Since today is the first day of vacancy after fifteen days of pounding, recap will put in place the eight pairs of the '16' phase, starting from the least important and ending in what will load you with eternal guilt if you lose.
Belgium-Japan. We would love, quite frankly, to see the Japanese struggling with the Martins team, but this is something that will hardly happen for more than half or a half. It is one of the rare times that I accept the supremacy of a favorite paper. The groove that the Asians missed in the match against Poland will be their happiest moment in the tournament. Belgium is already dealing with its first serious knockout, the quarter-finals.
Croatia-Denmark. There is an ancient, unwritten rule in the Mundials. Never trust a knockout between European teams, especially when there is a noticeable capacity difference between them. The tournament shouts that Croatia should be the least of the '8' and we obey.
Spain-Russia. It's a weird knockout in which the home side plays. Every time we think about it, the image of the South Korean host 2002 annoys us. Nevertheless, nothing predates an easy Spanish dominance. No seats and no extraneous factors are needed to see it. Hierro seemed the most insecure technician in the tournament, and the Russians have already played (much) better than we expected.
Sweden-Switzerland. Honorable fifth place for this couple. It could well be a quarter-final of the next Euro. We bet on the derby factor that is almost certain. The Swedes and the Swedes have the same potential, the same motivation and the same historic opportunity to find themselves in the next phase. Neither of them would have chosen the other for the '16' phase.
Brazil-Mexico. If we were given the lead of the Mexicans this couple would be in the forefront of our impatience. But because it's more likely that the Brazilians are ahead of us and see the time to end up in trouble, it's getting into the 4 position and I think they're all happy.
Uruguay-Portugal. There's football of rhythm and spectacle, there's football of kick and half-zero. This is the absolute final of the second. In addition, the column insists that Portugal is the favorite of the World. Each match will be another confirmation of our position.
France-Argentina. One has fed millions of football fans with the group's three games. The other has come to frustrate them, make them angry, and upset them. The hardships have passed. There is a chance of seeing an unprecedented soup, but it is not great. Logic says that in this match, we will see what we lacked in their previous six. The French obviously have more talent, the Argentines have the Messi.
Colombia-England. What we hoped would happen at the end of yesterday. England against a big, but not inaccessible opponent. For tons of graphics when qualifying for 'lions'. For British tabloid headlines inspired by Colombian culture. Because Southgate has won us over with his modesty and seriousness. Because Colombia is the biggest favorite of the teams that have never picked it up.email> email@example.com