What to Expect from Day 1 of the Round of 16

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What to Expect from Day 1 of the Round of 16

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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he FIFA World Cup in Russia has kicked off in explosive fashion, but not of the kind you’d expect in country run by Putin. Goals have been scored, tackles have come flying in, VAR has provided dramatic moments, and Diego Maradona has shown the finger on live TV. As per the usual script, the Europeans and South Americans have dominated the tournament, and we now head into the knockout stages with mouthwatering clashes of titans in store. What’s going to be in store for us on the first day of the Round of 16, where France, Argentina, Uruguay, and Portugal take the field?

France vs Argentina

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