FIFA World Cup: France, Uruguay enter quarter-finals
New Delhi: In the FIFA world cup, 2010 winners Spain will clash with hosts Russia while Croatia will take on Denmark in the two Round-of-16 matches today.
Lionel Messi-led Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal crashed out last night, with France and Uruguay securing quarter-final berths.
Uruguay and France will meet for a place in the semi-finals on Friday.
“With Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal and Lionel Messi’s Argentina already out, and France and Uruguay through to the quarter-finals, all eyes will be on the two Round-of-16 games today. 2010 winners Spain will clash with hosts Russia, while Croatia will take on Denmark.
The Spain-Russia game will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow at 7:30 PM. The Spaniards are yet to lose a game since Euro 2016, but they have looked far from convincing in this World Cup following the sacking of their coach Julen Lopetegui. They drew 2 and won a game in the group stage, and are somewhat out of sorts. Russia have, so far, been good in front of their crowd.
They thrashed Saudi Arabia and Egypt before Uruguay gave them a reality check. The last competitive match between the two teams saw Spain win 3-0 in the 2008 Euro semi-finals. The other fixture of the day between Croatia and Denmark will kick off at 11:30 PM at Nizhny Novgorod.
The Croats have not won a knock-out game at a major tournament since beating Germany 3-0 in the 1998 World Cup, but are currently in a superb touch following their wins over Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland in the group stage. The Danes, who won 1 and drew 2, are also on a national record unbeaten run of 18 games. The last five encounters between the two sides have produced two wins each and one draw.