first_imgCroatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic said on Friday that the Spanish football team was favourite to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Spain played to a 3-3 draw in their first Group B clash against Portugal then won against Iran 1-0 before securing a spot in the round of 16 with a 2-2 draw against Morocco, reports Efe.”To be honest, I see Spain on top of any other team. I think they are the main contenders, despite having had three difficult group matches,” Rakitic said in a press conference ahead of Croatia’s training session.FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the round of 16Rakitic, 30, said his team could hopefully overpower Spain in their potential quarterfinal clash, but he stressed that they have one more match to go and they have to win it first.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full Coverage”For me, Croatia is above all. We have to defeat Denmark and they (Spain) must do the same versus Russia. Matches are going to be tough. Then I will be happy to take on Spain,” he added.ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULETwo matches will take place in the round of 16 every day from June 30 to July 3 in the following order:June 30 – France vs Argentina (7.30pm IST) followed by Uruguay vs Portugal (11.30pm IST)July 1 – Spain vs Russia (7.30pm IST) followed by Croatia vs Denmark (11.30pm IST)July 2 – Brazil vs Mexico (7.30pm IST) followed by Belgium vs Japan (11.30pm IST)July 3 – Sweden vs Switzerland (7.30pm IST) followed by Colombia vs England (11.30pm IST)advertisement(With IANS inputs)last_img read more