France, Belgium win world cup quarter finals

It probably wasn’t a surprise to see France beat Uruguay in a Football World Cup quarter final this morning, but it would have shocked many, especially in South America, when Belgium edged out cup favourites Brazil. Belgium led 2-0 until late in the game, and Brazil could only close up with one goal.

France has eliminated both Argentina and Uruguay, and with Brazil out too now there are no South American teams left in the running.

Tomorrow morning (NZ time) the other two quarter finals will be played:

  • Russia versus Croatia
  • Sweden versus England

Despite Germany crashing out early, and also Italy, Spain and Portugal, Europe is dominating this world cup.

Rankings prior to the cup starting:

Top 20 rankings as of 7 June 2018[1]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  Germany 1558
2 Steady  Brazil 1431
3 Steady  Belgium 1298
4 Steady  Portugal 1274
5 Steady  Argentina 1241
6 Steady   Switzerland 1199
7 Steady  France 1198
8 Increase 2  Poland 1183
9 Steady  Chile 1135
10 Decrease 2  Spain 1126
11 Steady  Peru 1125
12 Steady  Denmark 1051
12 Increase 1  England 1051
14 Increase 3  Uruguay 1018
15 Steady  Mexico 989
16 Steady  Colombia 986
17 Increase 2  Netherlands 981
18 Increase 3  Wales 953
19 Increase 1  Italy 951
20 Decrease 2  Croatia 945
*Change from 17 May 2018
Complete rankings at


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  1. Missy

     /  7th July 2018

    My (very) optimistic call on this… Belgium v England final. #itscominghome

    (told you all I had gone native) 😀

    Seriously though, I am wondering whether I should head down the road and offer condolences to the Brazilian neighbours….

    • Trevors_Elbow

       /  7th July 2018

      England have there hands full Missy… Croatia are likely semi opponents if they can beat Sweden… and Sweden have been a bogey team for ENgalnd for sometime… remember the famous Swedes 1, Turnips 0 headline…..

      Would love Belgium to tip over the French…. can’t stand the French footie team

      • Missy

         /  7th July 2018

        Oh please, don’t bring rationality and reason into this… 😉

        The England team appear to have more confidence in themselves than some previous teams, and Southgate appears to have fostered a great team atmosphere that some have been saying was missing in previous tournaments.

        To be honest I don’t know too much about football, but it is hard to not get caught up in the optimistic atmosphere here in the UK, and the feeling this could be the year that they finally win the World Cup again. Already one demon for England has been exorcised with the win by penalties over Colombia, so the nation feel like anything is possible now. And in this world cup who knows.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  7th July 2018

        Belgium will have to shut down Mbappe, will be a great game whichever way it goes.

  2. Missy

     /  7th July 2018

    • Patzcuaro

       /  7th July 2018

      I don’t fancy Englands chances if we start bringing Brexit illusions in, the English team will end up fighting amongst themselves.

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  7th July 2018
  4. Patzcuaro

     /  7th July 2018
  5. PDB

     /  7th July 2018

    The winner will be from the harder side of the draw – so either France or Belgium for me – I can see the semi-final clash between the two going to penalties so too tough to call. Would be good to see Belgium win the cup though.

    • Missy

       /  8th July 2018

      Personally I think (with my rational side) is that if Belgium beat France then they will most likely win the WC, but England a playing a pretty good game against Sweden at the moment.

  6. Zedd

     /  7th July 2018

    Go England.. 1966, was just a boyhood memory


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