The first rounds of matches are over, and the World Cup knockout stages are upon us as the level of competition steps up a notch
The last 16 teams will play their knockout matches from Saturday 30 June to Tuesday 3 July. On each day of football, one match will kick-off at 3pm and the other match at 7pm.
Teams that reached last 16
- Uruguay (winners of Group A)
- Russia (runners-up in Group A)
- Spain (winners of Group B)
- Portugal (runners-up in Group B)
- France (winners of Group C)
- Denmark (runners-up in Group C)
- Croatia (winners of Group D)
- Argentina (runners-up in Group D)
- Brazil (winners in Group E)
- Switzerland (runners-up in Group E)
- Sweden (winners in Group F)
- Mexico (runners-up in Group F)
- Belgium (winners in Group G)
- England (runners-up in Group G)
- Colombia (winners in Group H)
- Japan (runners-up in Group H)
Round of 16 Fixtures
Saturday June 30
France vs Argentina – 3pm kick-off
Uruguay vs Portugal – 7pm kick-off
Sunday July 1
Russia vs Spain – 3pm kick-off
Croatia vs Denmark – 7pm kick-off
Monday July 2
Brazil vs Mexico – 3pm kick-off
Tuesday July 3
Sweden vs Switzerland – 3pm kick-off
Belgium vs Japan
Colombia vs Englandb
So far at the World Cup, 118 goals have already been scored, 9 own goals and 24 penalties awarded. However, Russia 2018 has thus far been about quality and not quantity.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane leads the overall Golden Boot scoring charts with five goals.
Video assistant referee (VAR)
The controversial system still splits opinion with its use making its World Cup debut at this tournament, with more penalties awarded already (24) as there were in the whole of Brazil 2014 (13). The World Cup record, set in 2002, stands at 18.
Germany were knocked out of the first round for the first time since 1938 after conceding twice in injury time to South Korea.
Senegal becomes first to exit 2018 World Cup on FIFA Fair Play yellow card tiebreaker.
No African team made it through to the last 16.
The penalties so far:
Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal vs Spain (scored)
Antoine Griezmann for France vs Australia after VAR review (scored)
Miles Jedinak for Australia vs France (scored)
Lionel Messi for Argentina vs Iceland (missed)
hristian Cueva for Peru vs Denmark after VAR review (missed)
Luka Modric for Croatia vs Nigeria (scored)
Andras Granqvist for Sweden vs South Korea after VAR review (scored)
Ferjani Sassi for Tunisia vs England (scored)
Shinji Kagawa for Japan (scored)
Mohamed Salah for Egypt (scored)
Mile Jedinak for Australia after VAR review (scored)
Gylfi Sigurdsson for Iceland after VAR review (missed)
Eden Hazard for Belgium vs Tunisia after VAR review (scored)
Carlos Vela for Mexico vs South Korea (scored)
Harry Kane for England vs Panama (scored
Harry Kane for England vs Panama (scored)
Fahad Al Muwallad for Saudi Arabia vs Egypt (missed)
Fahad Al Muwallad for Saudi Arabia vs Egypt after VAR review (scored)
Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal vs Iran after VAR review (missed)
Karim Ansarifard for Iran vs Portugal after VAR review (scored)
Victor Moses for Nigeria vs Argentina after VAR review (scored)
Gylfi Sigurdsson for Iceland vs Croatia (scored)
Andreas Granqvist for Sweden vs Mexico (scored)
Bryan Ruiz for Costa Rica vs Switzerland (missed)
Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Spain has made him the oldest player to bag a hat-trick in the World Cup at 33 years
Four goals have been scored from direct free kick.
Holders’ performances at recent World Cups
Year, Winner, and Four years later…
France winner in 1998 Bottom of Group A with one point. 2002
Brazil winner in 2002 Beaten by France in quarter-finals 2006
Italy winner in 2006 Bottom of Group F with two points. 2010
Spain winer in 2010 Third in Group B with three points. 2014
Germany winner in 2014 Bottom of Group F with three points. 2018
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