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Semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Tags: 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by "T".

Now that Germany has been eliminated and out of the way, a new World Cup champion shall be crowned in Russia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup!

The World Cup is indeed a memorable event just like a person's 50th birthday, but it only happens once every 4 years and the entire world is watching. Which team is going to hoist the FIFA World Cup Trophy come July 15?

It certainly won't be the powerhouse and defending champs Germany, as they were knocked out in the group stage. It also won't be Lionel Messi's team Argentina and Ronaldo's team Portugal. This year actually has a high possibility that a completely different champ will emerge victorious!

The World Cup bracket is quite difficult to predict as there will always be huge surprises lurking about. On Thursday, the group stage concluded and the final 16 participants are finally set.

What exactly is the optimal bracket for the World Cup challenge? Whether you're a newbie or a true fan of sports betting, refer to the bracket below and make your picks.

And then there were just four left...

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is definitely a whole new different ballgame, as it will hold its first-ever semifinals that will not include the likes of Argentina, Brazil nor Germany.

Four countries are left standing in Russia, all are European and all have a good shot at lifting the trophy in Moscow on July 15.

Croatia
Pre-tournament FIFA ranking: 20
Quarterfinal result: 2-2 (4-3) vs. Russia
After playing for 120 minutes in each of the last two matches after enduring two ill-fated penalty shootouts, Croatia advances to its very first World Cup semifinal since 1998.

Zlatko Dalić's team has the talent to win this tournament, but it has indeed taken a beating that definitely will take its toll on his players. The Croatian team is now dealing with multiple injuries to its key players, and that includes quarterfinal goalkeeper hero Danijel Subašić, who has stopped 4 penalties in Croatia's 2 penalty shootout wins in this World Cup.

They also have an outstanding group-stage form that have pushed lesser opponents aside during the knockout stages, and quality-scoring chances have been quite few and far between for players like Andrej Kramaric, Ivan Perisic, and Mario Mandzukic.
But with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic with them, Croatia is still a force to reckon with as they have the world's most dominant midfielders, a factor of distinct advantage against semifinal opponent England, and their vital key to winning the first-ever World Cup.

England
Pre-tournament FIFA ranking: 12
Quarterfinal result: 2-0 vs. Sweden
After the pressure of the round-of-16 penalty-shootout win over Colombia, the victory against Sweden on Saturday was smooth-sailing for the England team.

Apart from the three vital saves from Jordan Pickford, the Three Lions took care of things against Sweden with ease. A goal from a set piece, their 8th of the tournament, gave England the boost it needed in order to take control of the game right before Dele Alli's 58th-minute header made it impossible for the Swedes to reach and the defense led by Harry Maguire aka ‘Great Wall' subdued an attack from their opponents.


England's efficiency could still have its weakness though, as Gareth Southgate's team had just three goals from open play. Should it fail to come up with answers from dead-ball incidents, it's definitely going to be a flaw that could cost them the trophy.

With Southgate, Pickford and captain Harry Kane, this England edition has shown a calmness and composure that fans aren't accustomed to seeing, and that's one factor that has been a key to their success so far, and it will be put to the test once again this upcoming week.

Belgium
Pre-tournament FIFA ranking: 3
Quarterfinal result: 2-1 vs. Brazil

In the quarterfinal against Brazil, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez made a tactical risk and it paid off quite handsomely.

The inclusion of Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini to the starting XI turned out well, as Fellaini allowed Kevin De Bruyne (the best player in the whole quarterfinals part) to play much higher up the pitch. Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielders Paulinho and Fernandinho were neutralized by Chadli.

Kevin De Bruyne
With Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and De Bruyne deployed in a front three, the Red Devils chewed Brazil's defense apart on the counter in the first half, and the three seemed to score almost every time they attacked. Without the suspended defensive midfielder Casemiro, whose absence left the Seleção back line exposed, Brazil was left like sheep surrounded by wolves.


However, Belgium is not totally perfect. Brazil actually had several quality chances to score in the early parts of the game and then dominated the second half with 17 shots to just one from Belgium.

France
Pre-tournament FIFA ranking: 7
Quarterfinal result: 2-0 vs. Uruguay

After a thrilling victory over Argentina in the round of 16, Les Bleus had made themselves known that they are indeed a strong team to contend with, and they have proven it by defeating Uruguay 2-0 last Friday.

