World Cup Enters Knock Out Stage

Aleksandr Kokorin gave Russia the lead just after six minutes which would have earned them a clash against Germany in Porto Alegre on Monday, but Islam Slimani netted on the hour to send the north Africans through.


In other matches played, a 2-1 victory over Ghana by Portugal was not enough to save their World Cup campaign as they fell short of their target of a top-two finish in Group G leaving the USA to progress.


Portugal got their goals through an own goal by John Boye and a second-half Cristiano Ronaldo strike as Asamoah Gyan scored for Ghana.


In the last fixture of the day, ten-man Belgium beat South Korea 2-1 to top group H and set up a last-16 tie against the United States.


Jan Vertonghen scored the Red Devils' winner in the 77th minute when he slotted in a rebound after a Divock Origi’s shot was parried.


Knockout matches will start on Saturday at 7:00 pm (EAT) with five-time World Cup winners Brazil playing Chile in the first fixture in Belo Horizonte.


The host have won two and drawn one of their three games in the competition so far while Chile beat Australia and 2010 champions Spain on their way to the last 16.


Colombia will play Uruguay later on the day at 11:00 pm (EAT).



Sunday, 29 June (Netherlands vs. Mexico 7:00 pm, Costa Rica vs. Greece 11:00 pm)

Monday, 30 June (France vs. Nigeria 7:00 pm, Germany vs. Algeria 11:00 pm)

Tuesday, 1 July (Argentina v Switzerland 7:00 pm, Belgium v USA 11:00 pm)

By Morgan Mueke

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