In the round of 16 we were treated to some fine games. The first game saw France take the lead against Argentine only to find themselves 2-1 behind before Pavard equalised and then Mbappe scored two quick goals to give them a 4-2 lead. A late goal by Aguero was not enough to save Argentina and another firm favourite was on their way home.
A Cavani inspired Uruguay were too good for Portugal and they could only manage to get one goal back with Ronaldo not really at it. I wasn’t sorry to see Ronaldo go home. Not one little bit.
Russia shot themselves in the foot with an own goal in the first half against Spain and then people expected Spain to take the foot off the break and see Russia off but Spain just couldn’t make anything happen and a Dzyuba goal just before the break levelled the tie.
Neither team could make a difference in the second half, or in extra time so the match went to penalties. After two penalties a piece they were level but then Koke missed and Golovin scored giving Russia the lead. Spain missed one more penalty but Russia scored and they went through 4-3 on penalties much to the surprise of most people.
After the excitement of the penalties it was inevitable that the Denmark against Croatia would follow suit but when there were two goals in the first 4 minutes it didn’t seem likely but once again neither team could unlock the other so penalties it was even with a penalty in the closing minutes that Schmeicel saved. He managed to save two more penalties in the shootout but Croatia’s keeper got the better of him with three saves.
Brazil and Mexico kept each other out for the first half and after the break Neymar scored but Mexico didn’t give up but a later Firminho goal saw the Mexicans off.
Japan shocked Belgium by going two goals ahead after a goalless first half. Then Belgium woke up and got back into it avoiding extra time with a 94th minute winner.
Sweden got the better of Switzerland with a 66th minute goal but both teams went close on more on than occasion but the score remained 1-0 to Sweden.
England and Colombia played a stormy game with both teams giving as good as they got, with Colombia being a little bit strong in their tackles. In the second half England got a penalty which Harry Kane put away. When the clock ticked to 90 minutes it looked like we might be able to see out the last few minutes but Colombia had other ideas and equalised.
Extra time couldn’t seperate them so once again a match went to penalties, which for England is not a good thing at all. When Jordan Henderson’s third penalty was saved it felt like it was all over but Pickford saved the next penalty, Tripper smashed the next one in. Columbia missed another penalty and Eric Dier stepped up and scored and ended our penalty hoodoo for one game at least.