World Cup 2018: The Round of 16 So Far

The first 4 matches of the round of 16 are over at the 2018 World Cup. Like all great tournaments, there were surprises and shocks galore. Smiles and tears have flowed in abundance. Here is a short update on all the Round of 16 matches so far.
Uruguay 2 – Portugal 1
This match was expected to a bloody affair considering how aggressive these two sides usually are. However, the actual match was far cleaner than anyone could have predicted. Uruguay executed a clean and methodical finish to send Ronaldo and company home. Both goals were scored clinically by Cavani, ensuring that it gets to play against France in the quarter-finals.
France 4 – Argentina 3
This match is certain to go down in history as one of the greatest games of all time and it is not only because 7 goals were scored. It was a spectacle in every sense of the term. For France, it signaled the start of a new generation, with talents like Kylian Mbappe leading the way. For Argentina, it was the end of another World Cup run. However, the most tears will be reserved for Messi who failed to shine and add the desperately missing international trophy in his cabinet, in what might just be his last World Cup.
Spain 1 (3) – Russia 1 (4)
In the first 2018 World Cup match to go to penalties, Russia beat Spain to continue their remarkable run at the tournament. In fact, it was a historic win for the hosts, who have been phenomenal this year, beating every odd to reach the quarter finals for the first time in 48 years. On stats alone, Spain, the 2014 champions, looked like the better team. They dominated with over 1,000 completed passes. However, it was never enough to break the Russian defense. In fact, their only goal was actually an own goal by Russia’s Ignashevich. An unfortunate hand ball by Spain’s Pique saw the hosts being awarded a penalty which they rightfully converted.
Croatia 1 (3) – Demark 1 (4)
Spectators to this match realized rather early on that the only way to settle matters between these two teams would be penalties. Neither side could do enough to break the tie before that. Nonetheless, Croatia extended its 100% winning streak at this year’s World Cup.

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