A dominant defense that has been consistent throughout the tournament had completely rendered the Uruguayans disabled, who seemed helpless without injured striker Edinson Cavani.

France's midfield tandem N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba have risen up to become the best in Russia, while Antoine Griezmann who has kind of struggled to find his top form at the World Cup had performed his best so far in this tournament against Uruguay.

Antoine Griezmann

Semifinal matches:
Match 61: France vs. Belgium - July 10, 2018 (21:00 local time)
Match 62: Croatia vs. England - July 11, 2018 (21:00 local time)

Which team are you rooting for?

Source:
https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/

 


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23 comments for "Semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup"

 Mober7/10/2018 12:52:52 PM GMT
Not doing well so far. Less than half the point from the first place in the leader board.
And with the games that are still left, i dont see any chances hitting the prizes.
Not that i did expect a different result this time.
Steady περφορμανψε ¨ Blink
 dule-vu7/10/2018 12:57:43 PM GMT
probably nobody expected this kind of semi-finals!lot of them thought that france and belgium will come this far,but nobody thought that england and croatia will be also here!hope that we will have great games for watching!
 pajalnick7/10/2018 5:46:53 PM GMT
I think that today's Belgium will win .... Of course France is a very good team but there are stars and the Belgian national team is strong with its command game .... in this game, of course, any result is possible but I believe in the national team and I wish them success in this the game
 CALICUL7/10/2018 9:58:12 PM GMT
I'm sorry that Belgium has failed to qualify for the final of the World Cup but this is the situation. It looks like France has the first chance to win this trophy and i do not think he will lose this trophy because England and Croatia have weaker teams.
 Gerimantas7/11/2018 6:15:46 AM GMT
Ok now after one semi final is done france is in the final and i think it is not very big surprise, of course belgium also strong team with good players but france a little bit better and that was good to get result
 shokaku7/11/2018 6:31:16 AM GMT
Today is the second semi-final of the World Cup, and while i had France as the favorite in the first game, i am a bit clueless about todays game. Croatia played good during the group stage, but their game didn`t get into gear in the knock out matches. On the other site England has a fairly unimpressive build up of the game, but are dangerousl on set pieces.
 antonis3217/11/2018 7:04:37 AM GMT
Congratulations to both teams , Belgium and France , for a great match . I was pleased to see both teams fighting aggressively for the win , at the end a headshot goal was enough to guarantee the victory and the ticket to the great final for France . I hope to see tonight England playing with the same passion against Croatia , and I wish the best team to be qualified to the final , that is England ofcourse Tongue
 T3ddyKGB7/11/2018 7:31:38 AM GMT
2nd semi-final is hard to tell whos gonna win. for me croatia is no team with special abilitys like being top at offense, defense or else, but one of the best allrounders out there - including players, tactic, teamspirit, fightingspirit and expecially cleverness. good combo anyways. past games vs england was mostly a better outcome for croatia if i recall, but the last 2 games they had to go over 120mins.
england.. dang, now they even capable to win penaltys and prolly even more, but i think they as usualy fk up. this time not due to a goofy goalkeeper but nerves Tongue croatia wins in overtime/probably penalty...well, or maybe not. i have no clue.

 erru91077/11/2018 8:09:14 AM GMT
I wasn't all that involved in all of the football fever going on but I had at least some interest in it. My issue was that I working pretty much during all hours of the day and never had time to watch a game. I could however listen to them on the radio while driving, that is if the person we transported didn't mind.

I have say that I'm pleasantly surprised by how well Sweden played up until the last game against England when they made all sorts of mitakes.
 doubletop7777/11/2018 8:21:49 AM GMT
Well France done the business last night and tonight we will find out who they will play in the World Cup Final. I think Belgium didn't deserve to lose but if you don't score you cannot win a game of football
 T3ddyKGB7/11/2018 8:52:13 PM GMT
Posted by T3ddyKGB:
2nd semi-final is hard to tell whos gonna win. for me croatia is no team with special abilitys like being top at offense, defense or else, but one of the best allrounders out there - including players, tactic, teamspirit, fightingspirit and expecially cleverness. good combo anyways. past games vs england was mostly a better outcome for croatia if i recall, but the last 2 games they had to go over 120mins.
england.. dang, now they even capable to win penaltys and prolly even more, but i think they as usualy fk up. this time not due to a goofy goalkeeper but nerves Tongue croatia wins in overtime/probably penalty...well, or maybe not. i have no clue.



