After 14 back-breaking days of merry-go-round action; after 32 teams, 48 games and 122 beautiful goals, we are now down to the final 16 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The second round starts the dreaded knockout stages. Where no quarters are given and no quarters are asked. Where a single error could lead to eternal damnation. Where a loss will mean goodbye. Where it’s either you live… or die.
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European countries dominated the qualifiers, with host Russia pulling the greatest upgrade with a distinct promotion to the elite 16 in the world football arena. It has never reached the Round of 16 since it competed as Russia in 1994. Other qualifiers include Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
– Fox Sports Asia
But the biggest news here was not the entry of Europe’s best…
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