The round of 16 ended with America bowing out to Belgium in extra time. Argentina also moved on in the last day, sending Switzerland back home in a match that required an extra 30 minutes to determine a winner. That leaves eight countries standing and three rounds to go until the World Cup is awarded on July 13th. In the BISERGS Brian Markwood had the biggest day, as the owner of both Belgium and Argentina. He jumped up to 12th place with 7.25 points on the day and looks ready to move into the top ten in the next round. Krista and Rachel reentered the top 10 forcing both Sharleen and Annika off the list. Doug jumped from 8th into a tie for 3rd with Rick, the exact place they ended the group stages. With the loss of Switzerland and the USA, the BISERGS must say goodbye to James, Colinsboys and Josh.
Greg's 11 points were the most scored by anyone in the round of 16, followed by Rodrigo who was just 1/4 point behind for the 8 matches. Matt S. and Krista each scored 8.5 points in their attempt to keep pace with the leaders. Only Greg and Rodrigo have 3 teams remaining, while 10 BISERGSers have 2 teams left.
Tomorrow the World Cup restarts again with two quarterfinal matches. The first is an all European clash between France and Germany, which is followed by a South American battle between Brazil and Colombia. In the BISERGS, the matches are now worth 50% more than the previous rounds, so a win will earn 4.5 points and a goal .75 points. The points will increase further in the next two rounds, meaning there is still going to be plenty of movement on the BISERGS leader board. Greg and Rodrigo meet head to head in both matches, so it is a big day for the BISERGS. The following day will feature Argentina against Belgium and The Netherlands vs. Costa Rica.