World Cup: Quarterfinals match schedules, dates, Kenyan time

World Cup: Quarterfinals match schedules, dates, Kenyan time

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We are finally into the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 and the football fans have already touted this edition as the best in the history.

With each round and each match throwing surprises, this edition has been super entertaining and completely unpredictable. The betting numbers have been changing shape and quantities with each tie and despite having favourites, one can still not predict the winners.

With the final day of the Round of 16 over, we have all our quarter-finalists ready and they are on to the preparation for the last eight.

The final day of the Round of 16 saw Sweden defeat Switzerland 1-0 while England overcame Colombia 4-3 on penalties to complete the quarterfinals jinx.

Here are all the teams that have made it to last eight:

France, Uruguay, Russia, Croatia, Brazil, Belgium, Sweden, England

Here’s a look at all the quarter-final ties and how the teams set up the match:

URUGUAY vs FRANCE:
Lionel Messi’s Argentina came up short against an inspired performance from the 19-year-old French superstar Kylian Mbappe and lost 3-2. Messi’s dream of a first World Cup was dashed as Mbappe matched Pele’s feat becoming the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele scored a brace against Sweden in 1958.

Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, failed to inspire his Portugal to a victory while Edinson Cavani’s brace in his 100th international for Uruguay meant the South American nation cruised through.

It will now be the battle of the heavyweights as France and Uruguay take on each other in a high-profile encounter.

RUSSIA vs CROATIA:

Russia reached their first-ever quarter-final with a stunning victory over 2010 world champions Spain. While Spain looked a shadow of their superior selves, Russia showed grit and fierce will to stun Spain winning on penalties to book a quarter final berth.

On the day same, Croatia vs Denmark was also one dramatic match. Both the teams scored within the first five minutes of the match but then chose caution over attacking football as the match kept getting stretched. In the last few minutes of the extra time, Croatia got a golden opportunity through a penalty but Kasper Schmeichel made a sensational save against Luka Modric to take the tie to the penalty shootout. Even the shooutout was dramatic as both Danijel Subasic and Schmeichel made a couple of saves before Subasic saved Denmark’s last while Ivan Rakitic scored past Schmeichel to send Croatia into quarters.

BRAZIL vs BELGIUM:

Brazil marched into the quarter-finals with a solid 2-0 victory over the unpredictable Mexico.

Belgium had a contrasting game to Brazil’s. Belgium were heavily favored ahead of the match but Japan pulled a surprise scoring two quick goals in the second half.The devils had to come from behind to win the match 3-2.

Brazil vs Belgium is going to be a mouthwatering clash between two tournament-favourites. Both teams have shown excellent attacking flair but perhaps it will be upto their defence this time to decide the clash.

SWEDEN VS ENGLAND:

Sweden advanced to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Switzerland in what was a scrappy match overall. For the first time in 24 years, Sweden have reached the last eight, courtesy a 66th minute goal from Emil Forsberg and some excellent saves from Swedish keeper Robin Olsen.

England and Colombia played out a dramatic and heated match as Colombia earned seven yellow cards while also conceding a penalty. In the 54th minute, Carlos Sanchez brought down Harry Kane in the box and the English captain scored from the spot to take his tally in the World Cup to six goals.

England will now meet Sweden.

1. July 6, 2018 5:00 PM Uruguay vs France Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod Quarter-finals
2. July 6, 2018 9:00 PM Brazil vs Belgium Kazan Arena, Kazan Quarter-finals
3. July 7, 2018 9:00 PM Russia vs Croatia Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi Quarter-finals
4. July 7, 2018 5:00 PM Sweden vs England Cosmos Arena, Samara Quarter-finals

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