The round of 16 has been by far the most entertaining of the stages in the World Cup.

With the Final more than a week away, the knockout stages has seen some big upsets and magnificent comebacks.

It all kicked off on Saturday afternoon, where a poorly performing France were facing a poorly performing Argentina to progress into the quarterfinals.

Both sides played magnificent football as we witnessed two contenders for the Goal of the Tournament in the same game.

Angel Di Maria’s cracker from outside the box looked to bring the Argentine’s back in the game but Benjamin Pavard’s half volley ensured France would be the South Americans.

Kylian Mbappe really shone in that game as his pace and trickery got him his double and France to the next stage with a comeback.

Shortly after, the Uruguayan’s beat Portugal to the quarterfinals as PSG forward Edinson Cavani also scored a double.

Sadly what this means is that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are coming ever close to retirement without a World Cup medal.

Despite this, both players are still the greatest of all time in the beautiful game.

Spain were eliminated unfortunately on penalties against the host nation, Russia after a long 120 minute game.

Croatia also went through on penalties against Denmark after an impressive performance from both sides.

Praise especially goes towards both team’s goalkeepers, Danijel Subasic and Kasper Schmeichel, who made outstanding saves during the game.

Belgium also made thrilled during the round of 16 in a last second 3-2 comeback against Japan.

The Samurai Blue looked to shock the world by Eliminating one of the best sides of the tournament.

However, goals from Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli ensured the Red Devils face Brazil in the quarters.

The round concluded with the England game on Thursday night.

Though many though the Three Lions were through after Harry Kane scored a penalty earlier on, Colombia scored painful equaliser in stoppage time.

After 120 minutes on the field, the game went on to a scary penalty shootout which saw England come out on top.

Many hope Gareth Southgate’s team win against Sweden in the next round to take England to the Semi Finals.


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