The 2018 FIFA world cup is the 21st edition of the quadrennial international football tournament being held in Russia. The men’s national teams of the members of FIFA contest to qualify for the world cup finals in which they battle it out to win the ultimate cup. The current edition is being contested by 32 teams and will be taking place between from 14th June till the 15th of July. Altogether, 64 matches will be played in 12 venues in 11 cities. Panama and Iceland will make their debut at the world cup in this edition.
A closer look
So far, 36 matches have been played covering the group stages. There are eight groups and two teams from each group will qualify for the round of sixteen. So far, 97 goals have been scored. This is also the first world cup where the VAR( video assistant referee) has been employed. By now the group stages have been done with and more and less the teams qualifying for the next round has been decided. This week will see the conclusion of the group stages and the round of sixteen knockout matches kicking off.
FIFA WC Upcoming matches
The first knockout match will be played on 30th June but the teams who will be playing that hasn’t been decided yet. But groups A and B has been decided so far. Uruguay and Russia have qualified from group A and Spain and Portugal have qualified from group B. Uruguay will be playing Portugal on 30th June and Spain and Russia will be playing against each other on 1st July. The rest of the round of 16 matches are yet to pan out.
While group A and B have been sorted, the others are still in the fray to decide upon their top two.
In group C, France has already qualified and who will join them will be decided on 26th of June when they will play Denmark and Peru will play Australia.
In group D, Croatia has already qualified but the fate of the other teams will be decided on the 26th of June when Croatia will take on Iceland and Argentina will have to overcome Nigeria to advance.
In group E, the matters are rather tense as no team has qualified clearly till now and all of their fates will be decided on 27th June when Brazil will play Serbia and Switzerland will play Costa Rica. The only clear fact from this group right now is that Costa Rica has already been eliminated.
Group F is facing a similar situation as no team has qualified till now with everything to play for on the 27th of June where South Korea will be playing against Germany and Mexico against Sweden.
The qualifiers from group G has already been decided in the form of England and Belgium with two matches remaining to be played on the 28th of June.
Group H has no qualifiers till now and all will be decided on the 28th of June when Japan will take on Poland and Senegal will take on Colombia.
From the round of sixteen, eight teams will qualify for the quarterfinals. The loser of the knockout matches directly gets eliminated. From the quarterfinals, four teams will be qualifying for the semi-finals and only two teams will battle it out in the final to be the world champions on the 15th of July in Moscow.