Your withdrawal symptoms should start to lift right about now after Friday’s rest day and the round of 16 bursts into action quicker than a Fifa disciplinary committee confronted with the words ‘biting’ & Luis Suarez’.
World Cup 2014 is reaching the business end so you can give up caring how Iran did as three more games will see two teams back at the Estádio Maracanã on the second Sunday in July and there’s a good chance the hosts could be one of them – despite their patchy form to date.
Chile’s record against their more illustrious South American neighbours leaves them with an inferiority complex to overcome while Colombia v Uruguay could keep the local A&E busy if their qualifying smash-ups are anything to go by.
Here’s Saturday’s bite-size wrap.
Brazil v Chile | Belo Horizonte | 5pm
- Brazil haven’t been beaten in their last 12 internationals by Chile and ran out 3-0 winners when they met at South Africa 2010.
- The hosts topped Group A by winning two and drawing one of their three games – even with Fred & Hulk playing.
- Chile were the second-highest scoring side in South American qualifying and have hit the onion sack five times in the group stages.
Colombia v Uruguay | Rio | 9pm
- These sides met four times in qualifying with Uruguay winning three and Colombia recording a sole win.
- Those games produced 11 goals (2-0,4-0,3-1,0-1), 11 yellow cards and two early baths.
- The one game that biter-in-chief Luis Suarez missed though saw Colombia hammer Los Charrúas 4-0.
- Manchester United’s rebuilding took another step forward after they went all One Direction and made Southampton left-back Luke Shaw the most expensive teenager in British football after his £31m to Old Trafford.
- But in an irony that won’t be lost on the rest of the Premier League, trainee left-back Alexander Büttner has left for Dynamo Moscow to “play European football and win trophies”.
- And as Luis Suarez returned to a hero’s welcome at Montevideo airport – Liverpool’s “careful and considered response” on what to do with their star striker could be to set the bar at £80m if Barcelona want to prise him away from Anfield.