By Chineze Ogugua
The 2018 World Cup keeps getting interesting with each match that goes and will go down in history as the best World Cup to have all the bigwigs crashing out.
The quarterfinal played on Friday and Saturday witnessed lots of entertainment beginning with France kicking out Uruguay in a keenly contested affair.
Cavani was missing in action due to injury which left Uruguay with Luis Suarez and Christian Stuani upfront to lead the attack but it was France who opened the scoring in the 39th minute when Griezmann’s freekick was headed past Muslera by Rafael Varane.
As the second half begun, Uruguay couldn’t record a single shot on goal up until the 61st minute when Griezmann’s shot was pushed into his own net by keeper Muslera.
In the second quarterfinal, Belgium stunned bigwig and tournament favorites Brazil 2-1 in a game the South Americans will feel aggrieved which still calls to question the effectiveness of VAR.
Fernandinho scored into his net to open the scoring for Belgium before Allison failed to get to De Bruyne’s shot to hand the Belgian’s their second goal.
Renato Augusto somewhat restored parity for the South Americans but it wasn’t enough even though there was a call for a penalty after Vincent Kompany appeared to have tripped Neymar in the last five minutes of the game.
The third quarter final played on Saturday featured Sweden and England with the Three Lions emerging 2-0 winners over the Swedes.
Harry Maguire opened the scoring with a header in the 30th minute before Dele Alli added the second in the 58th minute in what looked like an easy win for them to advance to the semifinals.
The last match was between host Russia and Croatia which was watched by thousands of Russian fans.
Denis Cheryshev scored a stunner in the 31st minute to open the scoring before Andrej Kramaric equalized eight minutes later. No other goals was witnessed till the extra time when Domagoj Vida gave the Croats the lead in the 100th minute but the lead didn’t last long as five minutes later Mario Figueira Fernandes was on hand to head in the equalizer to send the game into penalties.
France will face Belgium on Tuesday while England will face Croatia on Wednesday.
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