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World Cup R16 open thread: Spain-Switzerland, Japan-Norway, Netherlands-South Africa

Japan v Spain: Group C - FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

We had a nice day off from World Cup action but we’re back in it today-slash-tomorrow early morning with the start of the knock-out rounds of the competition. Sixteen teams remain, and 13 will remain after today’s action.

This has been something of a bonkers World Cup thus far. Germany eliminated? Morocco qualifying with a negative goal differential? Jamaica looking like the tournament darlings? It’s be WILD. Let’s hope we continue to get fun games as the tournament continues.

If you want a breakdown of the bracket for the knockout stages, here’s one from the New York Times.

World Cup schedule

Spain vs. Switzerland

1 a.m. ET Saturday, 6 a.m. UK
TV: Fox Sports 1 (USA), BBC One (UK)

Spurs players to watch: Luana Bühler (Switzlerland)

Japan vs. Norway

4 a.m. ET Saturday, 9 a.m. UK
TV: Fox Sports 1 (USA), ITV 1 (UK)
Stream: Former Spurs keeper Aurora Mikalsen (Norway)

Netherlands vs. South Africa

10 p.m. ET Saturday, 3 a.m. Sunday UK

Spurs players to watch: none