1 Player to Watch from Each Team in World Cup Last 16

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1 Player to Watch from Each Team in World Cup Last 16
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Possibly the greatest-ever World Cup group stage is over, and we're down to from 32 teams to 16. If the knockout phase is anything like what's gone before it, this is likely to be remembered as the finest major football tournament ever staged.

The football has been excellent. The cautious, defensive style that characterised many previous finals has been replaced by a focus on attack, making for a brilliant, unpredictable event. World Cups are supposed to be free-spirited and fun, and this one most certainly has been.

It remains to be seen whether the higher stakes we now face sees a return to a more defensive approach from the sides left in, but with the quality of players that remain involved it seems unlikely.

Here we take a look at one player from each nation left in the tournament who is likely to dazzle and excite in the last 16 and beyond.

 

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