Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Eight predictions for the World Cup 2018 Round of 16

Eight predictions for the World Cup 2018 Round of 16

South Korea shocked the football world by defeating Germany 2-0 at the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation earlier this week, but Son Heung-min, South Korea's star forward, insisted on Friday he and the rest of the team won't stay content. Meanwhile, France and Argentina play each other next, so only one will make the quarter-finals.

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Suspension rules out Switzerland defenders Fabian Schar and Stephan Lichtsteiner, while Sebastian Larsson misses out for Sweden in what is arguably the weakest of the last-16 ties despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic claiming his country will "probably" win the World Cup. However, whether they made serene progress or squeezed through, all teams in the knockout stages will believe they can go all the way.

While many eyes focus on the world stars of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, there are many players that may not even get a mention for their strong performances in Russian Federation.

And beyond that could lie Sweden who, it should not be forgotten, have been responsible for knocking out the Netherlands, Italy and Germany from this World Cup. He was in Russian Federation last summer, he pointed out, to see Joachim Löw's team win the Confederations Cup and, two days before that victory, he had flown to Poland to watch Germany beat Spain in the final of the European Under-21 Championship.

The Spaniards take on hosts Russian Federation in their round of 16 game.

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But the world number six survived that threat and then stormed back from 4-1 down to take the second set tie-break. I feel that I'm playing great. "I watched here and there some of his matches", Cilic said.

Ozil has been quiet after their humiliating defeat to South Korea which saw them get knocked out from the competition, he has however told his followers via Twitter his disappointment about their departure from the competition.

It is the first time Germany failed to reach the knockout stage of a World Cup since 1938.

"After a European or World Cup, you can judge the work that has been done in the previous two years".

"O Rei" returned for their decisive last group outing against Eusebio's Portugal, but was the victim of another meaty tackle and was forced to limp his way through the remainder of the match as Brazil lost 3-1 again to go out.

Bild headlines from Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in 2014 and its 2-0 loss to South Korea in 2018.

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