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World Cup knockout round schedule and notes

The Round of 16 begins Saturday in Russia

June 29, 2018 - 4:16 pm

It was shocking to many to see the defending world champs are already out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Germany was eliminated in the group stage on Wednesday, leaving teams like Brazil and Spain as the favorites to win soccer's most illustrious tournament. After an off day on Friday, the Round of 16 begins on Saturday in Russia.

Here's the schedule for the knockout round games.

Saturday, June 30th 

  • France vs. Argentina - 10 a.m.
    • Argentina has gone past the first round 12 of the past 13 appearances.
    • France has only given up 5 shots on net through three games.
  • Uruguay vs. Portugal - 2 p.m.
    • Uruguay is undefeated in the World Cup thus far, winning all three of their games played.  
    • Uruguay has still yet to allow a goal during this span. Portugal has one win during the Cup
    • Portugal could be haunted by their draw in Game 3 of the World Cup, forcing them to finish second in Group B.

Sunday, July 1st 

  • Spain vs. Russia - 10 a.m.
    • Spain is looking to become two-time winners in this tournament, last winning in 2010. 
    • Russia has been stable throughout the first three games, winning two and losing only one. 
  • Croatia vs. Denmark - 2 p.m.
    • Croatia has yet to lose a game in the World Cup so far, going 3-0.  
    • Denmark is not too far behind as they have won one and drew two games in the first three. 
    • Croatia and Denmark have an even history as each team has won twice and the other has been a draw. 

Monday, July 2nd

  • Brazil vs. Mexico - 10 a.m.
    • Mexico started the tournament off with two impressive wins, but got blown out of the second half of their final game.
    • Mexico looks to bounce back after a tough 3rd game in the Cup. 
    • Brazil is expected to be the favorites for this matchup as Neymar and Brazil look to climb their way to the top.
  • Belgium vs. Japan - 2 p.m.
    • Belgium remains undefeated heading into the round of 16 as they went 3-0 during the first three matches. 
    • Japan slipped through into the next round, going 1-1-1 in three games. 


Tuesday, July 3rd

  • Sweden vs. Switzerland - 10 a.m.
    • Sweden has been great defensively during their first three games as they have won two and lost one through their first three. 
    • Switzerland has have won one game and drawn two.
    • Switzerland have lost only one of their last 20 games.
  • Colombia vs. England - 2 p.m.
    • Each team enters this game with two wins and one loss through their first three games. 
    • England hopes to bounce back after losing their third game of the tournament.  
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