The Round of 16 opened play on Saturday, and what a thrilling start to the knockout stage it proved to be.
First, the entire host nation was on pins and needles as Brazil squeaked by a dangerous Chile side on penalties:
👏👏👏 Júlio César pic.twitter.com/BOlrmXqeXm— Gisele Bündchen (@giseleofficial)June 28, 2014
Two hours later, a new King James was crowned as Colombia’s James (Ha-Mes) Rodriguez lifted his side to its first-ever World Cup quarterfinal appearance:
— LeBron James (@KingJames)June 28, 2014
What else made waves on social media as we embarked on the business end of the World Cup? Find out in our latest edition of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:”
Brazil surviving on penalties assured us that the World Cup would indeed be able to continue on past the Round of 16, which is good (Seriously, could you imagine if the Selecao crashed out this early? Mayhem).
Even better, Julio Cesar emerged as the unlikely hero. Yes, the Julio Cesar of Toronto FC, who was discarded by Queens Park Rangers. Oh, the beauty of the World Cup!
— Don Garber (@thesoccerdon)June 28, 2014
— Toronto FC (@torontofc)June 28, 2014
JULIO CESAR WORLD CUP OF @MLS— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)June 28, 2014
Damn Brazil’s goalie is gangster— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer)June 28, 2014
Julio Cesar too emotional to get the words out amid the tears. “That’ll show you, Harry Redknapp.” Or at least that’s what I think he said.— John Cross (@johncrossmirror)June 28, 2014
— 8bit-Football.com (@8bitfootball)June 28, 2014