The first day of the Round of 16 had storylines aplenty. Messi! Ronaldo! Argentina! Portugal! Martin Caceres’ high socks! (OK, so maybe that last one wasn’t talked about by anybody outside of a very, very small corner of the internet on Saturday.)
The second day of the Round of 16 might not have the full barrage of hype surrounding it, but don’t you worry, kids. When you want to see two of the best team still alive at the World Cup, you tune into the two games that are on today’s schedule in Russia.
One of the few tournament favorites that are actually left, Spain, play the opening end of Sunday’s doubleheader against Mother Russia. Then Mr. No Good Mario Mandzukic will lead the line for Croatia, easily one of the World Cup’s best teams thus far, against Denmark.
There you go.
We can still hold out a small bit of hope that Juventus can sign Aleksandr Golovin. We can swoon over Mateo Kovacic if he actually does see the field. (Seriously, how good is Croatia’s midfield, though?)
We can do whatever the hell we want, really.
After two pretty damn good games to open the Round of 16 on Saturday, the bar has most certainly been set high to keep the ball rolling in what has been a great tournament thus far.
Just remember one thing: Mario guut, very guut. Mario always vert guut.
Spain vs. Russia: 10 a.m. Eastern Time, 7 a.m. Pacific (NBC link here)
Croatia vs. Denmark: 2 p.m. Eastern Time, 11 a.m. Pacific (NBC link here)
HOW TO WATCH
Television: Spain-Russia and Croatia-Denmark will both be shown on FOX (United States); TSN4, TSN5 (Canada); UTV, STV Scotland, ITV1 UK (United Kingdom)
Online/mobile: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (links above); Fox Sports Go (United States); TSN GO, RDS GO (Canada); The ITV Hub (United Kingdom)
Note: This post will be updated daily as the main World Cup viewing and off-topic thread here at BWRAO. Stay tuned to BWRAO for posts regarding Juventus’ representation in Russia as well as any transfer-related happenings that take place before, during or after the day’s schedule comes and goes.