- The FIFA World Cup advances to the quarterfinals without two of the game’s biggest stars as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo respective squads (Argentina and Portugal) were eliminated on the first day of the round of 16 stage. While other stars such as Neymar and Lukaku are still keeping their teams in the balance, there has to be disappointed for Messi and Ronaldo as this may be their final World Cup’s.
Nonetheless let’s rank the teams that are left as we enter the quarterfinals on Friday.
1. Belgium (4-0-0)
After an impressive comeback victory against Japan in which they won in the last minute, Belgium comes in at the top spot once again. Their next test? Brazil, featuring Neymar and Coutinho.
2. Uruguay (4-0-0)
Uruguay conceded their first goal of the World Cup to Portugal during their match in the round of 16. Now they’ll face their toughest test as they play a France that just scored 4 goals versus Argentina.
3. Brazil (3-1-0)
Neymar, Coutinho and Paulinho led Brazil to a 2-0 victory over Mexico that placed them in the top three of this week’s rankings. Next they’ll play Belgium who has a perfect record throughout the tournament.
4. Croatia (4-0-0)
Croatia needed penalty kicks to defeat Denmark in the round of 16 after they played an average match for the second game in a row. A date with Russia should be a smooth one, however Croatia could see their perfect record slip away.
5. France (3-1-0)
After an explosive 4-3 win against Argentina, France advances to the quarterfinals to face undefeated Uruguay. The big question is whether Mbappé can follow up his two goal game with another huge one.
6. England (3-0-1)
England hasn’t played extremely well through the Cup but they have managed three wins while also having the Cup’s leading scorer (Harry Kane— 6). After needing penalties to defeat Colombia in the last match, they’re set to face Sweden.
7. Sweden (3-0-1)
Sweden dedeated Switzerland in the Round of 16 and are set to face England in the quarterfinals. If they want to win, they will need to play the same type of defense they’ve played in the last two games in which they’ve given up a total of 0 points.
8. Russia (3-0-1)
Russia bounced back from their loss to Uruguay by beating Spain in the Round of 16. Their next match will be against undefeated Croatia in the quarterfinals.
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