The round of 16 proves to be a battle of the favourites as each of the games except the Japan - Sweden proved the favourites were the safe bet.
Argentina, the Ivory Coast, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Uruguay, Honduras and Sweden all beat their respective opponents in order to qualify for the quarter finals. The quarter finals will be played on November 1 and 2. First out are the Brazil - Mexico and Honduras - Sweden fixtures. The day after that will see Argentina face off against the Ivory Coast and Uruguay battle Nigeria.
Honduras 1-0 Uzbekistan
This game proved to be a tight affair which was decided in the 74th min by substitute Jorge Bodden. Honduras proved to be the dominant force not only in terms of goals but also in possession, claiming 57 per cent and one yellow card whilst Uzbekistan had four yellow cards, two of which were handed to Akramjon Komilov to give him his red.
Japan 1-2 Sweden
In this fixture, the Swedes proved organisation and hard teamwork stands above all when it comes to football. Having only 25 per cent of the possession, they managed not only to score two goals, they also proved their defence doesn't use unfair play to gain an advantage as the one solo yellow card will tell. Strong performance from the Swedes, but they have to improve their game if they don't want to sit and wait for the counter-attack each game.
Brazil 3-1 Russia
There is not much to be said when it comes to the Brazilian youth team. Having managed 27 shots against Russia, they further prove they are an attacking minded team. The 54 per cent possession gives a fairer overview of their dominance and also proves the difference between the Brazilians and Spaniards. Whilst the Spaniards put heavy focus on possession, their south-American competitors only have one thing in mind, to score goals.
Italy 0-2 Mexico
A wildly swinging game, the Mexicans managed to score an early goal and keep a hold of the ball, but that didn't mean the Italians were out of the game. They managed to score 18, seven more, than Mexico as well as having three more corner kicks. Mexico on the other hand, held the lion’s share of the possession at 60 per cent.
Argentina 3-1 Tunisia
Although Tunisia held 52 per cent of the possession against Argentina, they were much less a force in attack. Having scored the first goal as well as scoring the second goal quickly following the equaliser, they dealt a sour blow to the Tunisians who were hoping their possession would result in a better score line.
Morocco 1-2 Ivory Coast
The Ivory Coast shared similarities with Argentina. Morocco held 60 per cent of the possession but managed only seven while the Ivory Coast shot 22 times against the Moroccans in their 39 per cent time frame.
Uruguay 4-2 Slovakia
This game was fairly balanced when it comes to stats. The Uruguayans shot 17 times compared to the 11 of the Slovakian. The Slovaks had 52 per cent of the possession but against it proves itself in world football that possession isn't the key to victory, precision shots are.
Nigeria 4-1 Iran
Having only conceded three goals so far, Iran looked very shaky when they faced the Nigerians with the golden eagles scoring four goals with 13 shots at goal. And surprise, surprise, the Iranians held the majority of the possession at 53 per cent.
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