The FIFA World Cup 2018 is moving into the knockout phase. Thirty-two teams have been whittled down to just 16. The tournament is now in the serious phases as one loss will send a national back home.
Four matches will take place in the round of 16 on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. Several of the tournament’s favorites will be in action. Will they be able to continue their journey to the World Cup trophy or will they be sent packing?
FIFA World Cup Saturday, June 30
Uruguay vs. Portugal
Uruguay showed just how good it can be in its final group stage match. The South Americans dispatched Russia 3-0. It was the first time the side got out of first gear and it was a dominant performance. Portugal is only as good as star player Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese have shown an inability to defend throughout the tournament. The team gave up four goals in the group stage.
France vs. Argentina
Argentina is lucky to still be in the World Cup tournament. The Argentines have been poor throughout the tournament and got through thanks to a late goal from Marcos Rojo against Nigeria. The South Americans will take on one of the tournament’s favorites France in the round of 16. France has so much talent it is embarrassing. However, manager Didier Deschamps hasn’t been able to get the best out of his players. They have looked sluggish and unable to work together. France should finally get going now and humiliate Argentina in the process.
FIFA World Cup Sunday, July 1
Spain vs. Russia
Spain is struggling and nearly went out in its final group game. However, a come from behind draw against Morocco ensured the team moved on to the round of 16. Russia started well against poor opponents Egypt and Saudi Arabia. However, the hosts came crashing to the ground with a 3-0 loss to Uruguay in their final group stage game. The Russians will have difficulty stopping the much more talented Spanish team. Spain striker Diego Costa will have his way with the Russian defense.
Croatia vs. Denmark
Croatia has been the most exciting team at this year’s World Cup. The Croatians have been good all over the pitch and their 3-0 demolition of Argentina showed just how good they are this summer. Croatia gave up one goal while scoring seven in the group stage. Denmark, on the other hand, scored just two goals. The Danes weren’t great in the group stage. The team has far-less talent than Croatia, but talisman Christian Eriksen could sway things in Denmark’s way like he did against Australia in group stage match 2.
P.S. Upgrade to Zcode VIP Club and Unlock All Winning Picks. Instant Access.