Jun 21, 2014; Manaus, BRAZIL; Detailed view of an official FIFA World Cup soccer ball from Adidas at the Portugal press conference prior to team training at Arena Amazonia. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup Bracket update: France, Switzerland advance


Group E was wide open coming into Wednesday, any team could have advanced to the knockout round of the tournament. There was even a chance France, with six points, could have been eliminated, albeit it far-fetched.

Ultimately France held Ecuador to a scoreless draw to advance to the knockout round as winners of the group. They only needed one point and they got it, the red card from Antonio Valencia helped out a bit.

Switzerland and a hat-trick from Xherdan Shaqiri helped secure their spot in the knockout round as the runner-ups of Group F. That means they’ll face South American powerhouse Argentina in the “Round of 16,” while France will play Nigeria.

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Knockout Stage

Saturday, June 28
Round of 16, Brazil vs. Chile, 11:30 a.m. ET (ABC)
Round of 16, Colombia vs. Uruguay, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Sunday, June 29
Round of 16, Netherlands vs. Mexico, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Round of 16, Costa Rica vs. Greece, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Monday, June 30
Round of 16, France vs. Nigeria, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Round of 16, 1G vs. 2H, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Tuesday, July 1
Round of 16, Argentina vs. Switzerland, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Round of 16, 1H vs. 2G, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Friday, July 4
Quarterfinals, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
Quarterfinals, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Saturday, July 5
Quarterfinals, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
Quarterfinals, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Tuesday, July 8
Semifinals, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Wednesday, July 9
Semifinals, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Saturday, July 12
Third-place match, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sunday, July 13
Final, 2:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

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