Previewing Day 17 of the FIFA World Cup

The Round of 16 continues


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The Round of 16 of the world’s biggest sporting event continues tomorrow, with games starting at 10am and 2pm.

The two winners will play each other in a quarterfinal on Saturday, July 7.

Denmark would match their best performance by reaching the quarterfinals for the 2nd time, after France 1998.

ESP v RUS

The hosts meets the 2010 world champions. Spain won their first World Cup in South Africa 2010. Russia’s best performance was 4th at England 1966 as the Soviet Union. This will be their first time in the last 16 as Russia.

These two teams first met in the Euro 1964 Final in Spain, where the hosts won 2-1. Hosts Spain beat the Soviet defending champions to win the Euro for the first time.

They also met in Euro 1972 qualifying, the Soviets wining 2-1 at home and the Spain leg ending in a scoreless draw. Spain would fail to qualify and the Soviets would be runners-up at Euro 1972 in Belgium.

They met again in the Group Stage of Euro 2004 in Portugal. Spain won 1-0, but both Spain and Russia were eliminated.

They met once again in the Group Stage of Euro 2008 in Austria-Switzerland. This time, Spain won 4-1, and both Spain and Russia advanced. They met again in the semifinals, and Spain won again 3-0, eliminating Russia. Spain went on to win their second Euro.

Their last meeting was a friendly in Russia last year, where they tied 3-3.

This will be their first World Cup meeting, with Spain heavy favourites to advance.

Spain to Advance: 76.9%

Russia to Advance: 23.1%

CRO v DEN

Croatia will face Denmark. Croatia were surprise 3rd-place finishers in their first World Cup as an independent nation, in France 1998. Denmark’s best performance was also at France 1998, reaching the quarterfinals for the first and only time. They would match that performance by beating Croatia.

The two sides first met in Euro 1996 in England, where Croatia won 3-0. Denmark would be eliminated and Croatia would fall in the next round to Germany.

They met again in qualifying for France 1998. The Croatia leg ended 1-1, and Denmark won their home leg 3-1. Denmark would qualify directly from that group, and Croatia would qualify for their first ever World Cup by beating Ukraine in a play-off. Denmark would make it to the quarterfinals while Croatia would finish 3rd.

They last met in a 2004 friendly in Denmark, where Croatia won 2-1.

This will be their first World Cup meeting, with Croatia being strong favourites to advance.

Croatia to Advance: 68.3%

Denmark to Advance: 31.7%


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