There are only eight teams left as the battle for world supremacy continues. Will we see two teams in the final that no expects like Russia and Belgium, or will it be two powerhouses like England and Brazil?
Here are the matchups and my choices of who advances to the semifinals.
France vs. Uruguay
Both teams are playing strong at the right time. However, Uruguay’s Cavani isn’t at 100%, and that could be a factor in their game plan. Meanwhile, France is a very focused team and with everyone rallying around Mbappe, anything but a championship will be a failure.
Verdict: France will get the victory in this one.
Brazil vs. Belgium
Neymar and his team have found their rhythm in this tournament. Belgium, on the other hand, is a team of destiny. Their heroics during their last match just adds to their story.
Verdict: Belgium stuns Brazil and their fairy-tale goes on to the semifinals.
Russia vs. Croatia
No one expected them to advance out of the group, never mind have a chance at winning it all. Russia has gained from all the support their home turf has given, and they seem to have found the right mixture. Croatia has slipped lately, and playing against the hosts in their homeland is a very tough task to overcome at this stage.
Verdict: The hosts carry the support of the country and Russia moves on.
England vs. Sweden
Sweden has been a strong team this whole tournament, and England has the leading goal-scorer. Something has to give as both battle for a spot in the semifinal. Does Kane keep up his torrid pace, or does Sweden’s team strategy prevail?
Verdict: Sweden advances in penalties as England lose again in the shootout.
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