damn, now i regret i did only a 5 euro fun bet.

curious....was the 2nd goal risky play and illegal? his foot was far over his head.
 Mysik867/11/2018 8:58:19 PM GMT
^^
Yes... I thought about too... If player has his leg over head of defender - is it normal play or is it should be foul? I don't know how regulated that matter is...
 T3ddyKGB7/11/2018 9:03:25 PM GMT
as long no one is near its all good, but in this case its clearly risky play. just wonder because the commentator hardly speaks about it. w.e its over anyways.
 schwabo7/11/2018 9:03:28 PM GMT
Yes,Croatia won against England and Croatia is in finale against France Thumbs Up
Worship Worship Worship Worship
In newspaper they said they won our team sleepy,now gentelmans from England you can wake up !!!
Worship Worship Worship
thanks teddy
then when anybody fale nowone can hit the ball,he is in falling down Thumbs Up
 T3ddyKGB7/11/2018 9:06:31 PM GMT
congrats
 CALICUL7/11/2018 9:59:32 PM GMT
I did not get to see the match today but i'm happy because a team like Croatia gets into the final of the world cup. I hope he will win the final because French already has the world cup in the showcase. It will be difficult for them to beat a good team like France but it is not impossible.
 shokaku7/12/2018 5:04:15 AM GMT
Not impossible, but extremly difficult. France looked good throuout the tournament, and managed to win all their games in 90 minutes, while Croatia played every knock out match with extra time. And they have one day less of rest between semi and final.
 Mysik867/12/2018 9:10:27 AM GMT
^^
You're right. The rest and endurance will be the key factors. France plays 3 games on knockout stage with 270 mins total in regular time. Croatia all of their games won by penalty/extra time, so their play over 360 mins! It's whole match (90mins) more than France. And their have one day less to rest, so I think this may weigh on the final result.
 T3ddyKGB7/12/2018 11:45:46 AM GMT
Posted by shokaku:
Not impossible, but extremly difficult. France looked good throuout the tournament, and managed to win all their games in 90 minutes, while Croatia played every knock out match with extra time. And they have one day less of rest between semi and final.


just the way portugal became european champion... vs france. such finals release powers but i also think its gonna be easy for france and a disaster for croatia. red card for lovren vs mbappe.
 Tony_MON7ANA7/12/2018 1:07:45 PM GMT
Massive congratulations to France and Croatia for advancing to the final round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. I have absolutely no idea which team will ultimately win. Anyway, good luck to both teams!
 schwabo7/12/2018 1:08:42 PM GMT
Hi,same was England said that we are tired now they going home.Iceland and Danmark are teams who played too defensive and playing only counter attacks,against Argentina and England when we are "tired" we won 3:0 and 2:1,and in 1st stage we won all 3 games,so we will see.We belive we can win,this tournament learn us that everything is possible,we living our dream now.thanks Tony_
France-Croatia 1:2 Thumbs Up Worship Worship Worship
 Mober7/12/2018 1:43:48 PM GMT
I have a parlay, lats bet on this soccer event, with england and france.
Total is about 4.2 odds, if everything goes right.
And by right, i mean the selections i have made Smile
 T3ddyKGB7/12/2018 6:12:03 PM GMT
Posted by schwabo:
Hi,same was England said that we are tired now they going home.Iceland and Danmark are teams who played too defensive and playing only counter attacks,against Argentina and England when we are "tired" we won 3:0 and 2:1,and in 1st stage we won all 3 games,so we will see.We belive we can win,this tournament learn us that everything is possible,we living our dream now.thanks Tony_
France-Croatia 1:2 Thumbs Up Worship Worship Worship


i dont want to lessen the success from croatia. but frankly said, so far you played argentina, which is only messi (btw, a invisible messi) surrounded by old players. actually i was surprised they brought france in trouble for a while. england.. well, by the chances they had its their own fault.
deserved to be in the final but to small for france imo.


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