Schedule and Picks for Quarter-Final Matches

Elena Summers
July 6, 2018

But it was not his match-winning intervention that fans were discussing after the 2-0 win at the Samara Arena.

Germany crashed out of the group stages after suffering defeats to Mexico and South Korea, while Spain fell short against hosts Russian Federation, and Argentina were ravaged by a star-studded France side. I know we have a chance, but I also know that it is very complicated to stop them, not just Neymar.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation kicked off on June 14 and is taking place in 11 cities.

Neymar's performance in terms of both goal scoring and diving will certainly be under scrutiny in their quarter-final match against Belgium on Friday. A bet on France meant we got plenty of value on a top-notch team which is why they were our pick to win the World Cup.

As a resident of Paris, Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani would have relished the opportunity to take on France at the World Cup.

When further pushed to select just one team out of the three he chose, Wenger responded: "If I choose one it is France".

Belgium are at their best when De Bruyne finds room to manoeuvre and, with Casemiro suspended, it may be down to his Manchester City team-mate Fernandinho to shackle him.

"People are focusing on Neymar, but if it was only Neymar, I'd be happy, but it's not only Neymar", Mourinho said after England's win.

The tournament's leading goal scorer Harry Kane give England the lead in the 57th minute from the penalty spot versus Columbia who equalised in added time to force another half-hour of play before losing 4-3 on penalties. This time we are in peak form and I think it's our time.

I for one look forward to the meeting of minds that will occur on Friday night as he takes on Marouane Fellaini, the walking booking, in the Quarter Final. Irrespective of the result Russian Federation will walk away with a lot of positives from having this tournament in their backyard. The difference between these two teams could be the presence of a star.

England, which came second behind Belgium in Group G, has arguably ended up on the easier side of the draw after the two sides made big changes for their final group match, which Belgium won 1-0.

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto.

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