World Cup quarter-finals guide: Who will make the last four in Russia?


The World Cup 2018 quarter-final line-up was completed on Tuesday night when England defeated Colombia on penalties to secure their place in the last eight.

Brazil continue to impress after a comfortable win over Mexico while Kylian Mbappe inspired France to victory over Mexico and Edinson Cavani fired Uruguay through at Portugal’s expense. 

With the quarter-finals set to begin on Friday, Sportsmail brings you all you need to know about the four matches, a key battle in each contest and who we think will progress. 

Neymar scored and set up another as Brazil defeated Mexico to reach the World Cup last eight

Neymar scored and set up another as Brazil defeated Mexico to reach the World Cup last eight

URUGUAY VS FRANCE

Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Date: Friday, July 6

Kick-off: 3pm

Uruguay form: The South Americans came into the knockout stages having not conceded a goal and their defensive resolve was put to the test against Portugal. However, when you’ve got a strike force as capable as Luis Suarez and Cavani you’ve always got a chance and the latter came up trumps to send them through.

France form: They made it through their group despite not really clicking into gear. However, against a woeful Argentine defence, Mbappe shone and fired his nation into the quarter-finals. With so much depth in their squad, Didier Deschamps will feel confident of going one step further.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani  came up trumps to send Uruguay through against Portugal

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani came up trumps to send Uruguay through against Portugal

Key match-up: Diego Laxalt vs Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe’s piercing and direct runs caused Argentina’s defence so many problems. Marcos Rojo and Nicolas Tagliafico could not cope with his speed and power and it will be pivotal to Uruguay’s chances that Laxalt can get a grip of the PSG youngster early on.

Verdict: France to edge it.

Against a woeful Argentine defence, Kylian Mbappe fired his nation into the quarter-finals

Against a woeful Argentine defence, Kylian Mbappe fired his nation into the quarter-finals

BRAZIL VS BELGIUM

Venue: Kazan Arena

Date: Friday, July 6

Kick-off: 7pm

Brazil form: A dominant display against Mexico was perhaps the clearest sign yet of why Brazil are favourites to lift the trophy. They have an unbelievable defensive record under manager Tite and attacking options galore. Neymar is coming into form as well at just the right time.

Belgium form: Belgium were very comfortable in the group stages but were on the brink of elimination against Japan on Monday night. Two goals down with less than 30 minutes to play, they somehow produced a magical comeback. Criticism has been levelled at Roberto Martinez’s tactics and a similar performance against Brazil will surely mean the end. 

For all of Brazil's attacking flair, their defensive record under manager Tite is remarkable

For all of Brazil’s attacking flair, their defensive record under manager Tite is remarkable

Key match-up: Neymar vs Toby Alderweireld

Belgium’s back three are likely to come under extreme pressure from Brazil’s attacking trio. Having played on the right side of the defensive three so far, Alderweireld will more than likely come up against Neymar if Thomas Meunier leaves him isolated. It would not be wise to leave the Tottenham man 1v1 but you wouldn’t bet against…



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