A World Cup to remember

Ross Houston
July 7, 2018

Five-time champions Brazil were eliminated from the tournament, while Belgium qualified for the semi-finals, where they will face France in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

Before tuning in to this weekend's quarterfinals, here's what you need to know about each of the eight remaining teams.

Brazil defender Danilo will play no further part in the World Cup after suffering an ankle injury in training, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has confirmed.

Favourites Brazil will come up against Belgium's "golden generation" in Kazan on Friday while an exciting young France side spearheaded by the lightning-quick Kylian Mbappe take on a shrewd Uruguay outfit in Nizhny Novgorod.

"It was an old back injury".

The encounter between England and Colombia was another nail-biting affair, with English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford pulling off an astounding save to help his team proceed to the next round on penalties.

That could have been their fate had they lost their last group game to England, who have been handsomely rewarded for finishing runners-up with - on paper - what appears to be a far easier route to the final. They came back strong in the penalties to clinch a vital game which just goes on to show this side is not the English team we are used to seeing-fluffing their lines.

Neymar´s Brazil are aiming to win a record-extending sixth World Cup at Moscow´s Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

Russian Federation and Sweden look like outright underdogs in their match ups, but Croatia and England will take them lightly at their own peril, with both teams showing that they have the steel and determination to cause major upsets. "I started playing for Croatia in 2008 and we have had a lot of unlucky defeats, we needed a bit of luck to get through, but we have worked for it", said Modric.

"I think we have more quality in our team and I think we are going to be the ones to set the tone", said Rebic. "They defend as a unit, they play together and they love to do that".

This has been an incredible World Cup and the round of 16 did not disappoint with drama and surprises.

"Now is the time and hopefully we can achieve a similar result", Perisic said. Granted, Cavani will probably miss the game with France, but they coped fine in qualifying when the Paris Saint-Germain star was absent.

"They will waste time, they will fall down, surround the referee".

Croatia are considered a dark horse to win the tournament but it has not been all plain sailing for the Balkan nation following a hard qualifying campaign.

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