World Cup knockouts get under way

By James Beeson

- Last updated on GMT

High stakes: the World Cup is entering the knockout stages
High stakes: the World Cup is entering the knockout stages
England might not be in footballing action over the weekend, but there are more than a few tasty World Cup knockout fixtures for pubgoers to sink their teeth into.

World Cup 2018

France v Argentina – Round of 16 – Saturday 30 June - ITV from 3pm

Two footballing heavyweights come face to face as Argentina battle it out with France for a place in the last eight. Messi or Pogba, who will triumph?

Uruguay v Portugal – Round of 16 – Saturday 30 June – BBC from 7pm

After failing to top Group B, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal side face a tough test against South American opponents in the last 16. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez will no doubt be hungry for goals.

Spain v Russia – Round of 16 – Sunday 1 July – BBC from 3pm

Despite topping their group, Spain have flattered to deceive in this World Cup so far. Will a tough tie against host nation Russia prove a step too far for Andres Iniesta and co?

Croatia v Denmark – Round of 16 – Sunday 1 July – BBC from 7pm

Croatia have been the stand-out side of the tournament so far, notching up impressive wins against Nigeria and Argentina. Standing in their way of progression to the last eight are Christian Eriksen’s Denmark.

Formula One Austrian Grand Prix

Qualifying – Saturday 30 June – Sky Sports F1 from 1.55pmRace – Sunday 1 July – Sky Sports F1 from 12.30pm

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will be looking to extend his lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas took victory here last season from pole position.

British Athletics Championships

Saturday, 30 June – BBC Red Button and online from 2.45pmSunday, 1 July – BBC Two from 1pm

There's live coverage from Birmingham's Alexander Stadium of the British Championships, which this year are doubling up as the trials for August's European Championships. Among last year's highlights were Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake's thrilling 200m win as he broke John Regis's 30-year-old championship record; Eilidh Doyle's fourth successive 400m hurdles title; and Laura Weightman's victory in the women's 1,500m.

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