La Copa: Teams continue to qualify for the second stage

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Daniela Gonzalez, Staff Writer, Webmaster

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Just fourteen days into the 20th FIFA Men’s World Cup, ten teams have officially qualified for the second stage, some are still undetermined, and quite a few have already been eliminated.

Surprisingly enough, a number of typically successful European favorites, such as Italy, England, and Spain, have been booted out in this first round, whereas various arguably underrated teams have made it through. Specifically, there appears to be a sort of Latin American “takeover” at this particular point in the Cup. Of the ten teams that have qualified to continue thus far, seven are Latin American. In contrast, only two are European, and one–Nigeria–is African.

Saturday, June 28th will be the first day of the Cup’s second stage, in which Brazil will play Chile, and Colombia will play Uruguay. These matches will go into overtime and penalty shootouts, if necessary, because a clear winner must be determined in order to proceed to the Quarter Finals. However, the list of sixteen continuing teams is still incomplete.

 

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