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2018 World Cup Day 17, Round of 16: Match thread and discussion

The knockout stage begins...who will move on?

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Uruguay v Russia: Group A - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has entered the knockout stage. Today, it begins with two matches in the Round of 16, with the winners moving on to face each other in the quarterfinals. First, a look at the bracket for the knockout stage:

First up today, it’s Group D winners France taking on Group C runners-up Argentina in what could be the match of the weekend. Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Les Bleus will try to take out Lionel Messi and La Albiceleste. France looked good in the group stage, while Argentina needed some last-minute heroics to get out of Group C. Only one will advance today.

Next up, it’s Uruguay battling Portugal. Uruguay tore through Group A, winning all 3 matches to be one of the few teams in the World Cup to win a group with the maximum 9 points. Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and the rest of La Celeste will hope to continue their success. For Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo has been great for the most part, but the rest of the team will need to step up in an effort to take out Uruguay and advance to the quarterfinals. Who will be the hero in this one?

How to watch

France vs. Argentina

Location: Kazan Arena, Kazan

Kick-off time: 10:00am Eastern, 7:00am Pacific

Available TV: Fox (English), Telemundo (Spanish)

Available streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Telemundo (Website), FuboTV (Free Trial)

Uruguay vs. Portugal

Location: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

Kick-off time: 2:00pm Eastern, 11:00am Pacific

Available TV: Fox (English), Telemundo (Spanish)

Available streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Telemundo (Website), FuboTV (Free Trial)

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