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Jo Caldwell
July 6, 2018

Brazil, the pre-tournament favorite for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has maintained its favored status heading into the quarterfinals in Russian Federation, starting Friday.

The former FC Porto and Real Madrid man has asked to undergo treatment in Russian Federation so that he can stay and support his Seleção teammates, who take on Belgium on Friday night in the quarter-finals.

The round of 16 was bitter-sweet for lovers of the attractive game as two of the best players of their generations Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were giving their marching orders perhaps for the last time as both Argentina and Portugal crashed out of the tournament in a thrilling fashion.

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England will play against Sweden while hosts Russian Federation square off against Croatia on July 7 at 7pm and 11pm respectively.

"When you look at the teams who have won the World Cup you realise there is always a big goalkeeper in goal". "It was a very hard match, we knew the quality of our opponents".

Neymar racked up 5.29 minutes of extra time in the round of 16 against Mexico.

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Their run to the last eight for the first time since 1994 has been built on three clean sheets in four games, but while hard to break down, they lack a potent force up front.

Brazilian star Neymar has drawn attention in the World Cup for two separate dives that fans call "Oscar-worthy."

At odds north of 100-1 before the World Cup commenced, the Swedes emerged as the top team in Group F despite their 2-1 loss to Germany.

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In Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium, who last reached the semis in 1986, have two of the game's most devastating creators. Sweden is without a game-changing big name, but England is not. Neymar's antics in total have added up to 13 minutes and 50 seconds since the tournament began. This time we are in peak form and I think it's our time. This will be very tricky for both teams.

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