Round of 16 set; USA-Netherlands preview

After practically two wild and dramatic weeks on the World Cup, we’ve the reached the win-or-go-home portion of the tourney. Sixteen groups stay, 16 others have been eradicated and the enjoyable continues Saturday.

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Round of 16: Brazil, Portugal, South Korea in; Uruguay out

Right here we go! The bracket for the knockout phases of the World Cup is ready. Two day by day video games over the following 4 days, with the winners then organising the quarterfinal matches.

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Luis Miguel Echegaray picks a daring World Cup bracket on ESPN FC Each day.

Here is the complete schedule:

Saturday, Dec. 3 (winners play one another in quarterfinal)
Netherlands vs. United States
Argentina vs. Australia

Sunday, Dec. 4 (winners play one another in quarterfinal)
France vs. Poland
England vs. Senegal

Monday, Dec. 5 (winners play one another in quarterfinal)
Japan vs. Croatia
Brazil vs. South Korea

Tuesday, Dec. 6 (winners play one another in quarterfinal)
Morocco vs. Spain
Portugal vs. Switzerland


Wild group stage end: Suarez’s tears, Son’s pleasure

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Luis Miguel Echegaray reacts to Uruguay’s heartbreaking exit from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

In line with the drama we have seen the final couple of days, Friday’s slate introduced loads of huge moments as properly.

Simply because it regarded as if Uruguay would advance by beating Ghana, a last-gasp objective by South Korea towards Portugal gave them a 2-1 win within the different Group H recreation — and extra importantly, a spot within the knockouts.

Twelve years after Uruguay eradicated Ghana within the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals thanks largely to Luis Suarez’s well-known handball, Friday’s recreation was billed as a grudge match for the Black Stars. Up by two targets Friday, Uruguay regarded poised to wreck Ghana’s celebration as soon as extra. However when the displays flashed the scoreline of the South Korea-Portugal recreation, cameras shortly reduce to Suarez sitting on the bench, wanting shell-shocked.

Uruguay wanted one other objective to flip the tiebreaker of their favor, but it surely by no means got here. So Ghana’s schadenfreude will come from lasting photos of crying Suarez burying his head in his jersey, doubtless the final time the 35-year-old wears it at a World Cup.

And whereas Uruguayan followers have been within the midst of distress, it was the exact opposite for South Korean supporters throughout city. With the sport towards group winners Portugal stage 1-1 because it approached harm time, Hwang Hee-chan’s objective within the 91st minute ensured South Korea would end forward of Uruguay within the standings.

It was an particularly poignant second for captain Son Heung-min, who has typically been accused of making an attempt to do an excessive amount of himself when he performs for the nationwide crew. However Son’s intelligent play arrange Hwang’s winner, and he delivered when his teammates wanted him probably the most.

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Julien Laurens recaps South Korea’s dramatic 2-1 win over Portugal that sends Son Heung-min’s crew into the final 16 of the FIFA World Cup.

Over at Group G, Brazil had already clinched a spot within the spherical of 16 however have been aiming to complete the one crew in all the event to win all three group stage video games. Nonetheless taking part in with out injured Neymar, the Brazilians could not muster a lot towards a Cameroon aspect seeking to maintain their hopes alive.

A 92nd-minute objective by Vincent Aboubakar (who was then despatched off for taking his shirt off in celebration) gave the African aspect a small likelihood, however Switzerland’s 3-2 win over Serbia within the concurrent match ensured the Swiss would advance.

Brazil misplaced their first group stage match since 1998, and with no groups successful the utmost 9 factors for the primary time since 1994, it is a becoming method to finish what’s been a wild begin to the World Cup.


USA vs. Netherlands: Get your popcorn (and low) prepared

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Christian Pulisic talks Sam Borden by way of his successful objective for USA vs. Iran and appears forward to the last-16 conflict with the Netherlands.

USA followers, get your magnificence sleep as you will have an early date towards the vaunted Netherlands, with the winner of Saturday morning’s matchup occurring to face both Argentina or Australia.

