And now The Group A & Group B Matches are over… For Round of 16: Spain will Take over the hosts Russia & Uruguay will face Ronaldo’s Portugal

After yesterday’s Group A and Group B matches, all the equations become solved. It’s now clear that Iniesta’s Spain will play against the hosts Russia in the Round of 16.

On the other hand, Uruguay lead by Cavani and Saurez will face Ronaldo’s Portugal. It will interesting which of the two strong passes through

 

 

Uruguay the Toppers

Uruguay burnished their World Cup credentials with a 3-0 victory over 10-man Russia on Monday. With that, they become the group leaders with 9 points.

 

Round of 16: Spain Takes Hosts & Uruguay Faces Portugal

 

Uruguay becomes the first country to win all the 3 group stage games without conceding a single goal since Argentina in 1998…

Luis Suarez grabbed his second goal of the tournament to open Uruguay’s account with a free-kick after 10 minutes. The South Americans then doubled the lead with an own goal from Russia’s Denis Cheryshev soon after…

This made the cheerful home crowd a bit silent. In the 36th minute when Igor Smolnikov was sent off for a second booking.

Edinson Cavani bundled home the third goal for Uruguay at the death to wrap up their third straight victory, ensuring they finished above the Russians, who will now have to face the winners of Group B in the last 16.

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Russia the Brave

Russia had confounded those who predicted a group stage exit with resounding victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Now, everyone had one question that how would they perform before the strong opponents…

 

Round of 16: Spain Takes Hosts & Uruguay Faces Portugal

 

Twice World Cup winners Uruguay offered them the chance to show they truly belonged among the elite. “I believe that when we had 10 people in the pitch we were running and wanted to attack more,” said Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov.

Smolnikov’s sending off may have ended Russia’s hopes, in truth, the encounter had already swung decisively against them. And then, they mentally became backward. It led the goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev miss the save when Suarez struck a low free-kick into the bottom corner…

Though this defeat, Russia still gets qualified for the Round of 16 and will face Spain…

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Portugal the Lucky One

Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who made some impressive goals in this world cup, won against Morocco and was lucky to get a draw against Spain…

 

Round of 16: Spain Takes Hosts & Uruguay Faces Portugal

 

In Saransk, European champions Portugal, needing a draw to qualify, forged ahead with a stunning Ricardo Quaresma goal in the 45th minute.

Shockingly yesterday Cristiano Ronaldo missed the Penalty against Iran. In the 51st minute, Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand dived to his left to save his effort from the spot.

On the other hand, Karim Ansarifard equalized with a stoppage-time penalty awarded after a video review. However, Portugal clung on to finish second in the group with five points and will meet Uruguay in the last 16.

Check out: Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the highest European international goalscorer

 

Spain the Hard Working

Spain has impressed all of us from the opening night where they made a 3-3 draw against Portugal. Then they won by 1-0 against Iran, Diego Costa and Isco being their savior…

They snatched a 2-2 draw against Morocco on Monday to qualify for the World Cup last 16. Now, Spain takes the top spot in Group B ahead of Portugal on goals scored.

 

Round of 16: Spain Takes Hosts & Uruguay Faces Portugal

 

Morocco striker Khalid Boutaib gave the north African side a shock early lead but Isco leveled from Iniesta’s smooth pass.

At the 81st minute substitute, Youssef En-Nesyri crashed in a header which looked set to inflict a first defeat on Spain since Euro 2016.

On the other hand, substitute Iago Aspas score stoppage-time after consultation from the video assistant referee (VAR). And this led the scoreline to be 2-2…

The scoreline made Spain top ahead of Portugal, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran. Spain will play the hosts Russia in the last 16.

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Uruguay will play against Portugal on 30th June, Saturday at 11:30 pm IST. On the other hand, the brave Russians will take on Spain on 1st July, Sunday at 7:30 pm IST.

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