Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

How do the World Cup quarterfinalists compare?

How do the World Cup quarterfinalists compare?

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Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in Moscow. Les Bleus are healthy, they have a complete roster and have been in so many big moments since 2016 it just feels like they'll be more prepared for this occasion. But, if anyone in the squad thinks they have an easy game on Saturday, they're wrong.

Spain went out after losing a penalty shootout to hosts Russian Federation after 120 minutes in which they completed over 1,000 passes - a new World Cup record.

In Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium, who last reached the semis in 1986, have two of the game's most devastating creators. Romelu Lukaku presents something different and Belgium's two wide players - Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens - offer more than Mexico's Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela.

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If World Cup history is anything to go by, this one won't be a classic - France and Uruguay have shared two 0-0 draws at the tournament, in 2002 and 2010. They have good players and they seem to be very organised.

All three are doubts for the quarterfinal against Sweden in Samara on Saturday after reporting problems to the England medical team after the victory in Moscow.

"Sweden are so hard to break down".

But Gareth Southgate's side also did well to respond after conceding an equaliser so late, and obviously recovering from that. "It's very clear to me, Geiger, an American, how curious that he was the one who invented a penalty for Brazil [in a 1-1 friendly draw against Colombia in 2012], that Nigeria accused him at Federation Internationale de Football Association".

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Sweden: They are not the prettiest side, but Sweden are extremely effective and happy to play the role of underdog, having seen off the Netherlands and Italy in qualifying and Germany in the group stages.

"I said many times that no country under 40 million people has won the World Cup since 1954, since after the Second World War".

The performance summed up the hit and miss nature of this Croatia side, who can dazzle in one game and drive their fans to despair in the next.

We know what to expect from the hosts - although their win over Spain on penalties was one of the results of the tournament, they basically played anti-football to get it.

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"This was special but I want us to go on".

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