A look at the road out of the World Cup’s round of 16


Belgium players celebrate scoring their side's first goal during the group G match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Belgium players celebrate scoring their side's first goal during the group G match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)


Colombia's Yerry Mina, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the group H match between Senegal and Colombia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)


Japan's Shinji Okazaki and Takashi Inui, right, wave to the stands at the end of the group H match between Japan and Poland at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)


MOSCOW (AP) — No more ties, or tiebreakers. The World Cup has cut its 32-team field in half, and starting Saturday, every match will end with someone going home.

Here’s a look at what’s next, starting with the round of 16 :

Group A vs. Group B, Group E vs. Group F

This half of the bracket features big names in two high-powered matches right out of the gate: A loaded France squad plays Lionel Messi and Argentina in Saturday’s early game, followed by Uruguay and Luis Suarez against Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo , with the winners meeting July 6.

Belgium — one of the few top-tier teams to deliver on its hype so far — plays Japan, which sneaked out of its group because it got fewer yellow cards than Senegal. Monday’s later match pits Neymar and a Brazil lineup that seems to be finding its form against a mercurial Mexico squad that knocked off Germany and South Korea but got hammered by Sweden . The winners play July 6.

Group C vs. Group D, Group G vs. Group H

Sunday starts with Russia hosting Spain in Moscow’s main stadium, with the late game pitting Denmark, which hasn’t lost since the fall of 2016, against Croatia, which eased through its group with three wins. The winners meet July 7.

England will carry high expectations into its match Tuesday against a talented Colombia team after essentially choosing that matchup by fielding a squad of reserves in its last group game against Belgium. And the final game of the round of 16 features a Swedish side that won a tough group versus a Swiss team with issues in the back but enough talent up front to score against anyone. The winners play July 7 for the right to go to the semifinals.

Belgium players celebrate scoring their side’s first goal during the group G match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_120849480-43f1b691bf25427489b48d25b37b62c8.jpgBelgium players celebrate scoring their side’s first goal during the group G match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Colombia’s Yerry Mina, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s first goal during the group H match between Senegal and Colombia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_120849480-937a84eb8b2549d4912197e72fe870ae.jpgColombia’s Yerry Mina, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s first goal during the group H match between Senegal and Colombia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Japan’s Shinji Okazaki and Takashi Inui, right, wave to the stands at the end of the group H match between Japan and Poland at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_120849480-cb5aca07f0f64918a99eb524d7d0b258.jpgJapan’s Shinji Okazaki and Takashi Inui, right, wave to the stands at the end of the group H match between Japan and Poland at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)