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Who will advance: Ranking the remaining 16 teams in the World Cup

June 29, 2018

The group stage was filled with many thrilling contests that were decided in the closing minutes of each match, upsets that shocked the world, and saw some of the biggest national teams in the world be put to the ropes with their World Cup soccer hopes on the line.

Germany, the reigning world champions and one of the favorites heading into the tournament … out in the group stage. Argentina, runners-up in 2014, just barely got through to the round of 16 after relying on a Marcos Rojo strike in the 86’ to outlast Nigeria. Spain, Portugal, Colombia, all avoided late scares to also advance … but struggled in doing so.

Now it’s time for the round of 16, where mistakes made by some of these nations during the group stage must be avoided if they intend to extend their World Cup campaigns. Some of the top teams benefit from a rather lenient pairing in the next round, while others will be forced to overcome similar leveled opposition.

From the team that might as well have one foot out the door already to the nation with the most favorable odds, find out who is most likely to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup. 

Read here: https://www.stltoday.com/sports/soccer/who-will-advance-ranking-the-remaining-16-teams-in-the-world-cup/article_ec39c0c5-81c3-514c-88d9-2738bb13ccf4.html

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