French Confidence

France have not been beaten by South American opponents at the World Cup since losing to hosts Argentina in 1978. They have won 5 and drawn 4 since then.

Uruguayan Experience

The quarter-final against France will be Oscar Tabarez's 20th World Cup match as Uruguay coach. That puts him level with Bora Milutinovic and Mario Zagallo in 4th place for matches coached at the World Cup.


Belgian Hopes

This will be Belgium's 5th match against Brazil. Their only World Cup meeting was in 2002, when Brazil won 2-0 with goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldo.

Brazilian Run

Brazil are on a run of 3 consecutive wins and 310 minutes without conceding a goal at Russia 2018.

Back in the USSR

The last time Russia were in the quarter-finals was as the Soviet Union in 1970. They were defeated by Uruguay.

Croatian Challenge

For the 3rd time in their 5 World Cup appearances, Croatia will meet the host team. They have lost the previous 2: to France in the 1998 semi-final and Brazil in the 2014 Opening Match.

Drawing Swedish stalemates

The Swedes have played the English twice before in the FIFA World Cup, and both matches ended in draws (1-1 in 2002 and 2-2 in 2006). Interestingly, Swede Sven Goran Eriksson was coaching England on both occasions.

English Jinx Broken

England beat Colombia on penalties in the Round of 16. It was their first successful World Cup shootout after 3 defeats (West Germany in 1990, Argentina in 1998, Portugal in 2006).



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