Quarter-finals. In the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage, the defending champions and the world number one team, Germany went out of the tournament unexpectedly. In the pre-quarterfinals, the Spanish team lined with stars, superstar striker Lionel Messi of Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal also went out with no achievements.
Brazil, England, Belgium, Croatia, Uruguay, Sweden, France and the hosts Russia will go on the field to decide the last four. Here are the all four clashes of quarter-finals.
France vs Uruguay:
Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann have the biggest contribution to take French team to the quarter-finals. Griezmann’s penalty goal and the two goals of Mbappe in the pre-quarterfinal match against Argentina are memorable. The tour of the French team was good, and they defeated Australia 2-1, while defeating Peru 1-0.
At the same time, Uruguay started the tournament with boom and won three consecutive matches in the group stage. They defeated Egypt and Saudi Arabia 1-0 and then defeated Russia 3-0. After that, they won the quarter-finals by defeating Portuguese team 2-1.
Brazil vs Belgium:
Brazil and Belgium teams will be face-to-face in the second quarter-final. But the Brazilian team’s journey to the pre-quarter is not expected. Five-time champions Brazil and with star players like Neymar, Coutinho, Jesus, Paulinho had to play a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in the opening game of the group stage. Brazil would be looking forward to Neymar again in this important match in quarterfinals.
At the same time Belgium defeated Panama (3-0), Tunisia (5-2) with a big margin, then beat the English team 1-0. After this, the team kept alive the dream of winning their title by defeating Japan 3-2 at the last minute. Belgian has to beat Brazil, then its key striker Roemelu Lukaku will have to show magic.
Sweden vs England:
Sweden and England will be face-to-face in the third quarter. The young players of England have so far taken good care of the team’s expectations. England’s team became the last team to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals by defeating Colombia in the penalty shootout.
England’s team will be the strongest contender for the win against Sweden in the quarter-finals. The team has lost only once, but its key players were sitting on the bench. English captain Harry Kane’s contribution is crucial as he is running no. 1 in the race of Golden Boot by scoring six goals in three matches. Ken can do amazing in the last-eight too.
On the other hand after starting very slow Sweden anyhow managed to reach to the last 8. Sweden first failed to beat South Korea 0-1, then lost to defending champions Germany by 1-2 but then they beat Mexico 3-0 and Switzerland 1-0 to face England’s challenge in the last 8.
Russia vs Croatia:
In the last quarter-final, Russia will be in front of the Croatian team and this match is also expected to be exciting. Both have reached here with the help of the team’s united show. Host Russia has demonstrated astonishing performance by surprise everyone and Croatia has shown that we too are not less. In the pre-quarterfinals, they beat the Spanish team in the penalty shootout.
Now in the quarter-finals, the Russian team will get the benefit of being the hosts against Croatia, where fans will be seen encouraging them. However, the team showed by its performance that it is not even less surprising.
At the same time, the Croatian team retained their winning streak, defeating Nigeria (2-0), Argentina (3-0), Iceland (1-2) and reached the final-16. Then cleared the quarter-finals by defeating Denmark in the last-16.