FIFA 2018: The Sweet 7 of the Tournament, Evaluated
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is down to the Sweet 16 teams. The first two rounds of games have been completed, and now we’re left with these 16 teams moving on to the next round. Check out this 토토사이트 to explore sports news. However, in this article I’ll talk about the sweet 7 of the tournament. Let’s get started:
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is down to the Sweet 16 teams.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is down to the Sweet 16 teams. The final 16 teams have been determined, and they’ll be paired into eight groups of four for the next round of play.
The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals, so half of those teams are guaranteed a spot there. The team that finishes with more points after three games advances all the way to the semifinals (or beyond).
It’s a long way from here on out—but we’re already seeing some familiar names make it through this first round, including favorites like Brazil and Germany, who both won Group F without losing a game so far.
Brazil Beat Mexico, 2-0, and Switzerland, 1-1
The first half was a slow one for Brazil, as they only scored once. Switzerland got a penalty kick but saw it saved by the Swiss goalie. In the second half, Neymar saw an opportunity for his team and got an assist on the header that put Brazil ahead 2-0. The game finished with a final score of 2-0 and hopefully gave Brazil some confidence going into its next game against Costa Rica at Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Friday morning at 11:00 am ET/ 8:00 am PT/ 3:00 pm BST/ 4:00 pm CET (UK).
Uruguay Beat Egypt and Russia
Uruguay won both of its World Cup games. They beat Egypt in the first round and Russia in the second round. Uruguay has not lost a game since October 2017, and their last loss was in 1990, so they’ve been on a pretty good run for quite some time. Uruguay is currently ranked fourth overall in the world, with only Argentina ranked higher than them (and by only one spot).
Uruguay is also second in South America behind Brazil, who they’ll likely face off against if they make it to the quarterfinals.
Russia Beat Salva and Croatia on penalties.
Russia beat Egypt and Russia on penalties. Russia is now in the Sweet 16. This was an impressive win for Russia, who has not lost in the World Cup since 2002. They have not advanced past the quarterfinals since then, though — they were eliminated by Spain in 2006 and South Korea in 2002 — so we’ll see if they can make some noise this time around.
Sweden Beat South Korea and Switzerland
- Sweden’s defense was strong in both matches. They allowed only three goals in four matches, losing 3-2 to Germany and drawing 0-0 with Mexico. They also kept two clean sheets in the group stage and a third against Switzerland.
- Sweden’s offense was also strong, but it wasn’t quite as strong as their defense: They scored six goals in all four games combined, which included one goal each from forwards Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen (plus an own goal by South Korea).
- Their midfielders were good at passing; they completed an average of 96% of their passes during the group stage, which was second only to France among all teams that have advanced past Round 16 so far.* Sweden also had a good passing completion rate when they played South Korea (92%) and Switzerland (95%). However, their passing completion rate dropped below 90% versus Germany (86%) because they tried more long balls than short ones against them.
Spain Beat Portugal and Iran
Spain was the defending champion in 2010 and has not won a major tournament since 2008. It’s ranked number 2 in the world, while Portugal is ranked number 3.
This game showed how much Spain has changed since 2010. In that tournament, it started off with a loss to Switzerland (who didn’t even make it to this year’s World Cup). But now that Spain is used to playing against much stronger opponents than Switzerland, it had no trouble defeating them 4-0 and 6-1 on its way to winning two consecutive games.
Croatia Beat Argentina and Denmark on penalties.
Croatia beat Argentina on penalties, and then beat Denmark on penalties. Croatia has not lost in 39 games under Fernando Santos as coach, a streak that spans more than four years and includes three European Championships and one World Cup qualification campaign. It’s the first team to reach the final four of this tournament.
Denmark Beat Peru and Australia
Denmark is a very good team. They have been playing at a high level for years, and they have plenty of talent, with players like Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel helping the squad to maintain possession against both Peru and Australia. Denmark’s defense is strong, but the biggest problem for them going forward is that they are not as good as teams like France or Brazil.
The World Cup is down to the Sweet 16 teams. Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, Sweden and Croatia are all looking strong and will be tough to beat. France and Belgium also have their sights set on winning their first World Cup titles.