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World Cup Teams Prepare for Round of 16

  • Algeria's Islam Slimani scores past Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev at the Baixada arena in Curitiba, June 26, 2014.
  • Russia's Alexander Kokorin heads the ball into the net as Algeria's Rais Mbolhi (goalkeeper), Essaid Belkalem (4) and Rafik Halliche (5) watch at the Baixada arena in Curitiba, June 26, 2014.
  • Algeria's Abdelmoumene Djabou celebrates with his teammates after tying Russia at the Baixada arena in Curitiba, June 26, 2014.
  • South Korea's Hong Jeong-ho (20) fights for the ball with Belgium's Kevin Mirallas at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo, June 26, 2014.
  • Belgium's Jan Vertonghen scores against South Korea at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo, June 26, 2014.
  • A soccer fan covers her face with a banner of a South Korean national flag while watching a live television broadcast after their team was defeated by Belgium in their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match, in Seoul, June 27, 2014.
  • Ghana's goalkeeper Fatau Dauda denies Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo with this tremendous save at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia, June 26, 2014.
  • A Portugal fan reflects the general mood of the crowd at a public screening in Lisbon, June 26, 2014.
  • Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first goal in World Cup competition against Ghana at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia, June 26, 2014.
  • German fans watch as their team play against the U.S. at the Fanmeile public viewing arena in Berlin, June 26, 2014.
  • Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. makes a save as Germany's Thomas Mueller looks on at the Pernambuco arena in Recife, June 26, 2014.
  • Germany's Thomas Mueller (unseen) scores past goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S.for the only goal of the game at the Pernambuco arena in Recife, June 26, 2014.
  • U.S. soccer fans celebrate making it to the Knockoff Round at a viewing party in Rio, Brazil, June 26, 2014. (Brian Allen/VOA)
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After more than a week of football play, the field is set for the World Cup's coveted round of 16, which starts Saturday with games featuring four South American teams.

Brazil will take on Chile in Belo Horizonte to start the second round, followed by a match between Colombia and Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro. Teams must now win to advance in this knockout stage. Ties are followed by two extra time periods and then, if needed, a shootout.

Belgium and Algeria advanced from Group H on Thursday, while Germany and the United States advanced from Group G.

Germany clinched fist place in Group G with Thursday's 1-0 win over the U.S. in Recife.  Belgium secured first place in Group H after defeating South Korea, 1-0, in Sao Paulo Thursday.

The Germans will open against Algeria on Monday in the round of 16. The Algerians tied Russia, 1-1, on Thursday in Curitiba and finished second in Group H with four points.

Belgium will play against the U.S. on Tuesday. The U.S. and Portugal both finished with four points, but the U.S. won the tiebreaker with a goal difference of three better than Portugal in the three group matches.

Suarez banned

Uruguay's national soccer team player Luis Suarez, June 23, 2014.Uruguay's national soccer team player Luis Suarez, June 23, 2014.
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Uruguay's national soccer team player Luis Suarez, June 23, 2014.
Uruguay's national soccer team player Luis Suarez, June 23, 2014.

​In other news, football's governing body, FIFA, has banned Uruguayan player Luis Suarez from nine international matches and four months of any soccer activity for biting an Italian player during Tuesday's World Cup match.  He was also fined $112,000 for the incident.

Television replays show Suarez biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder.  Officials have suspended Suarez twice before in club play for biting opposing players and once for using racially abusive language.

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