The 2018 FIFA World Cup is nearing the knockout stages as the group stage games are about to enter the last round. Heartbreaks, comebacks, last-minute winners, hat-trick heroes, demolitions, upsets, this World Cup has had almost everything in it so far. Not a single game of the 30 played has failed to produce at least a goal. The VAR has been in place to ensure no side gets a chance to blame the referee for their bad results. A total of 16 penalties have been awarded so far, 13 of which were converted. Not much hyped but the World Cup in Russia has been way better than expectations so far.
Looking at the qualified teams from every group, the only thing a fan can see are surprises. While the big guns like Germany, Brazil, and Argentina still wait for their last game to make it through to the next round, hosts Russia had a place booked for them in some emphatic manner. Which team will qualify and what are the chances for the big names to make it through are few of the questions that are hovering inside every football mind. To put an end to all those concerns, here is a clear picture of which side has qualified and which is the other team from their group that can join them.
Confirmed Teams for Round of 16
Russia, Uruguay, France, Croatia, Belgium, and England are the confirmed team for the knock out stage matches. We will be updating more teams n the coming days. Let’s check out each group with pre-quarter finals fixtures in details below.
The group that had hosts Russia clubbed alongside Uruguay, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia has pretty much a clear picture of how it will look like at the end of third round of group stage matches. As of now, the two teams to go through to the round of 16 have been qualified and here is how they got there.
The moment hosts Russia destroyed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opener, they had one step in the round of 16. They next played Egypt, the main challengers for them for that elusive round of 16 spots. In a tensed game that remains deadlocked in the first half, it looked like Egypt will have the last laugh. However, it was not to be as Egypt’s captain Ahmed Fathy conceded an own goal that sparked a triplet of goals for the Russians as the match ended 3-1 in favour of the hosts. That win guaranteed them a spot in the round of 16 and keeps them on top of Group A with a better GD than Uruguay.
Two close fought victories against Egypt and Saudi Arabia sees Uruguayans making it to the knockouts yet again. Despite looking rusty and undisciplined in both their games, Uruguay managed to scrape past their opponents with a 1-0 win on both occasions. Two games, two goals, and that were enough for them to book a place in the knockouts. They next play Russia in the Group A decider.
Surprisingly for so many people, no team has managed to confirm their progress to the next round from Group B. After two matches each, Spain, Portugal, and Iran remain well poised to see themselves go through. After losing both their games, Morocco has been knocked out. Talking about the probabilities, Portugal and Spain are both on 4 points and Iran on 3. Portugal takes on Morocco, while Spain and Iran go head to head to play a virtual knock out. For Portugal and Spain to qualify, a draw for both the sides will be enough. For Iran and Spain to qualify, Morocco needs to defeat Portugal and Spain, and Iran will need to play out a draw. For Portugal and Iran to win, a draw for Portugal and a win for Iran is all that is needed.
There is only one spot left from Group C and both Denmark and Australia will be fighting for it. While France has qualified with two wins from two games, Peru has been eliminated with two defeats from as many games. For Australia to qualify, they’ll have to beat Peru and hope France beats Denmark. On the other hand, a point will be enough for Denmark to go through. Take a look at how the only side has managed to qualify from Group C.
A rarity for France, they started the World Cup as probable favourites for many experts. They did live up to the billing by managing to win both their games and qualifying with certain ease. They defeated Australia 2-1 and then settled it up with a 1-0 win over Peru. They next face Denmark in their final group game.
The group that has shocked the whole world now faces its climax in a few days. After a draw and a defeat in their first two games, Argentina stands on the brink of exiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Even a win against Nigeria won’t be enough to see themselves through to the knockouts. For Argentina to qualify, they need to win against Nigeria and hope that Croatia draws or defeats Iceland. A win for Iceland and Argentina will have to win 4-0 at least to see themselves going through. A draw and it will be Nigeria celebrating their round of 16 spots. In such a tough group, one team has stood out and has managed to stamp their authority at the top of the table, here is how they did it.
