2018 FIFA World Cup: Final Teams Into The Last 16… Whos In?
The group stage for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is now over and done with and only 16 teams have made into the knockouts. Teams who finished First and Second in their respective groups will now face opponents in a different group.
For the first time in 36 years an African Nation hasn’t qualified for the next stage at the world cup with Senegal falling cruelly to the fair play rule.
In Part 1 – we took a look at the first four matches that will take place on June 30 and July 01.
We will now look at the remaining four matches that will take place on July 02 and July 03.
Last 16: Matches For Monday 2nd July 2018
(Check local TV listings for Kick-off Times)
Brazil vs. Mexico (18:00 SAMT)
The South America giant is one of the favourites to win the World Cup but they have been rather lacklustre during their group stage. Brazil have one of the best squads in the tournament and will look to Neymar Jr and Philippe Coutinho to get them into the quarter-finals. Mexico have not played as well as they would have liked and will need their strikers to deliver.
Belgium vs. Japan (21:00 MSK)
Japan is the only Asian team to have made it to the round of 16 and will have immense support when they take on Belgium. However, it is going to be difficult for Japan to defeat a classy Belgium team that includes the likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku. Japanese fans will be praying for Takashi Inui and Shinji Kagawa to work their magic and take Japan through to the quarter-finals.
Last 16: Matches For Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Sweden vs. Switzerland (17:00 MSK)
This will be one interesting match to watch as Scandinavian fans pack the stadium to support their teams. Sweden is buzzing with confidence after hammering Mexico 3-0 in their final group match but have a tough challenge as Switzerland has a better defence than Mexico. Bookies have Switzerland as the favorite and it will be up to Blerim Dzemaili, Xherdan Shaqiri and Josip Drmic to take the Swiss to the quarter-finals.
England vs. Colombia (21:00 MSK)
England finished second to Belgium after both teams chose to play their second string. Both team were guaranteed to qualify for the next stage. Despite a 1-0 loss they are considered the favourites against Colombia who will most likely miss the services of their star player James Rodriguez who suffered an injury. Harry Kane has been magnificent with 5 goals so far but England also needs the likes of Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck to also score.