France vs. Croatia in the final. From Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Twenty years removed from their only World Cup triumph, Kylian Mbappe and France will look to stave off Luka Modric and a resilient Croatian side making their first ever final appearance.
Belgium vs. England in the third-place match. From Saint Petersburg Stadium. Gareth Southgate's England side tries to go out on a high note after a 2-1 loss in extra time to Croatia, while Belgium seeks their best-ever World Cup finish.
Croatia vs. England in a semifinal. From Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Current and former Tottenham stars Harry Kane and Luka Modric captain teams that last made the semis in the '90s. Kane has six WC goals, while Modric heads nine Croatian goal-scorers.
France vs. Belgium in a semifinal. From St. Petersburg Stadium. An all-UEFA semifinals kicks off with a clash of neighbors sparked by Chelsea mates N'Golo Kanté, Olivier Giroud (France), Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois (Belgium).
Russia vs. Croatia in a quarterfinal. From Fisht Stadium in Sochi. Russian captain Igor Akinfeev (of CSKA Moscow) and Croatia's Danijel Subasic (Monaco) stood tall in goal in round-of-16 shootout wins. Croatia last made the semis in 1998, Russia in 1966.
Sweden vs. England in a quarterfinal. From Samara Arena in Samara. Boosted by Tuesday's landmark win on penalty kicks, England and top scorer Harry Kane face a sticky Swedish side led by Victor Lindelof and captain Andreas Granqvist in central defense.
Uruguay vs. France in a quarterfinal. From Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod. Veteran striker Luis Suárez and speedy French teen Kylian Mbappé spearheaded these former Cup champions, whose last two World Cup meetings (2002, 2010) both ended 0-0.
Brazil vs. Belgium in a quarterfinal. From Kazan Arena in Kazan. Brazil's seventh straight quarterfinal berth pits Neymar and Co. against the resilient Belgians, who roared from 2-0 down to beat Japan on Monday, stretching their unbeaten run to 23 games.
Colombia vs. England in a round-of-16 match. From Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Golden Boot contender Harry Kane (five goals) keys Gareth Southgate's young Lions against a veteran Colombia side featuring James Rodriguez, top scorer at the 2014 World Cup.
Sweden vs. Switzerland in a round-of-16 match. From Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg. The Swedes and Swiss eye their first quarterfinals since 1994 and 1954, respectively. Swedish captain Andreas Granqvist has played in Russia since 2013.
Brazil vs. Mexico in a round-of-16 match. From Samara Arena in Samara. "El Tri" are in their seventh straight knockout round, with an 0-6 mark in the previous six games. Keeper Guillermo Ochoa starred in a 0-0 draw vs. host Brazil in the 2014 World Cup.
Belgium vs. Japan in a round-of-16 match. From Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don. The Belgians are riding a 22-game unbeaten streak (in all competition) under Roberto Martinez. Japan bids for its first quarterfinals, led by versatile veteran Keisuke Honda.
Croatia vs. Denmark in a round-of-16 match. From Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod. Croatia is in its first knockout round in 20 years, while the Danes last made it this far in 2002. Both sides allowed just one goal in the group stage.
Spain vs. Russia in a round-of-16 match. From Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Recently-named interim coach Fernando Hierro and Spain are tested by the tournament hosts in their capital city, as Russia play their first knockout-round game in 32 years.
France vs. Argentina in a round-of-16 match. From Kazan Arena in Kazan. The knockout round kicks off with a clash of elite strikeforces featuring Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi. These nations have combined to make six of the last 10 World Cup finals.
Uruguay vs. Portugal in a round-of-16 match. From Fisht Stadium in Sochi. La Liga stars Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo are up to seven career World Cup goals each. Ronaldo's side face Diego Godin and a Uruguay defense that let in no group-stage goals.
Panama vs. Tunisia in a Group G finale. From Mordovia Arena in Saransk. Panama closes out its first-ever World Cup with Roman Torres and Co. facing center back Ali Maaloul and Tunisia, which is winless in 13 Cup matches since a win in its opener in 1978.
Japan vs. Poland in a Group H finale. From Volgograd Arena in Volgograd. Gritty Japan needs a win or a Senegal loss to make its third-ever knockout round. Poland can play spoiler, with an Italian accent, as Piotr Zielinski heads seven Serie A players.
Senegal vs. Colombia in a Group H finale. From Samara Arena in Samara. These teams both made the quarterfinals in their previous World Cup: Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez led Colombia in 2014, while current coach Aliou Cisse sparked Senegal in 2002.
England vs. Belgium in a Group G finale. From Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad. A slew of EPL teammates square off as these sides play for round-of-16 seeding, having outsclassed their first two foes behind Harry Kane (5 goals) and Romelu Lukaku (4).
Serbia vs. Brazil in a Group E finale. From Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Serbs Aleksandar Kolarov and Branislav Ivanovic bring attack-minded defense against fellow ex-EPL star Philippe Coutinho (2 goals) and Brazil, which would advance with a win or draw.
Mexico vs. Sweden in a Group F finale. From Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg. Led by Javier Hernandez (50 intl. goals), Mexico can clinch its seventh straight round-of-16 berth with a win or draw. Both teams are aided by a Germany loss (vs. S. Korea).
Switzerland vs. Costa Rica in a Group E finale. From Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod. Switzerland's comeback win over Serbia has Vlad Petkovic's squad in good position for its third knockout round since 2006, while Costa Rica is eliminated.