After practically two wild and dramatic weeks on the World Cup, now we have the reached the win-or-go-home portion of the tourney. Sixteen groups stay, 16 others have been eradicated, and the enjoyable continues on Saturday.
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Round of 16: Brazil, Portugal, S. 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 establishing the quartefinal matches. Here is what now we have:
Wild group stage end: Suarez’s tears, Son’s pleasure
Luis Miguel Echegaray reacts to Uruguay’s heartbreaking exit from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
In step with the drama we have seen the final couple of days, Friday’s slate introduced loads of massive moments as properly.
Simply because it seemed as if Uruguay would advance by beating Ghana, a last-gasp purpose 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 on Friday, Uruguay seemed poised to destroy Ghana’s celebration as soon as extra. However when the screens flashed the scoreline of the South Korea-Portugal recreation, cameras shortly lower to Suarez sitting on the bench, wanting shellshocked.
Uruguay wanted one other purpose to flip the tiebreaker of their favor nevertheless it by no means got here. So Ghana’s schadenfreude will come from lasting photographs of crying Suarez burying his head in his jersey, possible 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 degree 1-1 because it approached harm time, Hwang Hee-chan’s purpose 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 attempting to do an excessive amount of himself when he performs for the nationwide staff. However Son’s intelligent play arrange Hwang’s winner, and he delivered when his teammates wanted him essentially the most.
Julien Laurens recaps South Korea’s dramatic 2-1 win over Portugal that sends Son Heung-min’s staff 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 staff in the complete event to win all three group stage video games. Nonetheless enjoying with out injured Neymar, the Brazilians could not muster a lot towards a Cameroon aspect seeking to maintain their hopes alive.
A 92nd minute purpose by Vincent Aboubakar (who was then despatched off for taking his shirt off in celebration) gave the African aspect a small probability, 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 profitable the utmost 9 factors for the primary time since 1994, it is a becoming technique to finish what’s been a wild begin to the World Cup.
USA vs. Netherlands: Get your popcorn (and occasional) prepared
Christian Pulisic talks Sam Borden by way of his profitable purpose for USA vs. Iran and appears forward to the last-16 conflict with the Netherlands.
USA followers, get your magnificence sleep as you have got an early date towards the vaunted Netherlands, with the winner of Saturday morning’s matchup happening 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 purpose that despatched the USMNT into the spherical of 16.
Whether or not Pulisic can go the complete 90 minutes on Saturday is unclear. Talking to 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.
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Your finest bets (odds through Caesars Sportsbook)
In case you’re seeking to guess on the World Cup, ESPN contributors Paul Carr, Dan Thomas and Dalen Cuff are right here to offer you key ideas on odds, choices and futures. Here is what now we have 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 probability 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 am going to take the US to no less than get this to further time.
Daniel Thomas: I feel this may very well be a carbon copy of the England recreation — a good uneventful affair. I would take 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Dalen Cuff: Not like Paul, I’m being a homer right here, however I feel I am justified. This Dutch staff isn’t a dominant squad. This US staff has expertise and have bossed video games this event, most notably towards England. I just like the US to advance at +180. Nevertheless I do suppose that is going to be a good 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 staff. Argentina had the third-most anticipated targets (6.3) and anticipated purpose distinction (+5.5) within the group stage, and Australia was thirtieth with 1.7 anticipated targets and thirty first with a -4.1 purpose distinction. Additionally, Argentina has Lionel Messi. I am going to 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 am going to take an Angel Di Maria help at +125.
Cuff: There is no such thing as a worth right here. I am not keen 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 staff’s recreation on 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.
Brazil followers maintain up ‘Pelé get properly quickly’ throughout the nationwide anthem pic.twitter.com/xlRC7XqiaL
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 2, 2022
The 82-year-old and three-time World Cup winner thanked followers in an Instagram publish late Thursday for the well-wishes he is acquired in a struggle towards most cancers. He had a colon tumor eliminated in September 2021 and has since gone by way of chemotherapy.