In one half, England, who played their one final when they won the title in 1966, and Sweden, who lost to Brazil on home soil in the 1958 final, will meet in Samara on Saturday with a last-four clash against Croatia or Russian Federation awaiting the victor.
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. Now, I feel that Brazil stands a chance. "They have so many young players like Mbappé who are promising and are in good form now". But Uruguay is a much stiffer test than Argentina, who barely scraped through to the knockout round. Both teams possess excellent goal scoring power, so we doubt that we see a low-affair goals game.
"It's not about England and Colombia, it's nearly every match, they are creating such a hard job for the referees in every match".
"Uruguay have so many assets, so many qualities", said France coach Didier Deschamps. The tournament has proved to be one of the most intriguing ones of recent times with teams playing high-quality football. Belgium survived a scare against Japan, coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. It is the seventh time in a row that Brazil have made it to the last eight and they will be looking to go all the way.
The third match will feature Sweden and England.
Croatia have Luka Modric at his best and him along with Ivan Rakitic have not allowed the opposition to dictate play. It also created a shadow every successive Croatia team has been forced to deal with and has not come close to matching.
Sweden have scored twice from set plays, while England have scored three, the most at the tournament. The difference between these two teams could be the presence of a star. Sweden is without a game-changing big name, but England is not.
England's Marcus Rashford scores from the penalty spot in a shootout at the end of the round of 16 match between Colombia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. But the hosts might not be so lucky against the Balkan side on Saturday.
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