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World Cup 2018 Round of 16 open thread: Brazil-Mexico, Belgium-Japan

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Please, no more penalty kick games, I’m begging you!

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Mexico v Sweden: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Christian Eriksen was sent home from the World Cup yesterday thanks to Luka Modric and Croatia in a match that went all the way to penalty kicks. That’s sad for Christian, but good for Tottenham Hotspur as he gets a nice break before rejoining training and (presumably) signing a new contract.

The first game between Russia and Spain also went to PKs, which meant a lot of football-watching, much of which wasn’t great, Bob. We have two more Round of 16 matches today as well — hopefully they’re a little more exciting.

The games and how to watch:

Brazil vs. Mexico

Time: 10 am ET, 3 pm BST
TV: FOX (USA) | ITV 1 (UK) | other listings on livesoccertv.com
Streaming: Fox Sports Go, Telemundo (USA - Spanish, available through NBC Sports Live) | ITV Hub (UK) | fubo.tv (free trial)

Belgium vs. Japan

Time: 2 pm ET, 7 pm BST
TV: FOX (USA) | BBC 1 (UK) | other listings on livesoccertv.com
Streaming: Fox Sports Go, Telemundo (USA - Spanish, available through NBC Sports Live) | BBC iPlayer (UK) | fubo.tv (free trial)

Any Spurs players involved?

Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele (Belgium)

How about former Spurs?

Paulinho (Brazil), Giovani Dos Santos (Mexico), Nacer Chadli (Belgium)

Any transfer targets or rival players I’m probably interested in?

Nyet.

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