What you need to know
This year’s FIFA World Cup is drawing near the endgame. The tournament has yielded some pretty unpredictable results thus far, with big favourites getting eliminated and underdogs pulling surprises up their sleeves. Some of those who were sent home remained resistant till the end that only penalties were left to decide their matches. It’s down to the last eight. Who will taste World Cup glory this time around?
How the group matches went down:
Uruguay, Belgium, and Croatia managed to get to the knockouts unscathed, winning all three of their respective group matches. Argentina slipped past the next round with just one win and Japan advanced thanks to FIFA’s fair play or “less yellow card” rule.
The teams served up real impervious defenses for their last-16 encounters. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo bid goodbyes to lifting the trophy, while 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe and Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani put themselves on the map. Three matches in the knockouts were decided by penalties.
And so it happens. It’s down to the top eight. The world is waiting for what Kane, Neymar, Modric, and Suarez will do in the remaining run of the playoffs.
Who among these teams will book their semi-finals berth? See our sports insights page for complete betting recommendations and match previews/predictions for the quarter-finalists.