Lineup of FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter finals

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The Brazil forward, in Kazan for Friday's quarter-final against Belgium, is the third footballer to receive the honour with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Lionel Messi having already been immortalised on the city walls.

The top half, featuring powerhouses Brazil, Belgium and France, along with a moderate long shot in Uruguay, is far more competitive, and that's reflected in the updated odds. The two games will be played on July 6 at 7pm and 11pm respectively.

Zlatko Dalic's side face tournament hosts Russian Federation in Saturday evening's quarter-final in Sochi, with the Reds centre-back having been a key figure so far. Striker Harry Kane, the English captain, who has made it clear he's more than willing to put this team on his back in this tournament, has a prolific six goals off just nine shots and now leads the World Cup's race for the Golden Boot, the award given to the player with the most goals over the course of the month.

The Frenchmen booked their ticket to the quarterfinals with a very convincing 4-2 performance against Argentina which I believed at this stage has propelled them to favourites based on current form.

Their run to the last eight for the first time since 1994 has been built on three clean sheets in four games, but while hard to break down, they lack a potent force up front.

Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney says evaluating incidents like the one involving Neymar in the Mexico game isn't easy in spite of the bad optics.

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Neymar racked up 5.29 minutes of extra time in the round of 16 against Mexico.

Martinez must now find the right balance to harness the best from Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku without leaving Belgium exposed.

England may be more talented on paper but Sweden has a mojo rolling through this tournament that is hard to reconcile. His total time wasted on the pitch adds up to 13 minutes and 50 seconds in the entire tournament.

"The referees have given him little protection".

The final quarterfinal encounter will see the host nation Russian Federation take on an impressive Croatia side.

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