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Kevin Baxter

For the first time, the FIFA World Cup is being played in the Middle East for a fall tournament highlighting soccer’s best.

The U.S. men’s national team saw its World Cup run end in a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands on Saturday. After playing to draws against Wales and England, the U.S. defeated Iran 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the round of 16 before falling to the Dutch.

Mexico, hit hard by injuries and issues within its federation, was eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday despite a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in its group-play finale.

Here’s a look at Sunday and Monday’s round of 16 World Cup matchups:

England vs. Senegal

Where: Al Bayt Stadium

Time: 11 a.m. PST, Sunday

TV: FS1, Telemundo, Peacock Premium

The buzz: Aliou Cisse was captain of the Senegal team that made history by reaching the quarterfinals in its first World Cup appearance in 2002. Now he’s has coached the team back to the knockouts for the first time since then and has the African Cup of Nations champion a win away from the quarterfinals again.

Senegal got this far without Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mane, the two-time African player of the year who was injured in his penultimate game before the World Cup break. And it will again be without midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who is suspended for yellow card accumulation.

Senegal’s midfield was already expected to be without former captain Cheikhou Kouyate, who hasn’t played since sustaining a hamstring injury in Senegal’s opener with the Netherlands. That may force Cisse to turn to 20-year-old Pape Matar Sarr, who has played 14 minutes in the tournament so far.

England, ranked fifth in the world, rolled through its group unbeaten, with Marcus Rashford scoring three times and Harry Kane, the World Cup scoring champion in 2018, picking up three assists. Jordan Pickford posted shutouts in the last two games and hasn’t allowed a goal from the run of play in 205 minutes.

England’s team is deep and its workmanlike performances in the group stage suggest the Three Lions really haven’t hit stride yet.

Japan vs. Croatia

Where: Al Janoub Stadium

Time: 7 a.m. PST Monday

TV: Fox, Telemundo, Peacock Premium

The buzz: Which Japanese team will show up for this game? The one that beat former World Cup champions Germany and Spain to win its group? Or the one that lost to lowly Costa Rica in between?

Japan has done just enough to win here, with both victories coming by a single goal and all of its scores coming in the second half.

Winger Ritsu Doan, one of eight Japanese players who compete in Germany, has two of those four goals. Goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda, who has conceded a single goal in all three games, is fourth in the tournament with 12 saves.

This is Japan’s fourth trip to the final 16 in six World Cups, but it has never gotten past the fourth game.

Croatia, which made it to the final in 2018, is playing in the round of 16 for a third time and it won in both previous tries. It is unbeaten here but two of its results have been draws, leaving it second in its group to Morocco. It was shut out in both those ties, scoring only in its 4-1 win over Morocco.

Croatia keeper Dominik Livakovic was been called on to make just five saves in the two clean sheets.

Brazil vs. South Korea

Where: Stadium 974

Time: 11 a.m. PST Monday

TV: Fox, Telemundo, Peacock Premium

The buzz: Brazil is hoping to see Neymar back on the field of the first time since the opener, when an ankle injury sent him off late in the second half.

Neymar’s return, while unlikely, would be especially with Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus and Sevilla defender Alex Tellas out for the rest of the tournament. Both are sidelined with knee injuries sustained in the group-play final with Cameroon.

A Seleção won the group without Neymar but that was primarily on the strength of its goalkeeper Ederson, who allowed just one goal, that coming in stoppage time of the final group-play game. Brazil, ranked No. 1 in the world and a heavy tournament favorite, hasn’t looked the part, scoring just three goals of its own, two from Richarlison and one from Casemiro.

South Korea only barely advanced, with Hwang Hee-chan’s goal in stoppage time beating Portugal in the group final and lifting the Koreans over Uruguay on a tiebreaker. South Korea is playing in its 10th consecutive World Cup — only four nations have longer active streaks — but this is just its second trip to the final 16.

World Cup TV schedule

Note: All scheduled group matches have been played.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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