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When the World Cup field is halved, let's see what's next



MOSCOW (AP) – The World Cup began with eight teams of four, a total of 32 nations, who wanted to make it to the knockout stages. Colombia and – barely – Japan grabbed the two places in Group H in the early games on Thursday, and England and Belgium sorted the top of Group F later in the night to solidify the field.

Here's a look at what's next, beginning of the round of the last 16:

Group A's. Group B, Group E vs. Group F

In this half of the field are big names from two high-profile games right in front of the goal: a French squad Lionel Messi and Argentina play in the first game on Saturday, followed by Uruguay and Luis Suarez against Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo. The winners will meet on the 6th of July.

Belgium – one of the few top teams that has lived up to its hype – plays Japan, who sneaked out of its group because it had fewer yellow cards than Senegal. Monday's game against Neymar and a Brazilian team seem to be playing against a Mexican squad who beat Germany and South Korea but were beaten by Sweden. The winners will play on the 6th of July.

Group C vs. Group D, Group G vs.. Group H

Sunday begins with Russia hosting Spain in the main stadium of Moscow with the late game against Denmark, which has not lost since the matchday in autumn 2016, against Croatia, which relieved by their group with three wins. The winners will meet on July 7th.

England will take high expectations of his game against a talented Colombian side on Tuesday, having decided against a reserve team in the final group game against Belgium in the final game. And in the last game of the Round of 16, there is a Swedish team that could win a strong group against a Swiss side, with problems in defense but enough talent to score against everyone. The winners play on 7 July for the right to go to the semi-finals.


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