2018 FIFA World Cup: Day 23 Round-up

Belgium's Youri Tielemans celebrates with teammates after the match. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Today saw the 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals commence with Uruguay and Brazil knowing a double defeat will set up the fifth all European semi-finals. 

Uruguay 0-2 France


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Raphael Varane sent France on their way to the semi-finals with victory. (Reuters)


France stunned Uruguay with goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann to seal a 2-0 victory.

Uruguay made the better start before France cleared a Luis Suarez pass to Cristhian Stuani. 

After that, Les Bleus started to take control with their best chance coming from a Benjamin Pavard cross which was headed by Oliver Giroud towards Kylian Mbappe, who could only find the roof of the net. 

Eventually their pressure paid off after Rodrigo Bentancur fouled Corentin Tolisso, and Griezmann’s free kick was headed in towards back post by Varane. 

Uruguay nearly struck back when Diego Godin fired a Hugo Lloris rebound over from literally yards out, after the Tottenham goalie had punched away a Martin Caceres’ header. 

France then dominated after the break with Griezmann unleashing a powerful box from edge of box, and Fernando Muslera could only fumble his attempted save into his own goal. 

That mistake meant that Uruguay needed to find two goals to take this to extra time but France held on for a comfortable win, despite Tolisso nearly making it 3-0 only to curl wide. 


Brazil 1-2 Belgium

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Kevin De Bruyne fired Belgium into the semi-finals to set up an all European last four. (Reuters)

Kevin de Bruyne fired Belgium into their second World Cup semi-final as the Belgian Red Devils overcame title favourites, Brazil 2-1. 

Belgium went ahead in 13th minute after Fernandinho accidentally shouldered the ball into his own net from a corner. 

De Bruyne then extended their lead 18 minutes later, after Belgium broke from a Brazil corner and the Manchester City midfielder picked up a Romelu Lukaku pass before rifling into the bottom left.

Brazil pulled one back in 76th minute through a Renato Augusto header but they could very well of been out of this tie before half time. 

Vincent Kompany back-flicked a corner kick four minutes from the break only for Alisson to scoop his effort up on the line.

Neymar meanwhile was at his diving best and even tried to claim two penalties within the opening 11 minutes of second half. 

Referee, Milorad Mazic was however unimpressed and looked disgusted at Neymar’s antics. 

Belgium meanwhile just sat back in that half but nearly had a huge chance to finish the game off, after Eden Hazard fired de Bruyne’s pass across goal from a tight angle. 

In end, Roberto Martinez’s men held on after Augusto’s header to clinch victory and send Belgium into their first semi-final in 32 years of a major competition. 


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