You don’t sleep, right? I know I don’t sleep. Who would sleep when they could stay up and watch the future stars of the beautiful game face one another into the wee hours of the night?
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At 3 am ET, three more places in the quarterfinal round will be booked, as the likes of Brazil, Germany, Uruguay and Portugal bid to join the United States, Serbia, Mali and Senegal as the final eight teams standing in New Zealand.
Brazil vs. Uruguay
Thursday, 3 am ET
Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth
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Brazil finished top of Group E, winning all three of their group games and amassing a +6 goal differential in the process. Meanwhile, their South American rivals were busy scraping their way out of Group D with a win, a loss and a draw (goal differential of 0). Somehow, just one Brazilian player, Judivan, has scored multiple goals in the tournament thus far, while not a single Uruguayan has bagged multiple goals.
Germany vs. Nigeria
Thursday, 3 am ET
Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
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What Brazil vs. Uruguay lacks in prolific goalscorers this tournament, Germany vs. Nigeria more than makes up for. Three Germans — Marc Stendera, Hany Mukhtar and Niklas Stark — scored three or more in the group stage as their side finished a perfect 3-for-3 (goal differential of +14). While the Germans were running through Group F unscathed, Nigeria were busy impressing as runners-up to Brazil in Group E. Taiwo Awoniyi, Saviour Godwin and Success Isaac all scored twice in the opening round.
Portugal vs. New Zealand
Thursday, 3:15 am ET
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
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Perfect were the unblemished winners of Group C (goal differential of +9), thanks to the goalscoring of Andre Silva (4), Nuno Santos (2) and Ivo (2). New Zealand finished third in Group A (goal differential of 0), behind Ukraine and the United States, on the back of five goals scored by five different players.