words_Nick Engvall

The round of sixteen in this year’s World Cup has raised the excitement level tremendously compared to the early stages. Every game seems to be filled with excitement and scoring attempts as the team’s battle with the “win or go home” mentality.

Heavy favorites, Brazil and Germany both came up with big wins in against their opponents in the round of sixteen. Germany handed England their worst ever loss and advancing to the final eight for the 15th consecutive World Cup, the longest streak in World Cup history. England seemed to struggle finding themselves as a team throughout the match, which seemed to be the theme for their entire 2010 World Cup. Germany will face Argentina, who defeated Mexico 3-1 on Sunday.

One of the most popular teams in the World Cup, Brazil, blanked Chile 3-0 behind goals from Juan, Luis Fabiano, and Robinho. The Brazilians will face off with Netherlands, who defeated Slovakia 2-1 in their match on Monday. Netherlands reaches the final eight for the first time since 1998, and for only the fifth time in their history.

Uruguay defeated South Korea and the US team suffered a disappointing loss to Ghana also. After living on the edge with comebacks throughout the first round action. The United States couldn’t find the magic, even with extra time. Ghana scored in extra time to win 2-1.

Tomorrow the final matches of the round of sixteen will take place. Spain will take on Portugul, and Japan will take on Paraguay with the winners facing each other in the next round.

Landon Donovan in the Nike CTR 360Landon Donovan in the Nike CTR 360

Jozy Altidore and John Mensah battle for possession.Jozy Altidore in the adidas F50 adiZero and John Mensah in the PUMA Power Cat 1.10 battle for possession.

Lionel Messi celebrates a goal for ArgentinaLionel Messi celebrates a goal for Argentina in the adidas F50 adiZero Chameleon colorway.

Carlos Tevez cheers on his teammates for ArgentinaCarlos Tevez cheers on his teammates for Argentina in the Nike CTR 360.

England's Wayne RooneyEngland’s Wayne Rooney in the Nike T90 Laser.

Miroslav Klose and Thomas Mueller of GermanyGerman’s Miroslav KloseĀ  in the Nike T90 Laser and Thomas Mueller in the adidas F50 adiZero, celebrate a goal.

Thomas Mueller in the adidas F50 adiZeroThomas Mueller in the adidas F50 adiZero celebrate his second goal, he’s the youngest player since Pele to do so in the round of sixteen.

Arjen Robben of NetherlandsArjen Robben of Netherlands in the adidas F50 adiZero (leather).

Dirk Kuyt of NetherlandsDirk Kuyt of Netherlands in the adidas Predator X.

Wesley Sneijder of NetherlandsWesley Sneijder of Netherlands in the Nike T90 Laser.

Robinho of Brazil celebratesRobinho of Brazil celebrates in the Nike Superfly.

Kaka of Brazil is challenged by Mauricio Isla of ChileKaka of Brazil in the adidas adiPure III, is challenged by Mauricio Isla of Chile in the adidas F50 adiZero.