today's matches
today's matches

tomorrow's matches

Sweden-Switzerland. Not exactly the match everyone is looking forward to, but then, who expected Belgium-Japan to be a classic? Sweden's only loss in the group stage came via Toni Kroos' wonder strike ... they shut out South Korea and Mexico in their other matches. Defender Andreas Granqvist has been their best player ... he even has two goals from penalty kicks, and was Man of the Match in both their victories.  Switzerland has yet to lose, and they managed a draw against Brazil. Xherdan Shaqiri has been their best ... he scored a 90th-minute goal to beat Serbia. His performance fell off against Costa Rica, and Switzerland will need him to rebound. The Swiss are also missing two starters to suspension. Sweden should win this one. Although they have met each other 27 times, this will be their first meeting in 16 years. They played a six-goal scorcher in Euro qualifiers in 1994:

Colombia-England. James had a terrific match against Poland, but left the Senegal match with an injury and is doubtful against England. Juan Quintero has been Colombia's top player so far in the tourney, with a goal and two assists. Any discussion of England must begin with Harry Kane, who already has five goals despite being rested against Belgium. Kieran Trippier has also looked good. I get the feeling that England fans are already assuming this match is theirs, but I wouldn't be so sure. It should be a good, even, match. But my predictions haven't been right too often. The teams have only met five times previously, with England winning three and drawing the other two. They met in group play at the 1998 World Cup, with England knocking Colombia out of the competition.

 

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