Russia & Croatia Getting Ready For Quarter-Finals

Lynette Rowe
July 6, 2018

Before we move on to the quarter-finals - Uruguay vs France, Brazil vs Belgium, Sweden vs England and Russian Federation vs Croatia - let's look back at some of the memorable moments, shocking statistics and hilarious memes from the Round of 16.

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

There have also been news going round that the 31-year-old could announce his retirement from worldwide football. Uruguay are likely to field Girona forward Cristhian Stuani in place of Cavani, while Deschamps will look to Corentin Tolisso to fill in for the suspended Blaise Matuidi in his front four.

France will play Uruguay at 2am Saturday in the first quarterfinal.

"Their strikers are defenders when it's time to defend and they can defend in their own box as well".

One of those teams - who have one World Cup title combined - will be playing in the tournament final July 15 in Moscow.

For all the drama around England, the victor of the tournament is more likely to come from the top half of the draw, where the teams can boast a combined eight tournament wins. Both these sides have a point to prove in Samara. "For fans' comfort we chose to organize an additional space to watch the games near the Spartak stadium", Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on Twitter. It doesn't bring him sympathy and it's not good for him.

Opponents tend to play a very physical game against Neymar, who sometimes ups the antics to compensate.

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"It'll be the most hard game they'll have played so far, they can bet on that". "England win on penalties (Yes really!)", the paper said.

Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show, scoring two and winning the penalty for the first goal, but he is expected to find things much more hard against a much better defensive unit in this game.

And new data, collated by Swiss broadcaster RTS, has revealed just what an incredible amount of time Neymar has spent lying on the turf "in agony" so far in Russian Federation.

The former player went on to suggest that officials could do more to help Neymar, stating: "I don't think referees have been protecting him enough".

Real Madrid star Modric is more than just Croatia's playmaker; he is their captain and their inspiration.

Spain followed Argentina and Portugal out of the tournament on Sunday when they were beaten on penalties by hosts Russian Federation.

Top stat: Russian Federation completed just 191 passes - compared to Spain's 1,066 - over the course of 120 minutes in the round of 16, and had just 21.1 per cent of the possession.

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