Previewing Day 16 of the FIFA World Cup

The knock-out rounds kick off with two close games.

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After one rest day, the world’s biggest sporting event continues as the Round of 16 gets underway.

Saturday’s two games start at 10am and 2pm, and are both expected to be close games.

The two winners will play each other in a quarterfinal on Friday, July 6.


Two former world champions meet in the first knock-out round. France won the cup at home in 1998, while Argentina won at home in 1978 and also in Mexico 1986. Both teams were eliminated by Germany in the last World Cup, France in the quarterfinals and Argentina in the final.

These two teams first met in the group stage of the 1930 World Cup, where Argentina won 1-0. France would be eliminated and Argentina would go on to the final.

They have also met in the Group Stage in Argentina 1978, where Argentina won 2-1. France would be eliminated and Argentina would win the Cup.

They last met in a 2009 friendly in France, where Argentina won 2-0.

This will be their 3rd World Cup meeting, and France are slightly favoured to beat Argentina at the World Cup for the first time.

France to Advance: 57.5%

Argentina to Advance: 42.5%


The Euro Cup holders Portugal meet former world champions Uruguay. Uruguay won the Cup at home in 1930 and also in Brazil 1950. Portugal’s best performance was 3rd in England 1966. At the last World Cup, Portugal was eliminated in the Group Stage finishing behind Germany and the USA, while Uruguay was eliminated by Colombia in the Round of 16.

These two teams first met in a 1966 friendly in Portugal, where Portugal won 3-0.

They last met in a 1972 friendly in Brazil, where the score was tied 1-1.

This will be their first World Cup meeting, and it is virtually a toss-up.

Uruguay to Advance: 52.2%

Portugal to Advance: 47.8%


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Mika Ryu

Law student at Western University, and UofT graduate in economics and linguistics. Remember that your version of the world is always too simple.

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