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World Cup: Updated FIFA World Cup Power Rankings After Round Of 16

By ALEC KLEYER
XN Sports

The last 16 of the World Cup turned into the elite eight on Tuesday and the power rankings are stirring up. Much of it hasn't changed, partly because 16 other teams haven't played.

France grabbed two late goals against Nigeria and retook the number one spot on the power rankings.

Germany struggled against a poor Algerian team and nearly lost all of its World Cup reputation. They had to go into extra time, where they dominated over the African side.

Netherlands beat Mexico in a thriller that almost saw the Dutch lose their high hopes. Robben won a late penalty and Huntelaar converted it.

Costa Rica had an easy opponent in Greece but the matchup was still tough. Greece had a substantial amount of shots on goal but Navas, keeper for Costa Rica, kept most of them out. He was truly man of the match.

Argentina and Belgium play the same way. They are extremely dangerous teams riding on first gear right now. They still have yet to reach their full potential and show what they really can do. They play each other in the quarter finals.

Last but not least are the hosts Brazil. They are showing signs of weaknesses on defense and that should worry coach Scolari. Heading into their match with a dangerous Colombian side, the Brazilian defense needs to step it up a few notches.

Here are the updated power rankings after the Round of 16.

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World Cup: Updated FIFA World Cup Power Rankings After Round Of 16

1. France (Last Week 2)

Shots on goal per total shot: 62%

Average Possession: 53.7%

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

2. Germany (1)

Shots on goal per total shot: 70%

Possession: 59.8%

(Photo by Metin Pala/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

3. Colombia (5)

Shots on goal per total shot: 72%

Possession: 46.3%

(Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)

5. Argentina (8)

Shots on goal per total shot: 64%

Possession: 61%

(Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

6. Belgium (7)

Shots on goal per total shot: 68%

Possession: 53.5%

(Photo by Ibrahim Yakut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

9. Chile (5)

Shots on goal per total shot: 50%

Possession: 45%

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

16. England (18)

Shots on goal per total shot: 49%

Possession: 54.3%

(Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

17. Spain (19)

Shots on goal per total shot: 66%

Possession: 56%

(Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24: Ismael Diomande of the Ivory Coast (L) enters the game for Didier Drogba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Greece and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Castelao on June 24, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

21. Ghana (15)

Shots on goal per total shot: 41%

Possession: 49%

(Photo by Dennis Grombkowski - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

22. Greece (27)

Shots on goal per total shot: 52%

Possession: 47%

(Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

23. Algeria (25)

Shots on goal per total shot: 59%

Possession: 41%

(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

25. Russia (22)

Shots on goal per total shot: 59%

Possession: 49.3%

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

26. Bosnia & Herzegovina ( – )

Shots on goal per total shot: 62%

Possession: 54.7%

(Photo by Ibrahim Yakut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

29. Iran (28)

Shots on goal per total shot: 55%

Possession: 34%

(Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Henri Bedimo of Cameroon shows his dejection after losing the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Brazil at Estadio Nacional on June 23, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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