France 4-3 Argentina
Kylian Mbappe came up clutch for France in a seven-goal thriller against Argentina in Kazan. The 19-year old became the first teenager in 60 years to score at least twice in a world cup game since Pele against Sweden in 1958.
Mbappe, quick as lightning was involved in France’s first goal as his lung-bursting run was halted by Marcos Rojo resulting in a spot-kick that Antoine griezmann duly converted. Angel Di Maria and Gabriel Mercado both scored to put Albiceleste ahead but Benjamin Pavard and a Kylian Mbappe brace followed soon. Sergio Aguero nodded in from a Messi cross in the 93rd minute but there was no way back for the fumbling South Americans.
Uruguay 2-1 Portugal
A brace from PSG forward Kylian Mbappe contributed in sending Lionel Messi home and another PSG forward Edinson Cavani contributed two sublime goals to send Cristiano Ronaldo and portugal parking.
Cavani released strike partner Luis Suarez on the flank before meeting the resulting cross with his face to put Uruguay ahead. Pepe got the leveller for Portugal ten minutes after the restart connecting a downward header to Guerreiro’s cross after a short corner. Cavani added a second seven minutes later with a sublime finish past Rui Patricio before picking up an injury thus ending his involvement.
Brazil 2-0 Mexico
Neymar inspired a second half win for Brazil against Mexico with a goal before Roberto Firmino, on for Philippe Coutinho in the second half added a second from close range. Brazil struggled to put up a commanding display against the Mexicans but grew into the game after the restart finally getting the breakthrough via Neymar. The PSG forward was on hand to prod home a Willian cross at the back post. Mexico searched for an equaliser late on but left a thin resistance for the Brazilians to tear into as Firmino tapped home after Ochoa parried Neymar’s low strike to his path.
Belgium 3-2 Japan
Nacer Chadli might have scored the winner as Belgium completed a miraculous turnaround to qualify to the quarter-finals but Romelu Lukaku’s dummy to release Chadli would go on to be the highlight of the game earning praise from manager Roberto Martinez.
Japan scored two quickfire goals within four minutes courtesy a cool finish from Genki Haraguchi and a rasping drive from Takashi Inui to put the Asians within touching distance of a last-8 berth. Jan Vertoghen and Marouane Fellaini levelled scoring with five minutes to give the Belgians a chance of a turnaround and it came 20 minutes later in added time as Chadli tucked home from close range.
Croatia 1-1 Denmark (a.e.t) [3-2] Penalties
Croatia and Denmark looked set to offer a goalfest after both teams scored within four minutes of kick-off. Mathias Jorgensen scored in the first minute and Mario Mandzukic’s equaliser followed three minutes after but afterward the initial tempo cooled off as both teams finished level in normal time. During extra-time, Luka Modric was presented with a golden opportunity to win it for Croatia but he saw his spot-kick saved by the lively Kasper Schmeichel.
With scores still level after extra-time, the game proceeded to penalties and Ivan Rakitic held his nerve to send Croatia to the quarter-finals after Nicolai Jorgensen missed the preceeding kick.
Russia 1-1 Spain (a.e.t) [4-3] Penalties
Igor Akinfeev produced two penalty saves to cause a round of 16 upset thus sailing into the quarter-finals. On a dour afternoon at the Luzhniki, Spain dominated possession but failed to carve out any meaningful chances as Russia were content to take the game beyond extra-time.
Sergei Ignashevich unluckily put through his own net while trying to keep Sergio Ramos from connecting to a cross from Isco. Ramos’ defensive partner Gerald Pique then had his own silly moment, conceding a penalty that allowed Artem Dyzuba equalise from the spot. Russia held on to extend the game to shoot-outs and Igor Akinfeev stepped up to send the hosts through denying Koke and Aspas from the spot.
Sweden 1-0 Switzerland
Sweden needed a bit of luck to cross to the quarter-final stage as Manuel Akanji unfortunately diverted into his own net aiding Sweden’s qualification into the next round. Blerim Dzemaili wasted a golden opportunity to give Switzerland the lead and they were made to rue that miss in the 66th minute when Emil Forsberg’s mild strike at goal took a wicked deflection off Manuel Akanji wrongfooting Yann Sommer. Switzerland were unable to rebound from that deficit missing a man late on when Michael Lang was shown a red card for a late challenge on Martin Olsson.
England 1-1 Colombia (a.e.t) [4-3] Penalties
Harry Kane’s 57th minute penalty; his third of the tournament put England ahead in Moscow before a dramatic leveller from Yerry Mina; his third header in the world cup in added time sent the game to extra-time. Colombia without the threat posed by talisman James Rodriguez struggled to create tangible chances as England dominated proceedings. With both sides unable to find the advantage in extra time, the match entered penalty shoot-outs and the sensational Pickford pulled out a superb save to deny Carlos Bacca before Eric Dier slotted in his spot-kick to send the Three Lions through.