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05/07/2018 - 21:08

FIFA World Cup round 16 in pictures

The final eight teams to qualify for the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals have been revealed after the round of 16. Let’s take a look at the highlights of the last eight matches in the past round.

Hosts Russia caused a shock in the first World Cup held on their home soil by surprisingly beating title favourites Spain after a dramatic penalty shootout. (Photo: Reuters)

Russian keeper Igor Akinfeev becomes the hero as he successfully saved two shots from the Spanish takers in the penalty shootout to send his team in the final eight. (Photo: Reuters)

Spain surpassed the hosts in every statistic on the field but could not penetrate the resilient Russian defensive line. Ironically, the only goal scored by Spain in this match came from an own-goal by Russia's Sergei Ignashevich. (Photo: Getty Images)

The most dramatic match with a total of seven goals was the clash between France and Argentina. It ended with a deserved win for the European team. The brilliant 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe forced the aging Argentinian squad to exit the 2018 World Cup after the round of 16. (Photo: Reuters)

Once again, the World Cup dream is unfinished with Lionel Messi. Despite winning almost every club and individual title that every player desires, Messi has never won the World Cup trophy with his national team, a sad end for the 31-year-old super star in what could be his final World Cup. (Photo: Getty Images)

Striker Edinson Cavani shone brightly with a double against Portugal to send Uruguay into the quarterfinals. (Photo: FIFA)

After Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo also left the 2018 World Cup after the round of 16. Portugal's superstar was kept at bay by the tight defensive strategy by the Uruguay. (Photo: Reuters)

The second game in the round of 16 that was determined by a shootout was the match between Denmark and Croatia. Croatia's Danijel Subasic managed to save three of his opponents' 11-m efforts, helping the Adriatic national football team to reach the quarter-finals. (Photo: Reuters)

Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel, the son of legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, also excelled in stopping Luka Modric’s penalty in extra time and twice denying Croatia’s efforts in the shootout. Unfortunately, his efforts were not enough to prevent Denmark from going home. (Photo: Reuters)

Neymar Jr shone again to send Brazil through. However, after the game with Mexico, the most expensive player on the planet received quite a lot of criticism because of his play-acting on the field after being fouled by his opponents. (Photo: Getty Images)

Again, the Mexicans cannot win in the World Cup against Brazil. This is also the seventh consecutive exit in a row for El Tri in the round of 16. (Photo: Reuters)

Belgian winger Nacer Chadli scored the decisive goal in the final seconds of the second half, helping the Red Devils to come from behind to advance to the quarterfinals, thanks to a narrow 3-2 win over Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Despite losing after taking a 2-0 lead, Japan can still hold their heads high as they say goodbye to the World Cup with their samurai spirit demonstrated on the field, as well as the highlights of Japanese fans in the stands. (Photo: Getty Images)

Emil Forsberg's only goal was enough to help Sweden beat Switzerland by a 1-0 margin, making it the first time they have secured a quarter-final berth in a World Cup in 24 years. (Photo: Reuters)

England’s Jordan Pickford saved Colombian Carlos Bacca's fifth penalty in the penalty shootout. England triumphed over the South American team with a 4-3 lead after the shootout to enter the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 12 years. (Photo: Getty Images)

England break the curse of losing every penalty shootout in the World Cup. (Photo: Reuters)

England captain Harry Kane scored the opening goal against Colombia from the penalty spot. His sixth goal at the 2018 World Cup means the 24-year-old striker leads the race for the ‘golden boot’. (Photo: Reuters)