Excellent news for US followers as Christian Pulisic is now cleared to play towards the Dutch. As you recall, Pulisic taught us what a “pelvic contusion” is after he collided with the Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand as he scored Tuesday’s game-winning objective that despatched the USMNT into the spherical of 16.

Whether or not Pulisic can go the complete 90 minutes Saturday is unclear. Chatting with ESPN’s Sam Borden on Thursday, Pulisic hinted that he could also be restricted in how lengthy he can play.

“I’m going to do everything in my power, with this staff and medical team, to make sure that however long I can be out on that field, I’ll be out there giving my 110% no matter what,” Pulisic mentioned.

As for the Netherlands, supervisor Louis van Gaal revealed a number of members of his squad are battling flu signs, although he did not reveal who.

Want some studying materials forward of the sport? We acquired you coated, and you should definitely tag together with ESPN tomorrow throughout and after the sport.

  • Tactical preview: Can USA’s midfield maintain the momentum going? Cody Gakpo, Frenkie de Jong finish the Individuals’ run? READ

  • Captain America: How USA’s Tyler Adams confirmed the world his worth on the pitch, inspirational management off it READ

  • Dutch date with future: Born within the Netherlands, Saturday’s recreation for USA’s Sergino Dest shall be additional particular READ

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Taylor Twellman believes there is no strain on the USA forward of their recreation vs. the Netherlands, and says they thrive as underdogs.


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Your finest bets (odds through Caesars Sportsbook)

When you’re seeking to wager on the World Cup, ESPN contributors Paul Carr, Dan Thomas and Dalen Cuff are right here to offer you key recommendations on odds, choices and futures. Here is what we’ve for the Saturday’s matches.

Round of 16: Netherlands (-110) vs. USA (+325), Draw (+235)

Paul Carr: I hope I am not being an excessive amount of of a homer right here, however I just like the USA double likelihood at -125. The Dutch weren’t spectacular regardless of seven factors within the group stage, getting outshot by 10 and accumulating solely 2.4 anticipated targets. Having Memphis Depay again within the lineup helps, however the US outplayed a greater England aspect, so I will take the US to at the least get this to additional time.

Daniel Thomas: I believe this may very well be a carbon copy of the England recreation — a decent, uneventful affair. I might take 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Dalen Cuff: Not like Paul, I’m being a homer right here, however I believe I am justified. This Dutch crew isn’t a dominant squad. This US crew has expertise and have bossed video games this event, most notably towards England. I just like the US to advance at +180. Nonetheless, I do suppose that is going to be a decent affair particularly within the first half. I like 0-0 within the 1st half (+145).

Round of 16: Argentina (-540) vs. Australia (+1600), Draw (+525)

Carr: Australia superior to the knockout stage, however that does not imply they are a notably good crew. Argentina had the third-most anticipated targets (6.3) and anticipated objective distinction (+5.5) within the group stage, and Australia was thirtieth with 1.7 anticipated targets and thirty first with a -4.1 objective distinction. Additionally, Argentina have Lionel Messi. I will gladly lay the 1.5 targets at -160, and I am tempted by Argentina -2.5 at +170.

Thomas: This must be an Argentina win. So, the place can we discover some worth on this recreation? I will take an Angel Di Maria help at +125.

Cuff: There is no such thing as a worth right here. I am not prepared to put the two.5 in an effort to get into plus cash, so I will move.


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What else caught our eye

A heartwarming scene throughout Brazil’s nationwide anthem forward of the crew’s recreation Friday towards Cameroon. Followers unveiled a tifo for Brazil legend Pele, who has been at a Sao Paulo hospital with a respiratory an infection since Tuesday.

The 82-year-old and three-time World Cup winner thanked followers in an Instagram publish late Thursday for the properly needs he is obtained in a battle towards most cancers. He had a colon tumor eliminated in September 2021 and has since gone by way of chemotherapy.