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Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Brazil Fight As World Cup Enters Knock-Out Stages

The 2018 World Cup which is ongoing in Russia enters into the knock out stages as men have been separated from the boys in the group stage.

Unfortunately, Africans would not be participating in the knockout phase of the mundial.

Poor display and lack of cohesion in defense hugely contributed to the failure of African countries.

Defending champion, Germany were kicked out of the tournament in the group stage after finishing bottom of the group.

The team that made it to the last 16 are Host country, Russia, France, Argentina, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Denmark, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Colombia, and England.

The fixture kicks-off today and countries would be fighting for a winner-takes-all glory.

Fixtures

France vs Argentina – Saturday, June 30 – 3pm kick-off

Argentina would need to up their ante if they are to take anything out of the game against France. Messi and his team qualified off the hook as they had to wait until the last group game against Nigeria to seal their qualification.

France finished at the top of their group and would expect to come out victorious against the Argentines.

Prediction: FRANCE WINS

Uruguay vs Portugal – Saturday, June 30 – 7pm kick-off

Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal put up an excellent display as they held Spain 3-3 in their first match of the tournament to tell the world they are ready for the contest.

Uruguay, who topped Group A would be a tricky test for Ronaldo and his team and Suarez would be looking to add to his tally in the competition.

Prediction: URUGUAY WINS

Russia vs Spain – Sunday, July 1 – 3pm kick-off

The host country would be hoping to capitalize on the slackness of Spain to cause an upset by sending the Spaniards home.

Spain, after qualifying through the hard way has to increase their game if they are to come out victorious against the Russians.

Prediction: RUSSIA WINS

Croatia vs Denmark – Sunday, July 1 – 7pm kick-off

Croatia shocked the football world with their 3-0 win over Argentina and topped Group D ahead of Nigeria and Iceland.

Denmark would need to put their all into the game if they are to expect anything from the game.

Prediction: CROATIA WINS

Brazil vs Mexico – Monday, July 2 – 3pm kick-off

Neymar and the Brazil team bounced back from their draw in the first game to win Group E and would need to maintain their run if they want to go far in the mundial.

Mexico, a youthful side would sit back and hit their opponent at the counter.

Prediction: BRAZIL WINS

Belgium vs Japan Monday, July 2 -7pm kick-off

The Belgians have been performing well in the tournament and are part of the favourites to reach the final in Russia.

Japan has a high mountain to climb and have to play an all-attack all defend formation if they are to cause an upset and progress to the next stage.

Winner: BELGIUM WINS

Sweden vs Switzerland – Tuesday, July 3 – 3pm kick-off

Sweden has been performing well so far in the tournament and has put themselves in the centre of the tournament.

Switzerland is not only looking to progress but would hope to win comfortably as they are aiming high in the competition.

Prediction: SWITZERLAND WINS

Colombia vs England – Tuesday, July 3 7pm kick-off

The Three Lions have been rated high in the tournament and have been at the top of their game.

Colombia would need to be clinical at the front if they would expect anything in the match.

Prediction: ENGLAND WINS

Winners would be playing quarterfinals of the mundial on the 6th and 7th of July in Russia.

 

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