The knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup are now ready to begin with the Round of 16 set.
Let’s look at the matchups:
Brazil vs. South Korea
Portugal vs. Switzerland
There were a feww upsets in the group stage, including hosts Qatar becoming the first host country to lose their first game and failing to make the knockout stage. Germany, ranked 11th in the world, missed the knockout stages, tying with Spain in the group stage but failing to advance on goal differential. Mexico, ranked 13th also failed to advance, as did Belgium (ranked #2) and Uruguay (ranked #14.)
Look for the following teams to advance to the next round: Netherlands, Australia, Japan, Brazil, England, France, Spain, and Portugal.