle in the quarter finals.
Relive the eye-catching moments from Round of 16. We proudly present to you the most dazzling Round of 16 moments.
Dodging the Defense Moment
Many criticize Neymar’s style to shoot a penalty. They even mock him for his bizarre style. But, I must say, no matter how strange his style is. He definitely knows how to mess with goalkeeper’s head.
Neymar’s unique style to shoot for penalty especially his foot movement has scored many crucial goals for Brazil. Thus, Round of 16 dodging the defense moment goes to Neymar’s penalty shoot against Chile.
Round of 16 – Best Goal
Many tried to score for their team in the Round of 16. With no chances left to be availed, Round of 16 was the critical phase of the tournament requiring maximum chances to be cashed. Many succeeded, many failed but this goal is the best scored in the Round of 16 so far.
Best Booty Shake
Everyone has a style of celebration but nothing beats this Colombian booty shake – celebrating the first goal against Uruguay in the Round of 16.
The Most Ludicrous Social Media Moment
In the Round of 16, France defeated Nigeria and progressed to the quarter finals. To seize the moment, France scored 2 outstanding goals against Nigeria. I was wondering what could have been the moment worth mentioning here.
The goals were pretty good but there wasn’t anything special about them. I was bragging about the team I supported like any other soccer fans and a Twitter junkie and then I saw this:
— Dan Ahdoot (@standupdan) June 30, 2014
I’m not sure if all of you understood what the meant to emphasize here. Referring team’s abbreviation as an N-Word – now that’s something comical to find on social media these days.
The Most Absurd Free Kick
The smart way to cash in the free kick is to confuse opponent’s defense especially the goal keeper with some pseudo moves. You might have seen one or two players attempting to go for a free kick before the real man comes in to avail the chance. But what Germany did in Round of 16, it was the most absurd free kick I have ever seen.
Many would say that he was faking it. But, as far as I can tell, I see a man stumble in the midst of a free kick attempt. By all means, this is the most absurd free kick of FIFA Round of 16.
Dive of the Day
Netherlands’ Robben wins Dive of the Day award of FIFA Round of 16. I’m talking about a controversial penalty awarded to Netherlands which turned out to be the game changing moment.
After the match was set, Robben admitted that he overreacted and dived against the tackle of Mexican defense.
Robben added that he might have overreacted but Netherlands deserved penalty as it was an obvious foul. The decision still remains controversial though as many criticize Robben’s reaction.
The Most Emotional Reaction
The most emotional moment and reaction in FIFA Round of 16 matches was Huntelaar’s penalty against Mexico and aftermath. After missing many chances for a goal, Huntelaar had almost lost all hope in him. But, the captain did not.
After receiving a penalty, the chance was given to Huntelaar to shoot for the goal. Huntelaar successfully cashed the chance and scored a goal for Netherlands.
His goal celebration refers to the most emotional reaction of FIFA Round of 16.
Moment of the Most Complacent Defense
Moment of the most complacent defense goes to Greece. It was an epic battle between Costa Rica and Greece in the Round of 16. The match’s conclusion was to be decided via penalty shootout. Greece eventually lost the match to Costa Rica with 3 – 5 goals. However, this could have been avoided if Greece had put a slight effort to prevent the goal scored by Costa Rica.
Greece’s defense along with goal keeper’s reaction to the shoot was unbelievable. It seemed if they were shot by a stun gun or something. It was moment of the most complacent defense in the Round of 16.
Messi is the living legend and everyone knows it. Either he plays for Barca or his national team; he is the most dangerous forward to defend against. Switzerland knew it; thus, they came prepared. Entire defense of the team had marked Messi. As long as Messi had the ball, at least 4 players circled around him preventing every possible chance he might avail to score a goal.
The Most Tactical Free Kick
The most tactical free kick in the Round of 16 was executed by the United States. Though they lost the match against Belgium but the United States showed some great talent and skills in the arena. Here’s a glimpse to the sheer talent and tactical maneuvers executed by the United States to make the most of a free kick.