They fought to the bitter end, but ultimately they had to make an early departure from the Netherlands. Chile, Colombia, Turkey and Ukraine went into the round of 16 with high hopes, but it was thus far and no further as their dreams of progressing to the quarter-finals were shattered. looks back at the four teams' downfalls.

Chile: Competitive for long periods
Chile bowed out in the round of 16 after an emphatic 3-0 defeat to hosts Netherlands, but the game was more even than the result suggests. An early Ryan Babel goal in the opening minutes did nothing to dampen the spirits of the South Americans and for long periods they competed on equal terms with the European side without creating any clear goalscoring opportunities. Only when the home side added a second did Jose Sulantay's team lose the will to win, allow their heads to drop and surrender all belief that they could stage a comeback against a strong Netherlands team. Chile may look back on an earlier defeat in the tournament, the 7-0 against Spain, as a turning point which sapped their confidence and ability to recover. However, Sulantay refused to berate his team despite the premature exit: "I am proud of my boys. They gave their best and could have pulled the game level until the Dutch scored their second."

Colombia: Argentina too strong
With three wins and no goals against, the Colombians were untouchable in the group stage and looked to be en route to victory against Argentina courtesy of a Harrison Otalvaro goal at the start of the second half. However, Colombia had not reckoned with the abilities of Lionel Messi and his Argentinean team-mates, the Albiceleste overturning the deficit for a 2-1 victory. Colombia's first defeat proved their last game of the tournament. Unlike the group games, where they recorded emphatic 2-0 victories over Italy, Canada and Syria, coach Eduardo Lara's men could only mount sporadic attacks through Wason Rentería and co., as Argentina intelligently stifled the Colombians' offensive play at the source. Lara remained upbeat despite the exit: "We came up against a strong Argentina team today, who took the ball from us a lot and always managed to find holes in our defence. All that remains is for me to congratulate our opponents and send my wishes that they represent South American football admirably."

Turkey: Spain a bridge too far
European Championship runners-up Turkey travelled to the Netherlands with lofty ambitions. The mood around the camp was one of optimism that the Turks had a genuine chance of clinching the title. However, after a 3-0 defeat to Spain in the round of 16, coach Senol Ustaomer's team had to concede that they were beaten by the better team. The Spanish side dictated the pace from the outset while Turkey failed to combine a collection of talented individuals into a cohesive unit. Turkey's only success of the tournament came against Panama, their other group games ending in a draw against Ukraine and defeat to China. "Spain played excellently, but we made two early mistakes that led to two goals. Then my players lost their concentration and it was difficult to find a way back into the game. But we lost to a great team who I believe will reach the final," admitted Ustaomer.

Ukraine: Out despite strong group showing
With five goals in the group stage, Oleksandr Aliiev was instrumental in firing Ukraine into the round of 16. Together with team-mate Artem Milevskyi, he was a constant source of peril for opponents. However, Nigeria came into the last 16 clash forewarned and succeeded in taming the Ukraine duo. The Eastern Europeans could not manage to release their danger men and, for the first time in the tournament, failed to score a goal. Coach Alexei Mikhailichenko's players knew they were out of luck when goalkeeper Musin erred for Nigeria's goal. Mikhailichenko knows exactly what his team must work on if they are to improve: "We scored seven goals in the group stage and that is fantastic. However, we also conceded a lot of goals in the tournament and that is not good enough. The foundation of all success is a strong defence. We have to be more solid at the back. Then we can go on the attack and think about goals and our play in the final third."