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Neymar celebrates with teammate Paulinho after scoring his team's first goal against Mexico

Neymar celebrates with teammate Paulinho after scoring his team's first goal against Mexico

Here we look at how the teams shape up before the quarters and who holds the edge in those ties: France, Uruguay, Brazil, Belgium Sweden, England, Russia, and Croatia Qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals: A Look at Their Respective Journeys at WC So Far.

On the other end of the draw are powerhouses Brazil, Uruguay, France and Belgium, teams that have combined for eight World Cup championships.

The last few games were a whirlwind, with some of the best soccer players in the world getting eliminated. Our pundits seem to think so, with only two predicting a win to nil, and with Gab and ESPN Mexico's Ricardo Puig tipping 2-0 to Brazil.

It's coming home! Those three words are trending in England as fans and pundits begin to believe that the World Cup could actually be within touching distance.

If I am right, then France will play Brazil in the semi-finals and England will play Croatia, which would not be too shabby a line-up.

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You can double your money by backing France to win inside 90 minutes at a price of 2.00, with Uruguay out at 4.60.

Belgium have won all of their matches in Russian Federation, beating Panama (3-0), Tunisia (5-2), England (1-0) and Japan (3-2). "The growth of tourists visiting the World Cup host cities was from 19% in Moscow to 1,678% in Saransk, with the average growth of 74%", the agency head said.

Belgium defender defender Vincent Kompany belives the game is as defining for his team that has been described as a "golden generation" as it is for Brazil. Granted it's hard to when you have Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and others in the attack. Neymar and Firmino should terrorize a poor Belgian defense, but I'm still not sold Brazil will survive the weight of expectations as long as Belgium can match them score for score and at least force extra time. It really looks like the World Cup of underdogs. The South American country may not include as many big names as the French side, but the team does have world class talent within its ranks and expertly works together to maintain a solid defensive shape, conceding just one goal so far.

"Against Spain they used a different system, but you must adapt to every team you play against". The 1998 team finished second in its group, beat Romania in the round of 16 and knocked off Germany 3-0 in the quarterfinals.

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