The Journey to 2018 Russia world cup Quarter Finals
By: Alice Kim
How we landed to 2018 world cup quarter finals which includes; Russia, Uruguay, Croatia, France, Brazil, England, Belgium and Sweden
The world’s most coveted trophy search started on 14th June 2018 in Moscow Russia at the 81,006 seater Luzhniki Stadium in a game between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia where the hosts thrashed the visitors 5-0. First goal of the tournament was scored on the 12th minute of the match by Yury Gazinskiy followed by other four goals in a game which was attended by 78,011 fans among them Russia president Vladimir Puttin.
Russia’ s second match was against Egypt on 19th June 2018 where they garnered the maximum points after beating them 3-0 at Krestovsky Stadium.
On 25th June they lost 3-0 to Uruguay thanks to Luis Suarez, Denis Cheryshev and Edinson Cavani who scored on 10th, 26th and 90th minutes of the game respectively.
The host Russia qualified to knock out stage with 6 points where they faced Spain on 1st July 2018 at Luzhniki stadium a game which ended in 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of play and they emerged winners after penalty shootout (4-3), so far they have scored 13 goals and conceded 7 goals.
They will face Croatia on 7th July 2018 at Fisht Stadium in Sochi at 18:00 GMT.
Uruguay started their campaign at Ekaterinburg arena against Egypt on 15th July 2018 in a very competitive match where they garnered the maximum three points thanks to Jose Gimenez 89th minute header into the right hand corner.
Their second game was against Saudi Arabia on 20th June 2018 at the Rostov arena where Barcelona’s forward Luis Suarez scored at the 23rd minute giving them maximum three points, they played 4-4-2 format against their opponents who played 4-2-3-1.
They closed their group stage matches on 25th June by thrashing host Russia 3-0 to thanks to Luis Suarez, and Edinson Cavani who scored on 10th and 90th minutes goals respectively and Denis Cheryshev own goal on 26th minute of the game. They qualified to knockout stage with maximum 9 points.
They faced Christano Ronald Portugal side on June 30th 2018 at the Fisht Stadium in a highly entertaining and competitive match where they managed to tame the energized Portuguese squad 2 goals to 1 thanks to Edinson Cavani 7th and 26th goal. Pepe scored Portugal’s goal on 55th minute of the game, so far they have scored 7 goals and conceded 1 goal.
It is worth noting that this is the first time Uruguay have won opening 4 games to a world cup tournament since 1930, with their fourth game in that run being their 4-2 victory over Argentina. They will face Paul Pogba’s France side at Nizhny Nogorod Stadium on 6th July at 14:00 GMT.
They started their trophy search on a good footing on 16th June 2018 against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at Keliningard Stadium where they garnered the maximum three points thanks to Oghenekaro Etobo 32nd own goal and Luka Modric 71st minute penalty.
On 21st June 2018 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium they swatted Lionel Messi’s Argentina side in a very competitive match. There was no goal on the first half of the match but on the 8th minute of second half Ante Rebic netted the first goal of the match opening way for Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic 80th and 90+1 minutes goals respectively which ensured the Croatia side garnered maximum points possible in a football match.
They ended their group D campaign on 28th June at Rostov Arena against Iceland where they won 2-1 thanks to Milan Badelj and Ivan Perisic 53rd and 90th minute’s goals respectively. Iceland’s consolation goal was scored by Gylfi Sigurosson on 76th minute through a penalty kick. They qualified to knock out stage with maximum 9 points.
At Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on 1st July 2018 they faced Denmark in a knockout match and after 120 minutes play they settled to a 1-1 draw thanks to Mario Mandzukic 4th minute equalizer after Denmark’s Mathias Jorgensen 1st minutes goal. Croatia won 3-2 through penalty shootout booking a place to the World cup quarter-finals since 1998 at France.
They will face host Russia at the Fisht Stadium on 7th July 2018 at 18:00 GMT.
France ‘’Les Blues’’ opened their campaign at the Kazan Arena on 16th June against Australia with a 2-1 win, Antoine Griezmann 58th minute penalty and Aziz Behich own goal give France the much needed 3 points and Australia’s Mile Jedinak scored from the spot on the 62nd minute.
Les Blues second group match was against Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena on 21st June 2018 and 19 years old Kylian Mbappe 34th minute goal was the only goal of the match.
They played their final group stage match against Denmark at Luzhniki Stadium on 26th June to a barren draw qualifying to knockout stage with 7 points to face Argentina.
At the Kazan Arena on 30th June they faced Lionel Messi’s Argentina’s side in a very entertaining and competitive match which 19 years old Kylian Mbappe was crowned the man of the match after being found in the box on 12th minutes where penalty was given which was scored by Antoine Griezmann, Benjamin Pavard scored on 57th minute and later on 64th and 68th minutes Mbappe scored twice making it 4 goals. On the other hand Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Mercado and substitute Sergio Aguero scored at the 41st, 48th 90+3 and minutes respectively. It is worth noting that France is unbeaten in their last nine world cup meetings with South American nations, since losing 1-2 against Argentina in the 1978 tournament.
So far France have scored 7 goals and conceded 4 goals and they will face Luis Suarez’s Uruguay side at Nizhny Nogorod Stadium on 6th July at 14; 00 GMT.
