WORLD CUP 2018: QUARTERFINALS

 

The battle for the world cup winner is getting and less predictable as the day goes by and as at the end of today we are done with the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals was tough on all the 8 countries as each tried to find a spot in the semi-finals but there we all cannot be winners.

FRANCE VS URUGUAY

France reached the World Cup semifinals after a relatively straightforward win over Uruguay courtesy of goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann.

Varane opened the scoring on 40 minutes before Griezmann made it 2-0 just after the hour mark following a dreadful error from Fernando Muslera in the Uruguay goal.

It took a while for Didier Deschamps’ men to find their stride and after a quarter of an hour, Les Bleus should have found the opener. Olivier Giroud’s header found Kylian Mbappe, who had all the time in the world to bring it down and shoot. Instead, he headed first time and the chance harmlessly bounced over.

Uruguay were tenacious without the ball without unduly troubling the France defence but five minutes before half time, they fell behind. Griezmann’s free kick found Varane, whose flicked header evaded Muslera.

BELGIUM VS BRAZIL

Belgium claimed their biggest scalp ever in beating five-time winners Brazil to reach just their second semi-final

In a 45-minute whirlwind of attacking football in the opening half Roberto Martínez’s side opened up a 2-0 lead through a Fernandinho own goal and a glorious strike from Kevin de Bruyne. Belgium should probably have extended that lead further as they picked Tite’s side apart at will with lightning breaks that perfectly exploited Brazil’s high line. De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku sowed panic in the Canarinha back line every time they surged forward and only a tendency to overelaborate and a couple of decent saves from Alisson prevented a complete rout by half time. The match ended with a score of 2-1 as Belgium triumphed.

Belgium meets France for the semi-finals.

 

ENGLAND DEFEATS SWEDEN 2-0 TO GET A SPOT IN THE SEMI FINALS

 

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored as England comfortably defeated Sweden 2-0 in Samara on Saturday to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

Leicester defender Maguire headed in the opening goal from a corner on 30 minutes, with Alli adding a second just before the hour.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford then produced a series of crucial saves in the final half-hour to seal England’s long-awaited spot in the last four.

It was just a second England victory over Sweden in nine competitive meetings, and sets up a clash with Croatia on July 11 in Moscow for a place in the final. Viktor Claesson drilled over for Sweden early on with an ambitious attempt from distance, while Harry Kane, the tournament’s leading scorer with six goals, dragged wide after a penetrating run by Raheem Sterling.

RUSSIA BOWS OUT OF THE WORLD CUP AFTER BEING DEFEATED IN PENALTIES BY CROATIA

Russia, the unexpected heroes of this World Cup, the plucky underdogs who beat Spain and took Croatia to penalties are out of the competition. Russia went 1-0 up after Denis Cheryshev danced his way through the Croatian midfield, riding a challenge by Ivan Rakitic and eluding the lunge of Luka Modric, before unleashing a beautiful bending shot into the top corner from 25 yards out.

Their lead lasted just eight minutes, though, when Mario Mandzukic had an enormous amount of time and space on the left, cut it back to Kramaric, who headed in the equaliser. Dyzuba and Golovin harried the Croatian defense but couldn’t find a winner in normal time.

In the 72nd minute, opportunity knocked again for Russia. Fedor Smolov played the ball out wide to Fernandes on the right and the full-back crossed only for substitute Aleksandr Erokhin to head over from an inviting position.

At the end of the day Croatia won in the penalties with 4 goals and Russia had 3 goals. Congratulations to Croatia!

Croatia meets England for the semi-finals.

The game is gradually coming to an end, who takes the cup home? Stay glued, we’ve got you covered.

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