Two wins, two clean sheets, and six crucial points have placed Croatia right on top of Group D. Toni Kroos and Ivan Rakitic have created some magic in the midfield that left both Argentina and Nigeria lurking for answers. After defeating Nigeria 2-0 in their opener, Croatia created the biggest upset in Russia. A 3-0 win over Argentina announced Croatia’s name on the biggest stage in some style.
This World Cup has been witness to some astonishing showing from not so big names. Switzerland has put up a spirited fight so far to keep themselves alive in the race for top 16. They stand level with Brazil on four points from two games and only need a draw against Costa Rica in their final match to qualify. Brazil and Serbia will lock horns to decide the other name from Group E. A draw or a win for Brazil, and they qualify, a win for Serbia and Brazil go home. Two spots, three teams battling it out come 27th June.
Drama, tension, and a last-minute winner has highlighted the Group F of 2018 FIFA World Cup. A shock defeat for Germany against Mexico made if pretty clear that the defending champions won’t have it easy this time. As of now, no team has qualified from group F, although South Korea has been eliminated after two defeats in as many games. The next two games are Germany vs South Korea and Mexico against Sweden. For Mexico and Germany to qualify, which looks to be the most likely outcome, Germany needs to defeat South Korea, and Mexico needs to finish with at least a draw. For Sweden and Germany to qualify, Germany need to win, and Sweden needs to win with at least two goals. For Mexico and Sweden to qualify, Sweden needs to win by one goal and hope Germany doesn’t win by more than two goals.
The cleanest group of the World Cup so far, Group G has gone as expected for the big names. Both Panama and Tunisia have been eliminated to leave England and Belgium on the level at the top of the table. Here is how the two teams qualified for the knockouts stage from group G.
Unstoppable looks to be a good enough word to describe Roberto Mancini’s Belgium side. After sweeping aside Panama 3-0 in their first game, they destroyed Tunisia 5-2 to stamp their authority in Russia. They will look to finish on top of Group G when they take on England in the final group game on Thursday.
Not boasting of a very solid side, England has managed to shake off their World Cup jynx and give their fans a hope of watching football come back home. Captain Harry Kane leads the golden boot race with five from two goals, a record for an English Captain in the World Cup final. Their 2-1 win against Tunisia followed by a 6-1 win over Panama is their best start to the World Cup since 1966, when they won the World Cup. They’ll look to continue their good form when they meet the ruthless Belgium side next in Group G decider.
Let’s check out full schedule and fixtures for World Cup Round of 16 matches below.
FIFA World Cup Round of 16 Schedule/Fixtures
|30th June 2018||France vs. Argentina||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|30th June 2018||Uruguay vs. Portugal||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|1st July 2018||Spain vs. Russia||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|1st July 2018||Croatia vs. Denmark||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|2nd July 2018||Brazil vs. Mexico||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|2nd July 2018||Belgium vs. Japan||Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|3rd July 2018||Sweden vs. Switzerland||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg|
|3rd July 2018||Colombia vs. England||Otkritie Arena, Moscow|
How to watch Round of 16 Online
We already made a complete guide to watching FIFA World Cup live stream from anywhere in this world. The 2018 FIFA World Cup has already broken all records of live sports streaming. The numbers are expected to go further up during the round of 16 matches. The countries wherein two broadcasters were sharing the streaming rights will now be down to a single broadcaster.
In UK, BBC, in the USA, Fox Sports, in MENA countries and France, beIN Sports, in Asian Subcontinent, Sony LIV, in Canada TSN, in Germany, ZDF, and in Spain and Italy, Mediaset will be streaming all the round of 16 actions live on their respective websites and apps. BBC will continue with its VR stream in the round of 16 matches as well. The streaming will be commercial-free on every website and will have the pre-match and post-match shows included in it.