By Matt Koontz
The final 16 teams! This world cup has been incredible, the best in the history of the world cup. The games have all had scoring and we have had at least 10 goals after the 90th minute by my count. There has been some heart break and some disappointment. There have also been moments that have brought us together as fans like Iran drawing Portugal. This world cup has been so great that I have been watching every single game and refuse to miss one. Streaming one on my laptop and watching one on my tv while they were doing the double games on FOX and FS1. We have had the 2014 champs, Germany, go home after just group stages after a loss to Mexico and an embarrassing 2-0 loss to South Korea. Portugal, Spain, Argentina, and France have struggled to impress so far. Belgium and Croatia have been the two most impressive teams so far. The round of 16 begins today at 10 AM/ET and will be starting off with a bang, Argentina vs. France. Below will be the matchups and who I see winning the first games which I will make a new post after all the first games of the round of 16 (All times are eastern time zone).
BOLD Won their Group
Group A Winner plays Group B 2nd place
Group B Winner plays Group A 2nd Place
Group C Winner plays Group D 2nd Place
Group D Winner plays Group C 2nd Place
Group E Winner plays Group F 2nd Place
Group F Winner plays Group E 2nd Place
Group G Winner plays Group H 2nd Place
Group H Winner plays Group E 2nd Place
Click here for Results of the Group Stage
Round of 16 games:
Argentina vs. France (10 AM, June 30th) France wins 2-1. (France won 4-3)
Uruguay vs. Portugal (2 PM, June 30th) Uruguay wins 2-1. (Currently being played; Uruguay 1-0 lead)
Spain vs. Russia (10 AM, July 1st) Spain wins 3-1.
Croatia vs. Denmark (2 PM, July 1st) Croatia wins 1-0.
Brazil vs. Mexico (10 AM, July 2nd) Brazil wins 2-0.
Belgium vs. Japan (2 PM, July 2nd) Belgium wins 5-0.
Sweden vs. Switzerland (10 AM, July 3rd) Sweden wins a 1-0 game in extra time.
Colombia vs. England (2 PM, July 3rd) Colombia wins 2-1 because England isn’t as legit as everyone thinks.
-- Matt Koontz