The Quarter Finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has squared up as two of South America’s giants take on six of Europe’s current best.
In the 2014 World Cup final Germany from Europe beat Conmebol’s Argentina 1-0 in the extra-time to claim the trophy.
Uruguay and Brazil look to defend the Conmebol flag of South America but would need to work harder to get to the finals.
A World Cup of Shocks
2018 FIFA World Cup has produced some of the shocking results since 1938 when the maiden edition started.
Germany the defending champions could not go beyond the group stages; a bad record which has been set by defending champions from 2002.
At the Round of 16, Argentina, Columbia Spain and Portugal have all fallen off paving way for the likes of Croatia, Sweden, Russia and Belgium to take over.
Brazil Maintain Reputation
The Selecao of Brazil had to endure some pain and difficulty before brushing off Mexico in the round of 16.
The first half saw Mexico creating most of the dangerous chances but their impotent attackers failed to make them count.
After the break, Neymar Santos Junior put Brazil ahead after just 6 minutes of play when he tapped home a counter attack ball.
The Tri-Color of Mexico pinned Brazil to their half in their quest to level the scoreline but none of their attacks proved fruitful.
It was no surprise when Neymar started putting up some theatrics to delay time in the interest of his South American side.
His antics finally paid off when he led another counter attack to lay a sublime pass to oncoming Firmino to finish and make things complicated for Mexico. With the game at 89 minutes, it was too little too late for Mexico to save themselves.
It was the last of an impressive five World Cups for Rafel Marquez from Mexico; 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.
Belgium gets luck with Japan
One of the most exciting games in the 2018 FIFA World Cup was the one between Belgium and Japan.
The Belgians entered the game as overwhelming favourites but almost ate their cake raw when Japan started showing their secrets. Japan was the last hope for Asia in the tournament.
Japan’s Blue Samurai got the first goal after just 3 minutes of play into the second half through Genki Haraguchi. The Belgians could not settle to reclaim their confidence when Takashi Inui added a second one on the 52nd minute.
Two changes for Belgium then did the trick; Maroune Fellani and Nacer Chadli came on after 60 minutes of play to turn the tables for their side.
Belgium started using long and areal balls to trouble the relative short Japanese boys.
Jan Vertonghen pulled one back with his head on the 69th minute with Marouane Fellaini making it 2-2 five minutes later. It then became an end to end action as both sides attacked equally.
It was during such of an attack at the end of the time added on when Belgium won the ball and formulated a nice counter attack for Nacer Chadli to finish at the 94th minute. At a time when everyone thought it was heading for extra time, Japan were left totally broken with Chadli’s goal to make it 3-2 for Belgium.
It was a historic come back for the European side and and end to International duty for Keisuke Honda of Japan.
Thus the quarter final will see Brazil meeting Belgium on Friday at 6:00 pm GMT.