The quarter-finalists: Did you know?



French Confidence

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

Uruguayan Experience

The match against France will be Oscar Tabarez's 20th World Cup match in charge of Uruguay. That puts him even 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. 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 in the current tournament

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 Cups, Croatia will meet the host team. They lost the previous 2: the 1998 semi-final against France and the Opening Match in 2014 versus Brazil.

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 shootout in their history after 3 defeats (W. Germany in 1990, Argentina in 1998, Portugal in 2006).



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