Uruguay, France, Brazil, Belgium, Sweden, England, Russia and Croatia are the remaining eight teams in the 2018 World Cup. After the quarterfinal matches are completed, there will be only four left.
Here’s an interesting fact about the duel in the quarterfinals as quoted FIFA.com:
Uruguay vs France
In the World Cup, France has never beaten a team from South America since the subject of Argentina in 1978. Since then Les Bleus has stringed five wins and four draws.
When facing France, Oscar Tabarez will undergo the 20th game as coach of Uruguay in the World Cup. That makes it parallel to Bora Milutinovic and Mario Zagallo in fourth position as coach with the most number of matches in the World Cup.
Brazil vs Belgium
Belgium will play their fifth match against Brazil. But in the World Cup, only one time Belgium met Brazil. It happened in 2002 when Brazil won 2-0 over Belgium through goals by Rivaldo and Ronaldo.
Brazil are passing a series of three consecutive wins and 310 minutes without conceding in the 2018 World Cup. Brazil also conceded a new goal, namely when facing Switzerland in his first party (1-1).
Sweden vs England
It has twice been England’s face in England at the World Cup, with both matches drawing to an end; 1-1 in 2002 and 2-2 in 2006. Interestingly, England was handled by Sven Goran Eriksson – the Swedish coach.
England qualified for the quarterfinals after breaking the penalty shootout. After three defeats (vs. West Germany 1990, vs Argentina 1998, vs. Portugal 2006), this is the first time Britain has triumphed in tos-tosan dramas at the World Cup.
Russia vs Croatia
The last time Russia was in the quarterfinals was when it was still called Soviet Union in 1970. At that time, Russia defeated Uruguay in the round.
For the third of five performances at the World Cup, Croatia will face the home side. They lost on two previous occasions; from France (1-2) in the semifinals of 1998 and over Brazil (1-3) in the early game of 2014.