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​World Cup: Final World Cup power rankings after group play

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By ALEC KLEYER
XN Sports

Guaranteed there are few people in the world who predicted Costa Rica to win their group; a group consisting of Italy, Uruguay and England. Costa Rica defied tremendous odds with a win against Italy and Uruguay. They finished off an unbeaten run with a tie against England in their last game of the group stages.

Now Costa Rica heads into the round of 16 against a below average Greece side that can easily be beaten.

Defending champions Spain finally bagged a few goals and ended the tournament on a better note. They played youngsters and fresh faces in their final game and showed off their bright future. But, how bright will it be?

Guess what else happened. Yep, Suarez got hungry. This is not the first, not the second, but the third cannibalistic act of the Uruguayan. Uruguay will surely miss him when they face Colombia in the round of 16.

The updated power rankings include Suarez's absence.

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​World Cup: Final World Cup power rankings after group play

3. Netherlands (2)

Like France and Germany, the Dutch boast a very dangerous offense. They have scored the most goals out of any team in the tournament so far with 10 goals. They have remained decent at the back with only three goals conceded. They stunned the world with a 5-1 thrashing of Spain and then finished off the perfect start with a 2-0 win against Chile to seal the group. They are defying expectations with their fairly old lineup.

Shots on goal per total shot: 80%

Possession: 43.7%

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

4. Brazil (9)

Brazil has bounced back offensively with a 4-1 win over Cameroon. Neymar rediscovered his scoring touch and Brazil looks like decent favorites to make a deep run in the cup. Brazil scored seven and only conceded two. A good goal differential heading into the round of 16.

Shots on goal per total shot: 74%

Possession: 55%

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

5. Colombia (6)

Even without their top scorer in Falcao, Colombia still managed to pull off nine goals in three matches. They’re goal scoring form is tremendous and Uruguay’s poor defense will face their wrath in the round of 16 matchup. Colombia also has a great defense and have only let in two goals so far.

Shots on goal per total shot: 69%

Possession: 43.7%

(Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

6. Chile (4)

Alexis Sanchez is lighting up the storm with his wonderful form. Chile looks like a decent contender but face a tough opponent in the first round of knockout stage against Brazil. This matchup will surely be an interesting one, and possibly high scoring.

Shots on goal per total shot: 56%

Possession: 56.7%

(GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

7. Belgium ( – )

Belgium needs to pick up their goal scoring if they want to make a deep run in this tournament. They have only scored four in three games but their defense led them to a sweep of their group. With only one goal conceded, Belgium boasts one of the strongest back lines in the tournament.

Shots on goal per total shot: 65%

Possession: 55.7%

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

11. Uruguay (12)

No Luis Suarez, no goals. Uruguay has scored a total of four goals this tournament and two of them belong to national hero Suarez. With the ban for biting Italian defender Chiellini, Uruguay is left to reminisce how poorly they played without him against Costa Rica. Colombia will embarrass this weak Uruguayan side in all likelihood.

Shots on goal per total shot: 61%

Possession: 45.7%

(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

19. Ivory Coast (16)

SOGPTS: 64%

Possession: 55.7%

(Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

24. Russia (22)

SOGPTS: 59%

Possession: 49.3%

(Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

25. Greece (27)

SOGPTS: 50%

Possession: 44%

(Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

26. Bosnia & Herzegovina ( – )

SOGPTS: 62%

Possession: 54.7%

(Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

29. Iran (28)

SOGPTS: 55%

Possession: 34%

(Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)

30. Australia (29)

SOGPTS: 52%

Possession: 43.7%

(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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