Brazil the five times winner of the world’s most coveted cup started their 2018 world cup trophy campaign at the Rostov Arena on 17th June 2018 with a match against Switzerland, a match which ended up in 1-1 draw. Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho and Switzerland’s Steve Zuber netted on the 20th and 50th minutes respectively.
Their second match was at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on 22nd June 2018 against Costa Rica, a game which they won thanks to Phillipe Coutinho and Neymar’s extra time goals which gave the Samba boys three crucial points.
Their final group E match was at the Spartak Stadium on 27th June 2018, against Serbia. Paulinho and Thiago Silva netted at 36th and 68th minutes respectively booking the South American side a place at the knockout stage.
They faced Mexico on 2nd July 2018 at the Samara Arena in a very competitive match which they won 2-o. Neymar scored on 51st minute and Roberto Firmino on the 88th minute.
It is worth noting that Brazil have won 8 of the world cup match against CONCACAF nations, conceding in just one of those matches (5-2) against Costa Rica in 2002.
They will face Romelu Lukaku’s Belgium side at Kazan Arena on 6th July at 14:00 GMT.
They were in group G and they started their world cup campaign against African side Tunisia on 18th June 2018 at Volgograd Arena, a game which they won 2-1. England captain and Tottenham hotspurs forward Harry Kane scored on 11th and 90+1 minutes while Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi scored from the spot on 35th minute.
Second game was against Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium where they swatted them 6-1. John Stones opened scoring on 8th minute he double his score on 40th minute; Captain Harry Kane scored hat trick from the spot twice on 22nd and 45+1 minutes and on play goal on 62nd minute. Manchester United player Jesse Lingard also scored on 36th minute. Felipe Baloy scored Panama’s consolation goal on 78th minute.
England’s final group stage match was against Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium on 28th June 2018, a thrilling match it was where Belgium took the day thanks to sole goal of the match by Adan Januzaj on 51st minute. They were number two in group G with 6 points booking a place to knock out stage.
England faced South America side Colombia in round of 16 knockout match on 3rd July 2018 at Spartak Stadium Moscow, a game which ended at 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of play. England captain Harry Kane scored from the spot on 57th minute and on 90+3 minute, Colombia’s Yerry Minna equalized pushing the game to another thirty minutes. England won 4-3 after penalty shootout.
So far they have scored 13 goals and conceded 7 goals and they will face Sweden on 7th July 2018 at Samara Arena at 14:00 GMT.
England has qualified for a quarter-final of a world cup for the first time since 2006 in Germany and their captain is the top scorer so far with 6 goals.
Belgium were in group G and they opened their world cup campaign at Fisht Stadium on 18th June 2016 against Panama where they swatted them 3-0 thanks to Dries Mertenes 47th minute goal and Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku 69th and 75th goals.
Second group stage match was at Spartak Stadium on 23rd July 2018 against North Africa side Tunisia, a game which ended 5-2 in favour of Belgium. Manchester City Eden Hazard scored twice on 6th and 51st minute, Romelu Lukaku also scored twice on 16th and 45+3 minutes and Michy Batshuayi 90th minute goal made them five. Tunisia’s Dylan Bronn scored on 18th minute and Wahbi Kahzari 90+3 goals to make them 2.
Belgium’s final group stage match was against England at Kaliningrad Stadium on 28th June 2018; a thrilling match it was where took the day thanks to sole goal of the match by Adan Januzaj on 51st minute. They emerged top of group G with 9 points booking a place to knock out stage.
At Rostov Arena on 2nd July 2018 they faced Japan in a thrilling game which they came from behind to win 3-2. Japan’s Genki Haraguchi opened scoring 3 minutes after halftime break and Takashi Inui doubled the score on 52nd minute. On 69th minute Belgium’s Jan Vetronghen scored their first goal, Manchester United Marouane Fellaini came in as substitute and headed in 2nd goal on 74th minute; the match ended dramatically where Romelu Lukaku had the vision to leave the ball and allow Nacer Chadli to score the winning goal for Belgium in the last few seconds of the game! They have scored 11 goals and conceded 4 goals. Romelu Lukaku has scored 4 goals.
They will face Neymar’s Brazil side at Kazan Arena on 6th July at 14; 00 GMT.
Sweden opened their Fifa 2018 world cup campaign at the Nihzny Novgorod Stadium on 18th June 2018 against South Korea where they garnered the 3 maximum points thanks to Andreas Granqvist 65th minute goal which he scored from the spot.
Sweden second group stage match was against defending champion Germany. They lost the game to ten men Germany who came from behind to win the game thanks to Marco Rues 48th minute and Toni Kross 90+5 minute goals. Ola Toivonen scored their goal on 32nd minute.
At the Ekaterinburg Arena on 27th June 2018 they swatted Mexico 3-1 booking a point at the knock out stage. Ludwig Augustinsson opened scoring on 50th minute, Andreas Granqvist double the score on 62nd minute from the spot and Edson Alvarez 74th minute own goal made them 3. They garnered 6 points.
They faced Switzerland at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on 3rd July 2018 in a thrilling match which they won 1-0. The sole goal of the match was scored on 66th minute by Emil Forsberg. Booking them a place to quarter-finals against England at Samara Arena on 7th July 2018 at 14:00 GMT.
So far they have scored 6 goals and conceded 2.